WEATHER »
The Milpas Community Association community meeting.

Nick St. Oegger

The Milpas Community Association community meeting.


Milpas Group Has First Community Confab

MCA’s Town Hall Meeting Leans Heavily on Law Enforcement


Last Thursday night, in Santa Barbara High School’s theater, the Milpas Community Association held an actual community meeting and invited the general public. People who live in the Eastside neighborhood were asked to share their concerns. It was a change from October 14, the day of the group’s inaugural press conference at the Santa Barbara Inn, when Alan Bleeker of Capitol Hardware read a lengthy statement, some of it focused on the crime and other problems homeless people create.

Thursday night’s meeting was designed to boost membership, inform people of MCA’s goals, and enlist volunteers for a Neighborhood Watch program. There was an educational element, too, with Rev. Edgar Mohorko, leader of an Oxnard gang intervention group, speaking about the success they’ve achieved suppressing gang activity there.

Oddly enough, the word homeless was barely uttered; but the issue of homelessness, the presence of homeless people, was alluded to obliquely numerous times. To read more, see homelessinsb.org.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Crime Rates Down, Youth Arrests Up in Santa Barbara County

A 'high percentage' of misdemeanor citations happen on school campuses.

Will Hollister Ranch Access Deal Hold Up Under Public Scrutiny?

State commissioners are taking a closer look at settlement over beach access to Santa Barbara County gated ...

Faced with a Gun, Sheriff’s Sergeant Holds His Fire

Sgt. Freddy Padilla reflects on potentially life-saving decisions during welfare call.

Quick Response in Large Numbers Held Holiday Fire at Bay

Record heat on July 6 destroyed crops and livestock.

Los Padres Officials Ban Campfires, Firearm Discharge

Temporary measures are enacted during peak fire season.