Food Stamps on Chopping Block

Federal Cuts Could Affect 30,000 Santa Barbara Residents

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Beginning November 1, “food stamp” benefits will decrease country-wide when part of the federal government’s 2009 stimulus package reaches its scheduled end. These across-the-board cuts for what’s known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) will slash food assistance for nearly 47 million Americans. Even bigger reductions may occur after the House reconvenes this September. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities indicates that House Republicans plan to move a bill that doubles proposed SNAP cuts and tightens requirements.

In a statement, Congressmember Lois Capps said, “Already Congress has shown that a bipartisan measure is needed to reauthorize the program. However, House leadership seems interested in pushing even more extreme cuts to the program this fall ​— ​cuts that would reduce benefits for up to 300,000 California households and kick nearly 280,000 Californians out of the program altogether.”

Food stamp utilization by Californians has gone up significantly since the recession hit several years ago, but only about half of the eligible people in the state receive benefits from the entitlement program. The same is true for Santa Barbara County. There are currently 30,000 individuals on food stamps, but 60,000 people qualify. Santa Barbara ranks 51 out of the state’s 58 counties for utilization relative to number of low-income individuals, according to a 2013 report by California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA).

Despite the low ranking, participation at the county level has also increased 10-15 percent annually since 2009. Today, there are twice the food stamp participants in Santa Barbara than there were in 2008. CFPA estimates that if CalFresh ​— ​California’s SNAP program ​— ​were to reach all eligible individuals in the county, area residents would receive $52.2 million in additional benefits, generating $93.4 million in additional economic activity. “I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to keep SNAP strong,” Capps said.


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Does this mean there will be fewer Mexicans at Ralph's buying meat that is not on sale? This will kill the profit margin of the supermarket...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
August 29, 2013 at 6:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Very observant Italiansburg. My question about this article would be to define the word "residents". From what I have seen while standing in the supermarket line is that many appear NOT to be residents. For those that are and pay taxes, I hope this works itself out.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
August 29, 2013 at 9:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Or there will be less whites in AZ at the Frys starbucks buying Frappucinos...

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 29, 2013 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You and I agree AZ yet again.
The fact that we have removed most restrictions on public money for sustenance(processed food etc) is kind of bizarre.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
August 29, 2013 at 2:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What bothers me more is when the money is not used on sustenance and the kids that the money is being received for go hungry because the parents misspent it.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 29, 2013 at 3:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

" From what I have seen while standing in the supermarket line is that many appear NOT to be residents."
-- bimboteskie

Once again, bimboteskie stuns us all with his observational powers. Tell me, bimboteskie, what a "resident" looks like. Can you also tell how long they have been resident in SB County in order to qualify for SNAP? Inquiring minds want to know.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 1:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes and let's go continue to arm our 'enemy' Al Qaeda rebels in Syria with chemical weapons, then when they use them on innocent people we will blame it on Assad so we can bomb more innocent people in Syria and remove Assad from power so the global oil cartels that control our foreign policy can instate a dictator who is more friendly to western interests.

Meanwhile the media will parrot talking points about how horrible Assad is for gassing his own people when it is our country who is in part very responsible for gassing the Syrians and Assad had nothing to do with it. More war propaganda lies, I'm sick of it.

We will spend billions of tax dollars on the military industrial complex to go out and kill innocent people, while we cut food stamps for those less fortunate here at home.

When the hell are people going to wake up? Our government is so far beyond corrupt..

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 9:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

SezMe: Thank you for noting my clairvoyant powers. I am sorry if you feel that you have been tased by them. Let’s see, Just the ever so slightest ability to use the English language (or even be bothered with it) would be nice when standing line with the 5 kids that one obviously cannot afford while purchasing a bunch of booze. I think that one should have to present their social security card, or some other form of United States ID when redeeming these coupons. I don’t mind supporting these programs with my tax money for people who are also paying taxes, or will when they get on their feet, but it seems there is a serious lack of oversight on the program.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt - once again your facts are somewhat shaky. The opposition in Syria does not have access to chemical weapons, either from the huge stockpile under lock and key by the Assad regime or from weapons being delivered to the rebels. (Which by the way, McCain, Graham et al think is not happening enough - i.e. weapons delivery to the rebels.)

And again, if you can provide a link or source that indicates that my statement is false, I would be happy to read it to correct and misinformation I have.

The basis of any conversation or discourse is factually correct information. If garbage is going to be used instead, that is not a conversation worth having or even the thoughts worth reading. Google is there for everyone to double-check what they are thinking/saying. People do not read posts and think ah hah - that is the truth. They read posts and check the information with what they know, and either accept the post or reject it. Every time you post, you should consider whether your posts are going to be of any value to anyone else because they provide new information or facts.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 10:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)


There are pictures of the Al Qaeda civilian rebels loading up the chemical weapons for deployment that were tweeted out from there.

The UN inspectors came into the region right when it happened - why would Assad use chemical weapons when the UN was coming into town? That's like having a high school party while your parents are going to be home.

Here is Bill O'Reilly getting pwned by his own two guests on the matter:

Here is respected former Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul stating flat out that he believes it was a false flag attack:

Most speculate that US and Israeli intelligence were responsible for assisting the rebels in carrying out the attack, meant to be witnessed by the UN so it could be spread all over the mainstream media and it could be blamed on Assad so the US would have an excuse to invade and remove Assad.

Unfortunately their plan failed early on when the UN inspectors specifically stated that they didn't have evidence it was Assad that used the weapons and people started to question.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 11:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

like Ron Paul knows squat about Syrian rebels and gas attacks?!
I looked at this stuff, loon, it's completely unclear and does remind me of Colin Powell's outrageous lies to the Security Council in Feb. 2003. You're deep into conspiracy BS when writing "Most speculate that US and Israeli intelligence were responsible for assisting the rebels in carrying out the attack". Finally, you just hijacked this thread which is about SNAP and food stamps.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 11:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Uhh... DrDan, tabatha just stated, quite correctly, that Al Qaeda Syrian rebels don't have access to make their own chemical weapons... So where did they get them? US and Israel have publicly, and actively supported the Al Qaeda Syrian rebels so if you do some basic math the equation is pretty clear. You just have to step back and look at who is blaming who, what the media is saying and who benefits. These are all things to consider that even judges allow in a court of law. Motive, opportunity, reactions and individual character are all put under the microscope in the court of law, why not here?

And if you want to talk poorly of Dr. Ron Paul, I highly recommend you read his book "A Foreign Policy of Freedom" which is a collection of foreign policy speeches he gave in congress during the 70s, 80s, 90s and '00s before and after 9/11. You will find that he has a very clear understanding of foreign policy and you will learn things you may wish you never knew about our government.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Looks like more info is coming out on this -

"Report: Rebels mishandling chemical weapons responsible for incident"

"However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack."
(Saudi Arabia is allied with Israel/US/Al Qaeda and has a history of engaging with these groups in false flag terrorism - see 9/11)

“They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a female fighter named ‘K.’ “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 12:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CNN should change their name to C(IA)NN,

CNN Caught Staging News Segments on Syria With Actors
Anderson Cooper and CNN have been caught staging fake news about Syria to justify military intervention.

The primary “witness” that the mainstream media is using as a source in Syria has been caught staging fake news segments. Recent video evidence proves that “Syria Danny”, the supposed activist who has been begging for military intervention on CNN, is really just a paid actor and a liar.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 1:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

we haven't even supplied the rebels with the limited amounts of "small arms"Obama promised some time ago, but loon believes we have clandestinely supplied them with sarin or some chem warfare stuff. Wow, really makes sense.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

your "Dr" Ron Paul [it's an MD, not history or poli sci], godfather of the Tea Party, served on 3 Congressional Committees: see
None of these are important in terms of military stuff and he was NOT in the Select Intelligence small group of Reps, I doubt he had much more insider info than loon or me. No need to read his self-serving, Tea Party book.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt, I have to tell you that when you use WeirdNutsDaily as your source, you really do yourself no favors.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 3:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

After all you have to cut food stamps because after we bomb Syria and burn innocent civiliians to death we're going to have to rebuild that place.

How's that "Hope and Change" working out for you?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
August 30, 2013 at 7:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Kids get two free meals a day at school, including during the summer time. What are food stamps getting spent on on top of that? Rice, beans, lentils and kale provide superior nutrition and easily obtained. One more government program distorted beyond all recognition.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
August 31, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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