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Posted on May 19 at 6:16 p.m.
More Americans believe in Bigfoot than believe someone found smoking marijuana or in possession of a small amount of marijuana should be sent to jail, a new poll reports.
Just six percent of Americans want jail time for minor pot offenses, according to a new poll of 1,003 adults conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates May 9 to 13, and paid for by libertarian media company Reason and Rupe. http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/...
Spiritwalker correctly named the game. It's not only obvious that these are PR stunts aimed at increasing LE's budget, it's also obvious that LE costs have a negative effect on the community and on public safety that's resulted from budget cuts in education and in programs serving the elderly, disabled, and mentally ill to fund LE piggies. It's amazing that the US incarcerates 716 people per hundred thousand and India 30 per 100,000 and that LE is constantly lobbying to increase its budget as crime rates decrease and the economy tanks. Hollister Ranch shoreboats were offloading significant amounts of cocaine in the 70's.
On Panga Found on Arroyo Quemada Beach
Posted on May 18 at 10:46 p.m.
Sure - let's enforce a gang injunction and lock em all up. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/... " A 35-count indictment portrays Madrigal as a powerful figure representing an efficient and merciless organization that law enforcement officials believe has been operating for decades, LARGELY FROM BEHIND BARS, calling shots among street gangs.Law enforcement is really scrambling for bucks, since we have a low level of crime and a very tight economy, and the city has cooperated by replacing volunteers with public safety employees, at taxpayers' expense. Exaggerating the gang problem, creating new laws to allow incarceration, and creating paranoia in the community are excellent techniques to encourage unjustified increases in law enforcement expense, strengthen gangs, improve gang members skills and connections, and increase the conditions that foster gangs and crime - poverty, unemployment, and lack of education, by diverting funds to law enforcement, which benefits from these conditions that promote crime and that provide law enforcement job security. If we label them as bad guys when they're young, they belong to the system for life.Rehabilitating gang members doesn't provide funds for LE or local government and doesn't provide motivation for building more jails and hiring more corrections officers. Ventura gang member Efren Cruz served 4 years for a gang-related murder in Lot 10 after (promoted by Dudley shortly before retirement) Assistant DA Hilary Dozer refused to acknowledge exculpatory evidence during discovery, a confession to a Ventura detective. Since his conviction was overturned on appeal in Ventura, he's gotten a college degree, married, and has a son. Marginalizing and labeling feeds the criminal justice sector, destroys people and increases crime. We have former gang members who are a powerful community resource - we need to listen.
On Heated Debate Over Gang Injunction
Posted on May 17 at 9:16 p.m.
Sounds like same-old; more sleazy politics in SB, looking more like organized crime and less like government by the day.
On Whiskey Richards Dance Permit Suspended
Posted on May 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Cliff Drive isn't a neighborhood asset, it's a main artery. Attempting to convert essential main arteries to pedestrian-friendly neighborhood streets is poor planning and inconsistent with responsible disaster/evacuation planning. Architects (some signers are landscape architects) aren't traffic engineers, have no skills or knowledge relevant to the issue, and have performed no analysis of the impact on vehicle traffic resulting from their plans. SB has experienced a recent phenomena in which neighborhood associations (that also do a lot of good in the community) with a small percentage of resident members claim to represent all residents, effectively disenfranchising the majority. Crossing Cliff Drive is hazardous to pedestrians crossing the street, as are Cathedral Oaks, Hollister Ave., PCH. and De La Vina Street. Numerous pedestrian/vehicle collisions on De La Vina are a good indication that the proposed changes to Cliff Drive can't be expected to significantly improve safety. We can't afford this at the present time, and we don't need to enlarge an infrastructure that the city of Santa Barbara has demonstrated inability and irresponsibility in maintaining at its current level.
On Owning 225
Posted on May 16 at 2:28 p.m.
I agree it's dangerous, but is that an integral part of Caltrans' plan to eliminate left lane exits? It's dangerous because Caltrans' sign informing drivers of the exit is so close to the off-ramp that if you're not already in the left lane, you've got to make a 90 degreeturn across lanes to get there. My impression is that it's an example of dysfunctional-by-design traffic engineering, but eliminating the exit would be a just reward.
On Sleep with Dogs, Wake with Flea Powder
Posted on May 16 at 2:10 p.m.
Sigmund Freud's drug of choice for mental illness - replaced heroin as his favorite. Incredible bs - Clayton must have dissed a cop - 2 people snorting coke in the restroom in 11 years?Well, gee, I guess it's OK to put him out of business as long as there's no problem with an SBPD "officer in good standing" planting heroin on someone, then charging them with attempted heroin sales in county jail while being recorded on video - excellent PR for the tourist industry.
Posted on May 14 at 8:33 p.m.
Great discussion of the Second Amendment, Arve, Thanks. The establishment of state militias was an important issue in a country that had become independent from the British Empire in the recent past. I doubt that the founders would have considered any government control over privately-owned weapons that were basic tools used to obtain meat for carnivorous colonists as well as for defense against hungry creatures with the same intent. Guns were obviously used by the military and for personal defense, but I doubt that the founders' intent was to discuss personal possession of tools that were viewed most commonly as members of a class that included fishing poles, snares, and traps.
On Guns, Congress, and the Commander-in-Chief
Posted on May 14 at 7:03 p.m.
Great article, probably will help many people with claustrophobia. I'm OK with that, but the banging is loud enough to drive you nuts.
On Small Space Spasm
Posted on May 14 at 6:40 p.m.
Frankie is really a sweetie - I met him yesterday at DAWG. I can't afford a dog and was only visiting, but it's amazing how many fine-looking homeless furry friends there are out there, waiting to be your best buddy.
On <b>Adoptable Pet of the Week</b>
Posted on May 14 at 6:25 p.m.
The "best, brightest, and most innovative" team of union members in the public sector is an oxymoron - the glaring difference between the private and public sector. We might have a functional government if collective bargaining and government entity's employment contracts didn't ensure retaining incompetent, unmotivated, warped, brain-dead, hostile, dishonest, entitled employees whose primary interest in their job is retirement. It's a great goal, though, although splitting the vote against Bill Brown isn't helpful.
On UCSB Police Officer Running for Sheriff
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