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Posted on October 25 at 3:09 p.m.
I'm wondering how to help a person with mental health issues the person does not want to deal with, who is homeless by choice or by being disabled by his/her personal issues and just doesn't care enough about themselves to get help? He/she is depressed and feels hopelessly lost.
On Council Approves Super Agency of Homeless Support
Posted on June 8 at 5:51 a.m.
Like some people were saying before Measure A got voted on, "build more lanes and more cars will come".
We need to reduce driving cars and promote other ways of getting around.
On Highway 101: Big Fix, Big Problems
Posted on November 24 at 7:06 a.m.
While Immigration is a Federal issue, some of it goes to the local community to deal with it. Hence, the Feds give money to the local entity. Since arrests of undocumented persons has increased at least 4 times over since 2005, it would be curious to know if the money the Feds give actually cover the costs of housing Santa Barbara's undocumented arrestees?
On Money Coming to Help House Jail's Illegal Immigrants
Posted on November 23 at 9:49 p.m.
I'm impressed with the Occupy Wall Street peoples and glad to have learned more about the credit unions. Now we are going to make the transfer from big bank to credit union.
On Occupy's Bank Transfer Day Yields Results
Posted on October 1 at 8:26 p.m.
I submit this quote from the recent ACLU report: "Consequences: the High Price of Policing Immigrant Communities" Many cities and counties in northern California and beyond have recognized the social and fiscal costs borne by community members and LLEAs (Local Law Enforcement Agencies) due to our nation’s failure to reform the immigration system. They have adopted policies and practices limiting officers from inquiring into immigration status, impounding vehicles, and holding individuals on federal immigration detainers without reimbursement. These policies preserve public safety resources for real crime fighting, and they reflect the following understanding, shared by law enforcement leaders throughout the country: when immigrant community members feel safe reporting crime, local police and sheriffs will be more effective, and this makes all of us safer.
Sheriff Brown, you could save a lot of money being spent to harass the Hispanic community in Santa Barbara by adopting those same policies. Non-Hispanic people are not safe in the current practices you employ because when Hispanic people are afraid to call the police for a white person needing help, then the whole community is not safe.
On Sheriff Addresses Deportation Program Concerns
Posted on September 9 at 6:59 a.m.
Why is it that those who are crossing the Southern US border have such harassment? Those crossing the Northern border legally or not don't seem to get targeted. And those crossing the Eastern Boundary - the Atlantic - usually get legal papers right away. Is that because they are white? Or coming from the Middle East with government protections?
Aren't we all immigrants except the few who were living here before the Spaniards "discovered" them?
Why aren't the companies who recruit and hire undocumented workers targeted and harassed? Why aren't they penalized?
On Marching for Migrants
Posted on May 15 at 8:12 a.m.
Nobody ever speaks about the toll the 911 Twin Towers attack has taken on our present situation. We - the US - has spent these trillions of dollars in war and security expenses because of 911. Now we are having to pay for it and this is the result: no money for daily living because we have to now pay for the war debt. Most money spend was from Bid Laden's attack and the attacks against the US in the few years prior. And then huge expense was generated by Bush's war against Iraq to get control of oil.
Only now, under Obama's rule, have we gone after Bin Laden. Hopefully now we can stop wasting money over there on wars and stop the bleeding so that we can pay for things like our Nation Parks, after school programs, social services for the poor and needy.
On Seventy State Parks Set to Close
Posted on March 23 at 7:11 a.m.
Nice video. Thanks for the personal story. We have to keep fighting for what we believe in - especially when we see wrong doings.
On Gang Injunction Targets Speak Out
Posted on November 29 at 6:15 a.m.
"Illegal alien" sounds like an invasion from outer space, and it is offensive. And since when is a person "illegal"? Working people who come here from other countries, as has been our history, might not have their documents to work, hence the term "undocumented". And why all the hooplala about foreigners "invading" the US if they happen to be from south of the border? We don't hear that many derogatory remarks about the Asians, nor the Europeans nor the Africans who come here without documents. Is it racism?Nearly half of our population in California is people of color. Looks to me like we need to learn to get along and appreciated the diversity! No need to be threatened by it.
On Undocumented but Undaunted
Posted on October 18 at 5:49 a.m.
In my humble opinion we are wasting precious tax money by sending these kids to prisons/jails. It cost more to send them to jail than to send them to college. So around about 6th grade, the kids should be tracked for going to college and being more constructive with their time.
True, the money may come from a different pot, but we all would be better off by having our kids be educated than to be gang bangers.
Additionally, the violence on TV these days has gotten much worse than 10 years ago. It is more graphic and it shows no consequences nor pain - indeed, some of it is portrayed as fun and exciting. Likewise the computer games are full of violence. Somehow or other we need to send a message to kids that violence is not OK.
On Accused Eastside Attackers in Court