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Posted on May 13 at 2:57 p.m.
"important services"? Like what? Fund a new jail to destabilize the mentally ill?
As bad as Measure M may be, letting the BOS decide where the 25% should go appears to be even worse.
On No on Measure M
Posted on May 11 at 1:50 p.m.
Yes, but religion and government are mostly against nature.
On What’s on Your Plate?
Posted on May 11 at 1:47 p.m.
If Measure M passes will the jail go unfunded? That would be a step in the right direction.
Janet will win. An incumbant with plenty of campaign cash.
On Endorsements: Measure M and 2nd District Supervisor and Sheriff
Posted on May 11 at 11:56 a.m.
Overpopulation is the root problem to most all the environmental problems today. Until politicians and scholars begin to publicly discuss and address overpopulation instead of pretending it doesn't exist and catering to it with destructive planing and development were just rearranging the deck furniture on the Titanic.
The human species needs to peacefully reduce its numbers to 3-4 billion by 2100 to be in balance with a healthy planet. Overpopulation has already destroyed parts of the earth that once were healthy and productive. Not to address overpopulation directly is a disservice.
Posted on May 8 at 11:12 a.m.
There another reason democrats don't vote mid-term. It's called being disillusioned with a party that continues republican policies.
1. The democrats had a chance to defund the NSA and they voted to fully fund it. Even Lois Capps voted to support the NSA funding.
2. Pushing new nuclear power plants. Obama has actively worked for a new plant in Georgia.
3. It's been 6 years for Obama and our military is still in the middle-east. Foot-dragging. We should have been totally out of there in 1-2 years.
4. The economy still sucks.
On Tune In, Turn Out
Posted on May 1 at 11:34 a.m.
At large elections make it easier for the city council to discriminate against poorer neighborhoods. Just look at where almost all the high-density development goes. Those poorer neighborhoods are becoming more and more crowded and polluted.
On Is the Council Too White?
Posted on April 21 at 11:22 a.m.
"The number of pre-trial detainees varies dramatically from county to county based on mental health condition and economic status, says Patrick Boyd, who recently retired as San Francisco’s chief probation officer. “What drives the arrest and bookings? It’s often mental health issues, drug and alcohol citations, and homelessness,” says Boyd, who also worked as a probation manger in Santa Barbara. “To what extent would good, solid treatment programs help alleviate that so you don’t have the arrest in the first place?”
The county’s medical and mental health budget has been severely cut back over the years. A number of Santa Barbara County Grand Jury reports outline a need for acute-care beds and outpatient residential treatment. In order to reduce the jail population, the county needs to add mental health beds and treatment programs as well as reform the bail policy so poor people don’t sit in jail, says Sanger.
“Locking up people is archaic,” he says. “An effective probation is much more beneficial to the individual and society so people don’t end up in prison, where they learn to be better criminals.”
On Big Plans for the Big House
Posted on April 16 at 7:40 p.m.
Thank you for writing this Nick.
On The Dog Agog
Posted on April 15 at 11:01 a.m.
How could such a high-density utopia flounder so badly.
Perhaps we need an "I.V. Injunction" where no one under 25 can go to Del Playa on weekends and after the sun sets. Hmmmmmm.
On A Post-Deltopia Vision
Posted on April 10 at 1:35 p.m.
"Reflections on Sustainability, Population Growth, and the Environment - part 3
by Prof. Al BartlettJanuary, 1998
Pseudo solutions: growth management - smart growth
From the highest political and planning circles come various suggestions that are intended to address the problems caused by growth and thus to improve the quality of life. Many of these suggestions are "pseudo solutions" to the problems. At first glance, these sophistic solutions seem logical. A moment's thought will show that, in fact, they are false.
The terms "growth management" and "smart growth" are used interchangeably to describe urban developments that are functionally and esthetically efficient and pleasing. Sometimes these planning processes are advocated by those who believe that we can't stop population growth, therefore we must accomodate it as best we can. Other times they are advocated by those who are actively advancing population growth. The claim is made that growth management and smart growth "will save the environment." They don't save the environment. Whether the growth is smart or dumb, the growth destroys the environment. "Growth management" is a favorite term used by planners and politicians. With planning, smart growth will destroy the environment, but it will do it in a sensitive way. It's like buying a ticket on the Titanic. You can be smart and go first class, or you can be dumb and go steerage. In both cases, the result is the same. But given the choice, most people would go first class."
On S.B. Gets High Marks for 'Anti-Sprawl'