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Posted on November 1 at 7:33 p.m.
I worked for the County for many years. Norm Caldwell exemplies what it means to be a great public servant.
On Obituary for Norman H. Caldwell
Posted on October 31 at 1:31 p.m.
Raytheon (SBRC) in Goleta did this years ago. The detectors were installed in high-end cadilacs and the product did not sell well. I no longer live in SB but rather on an island in the Puget Sound. There is one deer and car crash a day on average. Deer jump out of the trees and bushes so going down the road blowing a whistle and beeping ones horn is not going to fix the problem.
If standing still on the side of the road, deer generally just stand there or turn and run. Driving slowly and being vigilant at dusk and dawn is important. Even so, my friends on the island tell me that it isn't a question of "if" but rather a question of "when" but here, there are deer everywhere.
Last, paying attention to the infrared screen and and not the road is a problem.
On Car Safety Company Debuts Deer Detection System
Posted on September 8 at 2:13 p.m.
The insurance of the injured person may pay but it depends on the insurance. If the injured is uninsured, then the costs fall to the hospital to collect. Medicaid (Medi-Cal) covers emergency services but the perpetrators do not pay for the costs if that is your question. Medicaid will not compensate the medical providers for the total cost of the services.
On Four Arrested After Westside Stabbing
Posted on September 5 at 9:40 a.m.
My husband and I were in the Middle East in 2010 and that included Syria and Egypt. Bashar al Assad is a monster and folks told us quietly that he was not this nice opthomalogist with a do gooder wife that the completely government controlled press portrayed him as. In Egypt, folks told us Mubarak had to go.
So, here we are over three years later and 100,000 Syrians are dead and I don't know how many Egyptians so how is all this working out? Morsi was dreadful and in Iraq, the killings go on and ditto Afghanistan and Iran, well, you get the point.
Even if al Assad were to go tomorrow, things are not going to get better. The Sunnis outnumber the Alawites, who are in charge. The Sunnis do not like the Alawites nor the Shiites and the Shiites do not like anyone as near as I can tell.
I have cried for the wonderful people I met in Syria and many of them may be dead or have fled the country. They were Sunnis and many lived in Aleppo and Homs. We cannot fix it.
I hope Lois Capps and other members of Congress look at history. The Shiites and Sunnis have not gotten along since 600 A.D. This is not fixable.
On Should the U.S. intervene in Syria?
Posted on August 26 at 7:18 p.m.
In the 90's I was a budget analyst in the County Administrative Office. One of my budgets was the Old Town Redevelopment Agency and Chuck Wagner, Steve's dad was my boss.
Old Town was a hard problem then and it is a hard problem now. Give Steve Wagner's plans a chance. Think about the alternatives. No changes will mean the same old problems. It isn't going to get better, folks.
Traffic engineers are great folks in my experience and they really do care about our community. Steve Wagner comes from a family committed to public service. Please be positive and work with your community members to try to find the best solution.Good luck to you all.
On Potholes for Old Town Goleta Revitalization Plan
Posted on July 21 at 7:12 p.m.
I did not know Roger but I did know his mother and his art. Roger demonstrated that we need to look beyond the disabilities of folks and look at what they can accomplish.
The support of his family and the Santa Barbara community members who care about those with mental illness made a big difference for him.
Rest in peace, Roger.
On Obituary for Rodger Casier
Posted on July 11 at 1:45 p.m.
The County jail menus must be prepared monthly and must meet dietary standards. See the link below:
"Menus, as planned, including changes, shall be evaluated by a registered dietician at least annually.
Citation: Penal Code section 6030
On page 56 of the jail standards linked above, textured vegetable protein is listed as an acceptable protein source. In addition, the daily caloric count is also set forth in the jail standards.
I accept that the inmates don't like textured vegetable protein. I'm not very keen on it either so I don't eat it but then I am not in jail.
The Santa Barbara County Jail menu plan and preparation methods are inspected annually and must meet all state standards.
On Too Much Soy, Not Enough Meat?
Posted on June 9 at 7:12 p.m.
A San Ramon man, really? Faiyaz Naziruddin. Sorry to put flies in the punch bowl but Faiyaz Naziruddin does not sound like a typical name in San Ramon or Santa Barbara.
On Alleged Rapist Arrested in Hayward
Posted on May 28 at 10:53 a.m.
You cannot lock someone in an institution unless you can prove the following:
5150 criteria The criteria for writing requires probable cause. These include danger to self; danger to others together with some indication, prior to the administering of the hold, of symptoms of a mental disorder; and/or grave disability, as noted below. The conditions must exist within the context of a mental illness. 1.Danger to self: The person must be an immediate threat to themselves, usually by being suicidal. Someone who is severely depressed and wishes to die would fall under this category (though they generally have to have expressed a plan to commit suicide and not just a wish to die). 2.Danger to others: The person must be an immediate threat to someone else's safety. 3.Gravely disabled: 1.Adult (patients over 18 years of age): The person's mental condition prevents him/her from being able to provide for food, clothing, and/or shelter, and there is no indication that anyone is willing or able to assist him/her in procuring these needs. This does not necessarily mean homeless, as a homeless person who is able to seek housing (even in a temporary shelter) when weather demands it would not fall under this category. Also, the mere lack of resources to provide food, clothing, or shelter is not dispositive; the inability must be caused by the psychiatric condition. 2.Minor (patients under 18 years of age): The person is unable to provide for his/her food, clothing, and/or shelter or to make appropriate use of them even if these are supplied directly—for example, a psychotic adolescent who refuses to eat because he/she believes his/her parents are poisoning them.
The state budget is in the red. There is no money to build state institutions and even if there were money, the homeless who are drug and alcohol dependent do not want to go to institutions.
Last, the SB Clinics are not serving mentally ill people. They are serving poor people who are mostly Hispanic, 2/3's of them. If there is not money for basic medical care for poor people, where is the money going to come from to build institutions to put homeless people in who do not want to be there?
On Neighborhood Clinics In Real Danger of Closing
Posted on May 27 at 11:53 a.m.
No one can be denied life, liberty or property without due process of law. In California, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act was passed in 1967. The sections on involuntary holds can be found in Welfare and Institutions code, sections 5150 and 5170. To read more, put 5150 in your search engine.
You can't lock granny up in a nursing home even if she has dementia without taking her to court and having her declared a "danger to herself or others."
My neighbors tried locking up their very annoying father after he was hospitalized and released. They transported him to a senior facility and he called a cab and went home.The oldest son sent neighbors an e-mail asking that no one help him so they could lock him up safely. The neighbors arranged meals on wheels and car trips to the grocery store. Is he a pain in the neck? Yup, but he is not a criminal, just annoying.
Most of the folks who go to the SB Clinics are not mentally ill or old (5%). Most are poor Hispanics (66%) who have no health insurance because they are not eligible for Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal and Medicare do not cover dental care. Stats are on the clinic website.
If the clinics close, Santa Barbara County will have to take care of them, out patient. Counties must provide health care to all comers whether they are in the country legally or not. The same goes for hospital emergency rooms. If the clinics close, the costs will simply shift to other health providers.
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