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Posted on June 22 at 12:32 p.m.
When I first worked in IV in the early 1980's there were so few SBCC students living in IV that they weren't an issue. When I returned to work in IV in the late 1980's and early 1990's, SBCC students had become a significant presence in IV and accounted for a great deal of the work, both as suspects and victims. My opinion in those days was that the average SBCC student was even younger and less mature than many of the UC students living there.
Since IV is far away from SBCC, the SBCC admin had no interest whatsoever in regulating the conduct of their students living in IV. I see that nothing has changed.
On What's Next for Isla Vista?
Posted on June 19 at 1:45 p.m.
I would not be surprised if all of the recent violence in IV has a negative impact on UCSB enrollment. At least SOME of these parents may finally be concerned about the environment they are allowing their kids to enter. How long this impact lasts is anyone's guess.
Posted on June 10 at 2 p.m.
Loon, I know your position is usually that the evil and nefarious police are to blame for these incidents, etc., and I'm not surprised that this comment thread is going in other directions, but I think Denunzio should be taking personal responsibility for his actions. I also think enough has happened so that he should be able to recognize that he has a problem with alcohol, and I think it's time he did something about it.
Like it or not, loon, in the real world it isn't a good idea to drink and drive, nor is it a good idea to get drunk and walk around on boats that don't belong to you late at night. If you do such things you can expect to eventually have contact with law enforcement, and if you don't do as told during that contact, then you can expect a reaction to your actions.
IMO Denunzio doesn't need any more apologists to justify and/or enable his behavior. He needs to man-up and get help for his alcohol problem, and I wish him well if he does.
On Cops Arrest Denunzio Again
Posted on June 10 at 1:01 p.m.
Well, loon, I guess that means your neighbor's rescue cat is afraid of the police. There can't be any other explanation. Did I get it right?
Posted on June 10 at 12:51 p.m.
I guess all of the local cops now have to remember that Denunzio will run from them every time he's contacted for doing stupid stuff like this while under the influence of alcohol, and that they will be held to a very high standard when it comes to using any force of any kind against him.
Maybe Genis can get Denunzio to use some of his hard-earned settlement dollars to go dry out somewhere so he doesn't do stupid stuff like this while under the influence of alcohol again.
Posted on June 9 at 1:19 p.m.
Swashbuckling alcoholic f*ck-ups need highly-paid professional apologists. More job security for DG.
Posted on June 8 at 11:52 a.m.
Don't drink and drive.
On Denunzio Beats Phlebotomist in Fourth Amendment Challenge
Posted on June 5 at 11:02 a.m.
The Chumash could certainly afford their own police department if they actually wanted one...
On Chumash Chagrined Over Deputy Position
Posted on June 4 at 7:55 p.m.
Arthur Chu recently wrote an excellent column re "nerds" and misogyny on the Daily Beast site:
On Mass Murder Spawns Talk About Treatment of Women
Posted on June 4 at 3:18 p.m.
The DA's report on the shooting and the chain of events that led up to it indicates former Lt. Ast had a great deal of involvement in the decision-making process during the botched lead-up to the shooting, so I don't agree with his attorney's characterization of Ast's involvement in the matter as "very minor." It was anything but very minor. I can therefore see why SMPD's Chief Martin terminated Ast for failure to follow department policy and the chain of command, but reasonable minds may differ, so the arbitration process seems appropriate here.
I don't know whether Ast was truly motivated by greed or malice, but the actions of now-retired Lt. Flores also precipitated the incident, and allowing Flores to retire without facing the consequences of his lack of professionalism was deplorable.
I'm also inclined to wonder what the hell kind of department former Chief Macagni was running. "Dysfunctional funk" does seem to be an apt description - and that's the fault of Macagni and his command staff.
On Santa Maria Police: Inept or Corrupt?