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Posted on August 9 at 6:42 a.m.
I think you nailed it with the point about the guys in Australia and China. We dont need a suicide fence at all, we just need someone standing on the bridge with a nice cup of tea waiting for jumpers to pass by. Thank you for volunteering Sally, you have saved the city millions of dollars that would have been wasted on a fence.
On Safe Passage over the Canyon
Posted on August 8 at 2:46 p.m.
Jennifer... I dont even know where to start with your ridiculous comment. Are you saying that while you were living in Santa Barbara your brother became homeless and died in the street while you were "loving him to the end"? You mention a "breakdown of services", how about a beakdown of family? I cant imagine a scenario where one of my sisters becomes homeless living on the streets in the town where I live, and somehow I think that she is someone elses responsibility. That she should be a burden on my neighbors and my city instead of taking her in myself.
And what is your issue with my comment exactly? My point was simply that the article gives no frame of reference. If 45 homeless people die and we only have 45 homeless people living here to begin with, yeah thats a problem. But if 45 people die out of 10,000, and the national average is 500 homeless deaths out of 10,000, then hey, all of a sudden it looks like Santa Barbara actually has some pretty amazing services set up doesnt it?
Also, I dont know if you have had the opportunity to speak with any homeless people who are not in your immediate family, but I suggest you go an take a poll during a peak tourism weekend like fiesta days. You will find, as I did, that many of the street people here have come via train from Santa Maria, Lompoc, LA etc. Not only that but some of them are not even homeless!! Just taking advantage of generous tourists and peeing on Starbucks during a long weekend of crack and meth.
On Homeless Death Report
Posted on August 6 at 8:52 a.m.
Let me make this very simple for you... The more people you have living somewhere, the more people you will eventually have dying there too. Congratulations Santa Barbara on attracting massive numbers of both living and dying homeless people. This report would only be useful if it was presented as a ratio of deaths-to-total-homeless, then compared to other cities.
Posted on August 4 at 11:53 p.m.
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On Homeless at 80, Eugene Postorono Moves Inside
Posted on August 4 at 11:50 p.m.
Posted on August 4 at 3:03 a.m.
... that is not a haiku.
On OP Your Trail Treat
Posted on August 4 at 1:46 a.m.
am i missing something? is there another page to this? what is the point of this story, and why is it news?
Posted on August 4 at 1:42 a.m.
i agree, slippery slope. so if they find out a bunch of people get off watching bank robberies will they make security cameras illegal? smashing pets is already a crime, the videos should just make the people doing it easier to catch.
On Crush Videos
Posted on August 4 at 1:34 a.m.
On Homeless Death Report Is Bleak and Scientific
Posted on July 26 at 4 p.m.
"Small dogs and cats can become victims even in broad daylight." Victims?... you must mean Prey.
People have apparently become desensitized to nature and the simple idea of the food chain. As much as you pet owners like to refer to your animals as "babies" or dress them up and treat them like part of a human family, they are still animals, not humans. When you let your cat or dog go "play" outside chances are they are out there mauling local birds, rabbits, frogs, and anything else they can get their hands on, and yet no one cares or sympathises until Mittens finds herself on the wrong end of the predation.
If you plan on introducing an animal to an area, best keep it inside your house, or dont be surprised to find that your declawed furball is not a top-level predator after all.
On Preyed on Pets