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Posted on April 26 at 8:42 a.m.
Allowing the police to categorize whom to allow to congregate in public places is a failure of democracy. If the "baddest of the bad" are "bad" then bust them for criminal activity and get a conviction and allow due process to impose whatever restrictions society needs. Short cutting the system is a sign of weakness and mean the bad guys are winning. This is the same as the failure to honor the Boston bombing suspects repeated invocation of his Constitutional rights. Sounds more like the Iranian ideal of society than the American ideal.
On City Council Finally Addressing Gang Injunction
Posted on April 12 at 10:12 a.m.
Aside from the discussion about the desirability of the tax we need to pay attention to the significance the decision which was to NOT hire an "expert" to advise our elected officials as to how to act. I am proud and sort of stunned that the council denied this request of staff and put the burden where it belongs--on their own shoulders. This is why we elected them.
On Tax Hike Dead in the Cradle
Posted on March 16 at 10:05 a.m.
It is disappointing to watch the liberal politicians continue to push for sales tax increases (they just lost such a battle in Los Angeles) when sales taxes are the most regressive and unfair tax. The mayor especially knows this and should explain why she pushes this burden on those with little discretionary income instead of a tax or assessment of some sort on the main creator of the need for more services and the biggest slacker --the adult fun zone on lower State.
On Sales Tax Increase Appears Dead on Arrival
Posted on February 15 at 10:15 a.m.
Is no one a little nervous about patient waste (exam table paper) being composted and returned to use? I am a big advocate for this stuff but can't we go too far?
On Innovative Recycling and Composting Program at Sansum Clinic
Posted on November 23 at 10:09 a.m.
Or, Art, another example of a city acting like a Soviet state. Should the city be in the business of renting space to automobiles? Is this OK because private business wants this whereas private business does not want the city to allow homeless people to be fed in city parks? These issues are not as simple a tea party rhetoric and knee jerk would make them. .
On State Challenges City Parking Lot Ownership
Posted on November 20 at 1:52 p.m.
The 'revolving door for criminals' has been a one way entrance to expensive state offered medical care, housing, nutrition and exercise programs all on behalf of the prison-industrial complex which is basically prison guards and corporations who build prisons and jails. The US has prison sentences three to four times longer on average than the EU while crime is at least triple here. The lock em up experiment has failed and we need to address the problem of recidivism and criminal behavior with more than a cudgel and dark room.
On 27 Three-Strikers Eligible for Release
Posted on November 15 at 9:04 a.m.
In my experience it is the opposite. People tend to be forgiving of those they know and hostile to the same behavior in those they don't know. Strangers are suspect and family is understood.
On Trusting Strangers
Posted on November 9 at 10 a.m.
Public employee salaries do not exceed private sector salaries when they are compared by level of education. Do not repeat this idea that since the economy and GOP policies have decimated the working class forcing the private sector wage slaves to work for minimum wages that this is what everyone should get paid. This is propaganda directed at the working people and benefiting only the speculator class.
On Retirement System A Go-Go
Posted on August 17 at 10:39 a.m.
What is ridiculous about Sterne's conduct? If her order was "ridiculous" the CIty Attorney would have appealed and the Court of Appeals would have said it was "ridiculous" and reversed it. Sounds like bimboteskie has an axe to grind from some earlier disliked ruling.
On Gang Injunction Further Moth-Balled
Posted on August 17 at 10:20 a.m.
Where is Lois Capps???
On Who is the crankiest elected official on the South Coast?
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