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Posted on April 23 at 12:51 p.m.

I hope someone challenges Rowse. He has been exactly the sort of "representative" that led to the need for district elections. He is bought and paid for by the Downtown Organization and the business community. Why he would be a proper spokesperson for the Mesa area is not easily understood. His loyalty will be to his business and he co=-business people. Please let's have a choice on the Mesa.

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Posted on April 23 at 9:26 a.m.

The better question about the cost of the program would be to note that ADHMS is spending a huge budget on other programs and that the County of SB is spending even more money on new jails. The high speed rail bogeyman is not relevant but the local decision makers failure to attend to this chronic and long lasting need should be up front here. Provision of proper mental health housing, care and treatment would more than off set the cost of that program by reducing law enforcement/incarceration/criminal justice costs. Why can't we get this done!!!!

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Posted on April 22 at 10:59 a.m.

Ar large: How many "new" directors do we have to tolerate before action is accomplished? Gleghorn had a prior job and allegedly was hired bc she understood the problem and solution. Why does this have to start de novo now? How many ADMHS directors has the county tolerated while they "studied" the problem. We don't need the "state of the art" system, just one that actually intervenes and provides some help to this long suffering population (and their families).
Jarvis: The bureaucratic trap is not found only in "progressive" efforts. Private industry (for example GM), the military, public utilities, and schools can fall into the process trap. This is why small is often better but small and greedy is probably worse.

On ‘Black Robe’ Therapy for Mentally Ill Put on Ice

Posted on April 22 at 10:06 a.m.

ADMHS continues, under every new administrator, to obfuscate, delay, study, complain, excuse, waste and destroy the hope of any meaningful mental health intervention in our county. We have money for new jails but not for locked care mental health and out patient treatment facilities! This latest director comes from the bureaucratic culture of talk, study and plan. All the money is spent on process and then it runs out. The BOS must act as the staff will not. County ADMHS needs a complete dump. Fire everybody and count to six and create a program that demands intervention, effort and work from its employees. Take the money for the 2d new jail and build care for mental ill and others who get sucked up into the criminal justice system. This is so simple but there is not one politician who will lead the way. Sad.

On ‘Black Robe’ Therapy for Mentally Ill Put on Ice

Posted on April 21 at 1:13 p.m.

What a non-objective article! Is the reporter one of the supporters who showed up to get in the pictures? What does it say when the story titles the accused as "her perpetrator"? In fact what does that phrase mean at all? Maybe this whole thing is some sort of street theater. Does anyone know if there is an accused person at all? It is stuff like this that should show the value of a criminal justice system based on confrontation, due process and the presumption of innocence.

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Posted on April 21 at 12:34 p.m.

I agree with Nativegeo, better rats than cats!! (Well, sometimes.)

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Posted on April 17 at 2:33 p.m.

Gee, Wisewoman, why can't these folks get it? Maybe a little criminal enforcement will bring them to civility and rationality and compliant group behavior. How simplistic can a wisewoman be? Do you have any understanding of the population that is causing this problem? We need intervention, locked care, MH teams. Also we need some thicker skins among the protected class that doesn't want to actually see the underbelly of life. Meanwhile we spend money on ADMHS BS meetings and new punitive laws. No one wants to do the hard and dirty work.

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Posted on April 15 at 11:58 a.m.

Simpleton, I agree that equity is the test. We probably just have a disagreement about where that line is. When the poorest income people pay as much in taxes (as a share of their income) as the wealthiest (as a share of their income) I think the balance has been messed over badly. Now the really rich are trying to get the estate tax abolished so those who stand to inherit over $4.5. million can get it without tax at all. Most of this inheritance has never been taxed (it is capital gains) so this is not a question of double taxation but of messed up equity where the .1% get theirs and the workers get screwed. A pension for govt employees is an equity I support just as I support a pension for all.

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Posted on April 15 at 10:52 a.m.

Helping to pay for pensions is part of the social compact. Once again JJ seems to be above sharing with the rest of the folks. I think there must be something that JJ uses that we all contribute to? Maybe highways and roads? Maybe police and fire protection? Maybe public health services that keep JJ safe from disease? Now with regard to the "quality of life" that is being sacrificed, let's see how we can protect that. Maybe by empowering a nanny like the Coastal Commission? Or one like the EPA? My suspicion is that JJ doesn't like these agencies.

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Posted on April 15 at 10:25 a.m.

"A truly free country has both agreed rights and agreed duties." Isn't that what these hearings have been about? At this moment the rights and duties are set. Apparently some fail to understand the idea of democratic discourse and compromise. I don't have much love for big hotels which emphasize the gap between the super rich and those workers who get to serve them but this deal is in compliance with our free country process. Hope no one is going to resort to guerrilla tactics to undermine it.

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