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Posted on December 11 at 2:55 p.m.

As happens, Jarvis and I are in agreement about the abysmal failure to implement mental health outpatient care in SB. But his reference is, I think, to Prop 63 which assessed a tax on big income to provide the outpatient and inpatient services for psychiatric needs. The money available in SB County has been used for more nonsensical County Mental Health processes. We are also building a couple of new jails which purport to allow for psychiatric care. Absurd. The Board of Supervisors has sold out to the Sheriff and political pressure and refused to stop the jails and, worse, has avoided any responsibility to care for the mentally ill in this county. The Pyschiatric Health Facility has been the same capacity for 40 years. County Mental Health likes it that way--take the easy cases and send everyone else to jail (or out of county maybe). 40% of the homeless suffer from psychiatric disabiity. Treating this would be a first step and a great cost savings over the jail.

On New Leader for Casa Esperanza

Posted on December 11 at 12:55 p.m.

Jarvis your last comment is the proof of my earlier one. Thank you.

On New Leader for Casa Esperanza

Posted on December 11 at 12:25 p.m.

Why no mention in these comments of the dead man's gun obsession. How many weapons did he have around the house? In the truck? If he hadn't "exercised his 2d Amendment Rights" this would not be a story. I have no love for the authoritarian and excess nature of our law enforcement responses by and large but this conflict wasn't started by them--i.e., by a specious stop for "probable cause."

On Excessive Force or Suicide by Cop?

Posted on December 11 at 12:06 p.m.

JarvisJarvis never seems to find a charitable act that he can't dis. Nobody has proposed a 14 story building in SB so that red herring should just go sailing over people's heads. And the implication that any service for the homeless is an attraction to others is belied by the people who actually study these things instead of getting their "facts" from Fox News. Santa Barbara produces our own share of homeless, some of them go to other places and the homeless from some other places come here. It's a national problem. Santa Barbara does not provide services beyond what other communities offer. In fact cities like Goleta and Carpinteria provide almost nothing and they should be shamed for this selfishness. Good luck to the new management.

On New Leader for Casa Esperanza

Posted on December 9 at 3:24 p.m.

$!0K probably won't buy a month of paralegal services. This is a joke. Legal Aid's assistance to the homeless is bureaucratic and process oriented. A lot of talk and no litigation, civil or criminal. This money will just be used for Legal Aid "overhead" without changing anything and the Chumash get PR points from the gullible.

On Chumash Donate $10,000 to Legal Aid Foundation

Posted on December 7 at 11:57 a.m.

A charitable service that deserves praise. Good for them. The City of Goleta allegedly allowed this service in its boundaries only once a month and only by appointment. IF that is true they should be shamed.

On Portable Shower Trailer Opens in Isla Vista

Posted on December 4 at 5:13 p.m.

Gaskin is no Green. What a mismatch. Geoff has had the sheen of integrity and good work. Gaskin the oily residue of self-interest and has exhibited a complete lack of understanding of the place SBCC should take in the community. Her goal is her future job, not the good of the locals. Geoff's was always perceived to be the opposite. I worry about this.

On Geoff Green Takes City College Post

Posted on December 4 at 12:18 p.m.

I am inclined to support the concept that a salary frozen for so many years should be unfrozen. But not the concept that they get make ups. These "comparable county" surveys are just window dressing and each of the "comps" uses the same data to jack their side of the equation up and back and forth it goes. But two things need to be noted: 1. We get to elect them so their choices are accountable to us contrary to what dolphin said and 2. The idea of bonuses is absurd--there is no way to deny some bonus to anyone in elected office or even to appointed department heads and certainly not to the rank and file managers, the cost in bad relationships is just too great. The office politics of telling civil service employees that they will be paid less than a peer doing the same work is impossible and likely to further corruption. Better to simply pay the fair salary.
On that point: The salaries mentioned are not so excessive that they embarrass me. Compared to the private sector "executive compensation packages" these are peanuts.

On Supervisors Approve Own Pay Raises

Posted on December 1 at 2:29 p.m.

What a boondoggle. Another previously retired bureaucrat brought into the old boys club to pad his retirement further and say what the boss wants him to say. What in the world will this cost the county and what in the world good will he do that a in house applicant couldn't do better?

On New Undersheriff Named

Posted on November 28 at 12:54 p.m.

Well at least we waited until after Thanksgiving and all the warm and fuzzy feelings it generates to announce this generosity of Santa Barbara's spirit. This town has a long history of bi-polar attitudes toward the needy (see for example "Helpless in Santa Barbara" for some review: Now they have restricted Esperanza to the "deserving poor" and things are so much tidier for the burghers. Look what has happened to the Prop 63 money--bureaucratic study and waste. Look what the BOS is doing, planning bigger jails and fewer mental health facilities. Look at County Mental Health which as a complete and total history of avoiding the dirty work of actually helping the people it is supposed to help. Happy Holidays to those who will feel better not having to see the poor.

On Homeless Camps Cleaned Up

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