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Posted on January 2 at 7:31 p.m.
Condolences to the Tacadena family, but your loved one wanted to die, and his actions led to this. He and he alone is responsible for this, and you deserve nothing from the City of Santa Barbara. You will lose this in court, mark my words!
On Tacadena Family Files $10 Million Wrongful Death Claim
Posted on November 23 at 8:50 a.m.
The best comment string on a story I've ever read. Every comment is right on point. Neither of these two people are innocent, but Peterson absolutely crossed the line in his advances and actions. Walston also, as she made the decision to go forward with the affair, and when it no longer suited her desires for personal and professional advancement, made it public. Shame on both of them for allowing their personal desires to cloud their better judgement. As many have already said, now the county taxpayers are the losers here.
A wise police chief once gave some sage advice to his young new hires; "Mind your reputation, because that's all you have in the end. Be careful of the three 'B's: Booze, Broads, and Bullets, they've brought down many a good cop."
On Undersheriff Jim Peterson Retired Amid 'Sexting' Scandal
Posted on September 18 at 10:31 a.m.
anon84, very sorry for your loss, but your cousin made his choice to not comply with police orders while holding a deadly weapon. You say you can't speculate, but you then go on to do so, saying the officer should have used "BACK UP, POLICE DOG, TASER, SHOTGUN THAT SHOOT NON-LETHAL ROUNDS" to stop your cousin. None of us know the facts, so we can't condemn the officer for doing his job against a known threat, but to use any of the tactics you listed was not an option. He most assuredly called for backup as he was making the stop, but they hadn't arrived yet. Not all officers carry a "less-lethal shotgun" and the officer wouldn't have been able to access it at the beginning of the contact even if he had one, as they are stored in the trunk until needed. He's not a K-9 officer, and a K-9 wouldn't have been deployed against a man holding a knife.
Again, I am truly sorry that your family has suffered another loss of life, but making poor choices in life has its consequences.
On Vigil for Santa Barbara Man Killed by Cop
Posted on September 17 at 11:23 p.m.
billclausen you must research police defense tactics. You meet the threat with equal or greater defenses. Pepper Spray and tasers are useful tools, but not against a lethal threat who has already acknowledged that he will be shot if he doesn't drop the knife. Tasers are not always effective, specifically when used against a moving target, and especially when that target is wearing clothing that may prevent the barbs from contacting the skin. Pepper spray is only effective when it hits the eyes or nose. Law Enforcement is taught to meet lethal threats with lethal force.
Posted on September 7 at 11:39 a.m.
Thank you KV! Your comments were a breath of fresh air.
On Yoga Studio Receives Massive Backlash over 'Ghetto Fabulous' Class
Posted on August 17 at 3:52 p.m.
Totally agree, and I am an avid cyclist. Group mentality takes over with these riders. I ride with a small group, and we do slow to a stop at red lights and stop signs, make eye contact with car/truck drivers, and try to get their acknowledgment before all proceeding through an intersection. Sadly, most riders don't do this, and think they can automatically blast through an intersection. I don't need to be anywhere so fast that i jeopardize my safety. As my buddy always says; "It's the law of tonnage, a car outways you and can hurt/kill you, even if you're in the right."
On Two-Wheeled Menace
Posted on August 7 at 7:53 a.m.
Okay, it's time for the boys and girls in blue to get real. You already make an outstanding salary and have great benefits. You are valued and respected, but it's time to pony up your fair share. To ask you to pay your 9% share is not asking too much, in today's world of public finances. And Mike McGrew needs to realize that his influence and power on the Association isn't what it used to be. I think you're on the wrong side of the argument this time folks. Pay up, shut up, and be glad you have a job with great benefits that the average and not so average worker would be happy to have. The threat that we'll lose officers to other jurisdictions just doesn't hold the weight it used to.
On City at Impasse with Police Union on Pension and Salary Negotiations
Posted on March 25 at 6:37 p.m.
This guy has been doing this type of thievery for years and IMHO he has some serious mental issues. As others have mentioned, he makes thousands and thousands of dollars in cash from all his slum properties, and still feels he must take someone else's property? He has been in trouble with local authorities for years, for exactly this type of crime, as well as zoning violations too many to list here. He buys distressed properties, then nearly destroys them by moving in illegals who are willing to pay whatever he demands and live in some of the worst conditions just to have a roof over their head.
The property at Carrillo and San Pascual is a fine example of what the "Pini machine" can do to a once thriving rental property. He bought it a few years back, evicted the resident managers and longtime residents, then proceeded to convert the apartments to "multiple person residents." Undocumented/illegal aliens live in squalor in every available piece of square footage, including turning dining rooms into bedrooms with plywood walls, and "bunk beds" stacked inside bedroom closets. It was not uncommon to see 10-15 people jammed into a one or two bedroom apartment, all paying cash to slumlord Pini for the privilege of living there. Landscaping is allowed to die, being replaced by dirt.
On Pini Popped for Pilfering
Posted on August 8 at 10:55 p.m.
God rest your soul Matt. You realized that you had so much more to give as a leader and acted on that. You made a difference my friend, and you will not be forgotten.
On Matt Sanchez Dies
Posted on March 4 at 12:10 p.m.
Mannix and Sanchez are liquid from the same D-bag! Their collective incompetence, along with a City Council who has gobbled up their double speak for all these years, has brought us to this point.
On Gang Injunctions to Be Filed Soon
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