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Posted on December 2 at 5:28 p.m.
The guy's a fool. He was swerving all over the road, no signals, clearly saw the cop, turned his back and started walking away. Some of you want a nicer approach. BS! Take him down. Tudor has NO idea what he's up to, other than trying to leave and then resisting hard. Taze the loser again.
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Posted on October 18 at 11:56 p.m.
AZ2SB: sorry to go down that path, and there are 420 reasons why I shouldn't have. I do believe it is the gateway drug our DARE Officers warned us of. ("Hey, if they're lying about this, then....")
EASTBEACH: Thank You. (It was two posts because I made it too long. I am kind of passionate.) I think the boys and girls clubs' are PERFECT examples of what can be done and is being done. Those students that chose to go there are getting more than they hoped for. The staffs are fantastic and those who fit into that particular puzzle piece excel brilliantly. I applaud all who use and benefit from both the Boy's and Girl's Club and Girl's Inc. What a treasure for our community. But, that's for those that can fit that particular puzzle. Not all can contort themselves to fit into that particular shape. Thus, we have fringe groups which grow larger and more alienated. I think we should invite THEM to the table and have a face-to-face sit-down (over-hyphenated) and just ask them questions and have them ask questions OF us. Perhaps then we could begin to solve OUR communities problem together.Been here since '83. Traveled to over 30 countries, some twice. LOVE the feeling of returning HOME after travel to anywhere. We Live in paradise... let's try to make that a reality for all who live here and "just OK" for tourists. I put this out there for all: What can we do to save our young boys?" I believe ALL are at risk and we need to find a way to occupy their time before they find their own method.I have been thinking about this since Angel Linares was killed and it has consumed me. I have a plethora of ideas and the passion and the desire the trust of some homies. How can we work together?
On Police Arrest Fourth in Eastside Attack
Posted on October 18 at 7:20 p.m.
We can help the situation with a gang injunction (which I believe will just make the problem go underground.) People NEED a sense of belonging. If we take that away from them, we further alienate an already marginalized group. We need to empower them, to allow them to create authentic self-worth (these are mostly children of illiterate immigrants, many of whom have never gone past the 3rd grade and who generally do not do well in the traditional school setting with sports to keep them in line.) We can do this, and we have the responsibility to do this. It will, however, take a fair amount of money thrown at it at the outset. I do believe, and I talk to these people on a daily basis, both face-to-face and through social media. I am doing my part and I would like to see a plethora of new people coming together for a comprehensive plan. Most of these boys are save-able. We need to talk them early and find out from the what it is they want. (Remember back in the day when Kid's World was coming together and the developer visited many school classrooms, including mine, to figure out the kids wanted?) Let's try that now. We know what doesn't work; we've been doing it for years and, as many of you posted, it has been ineffective. Please, let's not try more of the same. Time to change the guide book. I have been taking new courses and thinking back to my UCSB days where I took juvenile justice courses. I have been talking to these boys every day, even those I did not teach because I believe are kids are save-able. Let's start to work together (them and us... I know, scary thought) to see what can be done proactively. Reacting is not working nor is increased police presence. (If you knew how much these "boys" felt that they were being harassed constantly by the police, you would understand their striving to avoid them.) These are the youth of OUR community, ergo OUR responsibility, and somehow, we are dropping the ball when they need it the most: adolescence.
We have a new Milpas Group. Let's see if we can start a new Save our Youth group. Please.Thank you for reading to the end. I have two at-risk SBCC students to drive home now after a quick HW check.
BTW: The Juarez family and the Parra family are NOT illegal.
Posted on October 18 at 7:19 p.m.
I'm not here to battle. I will offer what I know and what I think and hopefully we can all at one point start to agree on a solution.
I know the Parra brothers well. (OK, I knew the "other" Parra brothers well.) I was their teacher when they were 12. They were both good students coming from a home with the hardest working mother I ever met. They had ready smiles and were very protective of their younger sister, whom I also taught. Neither Ismael nor Miguel were EVER in any trouble while in elementary school. Homework was done, class participation was good and grades were decent to good.Now, 10 years on and... they are indeed monsters. I now a few more details than the police are letting out as I still teach in the community. What happened? The death of Mr. Ied is failure on all our parts. As is the death of Angel Linares (also caused by one of my students; one of my exemplary students!) How do nice, promising young men, mostly hispanic, from good families end up becoming murders and all around horrible people? Some how, some way, we as a community are failing them. Yes, it is OUR fault (remember, it takes a village...), albeit not entirely. We can, and we have to, blame the families for losing control of their boys. We also have to accept some for not paying closer attention to our youth and what they are lacking or needing. Starting in 7th grade, we start to lose many, many children to the ills of our society. It starts with smoking pot, mainly out of boredom, and progresses from there. In 25 years of teaching on the eastside, I have talked to myriad students on this topic. They are bored and the old platitudes of "Go for a hike" or "We have the beach so close" or "go to the movies" is deafening and condescending. these are people who live near or below the poverty line. These are families without the resources. These are families who clean up after us, without many thanks. Their children see this and then the see the affluent who inhabit the Junior and Senior Highs. This breeds resentment and anger. Those not into sports, indeed a crossover activity bringing the haves and have-nots together, need to find a release. Pot is readily available and it is the hook that the gang-bangers use to recruit the new "workers." (Ricky J. was a worker and was never jumped in.) They, in turn, find what they are missing: power in a power-less existence. Belonging to a group that that can intimidate allows them to feel a sense on being on par with those with money because money equals power.
Posted on June 23 at 11:56 a.m.
Locking them up is not a solution: its a reaction. Can we start to focus on prevention. I am so tired of everybody reacting and over reacting every time something happens. Let us focus on preventing those things from occuring. I do NOT want to hear that it is the parents fault and we should just deport them all. (Should we deport your cleaning lady and your landscaper, too) They are here to stay and we need to pick up the slack. So.. quit whining and do something proactive. If it doesnt work, go ahead and go back to whining. People, these are young people with no direction. Cant we get down off our horse and offer some direction. No, you cant, because those brown kids are not like your white kids. I know, thats why you pulled them from your local school, rather than work to help everyone. Stop pulling your head out of the sand every now and then to repeat the old Told ya so. Keep your head out and see what you can do to make this a better place for all of us. These kids need our help and guidance. Not our ridicule.
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Posted on May 16 at 3:57 p.m.
Yes, it has become the responsibility of this community to our youth alternatives. I am glad your kids enjoyed the outdoors; something you probably instilled in them. New times call for new responses. I agree with you completely, this town has been poisoned. Let's try to rebuild it. Together, we can.
On 13-Year-Old Stabbed in Gang Fight
Posted on May 16 at 11:33 a.m.
How many of these children are we going to lose before the city wakes up and figures out we need to offer them something better to do. This city is a black hole for those from 13 to 16. Don't start in on hiking and going to the beach. We need some serious ideas and diversions. Yes, I know, it's the parent's responsibility. But, c'mon. In this economy, it's time for the city to step up and help. More cops ain't gonna do it. We need something for these kids to do. Obviously, the things we currently offer are not what they want. So, let's come up with something they do want. And, the Twelve25 (?) Teen center in on the WESTside. Don't argue with me. I work with these kids and that's what they tell me. It is too ingrained in their head to refute that opinion. Let's stop the blame, let's stop the police harassment, (I see the police stopping, talking to, writing up, and forcing young kids to the ground on the East side all of the time) and let's work together to save these kids before it is too late.These kids are the future of this city. Don't write them off as illegals or bad kids. They are bored kids. "Idle hands are the ..." Remember that from Catechism. Lets not just fight the problem. Lets start to find a solution. "A pound of..." comes to mind.
Posted on May 10 at 12:16 p.m.
Fantastic article. Thank you. As someone who works in education, I find the concept of the CEF very frightening.
UCCU- the Boy Scouts were banned because of their discrimination of homosexuals. (They are not allowed as Boy Scouts or Scout leaders.) Schools may not allow groups who discriminate to use their campuses.
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