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Posted on May 5 at 6:38 p.m.
How nice, the homies are protesting the gang injunction...
On Man Arrested Outside Gang Hearing
Posted on April 28 at 8:38 a.m.
Loko was removed from the injunction because he was convicted of killing Robert Simpson at Hendry's. He was sentenced to 60 years to life. "Lonely Boy" was convicted in the 2009 slaying of Leal on De La Vina.
On City Drops 16 More Defendants from Gang Injunction
Posted on April 25 at 6:36 p.m.
"Psycho" Mike was dropped off the injunction because he recently got life in prison for murdering George Ied.
Posted on April 17 at 11:43 a.m.
Remission does not = cure. anemonefish and lawdy are right - congratulations and cries of "Mission Accomplished - down with the injunction!" are very premature. This is the cycle: gang activity escalates, results in serious violence or murder, followed by public outrage, followed by police crackdown...then gangs quiet down for a little while. Gangs are not gone. They're just in remission. They start cranking back around the start of summer. Then it's back into the cycle of escalation, public outrage, etc. Don't mistake a lull for eradication. They're not the same thing.
One thing the anti-injunction set never acknowledges is this: Simpson's and Ied's murders in 2010 ignited public outrage that propelled the gang injunction forward. After it was announced in Feb 2011, gang activity started immediately decreasing. Why? Because the filing of the injunction showed gangs the City was serious. Maybe this injunction is past the sell-by date, but withdrawing it doesn't free $500k for prevention, the way John_Adams Murillo likes to perpetuate. That money is city staff salaries: attorneys, police - they will still be in their jobs, still getting those salaries, no matter what they work on. Withdrawing the injunction does not suddenly free up money for prevention programs.
The injunction was for older, hardcore gang members, not Jr. High kids. There's no after school prevention programs for the older hard core set. The anti-injunction set would be more persuasive if they got their facts right, and moved out of political advocacy and into real hands-on prevention and intervention. There's scarce little of the latter going on now, and it would be more useful than all the money they're spending agitating against the injunction.
On From the Mouths of Dogs
Posted on March 20 at noon
Right on, Frank, and thank you for speaking out for many neighbors who dare not come to public meetings, where their faces will be seen and published. And who's watching them? That would be the homies in the hood they have to return to. The ones who'll slash their tires and bust in their windows for speaking up. No we're not like La Coloniia, but why do we have to get like that before acting? The gang crime rate did drop after the injunction was filed, which is possibly THE most important data point in this whole discussion. When the city got serious, it quelled activity. But even so, a stabbing on State during the SBIFF, a shooting on the Eastside last year, and, the stabbings on Cottage Grove prove that though they went a little more underground, gangs are far from under control in this town. Bring on the injunction!
On Why I Support the Civil Gang Injunction
Posted on March 20 at 11:55 a.m.
Right on cue, Homeless Inc rides in to the rescue. "These are our neighbors! They are poor mistreated abandoned foster children! We must love them!" Interesting how the mistreated abandoned foster kids have iphones and laptops they can plug into city power. Suspect they're connected to Bank of Mom and Dad. Some Homeless inc'ers need to stop tweaking (you know who you are) and spewing online about how downtrodden everyone is, the answer is compassion, blah blah blah. If they get their vision of the world enacted, Santa Barbara will be one big playground for all the homeless to come and get 'loved'. Oh wait...
On Cops Take on ‘Urban Travelers’
Posted on March 13 at 3:32 p.m.
Casa Esperanza's financials can be found at Guidestar and Charity Watch. Theirs are years out of date, but show a budget overrun of nearly $1 million dollars for the last year they filed, in 2011. Foley's salary is listed as $131,000, far above that earned by other homeless shelter directors in Santa Barbara. They also pay a board member $214,000 for ACCTING, DEVELOP, and ADMIN. For years, the homeless said that place is all about $$$$$. Guess they were right. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments...
On Homeless Shelter Directors Laid Off
Posted on March 9 at 11:37 p.m.
I think John_Adams is missing the point. Sonos is a great high tech company founded by a guy who founded an earlier great high tech company. That earlier company, after a lot of international success, 'merged' (was absorbed) by a Silicon Valley firm that moved north within a few years, took their high tech jobs with them, and shuttered the Santa Barbara offices. So his latest company, Sonos, like the one before it, imports a lot of high tech workers into Santa Barbara because this is a tiny labor market, and many of the skills they need can't be found here. So when they expand and rent a lot of office space for all these imported high tech workers, that's great for low office vacancy, bike programs and the like. Oh wait, if most of their workers are non-Santa Barbarans, where are those folks going to live? Why, in that new downtown housing with no parking that you love so much! At least until they start families and want houses with lawns and garages. So what about the families you displaced from the low-income downtown areas to build that 'workforce' housing with biking and no cars? The families currently living here are mainly Latino, and have vehicles for their constructions, plumbing and gardening jobs. They sure can't do that uber-cool bike commute thing you advocate for so often! Well, who cares about them??? Make room for the urban hipster high tech workers from across the USA! And then we've become Portland, Seattle, Austin, suburbs in Boston, or the East Village in NYC.
If I am not mistaken, you, sir, are a major local Democratic Party henchman, and you advocate here for evicting the very Latino families you court every election so you can displace them with these transplanted high tech workers to fill Sonos' offices and thus prove your little urban-living, bike-commute experiment notions are 'right on'.
At least until they move to the 'burbs to start families, and start voting Republican.
Be very careful... you might get what you wish for.
On Sonos Leasing Gobs of Downtown Property
Posted on October 24 at 10:13 p.m.
Mayor Schneider was right on in that op-ed. Murillo is blustering around blindly, misled, and misinformed. Pritchett is a fool to defend her on these pages, but then again, it was probably his wonderful 'coaching' that encouraged her into this swamp. I'd love to see him get the police and city attorney to say, sure, I'll hand you back my salary from the hours I worked on the injunction. Those hours are sunk costs, because they would have been spent anyway, whether working on the injunction, or something else. It's not like you can siphon off money from full-time staff salaries to fund some program (as of yet undefined) that magically makes this social problem go away. The poor turnout at Cathy's anti-gang injunction meeting last weekend tells the real story on where the public stands on this one. 50 people are pissed. That's all. And some of that headcount was media looking for something controversial to write about, but they didn't find it there. Only Cathy / Pritchett doesn't want to believe that they are carrying a torch for a tiny minority that can't even read a legal document correctly. Those few agitators got them believing this 'movement' was much bigger than it really was. And as to this column, it is perhaps one of Nick's finest. Everyone got looked at, everything got sifted, and it was pretty darned unbiased overall. News story? No. But spot on, regardless.
On Getting to Four
Posted on December 18 at 12:59 p.m.
Good one, Stumbling_Distance! Blowhard John_Adams will be along presently to pompously defend Murillo with all manner of snark attacks on your person.
On Man Charged with Felony Assault After Downtown Stabbing