Comments by eddie77

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Posted on November 23 at 11:05 a.m.

@BillClausen, I love your analogy, it is well articulated and it makes the most sense to anyone who has a basic understanding of the justice system in place, cultural ethos, and economic ramifications that Latino gangs factor into. What most people dont understand is that being a "Homie" is Not illegal, acting like a fool and commiting crimes is a problem that knows no boundaries in terms of ethnicity, and it is not justifiable. The fact that Homies stand out due to the nature of their cultural ideologies is a different story. Only if you had an avatar that could convey your message to these homies, a homie whisperer if you will (little sarcarsm here) but in reality, yes, I do believe education is the way to go, the key part I think, it comes down to the educator, someone that can speak the language of the homie. I believe everyone desrves a second chance in life, Ignorance is the root of misfortune my friends.

On Gang Injunction Target Sentenced to Eight Years

Posted on May 12 at 1:26 p.m.

I have seen Mr. Mize rapping on a youtube video, he has some talent, albeit, ganster music, but still a talented kid for what its worth. if Santa Barbara is so concerned about the "gang problem" why not invest more on programs? such as assigning individual Case Managers to some of the most "at risk" youth and help them turn their life around before committing un-justifiable crimes? Had Mr. Mize had an intervention Case Manager assigned to him during the first signs of trouble, could he be a famous rapper by now? or simply a productive member of society contributing by paying taxes instead of draining taxes by getting locked up for life? I noticed many of these postings are so racist, it is so damn stupid to be racist, it proves nothing, and it solves nothing. One kid is dead, and Four kids are going to prison for a long, long time and families are hurting, lets focus on the human element of this case. Mr. Gus Frias, (new gang czar) i really do hope you bring change to this mess. And, I will commit to volunteer to help bring change. What are the rest of you gonna do? keep typing? or take action?

On Bye-Bye, Ruben Mize

Posted on March 10 at 10:57 a.m.

This is truly sad, i see nothing but wasted talent here, from the death of Carachure to these guys spending their youth years behind bars. Its very easy for those of us looking from the outside to point fingers and demonize these guys, and although there is no justification for the murder of Carachure, it does make me wonder; at what point during their childhood lives do they begin to stray into the ganglife? Sure, I understand that in many cases its generational, but come on, where does the violent cycle end? or will it end? and if thats the case, how can gangmembers be persuaded into becoming productive members of society? I believe, that educational intervention can help save many of these guys cought up in this game.

On Four Found Guilty in 2007 Murder Case

Posted on April 22 at 10:57 a.m.

This is incredible, a gang injunction? im not sure that would help solve the problem. With a gang injuction all you are doing is alienating neighborhoods, in other words, all you are doing is contain gangs in their own turf, how is that protecting the families, and regular folks in their own neighborhood? addition, it creates more sentiment against the peace officers who are only doing their job. How do i know this? because i am a former gang member, a founder of one of these gangs. Who am i today? a University Graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice. What most of you need to understand, is that MOST gangmembers are good people, but there are a few bad apples that spoil the image of the rest. Most gangmembers are "jumped in" or initiated into the gang against their will, it happened to me, and i saw it happen countless times. It is very irritating to see so much talent go to waste. And to try to mask the problem with an injuction is just not the answer.

On Police Chief Ponders Gang Injunctions

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