Comments by goldcoasting

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Posted on June 14 at 10:14 a.m.

Palabra has been on the radar of law enforcement since its inception due to the people who have been hired to provide services. I used to work with a local nonprofit who provides services for youth who are gang-involved or at-risk of gang involvement, and the program managers often spoke of the “shady” practices Palabra staff was using. There are some foundations in town that, for whatever reason, throw money at grassroots organizations, whether they are the best groups to provide services or not.

Palabra is a very small operation. With only $100k in assets, there’s not a lot of programming that can be offered. One full-time staff member with benefits would easily be $45k a year, unless they get paid next to nothing and offer no benefits, which is entirely true. But $100k in Santa Barbara is NOTHING. So what is the programming that is offered? And what evidenced-based practices are being used? What, besides “former” gang affiliation, qualifies the staff to help these youth exit criminal life and bring up their educational and vocational skills enough to secure legitimate employment, and support themselves without illegal activities? These are the real questions. The gang members in Santa Barbara County are by a very large majority, Latino. That is a fact. The majority of these gang members are young, living in impoverished families with older siblings or relatives serving time in local, State, or Federal prisons. When these “veteranos” get out, they have to be careful not to violate parole and therefore the youth are perfect “runners.” I’m not guessing about this stuff, I’ve done actual research with actual gang members in South County.

While people don’t want to throw race or ethnicity into this conversation, it is a fact that cannot be ignored.

On Gangbuster or Gangbanger?

Posted on May 20 at 4:37 p.m.

Santa Barbara and Goleta have long lost their “local” feel. State Street is filled with expensive chain stores and same after same designer clothing boutiques that God only knows who can afford. I welcome Target with open arms. Target saves our family money and if we don’t have to drive all the way to Ventura to get there, then we are saving even more.

And really, is that portion of Hollister some beautiful strip of architecture someone forgot to tell me about? What about the GIGANTIC Deckers campus, that isn’t a pretty building either.

We have bigger fish to fry here people. Santa Barbara is not LA, despite the pristine plastic perfection it likes to boast about, we have some serious issues here to worry about—gang violence, 39% of residents living at 200% of the FPL, 25% of residents using services at the Foodbank—the least of our worries is Target coming into Goleta.

On Target Targets Goleta

Posted on March 20 at 11:08 a.m.

Revitalization of Old Town goes so much deeper than a coat of paint or widening the sidewalks. The flooding issues need to be addressed before anything else is tackled on that section of Hollister. People also need to realize the culture of Old Town and the people who frequent the stores and restaurants there. State Street has become an eye sore of high-end retail and poorly chosen eateries. In an attempt to draw in tourists, we have pushed out all the wonderful character of years passed.

One main reason you don't see homeless people littering the sidewalks is that there arent high-end retail stores or other such establishments. Theres no reason to panhandle from people who are low-income.

I have to say though italiansurg, the traffic in Old Town would be greatly exacerbated if the traffic lanes are reduced to one lane in each direction. This area already experiences a lot of traffic and does not need more.

On Old Town Goleta’s 'Life After Redevelopment'

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