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Posted on October 19 at 2:15 p.m.
Since the police obviously are having zero impact on gang violence, how about this? Let the citizens of SB protect themselves! Maybe if the victim was allowed to carry a knife or gun as a responsible citizen, these gang members with criminal records (therefore should not be allowed to carry any weapons) would think twice before trying to assault a random stranger. We have disarmed society to the point that everyone is a sitting duck. Buy your mace people. Buy tasers. Buy a knife. The cops won't be there when you need them, only when they need revenue to pay for their pensions! Wake the hell up and protect yourselves. It's the only way. Stop relying on someone else and giving up your rights as an individual.
On Accused Eastside Attackers in Court
Posted on October 1 at 11:32 a.m.
What a joke. Yes, I'm extremely insensitive to this issue. I have bigger things to worry about, like how the hell our country is going to come out of a $14 trillion hole.
On Senate Considers Violence Against Homeless
Posted on September 1 at 4:46 p.m.
Ok Virgina, but your 188 million dolllar man, John Kerry is completely free of corruption? Give me a break. Everyone knows the elite ruling class is comprised of progressive Democrats. Look at the fundraising of the DNC vs. the RNC. True conservatives are broke b/c all our money is being robbed by the government these days to support excessive salaries for bureaucrats, pensions & enemies of freedom. Poor people are overtaxed, not just the wealthy. A $200 traffic citation blows the average working man's budget, but we continue to hire more police to patrol & attack average citizens for money. Wake up and smell the coffee dear.
On Going Orwellian
Posted on September 1 at 4:35 p.m.
Once a politician, always a politicians. They just thirst to stand on that pedestal and act superior to everyone else. What a joke. Go away Mayor "Bloom".
On Blum Takes Off Gloves
Posted on September 1 at 4:33 p.m.
If we want true equality, I think EVERYONE deserves a 20 minute grace period to allow a friend or family member to come pick up their cars before being railroaded by the system. Seriously.
On Impound Policy Gets Second Look
Posted on August 10 at 8:41 a.m.
Nobody wants to go downtown anymore for Fiesta b/c of a combination of two things: the out of town gang crowd from years past, and the police who have a reputation of arresting you for drunk in public if they don't like how you look.
I'm not sure who's to blame, but either way no locals want to go out for Fiesta anymore......or at all really. Many people around my age are staying in the comfort of their own homes so they don't risk running in to a group of bouncers who want to fight, or a police officer looking to arrest someone.
The net result is that downtown businesses are hurt. I mean police walk through bars on the weekends and have undercovers roaming around that I have heard start fights with patrons then arrest them afterwards.
I haven't been going downtown at all and would prefer to hang around friends whom I trust on the weekends. People have become rude in public in our society anyways. It's kinda sad.
On Fiesta Crime Stats
Posted on July 31 at 10:18 a.m.
Greg, thanks for being a soldier of true conservative values and coming out in opposition of this BOGUS measure. I am vehemently opposed to a sales tax increase that will only hurt small businesses, further damage my pocket book, and force us to fill up a new jail with petty offenders.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE S.
Greg Gandrud is also a really good guy and I don't know why this article is trying to label him by talking about his personal life.
On GOP Opposes Sheriff’s Jail Tax
Posted on July 31 at 10:11 a.m.
And you can't compare a CEO salary to that of someone who is working for the government. In the private sector, pay levels are determined by the market (minus government intervention of minimum wage & other taxes). In the public sector, politicians determine pay scales. When the people who get politicians elected are the same ones they turn around and vote on their salaries, it seems corrupt to me just by the nature of it. How could we fix it? Hmmmm, maybe a survey of the population to see what they feel pay should be for police, SEIU workers, fire, etc.
However, we live in a representative democracy and expect the people we elect to serve our interests, but I feel they only serve those of the union and people who get them elected.
On Cherry Picking Crime Stats
Posted on July 31 at 10:06 a.m.
And to respond to Chester, the police force is not a free market enterprise so you can't hold them to the same level of judgment as the private sector. "Smelling of Communism" would be saying that CEO's of actual companies should not be paid a certain amount of money like our great leader, Obama has declared. The police force is funded by tax dollars, so since it is a public good, the people should have a say when pay & benefits become excessive. Unfortunately, we don't because the politicians get elected with funding from the unions who receive this high level of pay. It's a nice little circle: Unions will pump money into getting you elected, then you get into office and vote for their raises so they can keep pumping money into getting you elected.
I personally don't feel protected by having a cop in my neighborhood looking to write me up for a seat belt ticket or when the miserable parking ticket enforcement lady drives up and down the block at 8 AM sharp taking pictures of my car & looking to write as many $50 tickets as possible. I kinda like being left alone and keeping to myself, but that is becoming increasingly more difficult in this world that has been created by politicians who impose their vision upon average people.
OOOoooooooooooooh the vicious cycle!!!!
Posted on July 31 at 9:57 a.m.
P.S. I think Cam does a good job and I am not trying to undermine him as a Police Chief. I am just making a point that across the board, the unions have accumulated excessive pay & benefits from our city council. You can look at the Parks & Rec. director, Fire Dept., HR Managers for the City, SEIU workers, etc. and it will be the same result.
Ah well, it is what it is and that's what Santa Barbarans want.