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Posted on January 13 at 9:49 a.m.
My dad was the worker who found the body, what he saw really bothered him for a while. I am glad the person was identified, may he rest in peace.
On Police Identify Body Found near UCSB Residence Halls
Posted on December 19 at 11:13 a.m.
Crime data found in a 2009 Independent story that covers all the way back to 2005http://www.independent.com/news/2009/...Clouds Gathering Over Police Chief
Budget Showdown, Mayoral Face-Off Confront Cam Sanchez
Thursday, April 23, 2009
by NICK WELSH (CONTACT)
Santa Barbara Citywide Crime Stats
198519901995200020052008HOMICIDE766303RAPE242633383426ROBBERY751321075876117AGGRAVATED ASSAULT*139467436371399347AUTO THEFT225350247122207114LARCENY/THEFT1,7403,0522,6141,9532,1251,912ARSON19818144332
200520062007MURDER002ATTEMPTED MURDER100ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON162526BRANDISHING134ROBBERY536BURGLARY351VANDALISM303737
KNIFE IN PUBLIC
TOTAL GANG RELATED OFFENSES
TOTAL CITYWIDE NUMBER OF OFFENSES
PERCENTAGE OF CRIME GANG-RELATED
On S.B. Dems Oppose Gang Injunction
Posted on December 19 at 11:11 a.m.
In closing a few weeks back I went for a ride first on the Eastside, then the Westside and finally the mesa and not only did I not see a “Gang Member” I never saw no youth out. Now my ride was taken on a Saturday evening after 8:30 pm, oh and I did end up having a beer on State street with some of the finer representatives of Santa Barbara law enforcement.( I mean that from the heart)
A public comment on the Gang Injunction;http://www.independent.com/news/2012/...The gang injunction was/is racist in motivation. This community like most has the ability to scapegoat without reflection. We do have systemic racial problems resulting phobic reactions. We elected council members, like Randy Rowse who while addressing another mesa gang, of really an all anglo crowd before him, praised them and actually flashed a 3-fingers down gang sign while saying "Go Mesa!" The flashing of Rowses peoples gang sign was not just an insensitivity but a provocation that no one seems to care about because they are part of the problem. Otherwise we should have been aghast. We've got a major malfunction going on here. The problem starts with our chamber of commerce type club members who use people, chews them up and then spits them out when they find they are of little use to them.DonMcDermott (anonymous profile)July 19, 2012 at 6:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)
My challenge on crime states used found in the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s presentation to the Board of Supervisorshttp://santabarbaracriminalcourtcorru...
Do the Crime Stats Justify the need for the Injunction? Gang Injunction Further Moth-Balled Judge Takes Trial Date off Calendar
When you read numbers given out about "Gang Issues/Crime” here in Santa Barbara more often than not a high percentage number is used rather than factual numbers. For example in last years 14 page District Attorney's budget flyer (attached to this email) it immediately starts out on pg 3 under "highlights key trends", with the statistic that Gang crime is up by 1422% over the last ten years. In order to get some type of perspective on the raise in "Gang Crime" I looked at the right hand side of Page 3 and saw that the S.B.D.A.'s office handled a total of 14,633 felony cases in 1 year. Then I went to page 5 and saw were the D.A.'s office shows only 274 cases were classified as "Gang", or in other words 0.0187 of 1% percent was "Gang related". Now lets break that down even further and ask how many of the 274 case were from the City of Santa Barbara and what portion of those cases came from Santa Maria and Lompoc . Let’s see 1422% vs. .0187 of 1 percent, 1422% does not seem to really reflect anything does it.
Santa Barbara District attorney's budget and gang crime data
Posted on December 19 at 11:10 a.m.
The Bellwether of how “JUST” a people are is how well they care for their women. How well they care for their children, their elderly, their poor and needy. Is in fact how healthy their society is. Well going through some of my research this morning I found that antidote written down on a piece of paper. I wish who ever had given that to me had signed it. Some times I think many in our society whose responsibility it is to be “JUST” have failed to act within the guidelines of their duties.
1. Guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness: We hope to be just in our understanding of such difficult situations.2. Done or made according to principle; equitable; proper: a just reply.3. based on right; rightful; lawful: a just claim.4. In keeping with truth or fact; true; correct: a just analysis.5. given or awarded rightly; deserved, as a sentence, punishment, or reward: a just penalty.
Are you all aware of the recent turn of events in regards the need and or want of a “Gang Injunction” here in Santa Barbara? Here is a recent Santa Barbara Independent headline;“S.B. Dems Oppose Gang Injunction
Crime Stats Show Gang Activity Dropped This Year”A link and the entire story can be found at the end of this posting. I just wish people could be honest about the whole Gang Injunction situation. Because truth be told the Santa Barbara Independent has released crime data since 2009 that has shown a Gang Injunction could never be justified by those numbers. In fact the only reason Gang Injunction talk came about was to save Santa Barbara police chief Cam Sanchez’s job. I feel he still needs to be FIRED because he lacks any integrity and has no true leadership skills and that’s just for starters.
I have included some of my past postings where I challenged the exploitation of truly sad and unnecessary deaths for political power. Further on you will find some real “Gang Crime Data” all the way back to 2005. The Democratic Central Committee has to play politics not me, but ok we don’t need a Gang Injunction because of 2012 crime data (wink wink).
Posted on August 23 at 11:15 p.m.
What a great story about Matt (Jeff/Richard)
On Matt Sanchez: 1959-2012
Posted on August 9 at 10:09 p.m.
This story leaves a lot to be desired, so lets start at the beginning and try to fully understand the issue at hand.
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT AGENDA DATE: December 14, 2010 TO: Mayor and Councilmembers FROM: City Administrator’s Office2010-2012 Police Management Memorandum Of Understanding
On Retired Police Captain Cashes Unused Sick Leave for $115,900
Posted on August 9 at 8:47 p.m.
I have only shared 50% of the Daily Sound story but again here is the links to the original Daily Sound story @ http://www.thedailysound.com/011210va...
In 2006, as county CEO Mike Brown put the finishing touches on what’s known as the “Leadership Project,” an ambitious undertaking that aimed to streamline and modernize the county’s human resources system by connecting employee performance to pay, it seemed the elected leaders would once again be left out in the cold.Auditor-Controller Geis, the only elected official except for Sheriff Brown who commented for this story, said because the performances of elected leaders aren’t reviewed by the CEO’s office, he and his colleagues wouldn’t be eligible under the new program to receive raises in the same manner as appointed department heads.Geis summed up the negotiations between the elected officials and the CEO’s office this way: “We’ll buy into the leadership thing if you make our benefits package equivalent [to appointed department heads].”Geis, whose job it is to ensure that the county’s finances are in tip-top shape, defended the payouts as an “equivalency” benefit. He said the whole issue boiled down to fairness. “We had an issue with what our peers were making,” he said. “Really, what we were doing is leveling the field between appointed and elected.”During an interview in his third-floor office in the county administration building, Geis spoke frankly about the payouts. He pointed out that by law, elected officials aren’t granted vacation, and that’s why he and other elected department heads don’t dock themselves vacation time.
S.B.C.C.C. A place where COMMON SENSE never goes out of style!http://santabarbaracriminalcourtcorru...
Posted on August 9 at 8:43 p.m.
Continuation of Daily Sound article;However, elected officials, who answer to no boss except an electorate that typically has little idea how benefits packages are paid out, or if they even exist at all for salaried politicians, are exempted from keeping track of their vacation time.The payouts, though linked on paper to vacation, appear to be nothing more than several thousand dollars worth of bonuses at the end of each year.Regardless of what they’re called, the payments appear to be legal, and were authorized by the Board of Supervisors.But in the midst of an economic recession that has forced county leaders to carve tens of millions of dollars from its operating budget, the payments stand out.And because the elected officials receiving the payments all draw annual salaries that hover near $200,000, which they appear to receive regardless of how much time they take off, the 80-hour vacation payouts create a possible situation in which the recipients are being doubly compensated.Revelation of the payouts sparked one member of the Board of Supervisors to say that at the very least, the practice needs to be called what it is: An extra chunk of cash. And at the most, should be rolled back.“It’s just not right,” said 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal in a telephone interview. He added later, “You can’t have your cake and eat it to. If it’s salary, then let’s call it salary. It’s either vacation or it’s not.”FOR THE SAKE OF FAIRNESSFor years, appointed department heads, like the director of public health or probation, have been allowed to receive annual cash payments for up to 80 hours of unused vacation time. Lower-level employees can be paid out for 40 unused hours.Meanwhile, elected department heads, who aside from having campaigns operate very similar to their appointed counterparts, were left out of the payment scheme.
Posted on August 9 at 8:39 p.m.
Almost exactly a year ago a similar story was written about our Elected County officials and some members of the D. A.’s office and their accumulated vacation hours. Are you aware that the City had already addressed the issue of accumulated vacations hours over twenty years ago? As usual the adjustments only affected the rank and file. Back then rank and file workers would extend their years of service by comingling their vacation hours to reduce their 40 hour work week. An employee who had 2000 hours vacation time work could work 20 hours then use 20 hours from vacation for a full two years and still receive full time income. And that is exactly what the senior workers were doing. The City soon found that even with all their employment positions filled they had a huge coverage issue. Just a little FYI for you concerned citizens. I have included the link to last years Daily Sound story and my blog .
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011Vacation pay raises questions Santa Barbara Elected Officials cash out $100,000 under county programhttp://www.thedailysound.com/vacation pay
Vacation pay raises questionsElected cash out $100,000 under county programBy COLBY FRAZIER — Jan. 12, 2010Whether they went on vacation or not, five elected officials in Santa Barbara County government accepted more than $100,000 combined in vacation payouts over the last four years, raising questions about how such benefits accumulate and are subsequently deducted from elected leaders who answer to no time clock.Since 2006, the district attorney, clerk-recorder and assessor, auditor-controller, sheriff and treasurer-tax collector have been allowed to accumulate and be paid for 80 hours of vacation each year.But unlike all other county employees, chief executive included, who are supposed make note of the vacation they take so it can be docked from the amount they’ve accumulated, elected leaders have no such obligation. They receive payment for 80 hours of unused vacation regardless of how much they actually used.During each of the last four years, county documents show that Auditor-Controller Bob Geis, Clerk-Recorder and Assessor Joe Holland and Treasure-Tax Collector Bernice James each accepted a cash payment of $6,919 for 80 hours of vacation time — the maximum amount that can be paid out each year to managers.Sheriff Bill Brown, who was elected in 2006, received $7,254 checks during the last two years, and District Attorney Christie Stanley has accepted three annual payments of $6,895 for her vacation.County officials said the vacation payouts are made in order to give elected department heads “equivalent” benefits to their appointed counterparts, who have long been paid for unused vacation time.
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Posted on July 24 at 6:40 p.m.
But in March, the charges against both women were dismissed after Eskin concluded there wasn't enough evidence to support the indictments. He said that “a properly informed grand jury would have declined to find probable cause to indict”
You have no idea what our youth go through here in Santa Barbara. Let me ask you something Mr. Welsh just imagine that our city was creating a D.U.I. injunction and in the paper work the asked for 300 John Doe's who could be named later at law enforcement's discretion. Let's be honest Mr. Welsh there is no way in hell anyone in Santa Barbara would go along with that. That is unless it is against our youth and included in a "Gang Injunction" add that bit of information to your follow up article please. I am available to meet with you any time you want to go over the framing of a 14 year old boy named Ricardo Juarez for a murder everyone knew he did not commit.
On Dazed Dogs of Summer