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Posted on March 22 at 8:27 p.m.

Wow-not sure where the smack-down on community activists comes from. I seem to remember our President was one. Activists help people organize and express themselves or they are ignored. That's been the problem in the Milpas corridor/neighborhoods for a long time. I have never heard anyone from the East Side complain that City Hall has been too responsive. It is important and necessary for activists to galvanize a community so they shake off the apprehension of addressing their government and compel results.

If it wasn't for the community activists there never would have been a standing room only crowd at the meeting tonight where traffic alternatives for Milpas were discussed. If it wasn't for the community activists Milpas would continue to suffer from a lack of attention. There is no such thing as benign neglect, only active disregard.

It was particularly rewarding to see the young people, those who have been living with the consequences of active disregard, march to the microphone and speak to committee members. They did it with confidence and competence. The genie is out of the bottle-they have tasted it and it was obvious they liked it. Their parents have a right to be proud. And thank you community activists for helping to clear a path to the microphone, City Hall and beyond.

On Intersections of Fact and Opinion

Posted on February 16 at 7:05 p.m.

"Getto held an appointed position on the DCC, but it has been rescinded since the attack."

Who appointed him ? Who agreed that his appointment should be rescinded ? What process was applied/enacted to deny him his seat and to deny those he represents the policy vote on the Santa Barbara Democratic Central Committee ?

On Larimore-Hall Attacked By Roommate

Posted on January 29 at 1:38 p.m.

Thank you Barbara for your thoughtful remarks. People who live in manufactured housing, or sometimes called "mobile homes" deserve protection and park owners frequently have resources far greater than those of the residents. The term "mobile" housing is inaccurate because most of them can't be moved once they are placed on the pad. This housing is more often than not an important part of low-income, affordable housing stock in a community. Many people living there work in our schools and small businesses providing services to us all. And for those seniors who live in them, they merit a sense of certainty about their homes and where they expect their grandchildren to visit.

On Illusion of Protection

Posted on October 25 at 1:17 p.m.

Re: the homeless issue. Only now is there talk about incorporating performance standards in contracts for public money to address the homeless issue. It is not unreasonable to insist on demonstrable goals as a condition of the granting of public money for social services and consideration for further funding. This isn't a conservative vs progressive position, it's a responsible position.
This link identifies some of the local groups that work (in some aspect) on the homeless. People are frustrated by what they see as a lack of accountability in the way public funds are spent. That frustration will lead to anger and a rejection of even effective programs. It's in everyone's interest to be cost efficient, practical and results oriented.

On Demonizing the Homeless?

Posted on October 24 at 7:48 p.m.

Dear hopeful-yes, Santa Monica does this quite successfully. They have been able to re-uniute people with their families and help them reconnect. Sometimes what is needed is a hand to hold the door open.

On Demonizing the Homeless?

Posted on October 21 at 5:07 p.m.

"Byrne, running as an independent, is trying to induce Democrats and Republicans to cross party lines and vote for her."
Sharon Byrne isn't just trying, she has been successful. What was omitted from the story (and the author attended the press conference on Tuesday, 10/18 where many spoke in support of Sharon) were some of the names of people-Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are supporting Sharon. People like, Beverly King, Olivia Uribe, Tony and Caroline Vassallo, Chris Casebeer, me, Bob Hansen, Michael Merenda to name a few. She has support from Peter Jordano, John Dixon and many others in the business community, homeless advocates, neighborhood advocates and of course, Santa Barbara's Police and Fire. And to suggest that she only ran because electeds weren't responsive to MCA demands, is a flat out misrepresentation. The "Trouble in Paradise" march (which she helped organize) included people from all parts of the city, not just Milpas.

On Demonizing the Homeless?

Posted on August 26 at 8 p.m.

What is lacking in local elections is accountability to the community. When the city council just a few years ago had a chance to implement district elections, the highest and best form of neighborhood accountability, every one one the then City Council members-("Progressives included") ALL took a walk and denied working families, parents and their children the way to get the results they deserved. Local government is all about street lights, pot holes, schools and the ability to walk to their corner store to get whatever they need without feeling threatened or afraid. No wonder elected officials have no street cred, no wonder those without a voice are convinced no one really wants to hear what they have to say. No wonder voter turnout is depressed. No wonder those who enjoy the perks of power are just fine with the status quo. Unless you are supporting district elections, don't you dare tell me you care about the people.

On Dr. Gus Frias Steps Down After Falling Down

Posted on August 25 at 7:11 p.m.

These are are all wonderful insights as to what contributes to the neighborhood busting consequences of gang membership and the destruction of community that flows almost naturally from failing to invest in our children. Let's move from the abstract to the practical-mothers with children in hand who have to navigate the real streets of their neighborhoods and confront the dangers on their sidewalks, who drag wagons with 5 gallon water bottles to get clean water to cook their meals, who try to shield their kids from the "urban" Santa Barbara reality,-some are criminals who should be kept away from everyone, some are kids who follow a convenient model, most are those who see no hope.

On Dr. Gus Frias Steps Down After Falling Down

Posted on August 24 at 9:37 a.m.

"...In previous public remarks, Frias had lamented the lack of useful data most nonprofits and service agencies compiled by which such evaluations could be made..."
So my question is, when the funds $$ were granted to the various organizations that said they were going to deal with gang issues, why were there not performance standards included? Why wasn't anyone thinking about the significance of collecting data so that at some point an assessment could be made of the efficacy of the effort? And when the Milpas Community Association introduced some SB City
Councilmembers to a proven gang-intervention/prevention program why was that successful group ignored?

On Dr. Gus Frias Steps Down After Falling Down

Posted on July 4 at 2:03 p.m.

And the very same oil company (PXP) that wanted to drill 30 new wells in California Sanctuary Act waters (about 4 miles off the Santa Barbara coast) is opposing AB 591 authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski from Fremont. AB 591 would compel the oil companies engaged in "fracking" to disclose the chemicals used in the process. Recently AB 591 was supported by the LATimes.

Here's what the LATimes had to say: "...AB 591 from Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) would require companies to disclose the chemicals injected into wells, which would be posted on a state website. It's patterned on a similar bill in Texas that's considered by environmental groups to be a national model, though the California version goes further...."

Let's be grateful some California legislators are mindful of the importance of the environment and are working hard so we don't suffer the consequences of our innovations.

On Tarry Feet and Slimy Dogs

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