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Posted on June 6 at 11:48 p.m.

In evaluating ones qualifications, it does no harm to look at where one has placed the overwhelming majority of their effort and scholarship. Professor Glasgow's own CV demonstrates his interest is in elections, polling, political methodology and political science. Nothing wrong with that-But-there is a single paper on suicide barriers, compared with numerous articles and presentations on matters pertaining to his area of expertise-political science. If there are those who wish to hang their hat on Glasgow's anti-barrier work, go ahead-but know it's on a very shallow nail.

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Posted on June 6 at 11:06 p.m.

My point is, Glasgow was recruited to do this work because....?
Can someone answer that question?

There are many, many mental health care professionals who have dedicated their academic careers to saving lives in a variety of ways, who understand that impediments to suicide work.

Glasgow wandered into this particular arena because....?

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Posted on June 6 at 7:46 p.m.

We are talking about this Professor Garrett Glasgow, right ?

Just curious, from UCSB website, these are his areas of interest:
"His research interests include voting behavior, political party electoral strategies, and research methods for political science. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Political Analysis and Political Research Quarterly."

These are his classes:
PS 104 Introduction to Research in Political Science
PS 151 Voting and Elections
PS 205 Measurement and Data Analysis in Political Research
PS 206 Advanced Research Methods I
PS 207 Advanced Research Methods II

Doesn't seem much in the way of suicide prevention or psychiatry or psychology or public safety or anything else relevant to this issue. He can speak to matters of political science, but bridge architecture or saving lives-doesn't seem like it....But maybe I'm missing something.....

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Posted on April 3 at 5:19 p.m.

Our community would benefit from assistance from the Organic Soup Kitchen. It makes sense to spread out services so that individual neighborhoods aren't overwhelmed by the response and have the benefit of a different perspective from those who are helping the homeless. Here's a link to the Organic Soup Kitchen:

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Posted on February 26 at 1:12 a.m.

Good story, but failed to mention the contribution of the Milpas Community Association (MCA). The MCA really made the ballfields a focus of attention, forced the City leaders to take note and organized the neighborhood. Thanks MCA!!!

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Posted on February 20 at 12:49 p.m.

The Santa Barbara News Press reported today than another person jumped from the bridge. That makes 55 since the bridge was opened. Barriers Save Lives. Sign the Petition:

Suicide reported at Cold Spring Bridge

Morgan Hoover
February 20, 2011 8:12 AM
The Cold Spring Bridge saw another suicide Saturday afternoon, said Capt. David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

At about 4:30 p.m., the department received a report that someone had jumped from the bridge, which has been the site of more than 50 suicides since it was built in 1964.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene.

Work on a vertical barrier on the bridge to prevent suicides was moving forward in July when Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle found that Caltrans violated California Environmental Quality Act regulations in the public outreach process.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the group Friends of the Cold Spring Bridge, which claimed Caltrans didn't adequately consider a cantilever net alternative.

As a result, Caltrans is circulating an updated environmental report, with additional information on the net, to the public for review.

On No Bridge of Agreement

Posted on February 14 at 4:27 p.m.

In trying to figure out what is really going on in the Library Park, I believe this Santa Barbara resident who posted on another site. This is the entire post, no editing:

"More than a Blight : 2/14/2011

For nearly 20 years I have operated a small cafe and an art gallery across the street from this park. During that time I have watched the Park use spiral downward. Drug dealing, prostitution, encampment, fights, bathroom use, etc. It is in the very center of our cultural district. It is between the City's finest Museum and finest Library and near our theaters and main street. There are no nice uses of the Park today.

When we see children in the Park we cringe hoping that the needles, drug materials and condoms have been picked up and thrown away. We hope that the denizens of the night are not still sleeping behind the bushes. Panhandling is the least of the problems in this park. Over the years arrest, after arrest has taken place. I can only hope that this project goes ahead and that a new park will rise, celebrating the best in life, not its difficulties.

When the center of the cultural district is cluttered with refuse, shopping carts and those less fortunate, it speaks volumes for our city. The new little park across the Anapamu is a celebrated spot for moms and kids and those looking for a place to sip coffee or have a bit of lunch. Follow that lead.

Local Boy"

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Posted on February 14 at 11:09 a.m.

What I hear people say is that the policies in place aren't working. Nothing wrong with looking to other communities to see how they have improved the quality of life in their cities. What we don't want are the residents of SB feeling like this person does-but more and more of them do-and when they do, patience is lost and the reaction is anything but generous:

Homeless at Library : 2/13/2011

'I work a block away and totally avoid the area. This council has allowed the bum problem to get out of control. Men stand in the small alcoves that are about belt high and urinate. They sit in the walkway between Anapamu Street and La Arcadia with their legs outstretched so you have to step over them. I can't walk with my children in the area because of the profanity, public urination and begging. I am sad for my town."

Downtown Employee

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Posted on February 13 at 10:17 a.m.

Here's another example of how the Milpas Community Association is demonstrating leadership on the homeless issue in our community. Let's be grateful they are willing to tackle the tough problems and improve our city.

"Community leaders like Byrne worry about the effectiveness of Santa Barbara’s system, and those who try to take advantage of it. That’s why she’s organizing a trip, tentatively scheduled for March, that will take several City Council members to examine a city that has had positive results for local homeless: Santa Monica."

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Posted on January 30 at 11:35 p.m.

People who come to mind when I think of the Milpas Community Association are Rick Feldman, who has given away 100’s and 100’s of eyeglasses to low income children whose parents don’t have insurance and who can’t afford a pair of glasses for their kids. Eyeglasses that mean for the first time, children will actually be able to read the classroom chalkboard, read the books they take home and soon read the improvement on their report cards.

I think of Santa Barbara Independent Local Hero John Dixon, setting a “green” example of making reusable grocery bags available at his store, and volunteering time to assemble hundreds of bicycles to donate to underprivileged kids. And he does so much more.

I think of Me-jung, Madam Lu, or on Milpas, Mama Lu. She got her start working at a small restaurant, saved her money, opened her own place on upper State Street then opened another one on Milpas. She was assaulted twice at her Milpas Street restaurant and it was vandalized.

I think of a Latina Milpas neighborhood resident who told me the fear she feels at night because people were jumping her backyard fence, rattling her doorknob, falling asleep in her driveway and when she woke them up so she could back up her car in the morning to get to work, urinated on the curb in front of her house. And there are so many others I have met and talked to who deeply care about their neighborhoods. To suggest that they are controlled by Caucasian European while males is insulting, demeaning and flat-out racist.

As for the criticism of a faith-based approach to resolving gang violence, most people recognize there are many paths to salvation, many avenues to turning a life around, some of those roads even include a belief in God. If we can get someone to put down the gun, knife or spray paint can to pick up a Bible, I say hooray. If a new found faith makes it safer for a child to play in their front yard after dark, if it mean one less victim like George Ieds, the Syrian immigrant killed walking home after work, what possible difference does it make how someone came to see the light?

The animosity toward the MCA is more about the fact that they are not controlled by any political party. That really makes some people nervous. The MCA includes Democrats, Republicans and people who don’t align themselves with any party. The MCA is about holding people accountable. People who assumed the mantle of leadership and squandered the trust placed in them are uncomfortable with their inability to control the conversation. Welcome to the new dialogue.

As for the “Right-Baiting”, trying to link “Francisco & Company” to the MCA, that’s an old tired disgraceful trick. What that brings to mind are the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954 when Army attorney Joseph Welch interrupted Senator McCarthy (Senator McCarthy trying to smear good men and women by innuendo, slander and lies) and said, “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?”

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