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Posted on June 28 at 12:31 a.m.

"...he noted that Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria’s prevention and intervention programs have plenty of room for improvement..."

Sermon sounding or not, the question is-years ago, before the $$ left the city/county bank, who was supposed to ask about performance based evaluations so that taxpayers and their elected representatives would be able to assess the success or failure of any particular program in order to decide if more $$ should be spent in support of the effort? Why weren't those kinds of standards initially incorporated in the contract for services?

Who-back then-had the responsibility to be sure taxpayers received value for their money? Shooting the messenger (Frias) is messy and does nothing except deflect attention away from the initial failure to act responsibility and anticipate the need to be accountable in the future to the community.

On Discussion and Drama at Gang Task Force Meeting

Posted on June 27 at 7:28 p.m.

Did anyone bring up the attempt to introduce new offshore oil drilling in California Sanctuary Act waters via the PXP proposal?

On Drill, Baby, Drill?

Posted on June 21 at 7:45 p.m.

Re: Primary fights under the new rules-not so important. Candidates need not identify their political party, decline to state voters get to vote in June for whoever they want-all the candidates will be listed on the same ballot, the candidates on the ballot in November are the two who received the most votes in June. We haven't had this kind of election before.

On Mapping the Future

Posted on June 21 at 7:38 p.m.

For those who feel this is too punitive-Privately owned Greka is the only oil company I know who was declined membership in WSPA (Western States Petroleum Association) and CIPA (California Independent Petroleum Association).

The manner in which Greka operated put them at an unfair competitive advantage because they flagrantly ignored regulations (saving money), regulations that responsible operators observed (spending money) to protect the environment, thereby reducing Greka's operating costs. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude and processed water (tainted with pollutants) were spilled by Greka for many, many years. Reports revealed a hole in a storage tank plugged with a tree branch. Santa Barbara County Fire repeatedly responded to spills, breaches of containment areas and other violations. If Greka had experienced marine spills, everyone would have known of it and been outraged. As it was, inland spills that threaten blue line streams and our watershed rarely get the attention they deserve.

A single Greka spill in 2007 was about 35,000 gallons. In a 30 day period Greka spilled almost as much as the Cusco Buson in the San Francisco Bay.

Greka's owner has been described as the "Next Energy Billionaire." Instead of investing $$ in the ancient, leaking oil infrastructure, $$ was spent elsewhere.

On U.S. Sues Greka

Posted on June 11 at 7:56 p.m.

New rules in the 2012 "primary" and general elections.
New district lines for Congress, State Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization.
Two top vote getters in the "primary" or June election results run against each other in the general. All June voters get same ballot with all the candidates names. No more Democratic or Republican primary ballots. Candidates no longer have to identify their political party affiliation. These changes will alter the physics of the elections in ways that are not yet understood. The "Decline to State" or what are sometimes called "Independent" voters will play a much more important role in the "primary" then they ever have before.

On Redistricting Shakes Up Political Topography

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.

On Suicide Barrier Gets Green Light

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....?

On Suicide Barrier Gets Green Light

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.....

On Suicide Barrier Gets Green Light

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:

On Could a Mobile Lunch Program Work?

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!!!

On Cabrillo Ball Field Brainstorming

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