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Posted on May 15 at 10:18 a.m.

Well, I for one made up my mind not to shop at Whole Foods when I read an ugly article by its CEO John Mackey that blasted Universal Single-Payer Health Care. As so many big bucks CEOs, he does not care about the millions of uninsured people, many women and children, who are suffering for lack of health care access in California! Thanks, East Beach for linking to this article.

On Yes, Whole Foods Recycles

Posted on March 20 at 2:16 p.m.

Plastic bags are NOT good for our marine life. Hasn't anybody actually watched that Channel Keepers film that shows the degraded plastic dump in the Pacific Ocean now larger than the state of Texas? Doesn't anyone care that this crap is ingested by marine life from albatross birds to sea turtles and dolphins that end up dying from a lack nutrition because they are so full of plastic debris, which they mistake for seaweed/food?????
Why are people so tragically ignorant? LET'S GET OVER IT AND BAN THESE HIGH POLLUTIN' KILLER BAGS!!!!!

On Zombie Bag Ban Reanimated

Posted on March 20 at 1:49 p.m.

TAXES ARE INVESTMENTS IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY. The more money you make, the more advantage you have taken of that society's benefits. Simply put, the richest Californians need to pay their progressive FAIR share for our state to survive and for its people to thrive--ALL its people..
When a state spends more money on prisons than it does on public education and programs of social uplift, we are headed towards economic and moral death! (paraphrasing MLK Jr.)
We are desperately in need of revenue to meet the needs of our civilized society across this great state. Thank god there are more Progressive Democrats in California than there are Right Wing "NO NEW TAXES" voters!

On Brava, Mayor!

Posted on March 20 at 1:29 p.m.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? Those school children who showed up to defend protecting our ocean and marine life are smarter than the author of this post and his supporters by eons! Using petroleum based plastic bags, many of which end up degrading in our ocean to become poisonous food for innocent marine life is simply just NOT ACCEPTABLE. I have been taking my reusable bags to the store for years. It is easy and second nature to me now. How lazy and irresponsible can you be? Watch the video on what is happening out in the Pacific Ocean and then buy a few re-usable bags and shut up.

On What Plastic Bag Problem?

Posted on February 29 at 12:15 p.m.

What a sad state of affairs. This district needs a progressive Democrat like Hannah-Beth Jackson in the CA State Senate seat, and to keep Das Williams in the Assembly, so we can stop the petty gridlock in Sacramento. Let's be honest, Republicans are worthless when it comes to governing these days. the Democrats are getting tired of trying to clean up their messes.

On S.B. Republican Party Issues Endorsements

Posted on February 29 at 11:54 a.m.

Right wing policies under then Governor Reagan shut down mental hospitals in the state of California, leaving jails as the only institutions to house people with mental illness and drug addiction problems--the "dually diagnosed". The unfortunate outcome of this decision was that no community treatment centers were set up to take care of our growing mentally ill population, as was supposed to me done under Reagan's plan.
Families Act has developed a 42 page plan to address this growing problem at the local level, by using a portion of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act (CA Assembly Bills 109/117) funds coming into our county ($6.5 million dollars on July 1st is just the beginning) to provide for the men and women being released from our state prisons by an order of the U.S. Supreme Court. Families Act's report is called "In Search of Solutions to Santa Barbara's Revolving Door" and is being presented to the SB County CEO this Friday, March 3rd. . (http://www.familiesact.org)

On The Challenge for Advocates

Posted on February 22 at 5:46 p.m.

$55. dollar per night? In what universe do you live,,jukin? We need long term, compassionate, long-term
solutions to the homeless problem, not right wing condemnation of a population that your policies have created!

On The Challenge for Advocates

Posted on February 21 at 10:37 a.m.

Well said, but many of these homeless people are mentally ill and need housing AND treatment and, often times, medication to keep them stable and sane. Families Act is one of the finest organizations in our community. They are comprised of a group of parents and professionals who speak for the dually diagnosed who, because of mental illness coupled with self medication with drugs and alcohol, are unable to speak for themselves. They are not criminals; they are ill. Families Act is working tirelessly to draft a plan for the county of Santa Barbara to direct funds to help these people who are now being cycled in and out of jail at a tremendous cost to the county tax payer because there is nowhere else for them to go. We need more residential treatment centers and a more compassionate, trained rehabilitative minded police force who can recognize these people and get them help rather than brutalizing them and throwing them into jail over and over and over again. Please check out http://www,familiesact.org. This fine, solutions-oriented organization could use more help to move the ball along to a compassionate continuum of care, including housing, treatment and job training, to help these special needs human beings get off the streets permanently.

On The Challenge for Advocates

Posted on February 3 at 2:07 p.m.

All I can say is "YAHOOOOO"--one more obstructionist out of power in Wahington D.C. who was preventing our country from moving forward in a Progressive direction for the good of the people of California. People in his district need to get a good Progressive Democrat to run against Tony Strickland, who is the Rebublican who will be running to replace this do-nothing Congressman. As our current state Senator, we cannot even get Tony Strickland to talk to us face to face about Single Payer Health Care for Californians. These men are examples of what is wrong with our state and federal government. "NO" is all they can say to anything for the PEOPLE.

On Gallegly Won't Seek Reelection

Posted on May 12 at 1:54 p.m.

Has it ever dawned on you, Mr. Clausen, that Latinos have come here to find a better life for their families? How many white people do you see out in our agricultural fields doing that back breaking labor so we can all have cheap fruits and vegetables? If you lived in the war-torn areas of Mexico where work is scarce and life is dangerous, largely caused by our "War on Drugs", by the way, would you come to California to work your butt off in the fields to support your family? Probably not. These people are a HUGE PART OF CALIFORNIA'S ECONOMY--you should be grateful for their hard work. We need comprehensive immigration reform, not the scape-goating of Latino workers that people like you regurgitate--eat your greens and be glad that you can afford them.

On Talking Prison Problems

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