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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, 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

Posted on April 15 at 11:11 a.m.

I will tell you what is wrong with the Cliff Drive part of this state highway 225. It is not safe to cross without going over a mile in some cases to a traffic light crosswalk at the intersections of Las Positas, Flora Vista, Meigs or Loma Alta. I also drive this route often. I live off the top of Meig's Rd. and my grandson rides his bike from the City College to my home to study each week. With no bike lanes and nothing to slow down the traffic along Cliff Drive's 40 mph speed zone, pedestrians and bicyclists traveling to the surrounding neighborhoods or beaches are in danger of being hit by the many cars so often speeding down this highway. As Mesa and City residents, we need to have some say over making this road safer for our pedestrians and bike riders! What price would you place on the loss of just one of their lives Mr. Hotchkiss or Ms. Self?

On City to Take Over Highway 225

Posted on April 15 at 10:39 a.m.

There is no question that this rush by PG&E to procure a re-licensing agreement so far in advance of the current lease's expiration, is suspicious, knowing that these "newly discovered" faults (Hosgri and Shoreline) have not been thoroughly analyzed for their potential destructive potential in case of an earthquake. After Japan, this cannot be allowed--time to suspend re-licensing until a thorough and INDEPENDENT study can be done. What about the nuclear pools and waste? What about the FACT that we are overdue for a major earth quake in this area? With major earthquakes happening worldwide in recent months, too much is at stake to continue this dangerous means of procuring our power. There are better ways and it is time for America to turn to safe and sane renewable energy. Thanks Lois Capps for protecting your constituents.

On Officials Demand Diablo Canyon Relicensing Be Suspended

Posted on April 2 at 1:17 p.m.

The truth is that most Americans are clueless as to what is happening to our Democracy and our Civil & Human Rights. The Corporate Rich are getting all the breaks, mostly tax breaks, and foreclosures are continuing at an exorbitant rate. The stock market is doing just fine and Wall Street is rolling in OUR dough. Remember how we bailed out those "too big to fail" banks? Now these fanatical Right Wing Governors are trying to take away worker's right to bargain, when wages have not increased for almost 3 decades! Our economy is based on wars and occupations that are costing us $1 TRILLION Dollars a year, but we cannot afford Public Education or Residential Treatment Centers for our growing population of desperate and mentally ill people. When will this greedy insanity stop? NOT until the PEOPLE rise up and make it happen. WE BETTER NOT SIT THIS ONE OUT, PEOPLE!

On Can We Talk?

Posted on March 23 at 2:35 p.m.

After looking at several houses that house Willbridge projects around Santa Barbara, I realized that these houses look better than many of their neighbor's properties--in fact they look great, and schools in the areas where they are located have not had problems with these people who are transitioning into permanent housing. They are drug and alcohol free and many employed part time or going to school. Come on Peabody School, get your nose out of the air and teach your children some compassion.

On WillBridge Inching Toward Acceptance at Peabody

Posted on March 18 at 9:04 p.m.

This tragedy was felt by everyone in our community. Thank you for sharing Danny's story. It makes it all even sadder for his loss. Take care of yourself, Greg.

On Danny Lee McLaughlin, Jr.: 1966-2011

Posted on March 15 at 12:37 p.m.

This is the consistent message that Progressive Democrats of America in Santa Barbara has been delivering to Congresswoman Capps office for the past 15 months in our Brown Bag Lunch vigils on the third Wednesday lunch hour of every month since January, 2010. The spending problem in this country is all about the "Defense" Spending that now comprises three quarters of our GDP and totals over $1 Trillion per year. I wish that the Tea Party would take a hard look at this and include it in their effort to "decrease government spending". Why is this ignored by their crowd? Hmmmmmm
"When a country continues year after year to spend more money on 'national defense' than it does on programs of social uplift, it is approaching spiritual death." (MLK Jr) Guess what Tea Party? You are attacking and trying to cut the WRONG THINGS. This is your wake up call. Leave our investments in programs of social uplift alone and go after this outrageous war spending. Stop letting the military/industrial complex continue inventing new enemies for us to attack. We, the American tax payers, are tapped out!

On Dear Congresswoman Capps

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