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Free-Thinking the Gang Injunction


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Open Letter to the Mayor and City Council:

On November 26, 2013, the Santa Barbara City Council held a closed-session hearing related to the gang injunction. On December 13, 2013, the Santa Barbara City Attorney Steve Wiley, with Tom Shapiro and District Attorney Joyce Dudley and Hilary Dozer, filed a 413-page Preliminary Injunction in Santa Barbara Superior Court. This preliminary injunction was composed of a single 354-page declaration by SBPD Officer Gary Seigel Jr. to support their claims. Considering the plaintiff’s motion for a permanent injunction filed March 14, 2011, was only 46 pages, why demand the temporary injunction, which gives the opposition only 30 days to respond?

This injunction seems to establish a de jure Stop-Frisk-Arrest policy that exclusively includes members of the Latino community. Chief Sanchez and Councilmember Dale Francisco have been clear that it is not racist to target a single minority group if that minority group that is committing a majority of the crimes. On December 17, 2013, the chief declared crime rates are declining. He said the gang injunction has not been implemented yet. Sanchez informed the public that any violation of a law by an alleged “gang member” was a “gang crime.” So, an average person being arrested for a DUI is different than an alleged “gang member” being arrested for the same offense. Sanchez has manipulated the crime statistics to fabricate a “gang problem” and “war zone” in Santa Barbara.

In short, this process as a whole has raised several questions that need answering. The Free Thinking Patriots will join many other civil rights groups and concerned citizens at City Hall on January 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. to demand answers, that the preliminary injunction be withdrawn, and that the injunction be placed on the agenda as an actionable item ASAP.

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90%+ of graffiti in SB is done by illegal immigrants or their kids.

98%+ of gang activity in SB is done by illegal immigrants or their kids.

95% of illegal immigrants in SB are from Mexico and Central America.

40% of Federal, State and SB County welfare aid (including unpaid ER visits) go to service illegal immigrants and their kids in SB.

52% of public education spending in SB county goes to illegal immigrants and their kids.

The top 2% of SB county income earners (taxpaying individuals) pay for 45% of county expenditures.

It's politically incorrect to call illegal immigrants illegal immigrants because lib-dems want to pretend they are not here illegally or perhaps they don't want illegal immigrants to feel bad about themselves by seeing that they are being called "illegal" and being reminded that they are breaking our laws by being here without permission.

The gang injunction names less than 50 people who have a well documented, chronic history of committing crimes against people that live in SB county and places a few well defined restrictions on them and gives the police a few well defined rights.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
January 6, 2014 at 8 a.m. (Suggest removal)

back up your vivid assertions, reality, such as "52% of public education spending in SB county goes to illegal immigrants and their kids." Support your guff with some solid web references, huh?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 6, 2014 at 2:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If the principal allure of gangs is inclusion & belonging, then ostracism of the hard core may help orient at-risk kids away from the crime vortex.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
January 6, 2014 at 6:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"90%+ of graffiti in SB is done by illegal immigrants or their kids.

98%+ of gang activity in SB is done by illegal immigrants or their kids.

95% of illegal immigrants in SB are from Mexico and Central America.

40% of Federal, State and SB County welfare aid (including unpaid ER visits) go to service illegal immigrants and their kids in SB.

52% of public education spending in SB county goes to illegal immigrants and their kids."

Total: 375%!

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
January 7, 2014 at 3:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Would somebody please explain what "free-thinking" means, especially with regard to consideration of the gang injunction? It reminds me of catchy terms like "progressive", "open-minded", and (reaching back to the right) the "moral majority". As far as I can tell, these are labels for groups(often put forth by those who decry the use of labels) which fundamentally seek to place that group's members in a category that is somehow superior to than any other. I mean, on the surface, "free-thinking" sounds great, so only an idiot could disagree, right? Frankly, I'm tired of people patting themselves on the back for being open-minded, progressive free-thinkers when all of those terms are open to interpretation. If you only associate with those who claim to be free-thinking, and not graciously engaging those who think differently, how free-thinking can you really be? Similarly, it seems like some of the people who claim to be very open-minded only hangout with people whom they perceive to also be open-minded which, when you think about it, really doesn't seem very open-minded at all.

Last night I was watching one of my favorite TV shows--The Bachelor (I know it sounds silly, but I'm really open-minded, so shut your mouth unless you're OK with being a closed-minded bigot)-- and one of the new bachelorettes had her occupation listed as "Free Spirit". Wanna take a guess at where she is from? Yup: Santa Barbara. All I know is that, as a kid in the public schools in Santa Barbara, I got bullied by gang-bangers with little fuzzy mustaches and freshly ironed white t-shirts, who ended a majority of their sentences with "eh." It's gotta stop.

Theoperationsdirector (anonymous profile)
January 7, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow, that is awesome, I am so jealous, where do I apply for the position of "Free Spirit" ?? That sounds way more fun than "Operations Director".

I'm guessing they are using the term "free thinking" because they are fighting against racist, tyrannical draconian policies that unfairly target a specific minority group.

They make an excellent logical point that since any gang member committing a crime now has that crime re-classified as a gang crime, this increases the statistics making it into a bigger issue than it actually is.

You should feel lucky you grew up in Santa Barbara, this is a relatively safe and clean town compared to 98 or 99% of the rest of the world. I'm sorry you hate Mexicans with mustaches, I went to high school in an area with a very high latino population and I made friends with a couple of them in P.E. class maybe and that was about it. Almost everybody gets bullied.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 7, 2014 at 5:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

All Southern California towns need a touch of the Oxnard type diversity, and Santa Barbara is no different.
Good luck.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
January 7, 2014 at 10:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Collar the feral teenagers. Deep down, they'll probably appreciate the concern.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2014 at 7:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)