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Posted on January 23 at 11:23 a.m.
I'd like to add that I meant no disrespect to Sheriff Brown in my above comment. He has a duty to follow the law.
But we're obviously in a transitional period, especially regarding marijuana laws. There was no need to publicize the arrest of this couple as if it was some kind of public service when in fact it was a tragedy. Couldn't he just have seized the "drugs", left their cash untouched and given them a warning to drop this line of business until things settle out?
On Isla Vista Couple Arrested on Drug Sale Charges
Posted on January 23 at 10:54 a.m.
Recreational marijuana is already legal in two states and will likely soon be in California. As far back as 1943, Col. J.M. Phalen, editor of the semi-official military medical journal, Military Surgeon, wrote an editorial entitled “The Marijuana Bugaboo” that concluded, “the smoking of the leaves, flowers, and seeds of Cannabis sativa (marijuana) is no more harmful than the smoking of tobacco. It is hoped that no witch hunt will be instituted in the military service over a problem that does not exist.” No one has ever died from smoking marijuana and studies show that people doing mushrooms have a profoundly religious experience. “Psilocybin can occasion mystical-type experiences having substantial and sustained personal meaning and spiritual significance.” John Hopkins University (http://www.heffter.org/research-jhus.htm) Yet locally, armed men and women are making criminals of providers and forcing them to forfeit their earnings from serving docile consumers. Sheriff Brown; explain yourself.
Posted on November 18 at 10:39 a.m.
Another mistake in the article is that there are two buildings involved: The clinic building is at 970 Emb. del Mar; the church building is 976 Emb. del Mar. The community wants the 970 building to continue to house the clinic and other needed public services, while the 976 building (the original Bank of America building) is wanted for a town hall.
On I.V. Neighborhood Clinic Is Here to Stay, Maybe
Posted on August 25 at 12:01 p.m.
The UCSB campus may be clean and well-planned vs. Isla Vista, but how much does that cost (designers, planners, maintenance personnel, etc.) compared to how much the community’s government (the University and the County) spends in the half-square-mile town situated entirely within the campus that the UC Regents intentionally left for private development? Noting that 94% of student traffic is “alternative” as this article states, a group of formerly elected officials from the town lobbied to make the downtown car-free during the hearings to establish the so-called “Isla Vista Master Plan” – just as the business-parts of the campus are car-free. But local commercial interests prevailed and the result is disheartening. Surely the article’s claim that the new high-rise buildings are “improving the area” is a minority opinion. I.V. will always be a “dumping ground” for the U and the County until residents seize the reigns. Granted, they are currently not as ready as they once were . . . .
On Improvements Needed
Posted on May 16 at 8:29 p.m.
I'm impressed that the Independent did this story -- Isla Vista is mostly invisible beyond its borders. The old clinic building is the best option the town has for a community center and I hope the County realizes its responsibilities and makes this happen -- much like it did for the Goleta Community Center years ago.
On Isla Vista Properties in Limbo
Posted on May 14 at 3:30 p.m.
I’m a retired economist that depends on Social Security for most of my income. I've been a strong supporter of Rep. Lois Capps, and have volunteered in and contributed to her campaigns. And I support the Chained-CPI, if it can lead to a compromise with Republicans on raising taxes on the wealthy and funding infrastructure projects to curb unemployment. I read the LA Times and NY Times daily and have not seen any arguments by economists against the logic of the Chained-CPI. I believe it’s an accurate observation that the typical basket of goods on which the CPI is based is different for seniors than for the general population. Further, the Chained-CPI does not cut social security benefits; it minutely lowers annual increases scheduled under the current system. Finally, a senior earning the average social security benefit of $13,000-per-year qualifies for Medicaid, meaning their medical expenses are practically zero. While I will continue to be a strong supporter of Rep. Capps, I’m hoping she’ll reconsider her position on this issue based on further input from her constituents. The real problem here is that the Republican Congress is forcing us to discuss this option.
On Cutting Social Security Benefits Not the Way to Go
Posted on May 9 at 8:08 p.m.
Back when I had a newspaper in Isla Vista, I interviewed (and published) comments from Foot Patrol folks that I.V. was a much easier place to police when marijuana was the drug of choice vs. alcohol. But let's get back to the topic of street lighting.
What's wrong with using County Service Area 31 (created for street lighting) to light up the town, especially the 6600 block of Del Playa? I mean, that's what it's for. If there is a public safety need to have more street lighting, then use the damn thing instead of waiting on "grants", which primarily upgrade to more efficient light bulbs. Gees.
On Lighting Isla Vista
Posted on May 7 at 3:06 a.m.
It's the Isla Vista Recreation and Park DISTRICT, not department. Gees.
Posted on April 29 at 6:17 a.m.
BC, I agree with your comment: "some people are going to fall off cliffs, . . . because some people simply don't have the judgement to do otherwise."
And I like your suggestion of "posting the names of the maimed and killed on the area where these tragedies are happening. . ."
And please, no sound alarms.
On The Deadly Cliffs
Posted on April 10 at 9:01 p.m.
Gees. Don't you get it? "Deputies were breaking up a party, the newspaper said, and the “environment apparently became chaotic as the party disbanded and authorities suspect that as everyone quickly scattered in the dark, Ayala fell from a cliff.” So it was the police who caused this death!
The continuing question is whether things would be safer if Isla Vista had become a city in the '70s and '80s and its police controlled such events. My belief is that there would be trash barrels and porto-potties on the beach, CSOs urging constraint, etc. -- just like Santa Barbara does for Fiesta! Years of repression by the County and U has shown it doesn't work for Isla Vista; when will the "authorities" wake up?
On County Mulls Ways to Deal with Next Deltopia
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