Comments by Carmelo

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Posted on April 5 at 11:51 a.m.

Eckermann makes a lot of sense in this discussion. The way I heard it, the young woman who fell off the cliff was looking for a place to pee, which wouldn't have happened if the overseers (U + Co.) had put out some portapotties like Eckermann suggests. And who pays for any government service? Isla Vista residents pay taxes through their rents and at retail establishments. It would be interesting to know the balance of taxes paid vs. cost of services provided in Isla Vista and how much money could be saved by taking more cost-effective approaches to policing major events. I don't believe the law-enforcement approach prevented the girl from falling off the cliff nor will the new cameras.

On Isla Vista Beaches Closed for Deltopia Weekend

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 (

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.

On Isla Vista Couple Arrested on Drug Sale Charges

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.

On Lighting Isla Vista

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

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