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Posted on March 5 at 10:05 a.m.
Paying for the "pet project" new jail is to make the Sheriff and the associated employee groups (correctional guards and sheriffs deputies) happy so they will have jobs forever and contribute to incumbents and their chosen successors. The basic infrastructure stuff is so boring...much sexier to build a new something or other and then let it waste away when no one will pay for maintenance. Ironically the most sold out for this quasi corrupt process is the "liberal" faction who should be supportive of cheaper alternatives to jail such as more mental health beds, clinics and care givers.
On Maintenance Ordinance Dead on Arrival?
Posted on March 5 at 9:11 a.m.
"Infeasible"? Interesting word, see http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnso....
Posted on February 25 at 11:46 a.m.
Blah--the SBSO says at least 20% of their inmate population is in need of mental health care. Most jails say it is more like 40%. Yes, some of these inmates are dangerous and should be kept securely in place but most do not need this level of security. The jail is just about the worst place to try to provide mental health care. And they have no follow-up when the inmate is released. For a portion of the jail per inmate cost we could build locked care facilities that would work. or a fractions of the jail inmate cost we could provide clinics that work. Long term and short term savings plus humane treatment.
On Homeless Czar Outlines Action Plan to Get People off Streets
Posted on February 25 at 9:56 a.m.
Mangano speaks the truth about deinstitutionalization's failures. Liberals wanted a more humane treatment program; conservatives wanted less money spent. Once again the liberals lost. Decades later we continue to fund hugely expensive jail and prison systems to house the mentally disabled in the worst and most inefficient manner. SB is planning to build a monstrous jail/prison in the north county. The BOS needs to get some backbone, stand up to the Sheriff and take some of this money back to fund both more locked care mental health beds, mental health clinics and professional support outside of the jail setting. You can help by signing this petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/santa...
Posted on February 20 at 10:05 a.m.
"My position is that Iran should not become nuclear...." What is your position regarding Israel's nuclear excesses? l What is your position regarding Iran's rights under international law and as a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to develop their nuclear research and energy industry? Even "enlightened" Israeli politicians and militarists seem to have a tough time with the double standard.
On Talking with Former Head of Israeli Spy Agency
Posted on February 13 at 11:45 a.m.
SBLifer--if millions of people are being forced to sell homes and savings and such they have some pretty bad advisors (you?). or are just reading tea party nonsense. The penalty for not having insurance in 2014 is one of 2 choices: 1% of your yearly household income up to the cost of a "bronze" plan coverage or $95 per adult and $47.50 per child to 18 with a family maximum of $285. So you can buy the bronze coverage and save the penalty or pay the per capita price which is pretty small stuff.
On Thousands of Sansum Patients Left Stranded
Posted on February 13 at 11:25 a.m.
Liberal guilt is exhausting. Guilty for taking a shower. Guilty for washing one's car. Guilty for saving a plant in the yard. Guilty for flushing a dirty toilet or washing a dirty dish. Meanwhile "agriculture" uses 60-80% of California water with incredible waste. 50% of agriculture still uses flood irrigation! We still grow rice in this state. Only 10% of CA water is used in urban environments. Not taking a glass of water at lunch is not going to make the difference. Two suggestions: Big Ag needs to be held to the task and required to pay for the product the taxpayers have gone on the hook for. If they want more from the north or from the ocean they need to pay and if this increases the price of their product that's the way it should be. Second, the media needs to calm down and allow a reasonable discussion with long term perspective which includes the question: How many people can this state sustain without destroying the quality of life that this place has going for it? I advocate for fewer people with better lives.
On Curse of Amnesiac Dogs
Posted on February 13 at 10:50 a.m.
The ACA was and is and will always be a sop to the medical insurance industry which includes the "non profit" hospitals as well. Obama sold out to these powerful and politically connected donors and we all are paying the price of guaranteeing them millions of profitable insured people. Obama acknowledged that single pay systems were the most equitable and least expensive (by huge margins) but gave us a GOP/Heritage Foundation government-free enterprise partnership (read fascist) system. Meanwhile the poor get a worse and worse medicare/MediCal which limits services and expands paperwork and rules. When will we ever learn not to trust the two party corporate welfare system?
Posted on February 6 at 9:02 a.m.
Misconduct by prosecutors is almost never examined by the state bar. They bully judges and witnesses and ignore ethical obligations and overcharge and cut corners and generally act with impunity. They defend outrageous police behavior and ignore their obligation to "justice" in favor of their adversarial role. When someone like Genis comes along all the forces of the state are brought to bear and eventually they succeed in either backing that person down or destroying that person if he or she persists in fighting. They also invariably embarrass the object of their attack in the public eye. In this the media is often in cahoots, preferring to protect their access to the prosecution over the reporting of facts. Genis is to be admired for fighting. We all are better off when someone on the other side of power challenges it.
On ‘Willful Disobedience’ Penalties Sought for DUI Lawyer
Posted on January 31 at 9:23 a.m.
A separate issue but part of the scandal of parking ticket processing as city revenue is that the hearing officer used by the police to decide the validity of a parking citation is invariably a person of former police background. This is the fox protecting the chicken or something like that. These hearing officers are paid by the city and will not bite that hand even if they weren't conditioned to disbelieve 'citizens' anyway. Why aren't civilians used for this job?
On Parking Ticket System to Be Studied
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