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Posted on December 31 at 1:19 p.m.

I heard Officer Olsen at the panel on homelessness not long ago. He impressed me then. This guy was so credible in his insights, knowledge and comments. Although I assume this is a promotion, restorative policing is losing an unsung hero on our streets. He speaks with dignity and respect for all human life even when terrible circumstances and in some cases sane decisions lead humans to terrible living situations on our streets. Thanks for not giving us the "saw the light and everything is alright" sugar coated feel good story of his favorite success story. The guy died with many set backs leading up to his death. We need to remember that many times human progress is not A to B to C to D. It's complicated for everyone. Officer Olsen is a very well spoken man that clearly is dedicated and has a great attitude and approach. Good luck in the next part of your career! Great article Independent!

On Sgt. Ed Olsen Puts Restorative Policing on the Map

Posted on November 9 at 8:19 a.m.

Well deserved to the two men mentioned doing the heavy lifting. Also worth mentioning is the content and the reporting. Brandon Fastman although no longer there did some great reporting. I also run to read whatever Nick Welch has to say. Nice to know that there is still local reporting that's smart and The Independent exemplifies this. Enjoy the moment.

On 2013 EPPY Award

Posted on October 4 at 1:09 p.m.

All federal funding administered by the Area Agency on Aging is frozen since Oct. 1. This is for basic services for low-income seniors countywide. It funds CAC's Healthy Lunch Program for seniors. Approximately 600 seniors each day are prepared and served a home cooked meal- 300 seniors right in their homes because they are ill, unable leave their homes and/or very vulnerable. We are continuing to serve the seniors but we can not sustain this without being paid. I only wish the legislators would do their jobs and learn to cooperate with each other. This is a trait that we encourage in our pre-school Head Start classrooms. Play nice in the sandbox! We are on pins and needles until this ends. Then will come the debt sealing discussion, then will come the federal budget and it goes on and on.......this is the new normal as the true discussion is "what should gov't pay for"? and all we are trying to do provide a basic and verified need to our elders.

On Capps Talks Government Shutdown

Posted on December 24 at 10:38 a.m.

The suggestions made by DA Dudley are excellent. To some degree, we are all responsible for each other. As terrible as we all feel about Sandy Hook (and now the Fireman in New York-when will this stop!) I also think about Adam Lanza's mom and how she suffered up close and personal with her son's mental illness. (Understood that the guns were a huge and fatal mistake on her part.) We can not become callous to this and think that is all part of living in our society. This sucks and having armed good guys at school is not the answer either. Come get involved in some small way. Thanks DA. You are great and we are fortunate that you are where you are!

On It's All About Public Safety

Posted on August 24 at 5:03 p.m.

I’d like to publically apologize for a statement that appeared in an article posted on the Santa Barbara Independent website today called, “Dr. Gus Frias Steps Down after Falling Down”. I’m embarrassed to admit that I provided inaccurate information about the Probation Department’s policies regarding the sharing of information. Prior to Dr. Frias’ appointment as the Coordinator of the Task Force, the Santa Barbara County Probation Department had developed and implemented a referral system to help juvenile probationers access services provided by non-profit agencies and other local organizations. This system allows for the smooth transfer of information about youth who have entered the probation system. Unfortunately my original comments inaccurately implied that information sharing system was only recently implemented.

The Probation Department has worked hard to develop a system that allows them to legally share information with other organizations. This has been challenging because they must accomplish this in a way that complies with state law. I applaud the results of this effort.
Fran Forman, Executive Director, CAC

On Dr. Gus Frias Steps Down After Falling Down

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