Often I have been unhappy with how the media in Santa Barbara loves to blame the alleged Gang issues for all our woes. Lets skip the BILLION dollar deficit this County is currently hostage to with the SBCERS pension, which plays a much bigger roll with under funding any of our current needs. Below is a flyer from the recent Milpas Community Association meeting and following that will be the KEYT coverage of that meeting. Please review both and tell me what jumps out at you.
The Milpas Community Association Flyer
Concerned Residents Gather To Discuss Problems ….Originally printed at http://www.keyt.com/news/local/Concerned-Residents-Gather-To-Discuss-Problems-122947428.html By Jim Bunner June 1, 2011 Santa Barbara – “Concerned residents, business owners and local leaders gathered to discuss a variety of issues they claim are plaguing the Milpas Street area of Santa Barbara. The Milpas Community Association held a meeting to discuss among other topics, crime, gangs, and illegal dumping. The topic of gang activity dominated much of the meeting as residents expressed concern for their safety. Many members of the audience called for more police patrols in the area. They spoke to a Santa Barbara police representative who said he understood their concerns, and that the department has changed its approach toward patrolling the Milpas corridor. Along with the police official, a local gang expert spoke to the gathering. Dr. Gus Frias, of the Community Action Commission, addressed the crowd. He called the gang problem “serious” and said it is a “matter of life or death.” Frias gave advice on how to help cope with the problem but also spoke about how more has to be done to help the kids in the area stay away from gangs. Organizers say they were pleased with the outcome of the meeting. If you would like more information on the Milpas Community Association you can visit http://www.mcasb.org/”
DID YOU KNOW Gang-Related Offenses account for less than 1% of crimes based on the data below! This data was taken from a story by the Santa Barbara Independent and can be found @ http://www.independent.com/news/2009/apr/23/clouds-gathering-over-police-chief/ or on my blog @ http://www.santabarbaracriminalcourtcorruption.blogspot.com ……………………………………..2005……..2006………….2007
TOTAL GANG RELATED OFFENSES …..102….. 163 ………..177
TOTAL CITYWIDE NUMBER OF OFFENSES 26,137 24,346 23,002
PERCENTAGE OF CRIME GANG-RELATED 00.39% 00.70% 00.77%
View the Attorney Generals Yearly Crime History records for the City of Santa Barbara. There can be no mistaking what these records are showing us That CRIME IS DOWN and that our City is a safe one. Do your own research @ http://ag.ca.gov/cjsc/publications/advrelease/ad/ad09/ad09.pdf
I feel Superior Court Judge Ochoa and his wife KEYT news caster Paula Lopez really need to be a bit more involved with stopping of these insults to the Latino Community. In my mind this husband and wife team are an embarrassment to me . Judge Ochoa’s has repeatedly taken a soft stance with sex offenders and by the constant bias coverage of latino issues from his wife’s employer KEYT Santa Barbara.
I was talking with a member of the Milpas Community Association today and asked him was he aware how big the City of Santa Barbara was? The answer is 19 square miles, does that surprise you? According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.4 square miles (107.2 km2), of which 19.0 square miles (49 km2) of it is land and 22.4 square miles (58 km2) of it (54.17%) is water. The high official figures for water is due to the extension of the city limit into the ocean, including a strip of city reaching out into the sea and inland again to keep the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) within the city boundary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Barbara,_California
Seems to me we are making a Mountain out of a Mole Hill! In closing I have many friends in Law Enforcement and I truly respect the job that they do. I must also add that I have there support as well when it comes to challenging unethical acts for the sake of politics and money.
Regards to all
Larry “Magic” Mendoza
P.S. I almost forgot to ask; didn’t you feel that KEYT went over the top with the way that they reported on the Milpas Community Association meet and the “Gang” issue? If you ask me the KEYT Internet story and picture sure does not look anything like the Milpas Community Association flyer. Location: KEYT news coverage? it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests