Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

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By Lauren Bray, edhat staff

Santa Barbara County District Attorney announced today that a criminal complaint has been filed against James Gelb for disturbing the peace in relation to an altercation on State Street last week.

Dudley stated one count of Disturbing the Peace is in violation of California Penal Code section 415(3) and arose from the November 7th incident where Gelb "allegedly used offensive language which was likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction."

Edhat previously reported that Gelb, a landlord who owns Isla Vista properties worth close to $80 million, verbally assaulted Isla Vista Community Service Director Board President Ethan Bertrand with homophobic hate speech on State Street.

Bertrand, who's openly gay, expressed to Gelb that he treats his tenants poorly to which Gelb followed Bertrand down the street shouting aggressive and hateful homophobic slurs. Bertrand stated he feared for his personal safety and was traumatized for the rest of the evening. The altercation was captured on camera and sent to the Santa Barbara Police Department and District Attorney. The complete video can be viewed below.

Later that week, Gelb released a written statement to edhat explaining that he was provoked and he suffers from  Asperger's Syndrome. The full statement can be viewed below.

The case is set for arraignment on Monday, December 4, 2017 in Department 8 of the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

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cbilly Nov 18, 2017 10:34 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Gelb is secretly gay and has a love hate relationship for it. Notice how he's playing with himself using his left hand while yelling at the homos. Your'e not autistic sir (or whatever) you are a closet homosexual!

shorebird Nov 14, 2017 12:43 PM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

I read the letter. I wonder why the most revolting people bring god into the mix when justifying their disgusting behavior. Did god give him permission to be an A-hole?

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:45 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Who believes Bertrand called Gelb a pedophile and a felon? NOBODY Mr. Gelb, I do believe you are also a LIAR!!

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 02:51 PM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Roger - then what "certain occupation" are you referring to? I'm not aware of any particular profession that allows for shooting people for merely saying words.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 02:12 PM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Yes, and then the shooter goes to jail for life (hopefully). You can't just shoot (or even punch) someone because they're saying things that are offensive.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 12:56 PM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Roger, I agree. But, not many people (not even non-white non-rich people) do time for just yelling at someone on the street.

Roger Nov 14, 2017 12:45 PM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

90 Solid days in Jail that might cure his fibbing for a few minutes..No Excuse for that moving to Washington or anything Rich people should do time just like everyone else.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:35 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Just gonna throw this out there, Asperger's wasn't recognized as a clinical diagnosis in the United States until 1992. Gelb looks to be in his 60's so he's about 35 years off from actually receiving this legitimate diagnosis. Unless he was one of the first ever to be diagnosed in 1992 and considers being in his late 30's a "child." Also, he spelled Asperger's incorrectly.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 06:40 PM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Yes, every word of that statement is most likely a lie. People who support LGBT do not say "walk like a faggot" nor does the thought even come to their minds ... those two things are wholy incompatible.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:47 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Also, AIDS wasn't around in the time frame he described. It wasn't officially in the US and called AIDS until the early 80's so he's about 10 years off for that too.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:31 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Bertrand got exactly what he had planned: a video of someone he knew would lose it when provoked. These are happy times for Ethan...how shallow and how sad for all of us. One day he is going to look back and wish he had just kept walking by Gelb. Enjoy your fame Mr. Bertrand.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:17 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Asberger's Shmashbergers! He's got more like Tourette Syndrome with that mouth and inability to control himself.

GeneralTree Nov 14, 2017 10:51 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

I'm guessing Gelb will need to move out of county seeing he his hate speech has gotten him so much attention.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 10:30 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Penal Code - PEN PART 1. OF CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS [25 - 680] ( Part 1 enacted 1872. ) TITLE 11. OF CRIMES AGAINST THE PUBLIC PEACE [403 - 420.1] ( Title 11 enacted 1872. ) 415. Any of the following persons shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than 90 days, a fine of not more than four hundred dollars ($400), or both such imprisonment and fine: (1) Any person who unlawfully fights in a public place or challenges another person in a public place to fight. (2) Any person who maliciously and willfully disturbs another person by loud and unreasonable noise. (3) Any person who uses offensive words in a public place which are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 10:04 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

The max penalty for this charge is 90 days and a $400 fine. His lawyer will get him probation at the most.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:36 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

I don't get it. Why "down vote" a fact? The law on this is that you can treat this charge as a misdemeanor or infraction, depending on the circumstances. How is stating a fact offensive or in violation of some Edhat policy?

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 10:17 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Probation for a misdemeanor like this? Hahaha, no. Maybe a couple weekends of community service at best. This is a "nothing" crime.

Yeti Nov 14, 2017 09:48 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

This guy is in for a whole world of hurt.. he may be pretty darn wealthy, but he is also pretty darn stupid! Rightfully so, his video will be distributed to every LGBTQ group in the country will have him in their cross hairs. Have you ever seen a cat play with a mouse?

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:59 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

I think YETI meant he would get a lot of hassle or whatever LGBTQ groups do to people they are mad at. I doubt YETI meant he would be in the literal cross hairs of LGBTQ guns..... or maybe I'm wrong?

CivilEngineer Nov 14, 2017 11:57 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Yes, because we all know how many mass shootings LGBTQ groups have done. I believe the number is 0. A world of hurt? A few thousand and this will all go away.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 09:46 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Gelb- Excuses will get you nowhere! Cry us a river, but knowing you have the problem & being your age, you should know better by now than to "take the bait." Sorry, Mr. Moneybags, but no excuses needed. Pay the piper with the negative publicity & probable slap on the hands punishment you'll receive. "Sad"

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:40 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

LOCALSONLY - I was not saying it was "out of line," just saying it was not some "calm and collected" attempt at a conversation as someone here asserted. You don't start a "calm and collected" conversation by telling someone you are glad they are leaving your neighborhood. Get it? Aside from that minutia, what Gelb responded with was despicable, but also probably anticipated.

LocalsOnly Nov 14, 2017 11:27 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

A lot of IV landlords are glorified slumlords. Would telling Dario Pini that you are glad he is leaving your neighborhood be out of line? Not in the least!

LocalsOnly Nov 14, 2017 11:27 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

@638: A lot of IV landlords are glorified slumlords. Would telling Dario Pini that you are glad he is leaving your neighborhood be out of line? Not in the least!

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:16 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Simmer down tiger....All I meant was if you know someone has a tendency to flip out and become enraged, and you poke the bear, then yeah, you're kind of baiting it. BUT, AGAIN, it is no excuse for words like this. And besides, what is "calm and collected" about telling a landlord you are glad they are leaving (ie, selling their properties)? Telling someone you are glad they are leaving is not the nicest thing to say.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 11:10 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

So now people "shouldn't" speak their calm, collected mind to people with a hot temper, because that person might go off? That's ridiculous, and reminds me of the attitude of an abused person who believes it is their own fault that their abuser reacts. That is just plain wrong and a sad point of view. Gelb is an abusive person, was not baited, and he and people like him should NEVER be catered to by tiptoe-ing around.

a-1511449746 Nov 14, 2017 10:49 AM
Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace

Ehhh, Bertrand started this and knew what would happen if he engaged in public with someone known for having a hot temper like Gelb. So, he was kind of "baited" in that sense. BUT, what Gelb said was horrible and sickening and he should never have said that, no excuses for that response!

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