Stabbing on State Street

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On September 24, 2020 at approximately 10:30 P.M., the Santa Barbara Police Department responded to the 500 Block of State Street after a report of a stabbing that had just occurred.

When Officers arrived, they found one adult male victim with multiple wounds to his body.

Several witnesses were in front of a local bar when the altercation ensued.  The victim was transported to Cottage Hospital and is expected to survive.

The investigation is on-going and Detectives are in the process of identifying outstanding suspects.  

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a-1601074621 Sep 25, 2020 03:57 PM
Stabbing on State Street

Which bar was it? Sandbar, Institution Ale, Sharkeez, OKR, Joe's?

RHS Sep 25, 2020 06:36 PM
Stabbing on State Street

The Drunk Zone has been a problem for a couple of decades. It was created when the city sold out to the businesses by creating "urban renewal" and "redevelopment" and drove out ordinary businesses. The owners of the property with subsidy then created bars for the drinking crowd because it was so profitable. They even established a bus to bring in Isla Vista students. The result was a nighttime environment of partying and a day time desert. Regular people just avoided State Street. It is time to stop subsidizing these businesses and giving them advantages. Let the free market decide what the value of a piece of State Street property is. A decent start is the Planning Commission throwing a brick into the Paseo Nuevo deal.

REX OF SB Sep 25, 2020 10:58 PM
Stabbing on State Street

RHS: what you say makes such total sense that I wish you'd run for mayor. You've obviously got a clue.

RHS Sep 26, 2020 05:11 PM
Stabbing on State Street

Thanks for your kind thoughts. But years ago I abandoned my political aspirations when I saw what sort of compromise it required. All we can do is speak truth to power as we see the truth and let the community decide what they want to come. You do it well.

a-1601200592 Sep 27, 2020 02:56 AM
Stabbing on State Street

RHS - “They” didn’t establish a bus. A private company owned by a guy named Bill started Bills Bus. It was a brilliant idea. It kept people from drinking and driving and it was a hell of a lot of fun. I do agree the demise began with destroying Piccadilly Square for Paseo Nuevo and restaurant/bar scene had too much turnover to be cool.

RHS Sep 27, 2020 09:54 AM
Stabbing on State Street

2:56. I am pretty comfortable in asserting collusion/support between the bars and the bus operator but however this happened it did not bode well for the next years of State Street as vibrant community and general tourist destination.

doulie Sep 27, 2020 11:48 AM
Stabbing on State Street

I believe the demise of the area in question began when the city removed S&H Kress with its hardwood floors and many aisles full of goodies, Gallenkamp's Shoe Store and surrounding businesses to build Picadilly Square. This "improvement" may have worked alright for a short time, then came another "improvement, Paseo Nuevo. Today, we're stuck with a supposedly much "improved" area with fewer businesses and is less desirable than it had been in the 50's and 60's. As there is nowhere to build in our city, I see State Street of the future to include more housing replacing businesses. Too easy to shop online.

MrSlugWilson Sep 25, 2020 11:19 PM
Stabbing on State Street

I've lived in town my entire life, and in the 'heart of downtown' for the past decade plus. Things have gotten to the point where I seldom even go out on walks anymore due to how negative the scene is. Between Castillo and State along Carrillo the other day there were a dozen folks sitting/laying on the sidewalks with what appeared to be all their possessions. Lifelong resident and I've never seen things this bad....

Byzantium Sep 26, 2020 09:02 AM
Stabbing on State Street

Market rates are not outrageous. Trim to drop that constant attack. Greedy tenants demanding a sweetheart deal are equally "outrageous".

mast8 Sep 26, 2020 11:03 AM
Stabbing on State Street

Gee, I can't tell if you're a renter or a landlord. Definitely greedy to expect to spend less than 50% of your income on rent.

Bird Sep 26, 2020 11:41 AM
Stabbing on State Street

I walk my dog most days along East Beach. The Beachway should be the bikeway but not only has people but, of course, bikes; the sidewalk along Cabrillo also has bikes, including those tourist surreys who seem to think it is a bikeway, not a walk way. The central grass or sections of it have hammocks or homeless groups. I haven't had problems except from the bikers and surreys. (The Bike Coalition and COAST have really fallen down in not educating their supporters, but instead, blaming others.) Still, Chase Palm Park is a beautiful place and we return, determined not to be driven out of what is a public space.

Byzantium Sep 26, 2020 03:48 PM
Stabbing on State Street

The choice to live, buy or rent in Santa Barbara is totally your own. You know up front what it will cost and what your own resources are and how you choose to allocate them. Your call, and your call alone if this is 25% -50% or 100% of your resources devoted to housing. There are places where you can spend 10% or less on housing. Again, your call.

Byzantium Sep 26, 2020 03:51 PM
Stabbing on State Street

Chase "walkway" was installed originally as a bike way. So many pedestrians abused this that they finally gave up and made it available for both uses. But technically it was created for bikes. Use to have funny signs on the sidewalk trying to keep pedestrians off who were clearly a hazard to bikes. Esp. the large groups who would block the entire bike path to take photos.

Byzantium Sep 27, 2020 03:56 PM
Stabbing on State Street

SBHA has a transient halfway house on those same West Carrillo blocks. Did that create a magnet or has it been a success story? RR tracks, empty car park and Mission Creek all converging at the entrance to our downtown is a known recipe for disaster. Yet the city decision makers pushed for these projects to be located at this city entry corridor. Now add the 5 story drug rehab complex they are putting in near to the SB Market off Chapala Street and we can kiss downtown goodby. We did this to ourselves, slowly but surely with every "progressive" election. And now the city has proposed a very large stack and pack "young professional" complex thrown into this same abandoned city entry corridor. How will that work? Do something, city of Santa Barbara. Just do something. Let the courts sort it out later. Every coastal city in this state is now plagued with the same transient "camping" problems so you will not be alone pushing this case to stop this take-over and destruction of our city by those who only come to take and destroy it for those who are now asked to pay for destruction. The stretch along the freeway between Garden Street and La Cumbre on 101 is shocking. It is third world shocking. City council, Hannah Beth Jackson, Monique Limon and Salud Carbajal - you did this to us. Why? Did you really get a message from your voters this is what we wanted to happen to our town?

blazer Sep 26, 2020 10:10 AM
Stabbing on State Street

Not sure I agree the Drunk Zone ruined the state street corridor on the 4 to 500 block. Before there were bars and live music, the early 80's were not very pretty in that area. You had Joe's, The Ofice and Bodelairs. I was a hang out for street people and definitely not very safe. In the early 90's more owners of nightclubs and restaurants began cleaning up the area. John Reese bought Calypso (now Sandbar) about 1994 and opened for lunch, dinner and late night dancing. He had $20 days being open from 11am to 1am. He put Vaseline on all the restroom surfaces to discourage drug use, hired good security and after a time it became a viable business.

I'm not sure what the 4 to 600 block became everyone's perfect solution but it created jobs, lured tourism and gave young people a place to gather and enjoy music. It is certainly better now than 1980 to 1996.

Basicinfo805 Sep 26, 2020 05:03 PM
Stabbing on State Street

Stabbing on state street article turns into debate about the bike path?

sk8&destroy Sep 26, 2020 05:08 PM
Stabbing on State Street

I lived in SB from the early 1970s-1990s when I left for greener pastures. I come back regularly to visit friends and notice what has changed and not changed. The main shopping area of State Street when I lived there was from Victoria St. (Victoria Plaza and the movie theaters) down to De La Guerra/Picadilly Square. After Picadilly things got increasingly seedy all the way to the traffic lights on the 101. Then, on the other side of the freeway there was the Fig Tree, home of the homeless, to the right, and a few bars on State until hitting Stearns Wharf which was pretty lame, if a good safe place to keep the tourists. I remember when State and A had a constant line. It was very busy around that part of State.

The beginning of the change was less the Funk Zone, it was not even a glimmer in some developer’s eye at that point, but the removal of the traffic lights on the 101, the destruction of Picadilly Square, and the development of Paseo Nuevo. That was the beginning of people starting to spend more time on lower State who used to avoid it. The cruise ships and Funk Zone accelerated the process, but these other changes happened first.

When I come to visit these days it is very strange how quiet the area around the movie theaters and museum is. Same with the plaza where the Acapulco used to be. These areas were regularly crowded. With locals and tourists. But the center of gravity shifted.

One last thing, there were stabbings back then, too. But mostly Eastside and Westside fighting each other. They tended to leave the tourists alone. Before Fiesta got out of control. And that’s a whole other story…

yacht rocked Sep 27, 2020 07:03 AM
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El Paseo Bar, Restaurant, and shops were also a nice mix of locals, tourists, and downtown workers (attorneys, architects, City Hall, News-Press folks, and local business owners). Only the ghosts remain.

Byzantium Sep 27, 2020 10:13 AM
Stabbing on State Street

El Paseo and shops was primarily a tour bus spot - trinket shops for tourists and a pretty bad "Mexican" meal for the tour bus passengers. It is a gem but could never really find the right mix to be a commercial gathering place for locals. Thus its conversion now to mainly offices and dead center courtyard area. However, as a model for downtown work/live spaces it remains superb. How much would it replication cost today? Would its intimate courtyard design and two story live/work space turn the commercial downtown district around. Or will it get swallowed up by surrounding new high-rises blocking the sun, views, serenity and privacy El Paseo now offers the lucky few who do get to call it home? What is the real story about the El Paseo rentals - both business and residential- square footage, rent prices, vacancies, turnovers and waiting lists. Who in fact decides the future of El Paseo - a private owner of the entire complex, multiple owners, lessees, a corporation, partnership with DeLaGuerra historic resources - would it work better as a downtown hotel?

pstarSR Sep 27, 2020 09:56 AM
Stabbing on State Street

this is why everyone wanted bars to re-open. we were missing out on stabbings

Byzantium Sep 27, 2020 10:04 AM
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Piccadilly was novel for its time, but always felt dark dirty and creepy. Its time as a viable marketing model long passed. It was hippy idealism that proved to be a marketing fail, so its loss is not mourned. Just romanticized. If shop lifting was impossible to control at Macy's, can you imagine when the little gangster wannabes, wanting to get jumped into a gang by committing increasing levels of crime, would do with the open floor market concept of Piccadilly. As long as there is no control over vagrants and panhandling (both now legal), there will never be a successful downtown retail, including turning 10 blocks of State Street into one long vagrant panhandling zone staring down diners now instead of intimidating shoppers..

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