Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

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Possible suicide near the Los Banos Pool. A lot of police are there if you can avoid the area.

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Factotum Jan 11, 2019 06:31 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

Time to debate the value of the voter-passed Mental Health Services Act in 2004 - where have those billions of new tax dollars been spent. Why is anyone still trying to blame Reagan. Blame those in the government now who betrayed voters clear mandate in 2004 to get these people off the streets. Both Hannah-Beth Jacskon and Monique Limon refuse to account for those MHSA funds. They need to make good on them and the voter mandate. Anyone who still brings up Reagan and what happened decades ago can call themselves a co-conspirator in this abject public policy and public funding mismanagement Why do Jackson and Limon want these people to stay on the streets - the public will and the public funds have been flowing since 2004. Jackson and Limon- answers please and answers now -what happened to our MHSA funding to get these people off the streets. Is ACLU still saying no? Then what have you been doing with that money.

calmich Jan 10, 2019 07:06 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

So sorry to hear and see all this. My brother in law suffers from schizophrenia. We can't get him anywhere near Santa Barbara. He will be fine some days then completely awful on other days. My good friend is caring for his brother who was brilliant then had a brain aneurysm that made him less than coherent. They are going to kick him out of his accommodations because they have new, better money coming in. Many more stories. This happened on Reagan's watch, but it was the ACLU that forced it. This is one of our country's greatest needs, how to take care of the mentally challenged, handicapped, disturbed. Until we can address this issue, we will never be 'the greatest nation'.

a-1560843115 Jan 10, 2019 04:03 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

We need to bring back mental institutions and forced involuntary commitment. Sorry, but it's getting out of hand. For the first time this year in my travels back east I saw homeless holding signs in areas I had never seen them before. It felt like I didn't leave SB.

a-1560843115 Jan 10, 2019 12:58 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

I had a schizophrenic brother who was diagnosed in the 1970's. My parents worked really hard to try to get him help, but, due to the politics of the day, it was extremely, extremely difficult. He was homeless many times, incarcerated other times, committed to the psych ward many times. He was clever, and knew just what to say to get released. I could write for days, but ultimately a halfway house was found, the owner was an angel, and he agreed to stay on his meds so that he could live there. He is no longer living. Having the crazy person live with the family is not realistic, it just isn't. Trust me, I know this. God bless those who care for the mentally hill. It's a tough, tough job.

420722 Jan 10, 2019 12:25 PM
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I personally don’t think badly of people who refuse to care for their psychotic family members once they become of age. I’m all for opening mental institutions again and forcing people to at least try to get help. The homeless crisis is out of control and is expected to get worse.

Luvaduck Jan 10, 2019 08:30 AM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

Keeping the mentally-disturbed at home: A disturbed middle-aged son living with his parents near Foothill Elementary heard voices telling him to kill his parents and the family dog. He did. In their sleep. He was hospitalized and cared for until (Reagan?) closed mental facilities on the grounds that having someone committed was illegal detention. There are those who need 24-hour supervision and care. They <can't> take care of themselves. Their brain isn't functioning properly and they are a danger to themselves and others. Part of the visible homeless, but they need more than a home.

GeneralTree Jan 11, 2019 04:31 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) is the statute that repealed President Carter’s Mental Health Systems Act which was supposed to continue federal funding for mental health programs. Reagan gave the appearance of making a consequentialist ethical decision because he presented his repeal of OBRA as an action that would best serve American society and do more good than harm as a result. The OBRA gave mental patients a choice to seek treatment outside of a mental institution, an option to seek treatment at clinics at the state level, and the freedom to administer their own medication . However, Reagan was hasty in taking unsound advice to repeal OBRA because his real motive was to cut the federal budget. He was a leader who never exhibited any interest in the need for research or better treatment for serious mental illness.

Factotum Jan 10, 2019 09:50 AM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

ACLU lawsuit forced Gov Reagan to sign the bill closing the state care institutions. Time to stop even hinting this was Reagan's fault. ACLU needs to step up and explain the full conseuences of their action to our communities most badly affected by this new "civil right"

ZeroHawk Jan 10, 2019 09:49 AM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

its sad an we see it every day downtown and by the 101/Castillo and at the beaches. It's heartbraking that we literally tossed all of them out on the street.

Luvaduck Jan 10, 2019 08:12 AM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

Drugs: A childhood friend of my daughter's became a woman who stole everything she could from anybody. She even stole a wedding ring that had been her grandmother's from her mother. Her parents went through savings, retirement and the equity in their house to get her help, but couldn't save her.

Roger Jan 09, 2019 09:14 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

I think some police officers here do that I have heard of one police officer who has used his own money to buy tickets for some folks to get home before Our Cops got Hearts of Gold. Heard them transporting the Homeless to Warming centers too. We have Warming centers here where they can get out of the rain. All volunteer.

a-1560843115 Jan 09, 2019 09:11 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

6529. As someone who, for over 30 years, was acquainted with many outpatients from Camarillo State Hospital, I can state unequivocally that most families don't want to know about their mentally ill relatives. Alcoholism is definitely something that stews the brain and warps one's mind. Drugs? Who can relate to those addled brains? Sad truth is the families are more than happy to have their "lost" relatives keep their distance. The farther the better. Sometimes a bit of guilt will kick in and families will send money or dispense clothing, but ask them to house a crazy relative? You're dreaming.

Sprigofsage Jan 10, 2019 06:57 AM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

It is really, really hard to know how to deal with "unstable" adult family members. It can be exhausting and frustrating, even ruinous. I have a sibling that blew through his inheritance gambling then turned around and asked for $ for dental care. SMH.

a-1560843115 Jan 09, 2019 08:36 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

Very sad to see so many homeless today as I drove into and around SB. This is going to be a difficult month for them as lots of rain is predicted. Perhaps some will opt to go home to their families. How can people help with that effort? We had a situation here just yesterday. Motel evicted a guy and he set up camp behind our library, next to the motel. A 'volunteer' helped him load his stuff into his truck and supposedly, the guy drove him somewhere (bus station) so he could get to his family. That seems to me the only thing that will work.

letmego Jan 11, 2019 09:18 AM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

Sometimes it works, but often it's a lot more complicated than that. I rarely agree with Factotum, but in the cases where people are addicts or mentally ill, their families don't want them. And for good reason.

Roger Jan 10, 2019 05:08 AM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

Have you ever tried to get a job while living on the streets? It's one thing when your young but not everyone has Daddy to save their ass like Dear Donny.

Factotum Jan 09, 2019 10:58 PM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

Is this coming month going to be more difficult than these people getting a job and providing for one's basic needs? if they dysfunctional addicts, they need to be in an institution. If not, they need to get out of the rain on their own power.

icanreadcanyou Jan 11, 2019 06:48 AM
Body Found Near Los Banos Pool

I rode past that on my bike. I wonder why no other news sources have reported this?

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