Op-Ed: Santa Barbara Needs New Leadership
By Ernest Salomon
Do the people in Santa Barbara want four more years of indecision and weak leadership.
We will all have an opportunity to answer this question in November.
Some of the homeless are on their way to burning the city down with fire after fire. There is a fire set almost every day with the Loma Fire almost wiping out TV Hill and its residents and KEYT! The Loma fire is the canary in the coal mine! No area in our city is immune to a firestorm! Fire insurance policies are being cancelled all over Santa Barbara. Our next-door neighbor's policy was just cancelled. City Hall all but ignores the criminals in the homeless population. They have to be weeded out and dealt with.
The number of homeless camps is increasing within more areas of the city. They are a health and safety hazard. The City Administrator and Council have tied the hands of our excellent police force. They are as frustrated as the public!
Crime is up, especially personal crime and burglary and there is little or no apprehension, let alone punishment. A car is not safe in any public parking area in the entire city from a break-in and theft.
The foothills have no police patrols, something we pay for. Most of the police budget is spent in the lower State Street area drunk zone and downtown. The city is wasting our tax dollars on feel-good projects and thus not giving us the police protection that we pay for.
Street sweeping is a myth in the foothills and other outlying sections of our once clean city!
The street cleaner that is being used where streets are swept is old technology and brushes much of the waste on our streets into the air and into our lungs. This airborne filth includes human and animal waste, brake lining material, automobile fluids, herbicides, pesticides, etc. What is not "swept up" flows into our creeks and water drainage system and pollutes our ocean and kills sea life, infecting humans as well. So much for city City Hall's slogan: "Help Keep Our Creeks Clean"!
State Street is a filthy, dangerous slum! Many local residents, especially women with their children, do not feel safe from being accosted, so they do not go there.
Remember in November!
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