Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

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Code 211: Robbery on the 2nd floor of the Santa Barbara Public Library on Anapamu.

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PitMix Sep 11, 2018 09:08 AM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Last time I was in the library, a group of homeless men were sharing out a bucket of chicken in the stacks. When I asked the librarian about it, she said they had relaxed their no food rules a long time ago. This is not your grandfather's library!

NostraChumash Sep 07, 2018 12:27 PM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

News Flash; In 2018, the Santa Barbara Dwntwn public Library..IS as Roger put it, "A flop-house". The tenants (avg # apx 50-100 depending on weather) are typically people from local over-night programs ie; Salvation Army, Path etc, as well as the regular homeless population. Immediately upon opening it's doors, all of the available computers are reserved by above persons..who watch You-Tube videos. All of the over-stuffed lounge seats are occupied for the day, as well as their electrical outlets..as the person sleeps, uninterrupted by library staff. The mens room then becomes the locker/laundry room..unchecked by library staff. Concerns have been voiced to library staff on many occasions, without action. Source: standing in the middle of the library at this time.

Roger Sep 07, 2018 11:01 AM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

It's funny but sometime in the late 80's the Library became the go to place to flop One time back in the 90's I went to use the men's room and it was like Grand Central Station in there naked guys in there cleaning up, the stalls packed I got the hell outta there..Where were these people then?

Concerned4Calif Sep 07, 2018 10:11 AM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Libraries are pretty obsolete. Paper books make about as much sense LP records or 8 track tapes. Entire book collection should be digitized and footprint of the library could be reduced 90% down to some public meeting rooms and some public use terminals to access the collection. We could save money and improve access to the information. Multiple that times a 100,000 libraries and you could save some serious money.

4358ed Sep 07, 2018 03:52 PM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Our family visits Santa Barbara and Goleta often. My kids love to read and prefer the tactile sensation a book offers over a computer or ipad screen (they have both). Our children have benefited greatly because of the library. As a resource it continues to update. Hoopla is one of my favorite apps.

Factotum Sep 07, 2018 10:30 AM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Visit the SB library today. It is pretty much gutted, hollow, empty and sad except for some heavily impacted computer access station. The thrill of discovery of what you did not even know you were looking for either in the stacks or the old card catalogs was one of the greatest joys of the old libraries. Glad I had the experience - it opened up the journey of learning starting at a very young age, kindly guided by the wise librarian who knew how to hook people on books.

Luvaduck Sep 07, 2018 08:09 AM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Now that weed for recreational use is legal in the state, if our local boards and politicians could hurry up in determining how much they can squeeze out of the market and still run dealers out-of-business, it would put a damper on this stuff. Heck, we've already got one 'connected' former pol positioning himself by setting out fields of weed for medical and hemp rope use. Once the mechanics are in, switching plants is what anyone growing anything except maybe trees does routinely.

Crystalandmaui Sep 07, 2018 08:07 AM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Wow, can’t believe it’s come to this. Where the library is no longer for reading books, but a drug center. And people think it’s ok. Big mistake, making this legal, yes kids bought weed before and will do it again, that’s not the point, so get off your righteous liberal horse people. When your kids are sitting at home high, or driving high and not going to school or work, or end up in jail or become the local drug dealer tell me then how proud you are.

a-1555597517 Sep 07, 2018 08:59 AM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Crystal - who "thinks it's ok" that the library is a "drug center?" Also, making weed legal has NOTHING to do with kids illegally buying weed from street dealers. They've been doing that for generations. Try not to get too hysterical about it, OK?

a-1555597517 Sep 07, 2018 07:04 PM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

There is something severely wrong, logically and ethically, with using one kind of problem to denigrate efforts to address other kinds of problems. And claiming that the police ignore violations of the law in downtown SB is a flat-out lie.

DreamNow Sep 07, 2018 04:10 PM
Robbery at the Library Possibly a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

While I agree, we have big problems on our streets, I don't believe that EVERY cop in the city has been tasked with pedestrian stings (which is an exaggeration, much like the way your text sounds), leaving the city in complete lawlessness. I think our SBPD do a great job and if you don't really know what they're up to, attend one of their 8 week Citizen's Academy classes. Very informative. Huge eye opener. You'll appreciate our men and women in uniform much much more.

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