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Santa Barbara Forum to Tackle Topic of Homelessness

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper| |

A five-minute walk down State Street yields proof that homelessness is a firmly rooted problem in Santa Barbara, and a diverse group of local leaders will be discussing just how to deal with it during a panel session on Thursday.

The topic will be the latest in the series “Townhall Conversations that Matter,” a set of public talks sponsored by the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Thursday’s event is also sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the McCune Foundation.

The public is invited to attend the free panel discussion, which will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fleischmann Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol.

A handful of officials on the panel include Rob Pearson, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara Police Chief Cam Sanchez; Kathleen Baushke, executive director of Transition House; the Rev. Mark Asman of Trinity Episcopal Church; and Trey Lindle, senior manager of Paseo Nuevo.

The panel will be moderated by Noozhawk Executive Editor Tom Bolton, Nick Welsh of the Santa Barbara Independent and arbitration specialist Stan Roden.

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» on 11.14.12 @ 03:50 AM

There needs to be a recognized distinction between homeless and transients.
The homeless need help to rebuild their lives so they can get back on their feet and into permanent housing.
I can fix the transient problem in 4 easy words: Don’t feed the bears!

» on 11.14.12 @ 04:16 PM

The liberals bring them here to Santa Barbara, and now want to figure out what to do with them,,idiots on the left !!

How safe our the kids, some of these people are dangerous.

» on 11.14.12 @ 04:26 PM

To the bear person. Homeless people are to bears as you are to an ass (donkey)

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