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Minutes: The One with the Police Chief (02/08/2012)

February 8, 2012

See all the meeting photos by Bill Abel here.

President-elect David Velarde called the meeting to order.

Greeters:  Connard Hogan, Karen Kawaguchi
Invocations:  Steve Boehm
Flag Salute:  Liz Werhane
Raffle:  Ed Fleming brought a model Ford car he made. Jill Ireland won.

Visiting Rotarians:  Paul Musgrove (downtown), Dr. Doug Katsev
Guests: Chief Cam Sanchez, Reilly Harwood

Club Announcements:

  • Dictionary Project. Labels were put the dictionaries on Monday.  Another batch of books will be labeled in a couple of weeks.  Delivery will start at the end of February. Contact Julie Joy Stilwell to volunteer for a delivery shift.
  • Ambassadorial Scholar Hannah Jacobson has identified a project in Brazil that we will be supporting.
  • More than $1,600 was raised to support eye surgeries in Celaya, Mexico.
  • Blood Drive.  The downtown club is supporting an annual blood drive for the week of February 13 – 17.
  • Fiddler’s Convention: The next planning meeting will be the last Thursday in February at MTD.
  • Mentors Program. There is a meeting on February 15 for those participating in the program.
  • Lulu’s Fund: Steve brought the funds and a photo album to give to Graham on behalf of Lulu.

Acting President’s Announcements:

  • District trip – It’s April 23 – 29 project in Mexico.  Go to the District site to sign up.  The sister club is also celebrating its 20th anniversary.
  • Hands Only CPR – A free 5-minute training will be offered at multiple sites in the County on February 14 from 2 – 4 PM.  It’s compression only (no mouth to mouth) and can save a life.  For more information, go to
  • Mark your calendar: Rotary at Work Day – Saturday, April 28 at Elings Park.
  • RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Academy will be April 19-22. Volunteers needed.

Program: Santa Barbara City Chief of Police Cam Sanchez

  • In 2011, crime the lowest it’s been in 26 years. Violent crime is down 50% over 2 years. Aggravated assault is down 20% last year. Property crimes are up 2%.
  • This is the result of many factors including hard work by officers, good work by businesses, arrests of many committing crime, and reaching out to youth in the community.
  • Chief Sanchez is recommending a gang injunction.  This injunction would limit where and when gangs could congregate.  We will learn in April if we get the gang injunction.
  • Gangs are victimizing those who are not in gangs.
  • There are many young people in our community doing positive things, but they don’t get the media coverage.
  • In the city of Santa Barbara, we have over 200 gang members, and we also have more than 10 times that many young people doing good things — like the Police Activities League (PAL).
  • For the first time in 10 years, the SBPD is at full staffing.  This is not true in many other cities.
  • Santa Barbara has 20 unsolved murders dating back to 1962. The SBPD continues to work on these crimes and is close to solving a couple of the cases.
  • It is difficult to return individuals from Mexico who have committed crimes in Santa Barbara.  There are now many requirements to return them.
  • Canine bills are paid for by donations.  It is not a budgeted item and not funded through the General Fund.
  • Give gang members hope and many of them will step up to the plate. He told the story of a gang member whose path he helped change.
  • The CORE program at the junior high is not funded.  These are kids in gangs and they are having many issues in their lives.  Chief asked that our club consider sponsoring one boy in the CORE program to clothe him for head to toe for his graduation.
  • Our community will be affected when state prisoners will be released back to the local community. The police chief and the Sheriff are working to prepare for this.
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