Realtors Oppose Gang Injunction; Councilmember Gregg Hart Also Argues Against It

Nick Welsh (Santa Barbara Independent) | February 27, 2014

The Santa Barbara Association of Realtors Board of Directors voted to oppose the City of Santa Barbara’s proposed gang injunction because of “the stigma” the injunction would place on large portions of the city designated as “safety zones.” Board president Ed Fuller said real estate agents would feel compelled to disclose if properties fall within the safety zones??—??which compose about 30 percent of the city’s land mass??—??and that could have a deleterious effect on sales. “Whether it’s a deep freeze or a light frost, I believe it will have an impact,” Fuller said. “It will not be positive in the short run.”

Fuller said the vote came after Councilmember Gregg Hart??—??who campaigned against the injunction??—??made a presentation to the board. Fuller described Hart’s pitch as “factual” and acknowledged that the realtors did not seek out a rebuttal presentation by injunction supporters. Fuller said the Realtors support anything that reduces crime but added that the police have other tools at their disposal to deal with gang violence. He took particular exception with a “special events provision” that would expand the scope of the protected zones to include much of Shoreline Park and the Mesa during such events as Fiesta and the Fourth of July. “The real estate business is not all about location, location, location,” Fuller said. “It’s about disclosure, disclosure, disclosure.”

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