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A Huntington Beach man has been charged with having sex with animals one week after sheriff’s deputies arrested him for cavorting nude with horses and sheep in the La Purísima Mission animal pen. Deputies also charged Alfred Stevens, 69, with trespassing on a state park with a concealed .357 handgun. Stevens reportedly broke into the pen, stripped, and slathered his body with olive oil, salt, and oats so that the horses would lick him. Deputies – who wore night-vision goggles – also reported seeing Stevens standing behind a female sheep and hearing loud rhythmic thumping sounds. Stevens, whose phone number has since been disconnected, denied having sex with sheep, but reportedly told investigators he has long fantasized about getting naked with animals.

Janean Acevedo Daniels – the attorney representing former Santa Barbara City cop Ruben Lino – was awarded $640,000 in legal fees and costs, bringing City Hall’s total cost in the battle over allegations of sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation to $1.1 million. Daniels noted that Lino – who is gay – offered to settle the matter for $97,000 early on. City Attorney Steve Wiley explained that City Hall declined Lino’s offer because the independent consultant the city hired to investigate Lino’s allegations concluded he had no case. Lino declined to speak with this consultant, who is well-respected in gay rights. Wiley said he remains convinced that Lino had no case, and City Hall is appealing the jury’s verdict.

Former Santa Barbara mayoral candidate and business leader Alberto Pizano is suing the Old Mission for spoiling what should have been the joyous occasion of his daughter Sonia’s wedding. On September 3, 2004, just a day before the ceremony, the Pizanos say Old Mission staff made abrupt, discourteous objections to certain aspects of the ceremony, such as Mr. Pizano’s walking his daughter down the aisle and having a limo pick up the newly­weds. Plaintiff’s attorney Desmond O’Neill says that all they seek in taking the matter to court is an apology.

The Santa Barbara City Council may soon consider calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush. Mayor Marty Blum announced last weekend that two city councilmembers had voiced support for putting an impeachment resolution on the council’s agenda. (Two sponsors are needed for resolutions to be considered.) Berkeley and San Francisco are also considering adopting impeachment resolutions.

The Santa Barbara County coroner is still investigating the cause of death of David Klotz, the 26-year-old Petaluma man who died while struggling with bouncers at the Spearmint Rhino during a bachelor party. None of the obvious indications of asphyxiation – bruises to the throat, neck, or larynx – were present, nor was there any evidence he choked on his own vomit. But the coroner is still investigating whether the combined weight of the two bouncers – 690 pounds – who sat on Klotz after a brief altercation over lap dance fees could have caused positional asphyxiation.

UCSB is exceptionally pot-friendly, according to a new ranking by the marijuana magazine High Times. In a national ranking of student bodies that support marijuana use and call for reform of marijuana laws, UCSB students came in second only to students at the University of Maryland.

In California this year, 1.2 million marijuana plants – at a net worth of $4.9 billion – have been eradicated; 1.1 million plants were destroyed last year. In Santa Barbara, 16,800 plants have been destroyed thus far. According to Sgt. Erik Raney, spokesperson for the County Sheriff’s Department, this year’s harvest season was early due to the fact that saplings, rather than seeds, are being used on farms.



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