To the Voters!

California pioneered ballot initiatives to empower participatory democracy. These days, it is often used to opposite effect. City Council’s referral of medical marijuana to the voters (“New Pot Ordinance Approved,” 6/17/10, revives the original intent; win, lose, or draw, we all win.

Kudos to our local elected officials for breaking the partisan logjam. Perhaps their example can be heeded in Washington!—Geof Bard, S.B.

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Liquidation sale begins this week.

City Council Approves Fee Allocation for Branch Libraries

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Nonprofit is trying to replace $145,000 in equipment and food lost in accident last month.

County Eyeing Private Montecito Land to Build New Debris Basin

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