WEATHER »

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, independent.com/ornone) 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.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

SEC Sues Goleta Breast Implant Company’s CEO for Fraud

Hani Zeini allegedly concealed information and misled investors.

Goleta Woman Arrested in Hope Ranch for Prowling

Christen Aceves was also wanted for unlawful possession of a bird of prey.

Man Talked Down from Goleta Overpass

The 48-year-old had tied himself to a sign support.

Get Oil Out Founder and Dolphin Sculptor Bud Bottoms Dies

He was a true man-about-town and an engaged public citizen.

Plastic Bags? Throw ’Em Away

Santa Barbara County makes recycling rules tougher in face of exacting standards.