Terminal to be Named After John T. Rickard

Thursday, November 1, 2012
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The Santa Barbara Airport’s new terminal will be named after former mayor and judge John T. Rickard, the City Council decreed Tuesday with a 5-2 vote. Councilmembers Dale Francisco and Frank Hotchkiss cast the dissenting votes. The terminal was completed last summer and the choosing of its name had been a public and contentious process with a number of submissions made by community members. Rickard served as city attorney and mayor in the 1950s and as judge for 14 years beginning in the 1960s.


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This was approved despite the fact that the majority of community members who offered input were against renaming the terminal for Rickard. The key steamroller behind the renaming was Marianne Partridge, publisher of the Independent, who is apparently some sort of relative of Rickard. Just what SB needs--another newspaper publisher who uses her paper as a tool to get what she wants. My respect for the Independent has dropped about 10 points.

RexOfSB (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2012 at 7:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Besides an assumption that the "majority of community members who offered input" is not really how city government decisions are made, when deleting the input sent to the Airport Director that was input confused about naming the entire airport facility and not just the terminal building, the actual majority of comments were for Rickard.

This was a symbolic, feel-good action that really skewed the hyperventilating ratio to an extreme. If only the half the community input and passion would emerge when the city council discusses the city budget next spring, then we would then have something to be excited about.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2012 at 8:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Rex, I think a lot of times the city council decides to vote against people's viewpoints. Happens all the time!

And since voting was done by the city council members which Partridge is not a part of, I can't see anything wrong here at all.

People are allowed to be involved in the community that they also run a paper in. Comparing this to the SBNP is kind of reaching.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2012 at 11:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why do I think this action was decided LONG before the public found out about it?

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2012 at 4:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Run a correlation between Independent endorsements and the city council votes in favor of this travesty if you fail to see the connection between the Independent editorial board sympathies and today's city council.

Rickard was a film-flam artist snookering land deals the state had to step in and prevent from every happening again and oversaw a misogynist county court system, all of which we should remember so we never follow his foot prints again.

Yes, may we please now be forced to remember him as the Rickety Terminal disease.

Oblati (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If Hotchkiss and Francisco dislike Rickard, he must be a cool guy. Those two are the last people to act as any kind of arbiter of character or accomplishment.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2012 at 5:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Political payoffs are how most city council decisions were made in the past, and continue today.

Hotchkiss and Francisco on the other hand show integrity and independence is what is in fact best for our city overall. May they soon regain the majority voice in 2013.

Voters, you get the government you deserve and we deserve a lot better than more regressive progressives handing out favors to their political friends.

Oblati (anonymous profile)
November 2, 2012 at 9:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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