The ‘60s Revisited

Barney’s Revisiting Them, Too

Thursday, November 14, 2013
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I’M REVISITING THEM, TOO: Gerry DeWitt’s long-running The Sixties Revisited radio show had a theme that went: “It’s the same old song, but with a different meaning since you’ve been gone …”

From 1976 to 2001, Gerry’s show aired on local airwaves, first on KTYD, with the Four Tops’ 1965 Motown theme providing bittersweet memories of wonderful music and turbulent times.

Barney Brantingham

“The show lasted two-and-a-half times as long as the ’60s did,” Gerry reminded me when we talked the other day. He’s collecting copies of those shows and sent me one featuring Walter Cronkite’s sounds of the 1960s, including what Gerry terms Cronkite’s “heart-wrenching collage of the sounds of that weekend in November” when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The 50th anniversary of the November 22, 1963, day of infamy looms next week, bringing a “potpourri of pain” for those doomed to remember those horrific events “and the psychological impact they would have on a generation whose youthful ideals were shattered in the course of a few short seconds,” Gerry said.

ELECTION, SMELECKSHUN: Someday they’ll have an election, and no one will come. Look, all you had to do to vote in last week’s Santa Barbara City Council election was put a couple of marks on the ballot the city mailed you, sign your name, and stick it in the mail. But only 38.3 percent of city voters managed to find time or interest to do that.

An election with no issues? Maybe, but the voting could have a lot to do with who’s going to battle for Congress when Representative Lois Capps decides to retire to the Upper Eastside. But she shows no sign of leaving the lunatic asylum that’s the House of unRepresentatives, and when I saw her last week, she said she’s running in 2014.

<b>SECURELY SEATED:</b>  The envy of many a Santa Barbara politician, Lois Capps’s tenure in California’s 24th U.S. Congressional District remains pat.
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Barney Brantingham

SECURELY SEATED: The envy of many a Santa Barbara politician, Lois Capps’s tenure in California’s 24th U.S. Congressional District remains pat.

It can’t be a lot of fun for Capps, a moderate Democrat outnumbered by Republicans, Tea Partyers, and other assorted types, many of whom seem to hate the government they were elected to be a part of. Only in America can you base a political movement on being against health care for the very people you represent.

Crazy as our nation’s Capitol is, a good many Santa Barbarans, restless as only political types can be, appear anxious to sit in the House, despite its cellar-dwelling polls.

Three councilmembers, including one who was just elected, seem anxious to pounce on the seat when Lois Capps retires. Term limits, both on the City Council and State Legislature, have created an endless game of musical chairs.

Mayor Helene Schneider, who raised over $115,000 against weak opposition and surely has bucks left over, has long been seen as itching to move up. Having been reelected last week, she’ll be termed out in four years. What then? A run at Congress? As a fellow Democrat, she’d never challenge Capps. Standing in her way is 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, long considered Capps’s heir apparent, with close contacts with fellow Democrats in Washington, D.C.

If Salud gets Capps’s vacated seat, then political observers (where would we be without them?) see Schneider vying for his vacant supervisorial chair.

Gregg Hart ran a gangbuster campaign to get elected to the council last week, spending more than $120,000, a new record and perhaps has some left over for future electoral adventures. Hart, who served two council terms (1996-2003), looks to some like a guy with a yen for the mayor’s gavel or a seat in the Legislature or Congress.

Cracked ex-councilmember (1982-1993) Gerry DeWitt about last week’s election: “We replaced a bald, middle-aged, union-backed councilman who supported high-density development and bulb-outs whose initials are GH with another bald, middle-aged, union-backed candidate who supports high-density development and bulb-outs whose initials are GH. All that money and time, for what?”

Translation: Grant House was termed out, replaced by Gregg Hart. (The peeple have spoke.) Forecast: clouds with a chance of “smart-growth” density storms and freeway hail. Hart and Schneider sharply disagree on freeway plans, and the mayor didn’t endorse him. Some also speculate that former councilmember Das Williams, an ambitious Democrat, might be interested in a shot at Congress when he’s termed out in the Assembly.

Another councilmember supposedly eying a seat in Congress is Republican Dale Francisco. Meanwhile, people are talking about the spirited election battle shaping up when current Goleta Mayor Roger Aceves, an ex–Santa Barbara cop, takes on 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf next year.


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native2sb (anonymous profile)
November 14, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We need new people. The pre-existing ones still have a lot to offer. But we need new people. Elections are supposed to be decided on who's best, not who's next in line.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 14, 2013 at 1:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We need new ideas represented by new assertive humans who can play politics, too. Das is younger, but the Chumash and unions own him.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 14, 2013 at 3:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"assertive humans", wonderful. I wonder if Dr. Dan realizes that it is humans that are screwing up the planet? No dolphin has ever taken a bribe. Not a fart in a carload.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 14, 2013 at 9:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I bet I could get you to do just about anything for a bucket of fish dolphinpod.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 3:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

good correction, dolphin, my comment reflected "species-centrism" which, like Euro-centrism, floats dead in the water as a useful concept. You guys are clearly sentient and your group-mind [pod-mind] wiser than the human's individualistic antics.
I'd like to substitute "creative and species-tolerant" for "assertive".

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 5:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

upon further reflection, dolphin, isn't it true that your pods are starting to lend dolphin battalions to assist the US Navy in its military mission (locating mines, for example, and more aggressive actions, sorry to say)? Have some of your denizens sold out to the wily humans? What is your dolphin-ethical position on your own mercenaries? What would your marine minions do for a bucket of fish, as KV asks?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 5:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes DrDan, I am sad to say it IS a disturbing trend, but I would humbly implore you not to judge all of us by the actions of the venal few that sell their soles (sic) for a few bucks from the U.S. military.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 5:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Or I should perhaps say, "sell OUT" their soles.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 5:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I lost faith in the American Voting system long ago and now resist all attempts to be a part of this failed system of purchased candidate for office program, since I lack the $1M in funds to buy a seat in Congress or any other Government level of politicking. It does not surprise me that as time goes by, the American public looses faith in all levels of Government especially in those who constantly fail us in Leadership and thus what does it really matter, we little people can't buy support or quality leadership so why even try? We are constantly reminded that our options are always the less of the two Evils (scumbags), who are presented by the only parties the Mule and the Elephant and no other ever comes forward unless they love public ridicule and personal defamation from either of those two terror groups (parties). My vote is special and as of the last 13 years, I have yet to find a lowly worthy candidate let alone a worthy candidate to present my sacred vote to but Americans who drink the Kool-Aid of the Government Machine brainlessly give their sacred vote away to the most smooth talking Puppet that either Party offers up to the sheep we call American Public. Remember America, you elected the last two worms to destroy our Country (the few that did vote), the last from your Historical Guilt so you have only yourself to blame for this Countries Failure.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 7:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If you own real estate in SB your vote is purchased through Quantitative Easing inflating the value of your house. That is why Capps refuses to allow the Government Accountability Office to audit the Federal Reserve Bank.

native2sb (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A very nice article about an important political figure from the 1960's.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 9:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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