Pragmatic Leadership

Having known Joan Hartmann for the past six years, it’s obvious why Supervisor Farr selected her four years ago to serve on our County’s Planning Commission. Read story.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


What are the candidates' positions about a community’s right to plan its own future, and to have that plan respected by decision makers? Read story.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pet Projects

There's a certain ring of truth to it. Read story.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hartmann: The Supervisor We Need

Calm and articulate, Joan Hartmann brings people from different perspectives together. Read story.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Respect for Porter

I support Bruce Porter to be county supervisor for our 3rd District. Read story.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Prioritize Street Safety

An evening incident on State Street pointed out the urgent need for policing in downtown Santa Barbara. Read story.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Lawn Bowling at the Bowl

Adam Sandler, Steve Martin, and Flight of the Conchords all walked into a bar … Read story.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Vote Against 'Party House' Tourism

My hot button issue in the 3rd District race is the expansion of tourist-serving activities under the guise of short term rentals. Read story.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Miss Joan Will Help You, Too

I have never written a letter to an editor before, but I want everyone to know that Miss Joan Hartmann is great. Read story.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Jail Costs Up, and Need Down

Didn't Santa Barbara County vote down the proposed jail in 2000 by 61 percent to 39 percent, and again in 2010? Read story.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Regarding last week's takedown of David Sedaris ... Read story.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Good-Bye Flush, Hello Nukes

Flush toilets will need to go. Read story.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Big One

Scientists assure us that it is only a matter of time before our state experiences The Big One, a horrific natural disaster. Read story.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Not Your Mother's Smoke

We loved our wood fire until our neighbor called near tears. Read story.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Developing Gaviota

Conservation and protection of much of the Gaviota Coast is clearly a fleeting fantasy. Read story.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
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