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Posted on March 12 at 3:47 p.m.
For those wanting to read more about Den & SB's colorful early history, check out Walker Tompkin's book "Santa Barbara's Royal Rancho."
On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara
Posted on March 11 at 11:50 a.m.
Caruso filleted by the Montecito Objectionista... what a way to go! At least he can still park his mega-panga offshore out in front. Or, maybe not .... that boat, all lighted up at night probably resembles an offshore oil derrick... and probably requires a permit :)
On UCSB: The Elephant in the Room
Posted on March 10 at 3:49 p.m.
Cheap shot re: Miramar. Author obviously a development minded op writer. Caruso - and LA developers deserve every bit of mitigation limp-wristed SB can pull from them as they attempt to syphon off profits. The reason the Miramar is a dump has nothing to do with Santa Barbara or its residents, or room rental wannabes. It is solely and exclusively the fault of Rick Caruso's hubris.
Similarly, establishing mini-gov's in IV doesn't seem a golden nugget idea either. UCSB needs to step up, stop growing like a cancer cell, and endeavor to create a livable community. Not rocket science.
Posted on January 16 at 1:07 p.m.
Don't forget that WSJ just cited Veneco as one of the most likely oil companies to fail in the new oil economy.
On Cheap Gas, but Pricey Futures
Posted on August 27 at 11:12 a.m.
Nick... Check it out: City of Davis is "returning" their bogus military equipment. Maybe SB can apply for Davis' beastly weaponry and be even more ready to attack UCSB's best and brightest during the next full moon.... http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/26/6657...
On I Bark, Therefore I Yam
Posted on June 26 at 9:46 p.m.
So it is OK for Jackson to support offshore oil drilling when she's being paid by PXP to lobby for it but when someone else wants access to the exact same oil using a safer technology she writes a law to stop it? Seems like a low bully move, certainly not something legit.
And don't think for one second that State Lands denial of the PXP deal was unexpected. Enviros from throughout California opposed it every step of the way and that train was off the tracks long before State Lands buried the final stake....
On Teeing Off on Tranquillon Ridge
Posted on April 15 at 2:32 p.m.
Gov. Brown has only 4 of 12 appointments to the Coastal Commission, which generally provides them sufficient independence to avoid the usual Sacto. political influence. This time it took not only the Gub's appointments but significant efforts by the Assembly appointments and even 2 Senate appointments to give the field away to the Orange County based Brooks Street partners developers. In general the entire Commission failed badly in voting to refuse to hear the appeal.... And while it may have been approved later anyway, they could have at least addressed the most blatantly half baked aspects of the project: illusory and largely unfunded public access, dangerous turnoff (for both residents and the public) from Hwy 101, overly large water lines that will induce future development, public access routed directly thru the seal colony etc. Those could easily have been dealt with.
Anyway.... author is correct that this has a very big precedent for future of development along the Gaviota coast. It was incredibly stupid not to use park bond funds to purchase this property when the golf course failed, and now coastal mansion sprawl is all but certain.
On CA Coastal Commission Approves Paradiso del Mare Project
Posted on April 9 at 4:04 p.m.
Its the cops. Amazing how they whine about having a rock tossed at them while their decked out in Homeland security militia night time goggle and assault gear with armored vehicles. Does anyone serious want these jack boots attacking our children? Its like taking the guys who failed in high school and letting them beat up on our best and brightest!
On The Death of Isla Vista?
Posted on January 4 at 10:15 a.m.
Here's an idea: Put a drive thru Taco Bell in the Haskell's Landing project. That development is an ugly dump and totally defiles the Gaviota Coast -- all while advertising with pictures of the Bacara & Naples Beach area as if some unsuspecting dupe will buy one of those puny tacky units thinking they'll get special access to local surf spots upcoast! Ha... what a joke.
On Good Land for Development
Posted on September 21 at 4:25 p.m.
Oh gosh.... Nick you've ruined it for me. Are you saying our only choice for this ripe Senate seat is one candidate who represents Greka and one who represents PXP ?? We're doomed......
And Ken Volok please refrain from attacking the other commenters.....
On Dog Tired