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Posted on November 18 at 7:56 a.m.
So, Travers, a couple of questions....(#1) What form of employment keeps you in enough coin to be surfing mid-day, mid-week? I'm jealous....wanna know your secret.(#2) How the heck can a 24 yr old be nostalgic about the 1950's??? Are you reincarnated from the days of Ozzie & Harriet?
You KNOW I love you!
On Surf Addict's Journal
Posted on May 17 at 8:15 a.m.
First Bank has branches in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. The principal owner of the bank happens to be a gentleman from Missouri who, due to his love for, and investment in, wine making, has a significant presence in the Santa Ynez/Lompoc region. He also has a home in the area. The bank has several loans in the area as a result of his personal interest in SB County...
There is always a story. There is always a reason. And it doesnt have to be an evil plot or conspiracy.
And, for the "Yankee from OC, Go Home" crowd....it would be enlightening if you researched the home, office,shop or open space in which you find yourself this very minute to see who developed, built or owns this for your present comfort and enjoyment. Our beautiful town didn't hatch from an egg, fully grown and ready for you. The trail includes many men and women of vision...few of them were native Santa Barbarans.
On Bank Gets Naples in Foreclosure Sale
Posted on May 2 at 5:34 p.m.
WATER, a tenth of an acre is only about 4,300 sf which is a postage stamp lot ...maybe 50 feet wide by 80 feet or so long. Hardly ample. A traditional 60's/70's era Goleta area home sits on at least twice that and more often closer to 10,000 sf I think. The NEW URBANISM school of planning that tries to make small lots "feel" big doesn't work. Small lots feel small. Comstock paid a pile for this office park/industrial land that has freeway and train noise, is not near ANYTHING like a residential neighborhood (school, park, retail shops, QUIET, etc). If settling for a house or condo with this density in this location is the price of living in the area, it's too high. Density belongs in urban settings and should occur vertically. Not in areas that our General Plan wisely dictated be "Industrial"....
On New Vision for The Village at Los Carneros
Posted on February 25 at 7:53 a.m.
The time for trimming the "way we do education" is over. We can no longer think outside the box...it's time to throw the box out and rethink how this public education system accomplishes the job of educating students. First on the block should be the unionization of teachers...that's got to be over.
Next to go should be the seasonality of education....year-round use of the precious physical and human resources should be the rule, not the exception. We should be able to meet our community's needs with fewer schools, fewer administrators and fewer teachers working year-round schedules.
Finally, the educational priorities have to be free of politically correct agendas...basic competencies in reading, writing, math and science have to be given "lock box" status that are never compromised. Never.
On To the Bone
Posted on January 31 at 2:37 p.m.
This election is about which of the two candidates can best represent the interests of "The People" in whose name the criminal cases they prosecute are waged. Dudley has the experience, record and demonstrated competence in this job. End of story. She deserves the support of the board of supervisors and the office of the DA. If staff are not "thrilled" with her as an administrator, I think she is even better suited to the job as a manager of this department...it is not a popularity contest.
On Cops Endorse Dudley for DA
Posted on January 25 at 8:22 p.m.
Another crock of political intrigue with Deputy DA's jockeying and being jockeyed for political advantage over each other. Dudley is clearly the more qualified on every important measure, but somewhere a snub or snipe has led to this unseemly palace infighting. Nature --and politics-- abhor a vaccuum.
On DA Stanley To Retire Within Two Weeks
Posted on November 27 at 10:50 p.m.
SezMe, You missed the point. They--the victims parents-- allowed the ghost written letter to go over their (her) signature. They are complicit in this sham, is my point. Either intimidated, or paid off. The jurors should be interviewed as to what they think of the sentence...they speak for The People in whose name this case was brought. The victim's mother should not trump the laws of the State of California. Ochoa is so wrong on this one. Let's hope that the next trial for Jeschke puts him where he cannot harm another young woman....
On Sex Is Not a Sport
Posted on November 26 at 7:01 a.m.
The uprising has begun...but you won't see news of this on KEYT, that's for sure! Ochoa is married to Paula Lopez.
On the Jeschke matter, the facts will tell you that (a) the victim was first spun into this predator's web when she was much younger than 16 and (b) the parents of the victim have some shirked supervising of their daughter to account for.
Again, I think the "please give him leniency" letter was someone else's writing, . Who Peter cajoled to write this will be another episode in this sordid tale. I smell money somewhere in the recipe....
Posted on November 25 at 5:42 p.m.
No, justice was not served. And the system has been corrupted somehow. When the judge bases his sentencing decision on a letter purporting to represent the feelings of the victim, without ever hearing directly from the victim, something is rotten in Santa Barbara. Did the judge actually speak with the mother or the victim? Apparently not. I read the letter...I do not believe the mother of this victim wrote that letter. We already know that the convicted felon unsuccessfully tried to intimidate witnesses in his trial...now it seems he has tooled the judge.
Barney, keep digging on this story.
Posted on June 20 at 11:09 a.m.
Someone at the Independent ought to revisit the HISTORY of UCSB in our community and provide an accurate, unredacted account of how this unholy alliance of the University, the 3rd District of the County (specifically the political office thereof) and the lemmings of Isla Vista who vote uniformly for things that taxpayers of this region rarely support. Such reporting would win awards...but not from our local media, who have mostly sold themselves into political serfdom to the University and its progressive social politics.
On Record Number of Students Intend to Attend UCSB in Fall