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Posted on May 25 at 7:01 a.m.

Congratulations Utah! I'm sure that the many locations with plenty of land and low housing demand can satisfy the housing demand for the entire country.

As places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara have little land to spare for additional housing, especially affordable housing, states like Utah and Michigan would certainly be able to provide those housing needs that San Francisco and Santa Barbara can't.

On Solution to Homelessness Lies at Hand

Posted on May 25 at 6:31 a.m.

The war on homelessness will be just successful as the war on poverty since LBJ declared it over 50 years ago.

We can already exempt those that are homeless by choice, of which there are many. And why does society owe an obligation to house people in one of the areas with the most demand for housing in the country? Housing isn't just a structure, it's land, it's utilities, safety, privacy. If we were to decide that housing is a "right", why shouldn't the provider of that service choose the location where to provide that service? There is plenty of excess housing inventory in Detroit and other cities that could be used.And what about those that barely make the rent? Might they become "homeless" to qualify for free housing?

We can already determine the success of any future program to eliminate homelessness just by looking at our section 8 housing program. They have already given up even putting new people on the waiting lists, much less finding housing for those that desire it. Landlords are dropping out of the program, yet houses in Detroit remain empty. Would it really be any different if we tried to provide housing for all those that wanted to live for free in SB? We'd end up with urban slums and an unlivable city, and Detroit would still have many empty available homes.

On Solution to Homelessness Lies at Hand

Posted on May 24 at 8:21 p.m.

The oil industry has it's place here as does any other. The overreactions here to this minor spill are astounding. A year from now, no one will ever be able to tell that there was a spill. Certainly, safety precautions are a must and lessons will be learned from this spill. But for those with a passion to eliminate fossil fuels, this is an excuse not based in logic.

On Oil Futures

Posted on May 23 at 12:02 p.m.

Well, Goleta certainly isn't a better managed city with it's unrestrained development, but it beats SB in most other categories.

On Compared to S.B., Goleta has:

Posted on May 22 at 4:33 p.m.

Or made it an independent country again.

On Laws Are Made to Be Broken

Posted on May 22 at 3:04 p.m.

"Laws Are Made to Be Broken"

Like our immigration laws?

On Laws Are Made to Be Broken

Posted on May 22 at 4:43 a.m.

Local issues are distinct from national issues. Many voters that support moderates in local elections vote for liberals in national elections.

There are many local liberals that don't want high rise development, inadequate parking, traffic constriction and onerous taxes.

On Keep City Council Elections in Odd Years

Posted on May 21 at 4:54 p.m.

This should be in the "opinion" section, not the news section. This article is full of conjecture but little fact.

On [UPDATE]: Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline in Santa Barbara County

Posted on May 21 at 12:10 p.m.

Why no angry pooodle the last two weeks? Is Nick on vacation?

On 7 Dogs for 7 Sisters

Posted on May 21 at 12:08 p.m.

This will go over like a lead balloon with the public. The consultants that the city hired are paid to tell the council what they want to hear. THE PUBLIC WANTS THEIR TAXES RAISED!!!! Watch how wrong they are come election time.

On Sour Grapes Cloud Tax Increase Talks

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