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Posted on March 30 at 3:25 p.m.

Hmmmm......"HomelessCzar" calling others "cowards" for remaining anonymous? I'll have to think about that one.

And studies have shown that people of low income have just as many cars as the middle class and above, they are just older and in more disrepair.

And many people already can't afford to live here yet the restaurants and stores remain open.

On The Challenge of Renting in Santa Barbara

Posted on March 30 at 7:41 a.m.

I have a few comments on this. There is more reality in this commentary than I have read in previous ones. The NIMBY attitude of residents DOES keep zoning from changing. BUT, I can see why many residents of Santa Barbara don't want gridlocked traffic and little or no parking. Turning Santa Barbara into San Francisco DOES destroy their "slice of paradise".

As far as landlords not taking smokers, pets or section 8, the big management companies have little effect on individual landlords. All it takes is one time of scrubbing walls, ceilings and changing drapes to figure out why most landlords don't take smokers, not to mention the fire hazard. Same with pets. Dogs scratch wood floors, doors and walls, And with section 8, well, you deal with government bureaucracy and with entitled tenants that show little respect for your property, all this for submarket rents. There are valid reasons that landlords don't want to deal with these issues.

I will agree with the author on granny units. Many people have extra space in their home that could be used to house others as well as generate income for themselves. There should be more leeway in permitting that activity.

On The Challenge of Renting in Santa Barbara

Posted on March 29 at 7:01 p.m.

But as Barry Cappello well knows, there's a lot more money in the hot button of race than there is in trying to fix dysfunctional cultural values.

On Taking Racism Out of City Elections

Posted on March 29 at 6:12 p.m.

This also explains the disproportionate success of Asian students, many of which have English as their second language, came to this country with little and supposedly suffered the same racism as other minorities.

On Taking Racism Out of City Elections

Posted on March 29 at 5:47 p.m.

Bill, I will answer your "uncomfortable" question. The problem with your thesis is that you look at the data (success rates of specific races) and determine strictly based on the results, that the only reason that some races succeed more often than others must be racism. It's not racism, it's not genetics, it's culture.

The biggest factor in a child's success or failure is the support of both parents in child-rearing. Children of single parents virtually ALWAYS fare worse than those children raised by both parents. The facts are undeniable.

Solve the problem of Black and Hispanic families being disproportionally single-parent and you will solve the problem of disproportional lack of success of Black and Hispanic children.

Throw the race card out all you want. Out of wedlock births are the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. People want conversation about race when what we should be having is the conversation about single parent families.

On Taking Racism Out of City Elections

Posted on March 29 at 1:56 a.m.

Blackpoodles - I never said his crimes had anything to do with his national origin or his immigration status. Those thoughts came strictly from your narrow mind. But the fact that we don't properly secure our own borders is a primary factor why scum like him get to perpetrate their crimes here.

On Child Molester Faces Life in Prison

Posted on March 28 at 6:55 p.m.

This is why we should listen to PODER and open up our borders to all comers.

On Child Molester Faces Life in Prison

Posted on March 28 at 7:54 a.m.

Well, Cappello NEEDS racism in Santa Barbara. Alleged racism puts food on Cappello's table and send his kids to college. Without it. or at least the perception of it, Cappello might need to resort to chasing ambulances.

On Taking Racism Out of City Elections

Posted on March 27 at 2:26 p.m.

The article says ex-girlfriend, but from everything I have heard, they're still together, at least they were for quite a while after this incident.

And just to clarify for those that may mis-interpet this. My generalization was a cultural one, not a racial one. I have no reason to believe that my "loyalty no matter what" statement would apply to women of Asian descent born and raised in this country.

I base this on my familiarity with Asian culture, not anything that I have read. And there are always plenty of exceptions to the rule like Wendi Deng who is always after something bigger and better.

On Alleged Girlfriend and Puppy Abuser in Court

Posted on March 27 at 1:20 p.m.

Hey, people of different cultures have different values. Yes, it's a generalization, but both these people are international students from China. It's like saying middle eastern women dress more conservatively than most women here. If someone thinks that's racist, let 'em. It's just fact.

On Alleged Girlfriend and Puppy Abuser in Court

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