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Posted on December 11 at 1:15 p.m.

rk- don't forget about draconian rent control.

On Governing the Anarchist Bubble of Isla Vista

Posted on December 11 at 10:34 a.m.

Oh, you are so wrong discoboy. Water service is a monopoly and not subject to market forces such as supply and demand. During the last drought, water conservation measures were actually so effective, they had to raise rates even further to account for the fact that conservation measure so effective that revenue dropped below projections.

On Big Jump in Water Bills?

Posted on December 11 at 9:53 a.m.

Because you didn't agree with the verdict, you assume prospective jurors need additional training. Volunteer for jury duty then. You can make those difficult decisions for yourself instead of being a Monday morning quarterback.

On Tipping Scale for Justice

Posted on December 11 at 9:48 a.m.

hmmm, $17K vs. $500K? Maybe $500K isn't "expensive" in your world, but if it's just taxpayer's money, it grows on trees.

On Expensive Shading Structure Coming to S.B. High School

Posted on December 11 at 8:11 a.m.

Yeah, just don't ask what changing that bulb in Chicago is going to cost you.

On Bare-Knuckle Politics — Santa Barbara-Style

Posted on December 10 at 9:29 p.m.

Dr Dan brings some interesting stats to the table here. Asians, many that come here with little more than the shirt on their back and a language barrier too seem to succeed where other minority groups and even whites have failed in obtaining higher incomes.

It would seem that strong family ties and cultural values that encourage higher education have much more influence than perceived racial discrimination. That may be over simplistic as well, but it's a huge factor.

On Justice Demands Accountability

Posted on December 10 at 1:54 p.m.

$240K to build nothing and do nothing except public relations? Who could possibly object to that?

On Questions, Concerns Over $240,000 Bike Plan Outreach

Posted on December 10 at 12:22 p.m.

He's just a chip off of the ol' block.

On Man Found Dead Near Pershing Park

Posted on December 9 at 11:54 a.m.

Loon - If it's not justifiable morally to incarcerate people on drug charges, blame society and the people that make the laws. The police are just a tool of society to accomplish goals that society sets. The police aren't morally respsonsible for laws that society requires them to enforce. Sure, the police can incarcerate people, but only for a very short period of time on their own authority. If you want to blame the police for the first day or two in jail, go right ahead. Who do you blame for the the remainder of the years people spend behind bars for drug charges? The police aren't responsible for that. The judges, the DA's and the politicians are. Of all the man-years people have spent in jail on drug charges, the police are only directly responsible for a small fraction of it. Others are responsible for the rest. When are you going to realize this and blame the people actually responsible? You must have had some bad experience with the police to irrationally blame them for all the years people spend in jail on drug charges. Your beliefs have no basis in fact and your anger towards the police is entirely misplaced.

On Man Stabbed on West Micheltorena

Posted on December 9 at 10:38 a.m.

Loon, when are you going to get it through your thick head that the police are acting on orders from our government and our society. They don't do what they do autonomously. There are judges that set the punishment, district attorneys that prosecute the crimes and politicians that make the laws. Where's your contempt for them? Of course the politicians make the laws that the voting public demands of them, so really your wrath should be focused on the general public, not on the police. This isn't an issue about the police. The police do what the public pays them to do. The issue you have with our laws and the enforcement should be directed at the cause.

Your logic amounts to blaming the bullet for someone being killed by a handgun.

On Man Stabbed on West Micheltorena

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