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Posted on October 16 at 6:33 a.m.

Agreed. I occasionally talk to someone that believes the SBNP slant. It is very disturbing.

But this gushy KEYT 'news' report >>> <<< does not make me think for a for very long that this marriage of 'the press,' government, business, non-profits and religion will be good for a democratic and an unbiased SBPD.

On Unjustified Animus

Posted on October 16 at 5:49 a.m.

The first 3 comments above are seemingly from the Grover Norquist "I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub" rationale. The rationale requires lies and distortions in an effort to establish a far-right wing ideology and an economy that benefits the top 2%. It is a very narrow view.

On Consider the Alternative

Posted on October 15 at 6:37 a.m.

Enough with the narrow Botany claims or others with claims about quotas and assertions about this being a "quick buck" money making scheme. It may be that the CHP chooses particular locations for various reasons including proximity to approaching high accident rate locations, to be a presence in the general area of concern, but also due their own safety concerns as well as the public safety when drivers are pulled over.

With little skill and without being distracted by interior cabin activity, daydreaming, amp'd up on whatever and/or exterior distractions, everyone should be able to judge distance, hills and the specificity of your cars horsepower and braking abilities to negotiated safely and within the posted signage for the safest allowed speed limit, even on hilly HWY 154. If you cannot do this then you shouldn't be driving.

On Doing 70 on the 154

Posted on October 14 at 6:57 a.m.

How can anyone simultaneously say that they "do pay my taxes for the services I use" while advocating for developers as "other ways to get revenue." There seems to be a confirmation that revenues are needed and that someone else should pay for the "services I use."

Regardless of the conflicted statements decision makers won't solve the budget problems or the Goleta Beach erosion problem without new revenues. Keep in mind that there is only one yet-to-be-built-hotel that was given a temporary grace on bed taxes. And as far as I know not one single revenue source has been delegated to fund a specific public parking lot. You all are going to have to come up with some realistic solutions. Maybe consider letting elected representatives make the tough decisions required without all this political posturing.

On Supes Drown Beach Fees

Posted on October 13 at 6:05 a.m.

Yeah I don't get how it is that the PD has all this extra time for vendor cart enforcement. Maybe they're just an easier target. After doing all the homeless social services work, training bar and restaurant owners alcoholic assessment, arresting DUI party patrons; when is their time for the PD to do substantial vehicle code enforcement. One little motorcycle cop every now and then, during daylight hours, doesn't meet the charge. The BearCat may be needed.

With a 24/7/365 day economy of transient students, transient tourists and our own local car club transients, the streets that carry a high volume of traffic could use some no nonsense tough- love militaristic type enforcement. Some communities actually have a no-tolerance polices for high-speeds, hot-rods and two wheeled and other big-ass full throttled tailpipes and even impound these extreme vehicles and their boom boxes too.

It could be of benefit to have street vendors. Could be downsides. The ordinance committee and council could consider licensing and permitting street vendors, making them acceptable. Seems as though the PD should have little time or interest in enforcement and that role should rest with the County Health Department, the department that inspect restaurants operations and for cockroaches and other vermin.

On Cam Show Gets Frisky

Posted on October 11 at 1:52 p.m.

Solve their problems and that will resolve the complaints. But we don't really have a government capable because of conservative values to "do nothing." Remember "government is the problem" or the less government catch 22 mantra since Reagan. Turns out that less government actually equals more problems. We're seeing the results all around. Then remember the trend to close the government systems down and farming out to non-profits and churches. Remember the Thousand Points of Light b.s. There are some 'Lights' but not enough administrating to social services. It is failure. States rights, countys rights. Move to Santa Barbara Carifornia. So we need Federal action/programs to give these people and especially the younger ones services, jobs and hope. Then we can deal with our own. Instill the idea that we care and that we would be a better country with a less corporate style of government. Provide for the general welfare.

On Casa Keeps Catching Flack

Posted on October 11 at 6:40 a.m.

Looks like all the free parking socialist geebers and goobers activists showed up to lobby for themselves rather than the low-income. The low income are probably working two jobs and are too busy to lobby for themselves. So there may have been a slant at this hearing.

Surveying the parking lots you'll find mostly very expense rides and other assorted classic tailpipes, big tires on big clanky gas guzzlers, and of course a few nicer eco-hybrid types. Some, to be "eco," must just push that green leaf "ECO" button located somewheres on the dash.

But the real participation comes in when the surfriders take a comprehensive look at the entire budget deficit. There are many deficits. Social services, schools, road maintenance and improvements, enforcement, etc, etc. Oh and some areas have a deficit of really good air quality, and water quality, and little peace and, little quite because of the "neighbors."

Global Warming; 'Oh that.' Surfriders are as addicted as anyone else.

And before we vote down every other development we surfriders should consider more carefully the fiscal advantages along with improvements that new developments can offer and provide the public as well as public coffers. Or we could forgo this socialist free parking and actually pay for products and services we use.

On Supes Drown Beach Fees

Posted on October 10 at 10:17 p.m.

I don't mind nice compact development but Goleta is pretty much Torrance-Lomta West. So as the suburban periodic wetlands and interior open space disappears and because Goleta does not have a good compact development-transit and biking plan; this will be a nice development but drastic overall.

Goleta has planned for terribly high density automobile and motorcycle traffic though. This particular spot, recent housing and the Marketplace, all once vasts grassy areas with White-tailed Kites hoovering above, flocks of snowy egrets flying from corner to corner. White and Blue Herons still as statues hunting for gophers, etc. Now more frequently we'll be seeing that smear of white and red along 101 as the slow-to-get-lift dwindling few suburban feathered foragers concentrate their feeding along those tiny little polluted patches along the 101, until they're all gone. Wash, rinse, repeat.

On Goleta Council Approves Westar Development

Posted on October 10 at 9:41 p.m.

It is a good thing we have the clean water act, not on private wells, and municipal water departments that can filter. JohnLocke is still circulating that petition for a nuclear power plant on West Beach.

On Fracking Near the Forest

Posted on October 10 at 9:31 p.m.

I believe Mr. Margerum is mistaken. If anything he would turn into a dictator rather than a "Libertarian."

On No Library for Public Ping Pong

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