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Posted on November 5 at 1:49 p.m.

Measure P & Measure S...the two Indy endorsements that I didn't go with.

Well the consolation is that the oil companies had to shell out a whopping 6.6 million to take down Measure P, although I'm sure that's just pocket change to them. Sure Measure P was flawed, but in two years time they can work out the kinks and polish it up, and it can be right back on the ballots, with a better voter turnout, bringing out the people more likely to vote for it. They may have won the battle, but they will not win the war. This will continue that's for sure. The clock is ticking for the oil companies and they know it!

As for Measure S, I'm glad the community doesn't back just blindly throwing wads of cash at SBCC. SBCC needs to work on their relations with the very community that they're asking for handouts from. $288 million? That's ludicrous! Here's the thing, the very people that take part in SBCC with the Lifelong Learning have had their trust in SBCC's choice of direction shattered. SBCC is underestimating the power of those people. If you want the community to back you, don't take away the only benefits to the community. That seems fairly obvious to me.

On Capps Survives; Measures P and S Flame Out

Posted on October 30 at 2:14 p.m.

The Indy's official endorsement still appears to be "no." This reads a lot clearer in the printed paper than online. In the print paper the clip-out endorsements still state "no." And this "aniti-endorsement" is printed under "Opinions." Clearly this topic and vote is a divisive one and while the Indy's still endorsing "no," not everyone there is agreeing with the choice. This hasn't been an easy choice for me, and while I wish Measure P was more clearly and better written with less flaws, I'm leaning towards "yes" because I think at the end of the day it's moving towards the right direction, and doing something is better than nothing.

On An Anti-Endorsement

Posted on August 7 at 3:18 p.m.

So sad!!!! It was such a fun, unique, authentic experience! Goodbye rustic theatre, to be replaced with...*sigh* another wedding venue. Less of a community builder and more of a caterer to outsiders and the over-priced fat cat wedding industry. I mean, I get it. Unless you have loads of cash in SB it all boils down to making money...staying out of the red. But sadly when that's the driving force everything becomes whitewashed and lifeless.

On Circle Bar B Theatre Closing

Posted on July 29 at 10:58 a.m.

The PALM!!! He is ubiquitous! I want proof that he actually sleeps! How does he even have the time to have several suits at the ready? He always looks polished and professional. One would expect him to look a little frazzled and rumpled given that the man is EVERYWHERE and right in the mix of things...never missing a beat. Is he ever off? I've never seen him dragging ass and grumpy. Just incredible. Well I can't help but smile myself when I run across him and his easy radiating smile. That giant grin and energy are contagious! I love this mish mash of a couple of my favorite journalists - Palminteri and Stewart. PALMINTERI IS PRIMETIME!!!

On John Palminteri

Posted on March 11 at 12:39 p.m.

What the F?! "Abortion Holocaust"???!!!! You've got to be kidding me. Sometimes a word, a name, a symbol (swastika for example) become so forever entangled and tainted by evil and darkness that it doesn't even matter what the root of the word or origination of the symbol was; it will never ever be seen or interpreted separate from that evil and darkness that's been associated with it. "Holocaust" is one of those words. Obviously the use of this term is going to ruffle a few feathers and most definitely create an upwelling of strong emotion...but I suppose that's the point. It's a cheap trick. And deeply disrespectful.

Obviously there were emotions running strong and we all know these things can quickly become personal and can therefore escalate. The professor seems out of line. But so do these "survivors." The "survivors" were obviously looking for an interaction like this, camera-ready and all, and pushing for the continuation of the confrontation. When physical gaps are closed between people, it often times becomes physical. It's always that tricky line when people are entangled - at what point is it being aggressive and at what point defensive?

And...can I say it sounds seriously overblown? A scratch? Charges? Jesus. Was there any real harm? Now there are lawyers and police? It just seems like a terrific waste when all that's needed is someone to give them a stern talking to and sit them in the corner to think about their actions.

Also...still sort of stuck on this name, but I have to feel a little sorry for these "survivors" too. I mean, to be an "abortion survivor" you must have had parents that told you, "I didn't want you, but I kept you anyways." I think on some root level that has to be deeply damaging. And most that consider an abortion is because a child would make life exponentially more difficult. So you add in a potential difficult childhood - maybe money's tight or some other struggle...and you're upset and unsettled and latching on to some cause so you can funnel that negativity into something.

On UCSB Professor Accused of Assaulting Anti-Abortion Activist

Posted on January 8 at 2:54 p.m.

Somehow I find this more upsetting and disturbing than the brother stabbing also in the news today.

On Woman Arrested for Stabbing and Killing Ex-Boyfriend's Cat

Posted on April 10 at 2:23 p.m.

Good to see. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people go through the correct processes, be respectful of the rules, pay loads of cash for permitting, studies, monitoring, etc. ect. ...just to see their neighbors blatantly break the rules and end up with a minimal fee and slap-on-the-wrist when they get caught. The rule-breakers always play dumb of course, but that's really just all a part of the strategy; even knowing they'll likely get caught. Sadly, those weak fines just promote doing what you want and paying the (*minimal*) consequence later, and unfortunately that's the route I see a lot of wealthy people take when developing property.

On Coastal Commission to Fine Bacara

Posted on August 21 at 4:43 p.m.

NO NO NO NO to fees!!!!! This would have HUGE impacts on so many people in this community, not to mention my dog...he'd be so incredibly depressed.

Santa Barbara is a beautiful and wonderful place to live, and as expensive as it can be to live here, it's more than worth it because of all the perks. I hate to see the perks becoming endangered!

I do find it very disturbing that these fees go into the general funds, so they don't even necessarily benefit the beaches. I understand that people in the public sector have had pay cuts, etc. etc....but so has almost everyone else. That is not a unique issue.

Nature should never be limited. The beach is one of the few FREE things enjoyed in this community. In a town where the middle class is disappearing, and the gap between the upper and lower classes is a fast-widening chasm, there needs to be space that can everyone has access to. Don't take this away from us. It's about being a community too. What benefits the majority of the citizens living here?

I agree with the comment about the paid parking pushing parking out in the residential areas instead, and then the income from paid parking will be offset by by the costs of regulating parking in the neighborhood areas. I will definitely be one of those people parking a few blocks away to avoid paying.

I hate to even suggest this, because I very strongly believe in no fees, but how come they haven't come up with at least a somewhat more agreeable plan, such as allowing the purchase of a year pass - how about $5 for those with a Santa Barbara County address, and letting all the out-of-towners pay the $12/day and $2/hour?

On Major Resistance to Beach Parking Fees

Posted on May 10 at 5:38 p.m.

This line, "Will my computer tell the toaster how I hit it?," caused me to snort chuckle out loud in the ol' office! I too have the fear that my electronics might one day turn on me because of my abusive tendencies...if only they would just listen for once...

This one's my favorite line though - "Even if they’re just reciting the alphabet, I figure anyone paid to speak for these multibillion-dollar acronyms must be lying." So true.

On Dogs of a Feather

Posted on May 10 at 5:27 p.m.

Bahahaaaaa! Oh Wendy McCaw, how terrible it must be to realize that money doesn't mean omnipotence! She's enough of a loony bird to attempt to take it to the US Supreme Court though. That will be a good hearty rumbler of a laugh when she attempts that one! I feel bad for Roberts...what an unending stresser! She should also have to pay for the years she lopped off his life by all this undue stress she's caused him!

On Court Rejects Wendy McCaw Appeal

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