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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
Posted on May 10 at 5:05 p.m.
There's a flashing strip on Lincoln Street in the Venice area (or thereabouts anyways) in LA. It's also four lanes of traffic. I've seen it got off a few times, and it's very noticeable. I drive down Milpas multiple times every day, and it is also my neighborhood. It's a congested busy street, and it is hard to see pedestrians at those crosswalks, because other traffic blocks your view! I think the strip lights will definitely help. I'm not so sure on the single lane...but I guess I'll just have to see how that shapes up...and maybe add five minutes onto my commute.
On Flashing Lights and Restriping for Milpas Street
Posted on May 4 at 1:20 p.m.
I think it's backwards to think one should be held responsible for others TRESPASSING on their property. Sh*t...if a stranger appears in my backyard and tumbles down the muddy slope breaking his/her leg, then I think it is THAT person's fault for both being clumsy and trespassing. And yet, today, I could be held responsible for that idiot? It's a crying shame I think. A property owner should not have to think through every possible scenario that someone may do on their property. In some places you're allowed to shoot trespassers, and I'm definitely not saying that's right. But there is a middle ground here that makes sense. My property is not someone else's playground!
It is a tragedy that so many people lost so much. I had some very good friends lose EVERYTHING, and I would bet that most people in SB can say the same thing. My heart goes out to those people first and foremost. I also have some sympathy for the college kids. If they're good people, they're punishing themselves and it's something they'll carry for life. It was dumb, and we've all done dumb things. It was not malicious and that's what I always come back to. Accidents and mistakes do happen; it's very human. But I am extremely surprised that they're not the ones to pay for this poor couple's hospital bills. I think they went after the wrong people, at least as far as responsibility goes. They went after the right people as far as finances go.
On Burn Victims Agree to $6 Million Settlement with Tea Garden Owner
Posted on May 3 at 9:27 a.m.
So disappointing...and so bizarre to go after just this one when there are two more just up the road a stones throw away. Can't wait to hear the "whys" on this one. At least there were no arrests! Just a question, have other states with medical marijuana dispensaries, like Colorado and Montana for instance, had DEA raids?
This raiding only causes fear, which only forces people underground, operating in secret. Things that operate in secret, especially under fear, rarely head down a good path. Stop forcing this sketchiness! Let there be transparency!
On Dispensary Raided
Posted on May 2 at 4:49 p.m.
It's terrible what happened to this couple. But it seems like injustice that the Tea Garden property owners are the ones to take the financial hit. I understand that the students who started the fire probably don't have the cash, but they're the ones who are really at fault.
Posted on April 27 at 11:21 a.m.
I had to look up whether or not mountain lions are considered endangered and here's what I found on the CA Department of Fish and Game:
Are mountains lions listed as a threatened or endangered species?Mountain lions are not threatened nor endangered in California. In fact, the lion population is relatively high in California and their numbers appear to be stable. Mountain lions are legally classified as "specially protected species". This has nothing to do with their relative abundance and does not imply that they are rare.
So it looks like, protected yes, endangered no. But I would assume "protected" would apply to a live animal.
The critter wasn't purposefully killed. I suppose I have a different perspective towards the dead...just an empty vessel. If our plane went down in the Andes, and I died and you were starving, I'm totally fine with you eating my body. ;) I don't think I'd care any longer!
On Paws Sawed Off Dead Mountain Lion
Posted on April 27 at 11:06 a.m.
A Tibetan-Buddhist nun? And he didn't stop to help? Oh man, he's royally screwed on so many levels! He's definitely coming back as a rat...he sorta already looks like one! Accidents happen, but how does one not stop to help???! I think it could only be worse if it were a child. Well I hope she recovers fully and quickly...unless her walk on this earth is meant to be complete. Perhaps she's reached the continuous bliss and emptiness. But for the sake of the rest of us, we could all use a little more good in the world, and any loss of it is mourned.
On Police Arrest Hit-and-Run Suspect
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