Comments by IndependentG

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Posted on October 2 at 10:01 a.m.

A reasonable person could come to the conclusion that if the Mayor, the majority of the city council, traffic planner, City Administrator, and all of its planning commissioners question the EIR, then perhaps there are legitimate problems with the EIR. All one has to do to see that Caltrans projects aren't without folly is drive down to LA and San Diego and experience the daily freeway congestion. Caltrans designed and built that nightmare.

This lawsuit is reasonable and will hopefully get Caltrans to listen and truly partner with the city of Santa Barbara in an effort to resolve ALL the problems the 101 widening project may create.

On Regarding 101 Widening Project

Posted on February 11 at 10:38 p.m.

The Mayor's proposal seems reasonable to me. While it is not always fun to pay a little more in sales tax, sometimes it's necessary. The budget has been cut, so it's time to do our part and support these initiatives getting on the ballot. I for one, will help gather signatures! Let's at least put it to the voters to decide at the ballot box.

On Helene’s Gambit

Posted on August 25 at 4:05 a.m.

While it's unfortunate that the architect's questionable behavior is what made it possible for this project to win approval from the city council, it's refreshing that an interesting house will be built. Enough with this faux Santa Barbara Spanish aesthetic. It's inauthentic. Looking forward to seeing this house built!

On Council Approves Renovation Plans for Mission Street House

Posted on May 5 at 1:09 a.m.

Because Nick is funny! Happy to read that PUEBLO remains a relevant and (hopefully) effective community organization.

On New PUEBLO Leadership

Posted on November 13 at 12:28 p.m.


I'm disappointed in your characterization of the No on B campaign. If you really believe our perspective was only "scare tactics" then you must concede that Yes on B was a temper tantrum for Chapala One. Measure B was bad policy. I hate Chapala One, but, I hate Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort more. It's under 45 feet and a terrible eye sore. Measure B proponents ignored many other factors that go into good urban planning, including density, transportation, affordable housing, etc. And, nobody said Cottage Hospital wouldn't be built. We said the 4th pavilion planned for later construction would be difficult to build under Measure B.

No on B won because enough voters understood it was bad policy.

On 103-Year-Old Woman of Mystery

Posted on November 11 at 7:31 p.m.

I completely agree with richardsinclair, we should spend that money on suicide awareness, education, training and survivor support services. It is a much better use of those funds. I know, through the suicide of a dear friend, how devastating it is for surviving family members. But, building a barrier on a single bridge in the middle of the county is not suicide prevention. Not in the least.

On Cold Spring Bridge Walk to Celebrate Life

Posted on November 4 at 9:15 a.m.

PUEBLO's endorsed candidates, Schneider and House, along with NO on Measure B won last night indicating that PUEBLO is aligned with the voters of Santa Barbara - a community that has shown again and again to be a relatively progressive one. PUEBLO mobilizes an under representative constituency - low-income workers - people who work in construction, hospitality (hotels, restaurants),agriculture, domestic jobs, etc. It is a strong organization that has a commitment to improve the lives of workers in Santa Barbara County! In this election it was 3 for 3!!!

On Reflecting on Electing

Posted on August 20 at 1:38 a.m.

Measure B really makes no sense, and its supporters would make a greater contribution to Santa Barbara if they focused on lobbying the city to adopt stricter green building standards. A view is not as important as sustainable development. It's not the size of the Chapala monstrosities that upsets me it's their facade oriented aesthetic. Shelton's building is the most interesting because of its exaggerated design, but the others are forgettable!

On B Is for Bad

Posted on August 14 at 12:27 a.m.

The Granada Garage should have never been built. Or, at least, instead of spending so much money on an such an ornate facade more should have gone to things like elevators!!!

On City Shifts Responsibility for Granada Garage Elevators

Posted on August 14 at 12:24 a.m.

Ed Begley Jr. clearly doesn't know how many people in Pedro Nava's district have let down by him during his tenure as a member of the state assembly. I'm voting for Kamala Harris. Among the things I like about her is her position against the death penalty. Go Ms. Harris!

On Actor Begley Supporting Nava for Attorney General

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