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Posted on July 6 at 9:42 a.m.

Ken V, when I saw this, my first thought was "where's Neil Baker?".

On UCSB Housing Project Destroyed by Fire

Posted on June 19 at 5:01 p.m.

Uh, and Mr. Easton resigned and moved out of the city. Now they picked the best candidate, and it's only to serve out the remaining term.

On Tony Vallejo Appointed to Goleta City Council

Posted on June 13 at 5:16 p.m.

I'll be shocked if they don't appointed Onnen, if only for his previous council experience.

On Who Will Fill Goleta's Vacant Council Seat?

Posted on June 12 at 5:25 p.m.

Such an odd event, even for SB. I might show up and offer someone ca$h for anything good, but not likely there will be any. It's usually stuff from Granny's attic.

On Gift Cards for Guns

Posted on June 5 at 3:17 p.m.

"Tell me, who's mentally ill?"

Uh, seems to me from readying some of these posts, quite a few of you might be candidates...

Interesting that Nick completely omitted HOW we got to this place. It started with Reagan blowing up the mental health system in the US during his presidency 30 years ago. Until someone re-builds that mental health infrastructure, we're going to keep seeing mentally-ill people (some of whom are dangerous) in our communities.

On Temper Tantrum of the Early-Morning Dog

Posted on May 30 at 2:32 p.m.

Its obvious Lois Capps is really ineffective as our Representative. She seems most comfortable and passionate about health-related issues (she was a nurse) and had an opportunity to talk about the abysmal mental illness treatment we have in the US, but instead tried to somehow make this about gun control. I'm perplexed. Politically, gun control is the Dem version of the abortion issue. It's a non-starter, and loses them votes.

In this specific situation, the guy was obviously mentally ill, but the system denied his parents a requested 5150 (72-hour psych hold), which in CA also requires you to forfeit your firearm rights for a period of 5 years.

I really don't think this is about guns. CA has very restrictive gun control laws (perhaps the 2nd-strictest in the country after Hawaii) and mentally-ill people have still obtained guns and committed mass killings. In this case, the guy also stabbed to death three of his victims and used his car to plow down several others.

On Lois Capps Takes Isla Vista Killings to Congress

Posted on May 29 at 10:40 a.m.

I'd be curious to know what the monthly HOA fees are for those units. Even if you could qualify for one of the affordable units, if you end up paying an additional $400 or so per month to the HOA to maintain a poorly-constructed building, it might not be worth it.

On Curse of Chapala One Not Over Yet

Posted on May 29 at 10:36 a.m.

It's very odd that the tragedy in IV has already been politicized by the anti-gun crowd so soon. In fact, when you step back and look at the facts of what happened, the murderer killed half of his victims by stabbing them to death, not with a gun. That alone should enlighten the anti-gun mafia that their argument is senseless.

The real problem here is mental health, and the inability for our society to recognize and treat it. If Mr. Rodger had been prohibited from obtaining firearms (which would have been a good thing) he still would have killed with a knife and with the use of his 2,000-pound car.

On Gun Violence Must Never Be the 'New Normal'

Posted on May 23 at 3:47 p.m.

Nick points out that 60% of the County's discretionary spending is already allocated to police and fire, but does not explain why that is.

First of all, historically, the percentage of the County's discretionary spending allocated to police and fire ("public safety") has never been 60%. It's really quite simple. The increased costs of salaries and pensions has increased at an alarmingly disproportional rate to County revenue. In fact, according to Mission & State "the average salary and benefit cost for a public-safety employee has increased from $117,600 in 2008-09 to $153,200 in 2013-14, while for a non-public-safety employee, the cost rose from $97,900 to $118,500 over that same period.

How does this all relate to Measure M? As others have stated, this is all about priorities. We can decide to spend ALL the discretionary money on public safety if we want, or however we wish. Unfortunately the trend over the past several years shows an ever-increasing increase in the percentage of county funds spent on public safety, at the expense of infrastructure and several other services.

I have no idea whether or not Measure M will pass, or even if it will hold up to a legal challenge if it does, but I do know that as a taxpaying county resident, I'm incredibly concerned by these spending issues, and even more concerned and disappointed by the BOS lack of attention to this issue.

On Good Man, Happy Dog

Posted on May 22 at 11:41 a.m.

Even Caltrans has a "fix it first" maintenance philosophy. So why can't we have one in Santa Barbara county?

On Hotter Heads Prevail in Maintenance Debate

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