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Posted on May 9 at 6:03 a.m.
Why does the DA here allow a "no contest" plea in this case rather than insisting on a guilty plea? With the crime on film and the victim anxious to see justice done, there is no reason to allow this monster to plead no contest, especially given his prior record. That plea and the short sentence seem outrageous for such a horrific and brutal crime.
On Man Accused of Raping Woman in Elevator Pleads No Contest
Posted on May 4 at 9:29 a.m.
Blackpoodles has it right - note also that the property owners chose to settle for the amount claimed by the Hoffmans, undoubtedly paid by their insurance carrier. We lost our home and everything we owned in the Tea Fire and wanted to file precisely these claims - we went to many different lawyers in town but none of them had the courage, commitment or concern to take on the matter - kudos to David Nye for doing so on behalf of the Hoffmans.
On Burn Victims Agree to $6 Million Settlement with Tea Garden Owner
Posted on May 4 at 8:49 a.m.
Let's hope the DA's office has insisted on full restitution of the Taylor's many victims and some serious jail time.
On Tentative Plea Deal for Montecito Motors Owners
Posted on May 4 at 8:45 a.m.
I am fine with the idea of a memorial honoring our vets and the Marine Corps Air station but I strongly oppose this proposal. As others have noted, it would crowd and divide the open space in front of the airport, a TERRIBLE idea (check out the problems and acrimony resulting from the placement and eventual removal of Richard Serra's structure). Maintenance would cost a lot of money - this at an airport that cannot afford to keep a plane there to fight our inevitable and recurring wildfires. Put this piece in the garden at the Museum of Natural History - the airport needs something less grandiose and pretentious, perhaps smaller and more identifiable as relating to the men/women and planes that it is intended to honor.
On Angel Wings at the Airport
Posted on April 23 at 5:13 p.m.
What is happening with Mills' wife? Clearly, she was an accomplice and an active participant but the article doesn't mention any charges or other disposition.
On Jack Mills Found Guilty on All Counts
Posted on January 25 at 4:14 a.m.
Does anyone know what the criminal penalties are for such sick misconduct and horrific mistreatment of these poor creatures. I recall the laws were made tougher recently but don't know the specifics.
On Suspicious Pelican Injuries Raise Alarm
Posted on April 6 at 2:30 a.m.
I hope the Hoffmans win - big time - and stay right here. The legal doctrine of 'attractive nuisance' would seem to apply, as it does when someone fails to put a fence around their pool. Had the defendants taken reasonable steps to protect the property, as prior owners had done, there might have been no fire, the Hoffmans would not have been burned and 230 homes would still be there today. It may or may not be true - it will come out at trial - that the defendants had applied to develop the property into something commercial but were denied permission to do so by the city following which they declined to put any further money into the place.
On Judge Rules in Favor of Tea Fire Victims
Posted on April 1 at 4:01 a.m.
Kudos to you, Starshine, for letting your child go on what sounds like an amazing field trip, for managing to handle your fears and anxieties (at times, just barely, it seems) and for writing a good column about the whole thing for us to enjoy. Sure, the comment above reflects to some degree the reality that is lurking out there in the world but I for one am not allow that to rule my life or that of my child - I let him go on a cycling trip on the Great Ocean Road in Australia when he was in 7th grade, and a school trip to Italy not unlike Starshine's child, when he was in 10th grade. I have taken him to Egypt, to Paris and London and lots of other places around the world and while aware of the potential for harm to come our way, I wouldn't trade those experiences and the time shared with my son for anything. Let's not forget there is probably just as much risk in letting him leave home and go downtown or to beach (Goleta Beach yesterday!) on any given day - gang violence, car accidents, etc etc It's a crazy world out there with lots of different kinds of risks - part of growing up is learning to navigate and handle them and to enjoy life along the way.
On Flock My Life
Posted on November 19 at 2:18 a.m.
What a joke. Maybe they will explain why they couldn't get a single fire truck on to our street for hours after the Tea Fire broke out, far too late to save most homes, or why a fire truck stayed in the fire station on Stanwood at the top of the hill all night long doing nothing while homes burned.
On Firefighters Get Own Show
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