Comments by LaFleur

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Posted on June 19 at 8:26 a.m.

Six years of Obama dealing with what the Bush-Cheney administration left in their wake. They had 8 years to trash the place - war, economic ruin, diplomatic embarrassment -- that never should have happened and would not have happened if an honest and honorable team had been in office. Our mess in Iraq is their legacy. You right-wingers will never give Obama an inch because you can't stand who he is. You resort to really stupid lies and false accusations and refuse to give as much as a nod to his accomplishments (the economy has been righted, unemployment is way down) and criticize the healthcare program even though it turns out to be a great success. (You're always looking for an example that "proves" its a failure, but those examples mostly turn out to be false.) Obama has been a truly great and inspirational leader. He is not perfect. But he has more integrity, humanity, intelligence, and good sense than the callous, money-grubbing, deceitful exploiters who preceded him.

On Another Day, Another Dog

Posted on April 28 at 10:28 a.m.

If I serve champagne or wine to my teenage kids on holidays, can the cops come in and bust me? If my 20-year old son and I have a beer while watching the game on Sunday afternoon?

On the other hand, having lived in IV for upwards of 25 years, I can attest that the alcohol consumption here is beyond excessive. On quite a few occasions drunken individuals have barged in the (unlocked, while we were home) front door of an evening, convinced they were in their own place or at their friend's. Too out of it to understand they were in our house -- we'd steer them back out the door and down the driveway. Or a few times someone would find his or her (yes, her) way into the backyard and wander around trying to find their way in, or their keys, or whatever. Sometimes people would just barf and collapse in the street, or continue lurching down the street. Fortunately cars usually don't go fast in IV because there are so many people walking in the street (few sidewalks here) or skateboarding, or semi-parked cars blocking the way, or other obstacles that actually provide some traffic calming, making the streets a little safer for the intoxicated.

There are certainly a lot of teenagers who come to IV looking to get good and drunk and party. Usually they just get drunk.

On 'Party Patrol' Raids Isla Vista Homes

Posted on March 21 at 2:52 p.m.

GluteousMaximus = ass, right?

On Cops Take on ‘Urban Travelers’

Posted on March 20 at 2:27 p.m.

You don't find the children of Ozzie and Harriet living this life. You find kids who never had a stable home life, or a person who cared about their welfare, or the opportunities that the kids you and I grew up with did.

On Cops Take on ‘Urban Travelers’

Posted on March 20 at 10 a.m.

Many of these young people are foster kids who were turned out when they turned 18 or ran away from abusive, loveless situations. They find each other and form their own families where they are accepted by the other "rejects" on the street. They live as best they can but once in that situation, how can they get a job, a place to live, etc.? They can't be reunited with their former families because no one wants them. This is not a problem that Santa Barbara can solve. We need a (national?) program for young people where they can go to live, *work* and get whatever education they are willing and able to pursue. It would be cheaper for us in the long run -- and maybe also in the short run -- than policing, arresting, imprisoning, repeat, for the rest of their lives. These are Americans who had very a bad start in life and have endured crappy childhoods. If we can rescue GM ...

On Cops Take on ‘Urban Travelers’

Posted on March 15 at 12:59 p.m.

So true, Ibid -- WHY WAS ALL THIS NEW HOUSING APPROVED when there is not enough water already? How many more new buildings are in the pipeline? What can be done to halt the "death by a thousand" new water meters?

On Goleta Declares Stage 1 Water Shortage

Posted on October 31 at 3:56 p.m.

I once persuaded my son to tape a slip of paper with his phone number and email on the neck of his acoustic guitar, which he took with him often. One day a couple years ago he left it at the SBCC bus stop and didn't realize for a couple of hours. He went back -- gone. Put up flyers all over camps. Nothing. A week later the guys who had found it at the bus stop discovered the paper, called my son and he was soon reunited with his beloved guitar. I was amazed.

On Santa Barbaran's Random Act of Kindness Goes Viral

Posted on October 25 at 2:44 p.m.

Really? Trees can be historic landmarks? What if they die or get toppled in a storm or a limb falls on someone? Will these same concerned citizens demand that they be replaced - and at whose expense? Looking at the list of people who opposed landmarking the trees, I'd have to say they are pretty reputable and knowledgeable and are probably in a position to decide whether the trees (which require a lot of maintenance by groundskeepers) should become sacred cows or not. Good god, why can't we get people to go to city hall or the county board of sups or Sacramento and cry about important things if they can be so passionate about some non-native trees?

On Five Eucalypti Declared 'Historic'

Posted on May 23 at 3:08 p.m.

Library is not the only place or the best place for this "refuge." It is not even a good place.

See the lovely ping-pong table in the park in Isla Vista here:

On Progress for Library Plaza Ping-Pong

Posted on May 23 at 1:15 p.m.

Is the public library front lawn really the only possible "daytime refuge for our fellow citizens"?

Is the entrance to the place that could and should be the community center for access to books, information, entertainment, cultural events, meetings, study, computer work and reading to be reserved for people who are really just there to nap, smoke, and hang out all day?

Or should it be a space that invites anyone to come and enjoy an activity, a place that men and women, families and children and students, young and old feel welcome -- and feel that it is their communal space, too.

There are lots of potential "daytime refuges" not far from the library. The sunken gardens of the courthouse right across the street comes to mind. Alameda Park, Alice Keck, the Mission, and further out Shoreline, Pershing, Girsh, Manning, to name a few more.

To withhold a community resource because it would disturb someone's preferred napping spot, and declare the front area of the public library a "refuge" is really not fair.

On Progress for Library Plaza Ping-Pong

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