Comments by LaFleur

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Posted on April 15 at 1:51 p.m.

I expect The Independent struggles financially, too, due to the market forces and internet and the other things that affect the NP and other newspapers. It has bills to pay, employees to pay... Yet, the Indy
-makes its content *free online* going back years (NP makes you pay or go to the library if you are not a subscriber),
-the weekly printed issue is also free (but not home delivered),
-the comments are pretty much open to any and all opinions,
-the local news coverage is far superior to that of the News-Press, and
- most people who live here have a generally good opinion of it, or at worst neutral. Only the News-Press brigade hates the Indy - whereas many in the community despise the NP since McCaw took it over.

On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?

Posted on April 9 at 10:27 a.m.

Ibid has a point - why does McC persist in battling so many who reject her newspaper and her policies - when she doesn't really demonstrate a positive influence in Santa Barbara? Clearly most people here who have any opinion about the NP have a negative one. What is her agenda? Fine journalism? Not. Freedom of speech? -- only her own. Championing animal rights? Sometimes, but mostly just turning out one sorry edition after another of ... whatever you call it. What is her interest in remaining at the helm of this embarrassment? I don't think it is a question of townsfolk having "a stake in her life," as much as having a stake in the daily newspaper of our town. The NP has the infrastructure (though it is apparently sadly crumbling - can she not afford to keep the building maintained?) that would be too costly for an upstart to create from scratch.

Wendy helped to Free Willy. Now how about "Free the News Press"!?

On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?

Posted on April 8 at 1:31 p.m.

Jarvis, what else do you do with your time besides post on Indy articles? I am glad that you devote so much of your attention to the Independent, to counter-balance the right-wing, low-brow, sad N-P rag you subscribe to and love. You like free speech? When I do look through the N-P I don't see anything there that doesn't align with the owner's political and social views. Letters to the editor, opinions, "news articles," etc. are all pretty much from a single world view. I guess that makes her speech free, anyway.

On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?

Posted on April 8 at 12:27 p.m.

Jarvis, you keep harping on the N-P having been "on the chopping block" and that McCaw's purchase "kept it local." The paper was for sale, as happens from time to time with newspapers and other businesses. Do you think it would have folded and disappeared if she was not the purchaser? Also, I would rather have the paper run by a respectable owner or corporation from out of town than this ...local person. (she moved here 2 or 3 years before the purchase)
LA Times articles:
Billionaire Beats Out Chains to Buy Santa Barbara News-Press
Wendy P. McCaw, a billionaire environmentalist and ex-wife of cell-phone king Craig McCaw, has agreed to buy the Santa Barbara News-Press, bucking a national trend toward newspaper consolidations and corporate ownership. The sale would transfer the 155-year-old newspaper from the corporate family of New York Times Co. into the hands of one of Santa Barbara's wealthiest but lowest-profile citizens, who has no background in newspapers or journalism...
Behind, and in, the Headlines
The joke after reclusive billionaire Wendy McCaw purchased the Santa Barbara News-Press last year was that she bought the paper to make sure it never wrote about her. If so, the plan has been a spectacular failure. McCaw, a vegetarian and historic preservationist who is one of America's richest women, has made one headline after another. The first splash was over her battle to stop the state from creating a public beach at her 24-acre estate...

On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?

Posted on April 8 at 10:31 a.m.

C'mon, there are reasons why the Santa Barbara community has largely - not entirely - rejected the once-loved News-Press, starting shortly after McCaw took over. We didn't just cancel our subscriptions to save money, or because we don't read paper newspapers, or because we lost interest in local news. The quality of the product has plummeted under her -- the writers and editors who *used to* work there made it such a fine paper. They have virtually all been fired or had to leave for their own integrity. Every now and again I look through a copy when I'm at my sister's house (she's retired and likes to read Dear Abby and Doonsbury so still gets it) and am saddened to see what has become of the News Press. Now it is a few lightweight local items, right-wing opinion-piece ranters like Andy Caldwell, and a whole lot of purchased stories from elsewhere. What pleasure can Wendy McC possibly get from running it into the ground and pissing off such a large part of the community? If you want to see what it used to be, go to the downtown library and look through the microfilm of the N-P and the earlier dailies - they have the local newspaper on microfilm from the 1880s to the present. It's really tragic that the N-P closed down their own library when McC took over - they used to have a terrific librarian who was very helpful to the news reporters, maintained a vast clipping file - but alas, no more of that - what a waste. In fact, the sorry remains of the once-great New-Press is just sad.

On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?

Posted on March 26 at 10:52 a.m.

I wish I had known Mr Ward during the many years I lived in I.V. He sounds like the kind of community servant we need more of -- throughout the land. I hope you enjoy life after Isla Vista, Mark!

On The Wisdom of Mark Ward

Posted on March 17 at 5:32 p.m.

Swinging the Censer, by Katherine M. Den Bell (Nicholas's daughter), is available from the public library system. As are copies of Royal Rancho, and microfilm of the local newspapers starting in the 1880s, and tons of other local history sources including the SB Historical Society's quarterly *Noticias,* and a bank of clipping files from the 40s through 2005, other books and periodicals and files...ask at the central library's reference desk. Or, of course, go to the SB Historical Society's library to consult the expert, Michael Redmon.

On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

Posted on March 16 at 3:37 p.m.

The term "second-generation X" is so common I can't believe anyone who can read and write and hear is not familiar with it. Just google "second-generation Japanese" (use the quotation marks) or "second-generation Mexican" or any ethnicity for copious evidence. In fact, the term for second-generation Japanese is Nisei, and there is a term for 3rd gen, Sansei.

Also, look up Immigrant generations in Wikipedia - note, though commonly used, the meaning is not uniformly agreed upon. Some say first generation is the immigrant who comes to America, some say first generation is the offspring of the immigrant, therefore the first generation to be *born here.*

LaFleur, 3rd (or 4th) generation Irish, English, French, German, and zillionth-generation Neanderthal

On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

Posted on March 11 at 5:46 a.m.

Peter is right. UCSB, as a state agency, can do what it damn well pleases and the local community has to just suck it up. You cannot stop them, even the Coastal Commission (another state agency) won't prevent them from expanding, even when their plans conflict with the CC's mission. UCSB has done what it wants for decades to the detriment of Isla Vista, which has been home to many families and other non student residents. It has refused the wise counsel of concerned homeowners to encourage home purchases by faculty and staff by subsidizing mortgages, in order to increase the number of sober invested people who can contribute a stabilizing influence on the community. UCSB builds builds builds and goes through the motions of getting community input but does exactly what it wants in the end. Water supply and other infrastructure issues - too bad. Almighty UCSB is unstoppable.

On UCSB: The Elephant in the Room

Posted on February 27 at 11:27 a.m.

Why do people insist on throwing wet blankets onto other people's good time??

If your "good time" seriously disturbs my ability to enjoy my life after a reasonable hour (e.g., listen to my music, sleep, let my kids sleep, study, read a book, have a conversation) then you should stop making the disturbance. If you won't stop, then society will send its representatives to require you to stop. Don't be a selfish jerk and we'll all coexist peacefully.

On Second UCSB Frat Closed in Three Months

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