Comments by LeeH

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Posted on April 27 at 10:51 a.m.

If you knew Cathy personally, you would know that her responses are entirely genuine and not about telling anyone what they want to hear. This is what Cathy says over coffee or lunch, or at a party, or anywhere. She is one of the most truly honest and loving people I have ever met, in or out of politics -- she was this way when I used to run into her on the Westside bus 15 years ago, long before she contemplated a career in politics, too.

I understand the cynicism that many people feel about elected officials. But we are blessed in this community with a few who are honest and whose public and private faces are the same. Let's be grateful and celebrate that!

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Cathy Murillo

Posted on March 25 at 8:13 a.m.

Apologies to my readers -- I am not so illiterate as to use "Heros" when the proper spelling is "Heroes." This tag line was added after I submitted my column.

My father was not a good speller, but he valued the skill. And Selma would probably have been disgusted.

On The Well-Lived Life

Posted on January 23 at 6:37 p.m.

Thanks for being willing to support good causes!

If you would like to support C.A.R.E.4 Paws, you can donate via paypal by visiting the website, If you're more of an environmental person, I also work on fundraising for the Environmental Defense Center; you can donate to them at

It's okay not to attend -- especially when you're willing to give anyway! But if anyone does come to these events, look me up to say hi, so I can thank you!

On Fundraising Is Like Housework

Posted on December 9 at 8:45 a.m.

Emma rocks -- she is friendly, mellow, and good with dogs too!

On Adoptable Pet of the Week

Posted on July 18 at 5:01 p.m.

This op-ed totally misses the point. PXP is ALREADY pumping oil here, so if there is a spill, their current assets are what will cover them, inadequate as they may be. The Tranquillon Ridge Project wouldn't have changedthat, except for one key thing: it would have set a firm, contractually enforceable END DATE on their oil production activities, at which time all activities would cease, the facilities would come down, and they would go away, taking the risk of a new spill with them.

Without the Tranq Ridge deal, we are at risk as we were before it was proposed, and as we will continue to be now that it seems so unlikely to happen. Without deals like Tranq Ridge, there is no end in sight to oil production off our coast, so we can just hold our collective breaths and pray it doesn't happen here . . . again.

On We Were Lucky It Was BP . . .

Posted on July 9 at 9:05 p.m.

I am amazed at all the negative comments about Das. Have you ever worked with him? The guy is excruciatingly honest and ethical, and willing to go to the wall on issues that are of no personal benefit to him, but that he recognizes to be important. And why was it wrong for him to run for County BoS? Not that I begrudge having Janet, whom I love, but a City Council starting point is ever y bit as legit as Janet's background.

As someone closely involved with the environmental issue that has divided the area, I understand fully why Das felt compelled to run. With all due respect to Susan and Pedro, who have a legitimate right to disagree with the proposal and for whom I have great personal regard, the overwhelming majority of local environmental organizations strongly back the PXP/Tranq Ridge project -- and it was felt that Susan was less than honest and forthright about blocking it. So Das's decision to run was about having someone in office who shares the environmental viewpoint of that vast majority. Also -- Das has multiple issue interests (social justice, equal rights) where some see Susan as having only an environmental background. It would be good to have that broader palette.

I just can't believe any of you who are dissing him have ever dealt with him. If you had, you'd know what a totally stand-up guy he is, and how smart and politically astute. . . .

On Williams Makes It Official

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