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Posted on June 9 at 7:48 p.m.

I call BS on the postcard. I didn't get a postcard, did you get a postcard? I didn't get a postcard...if I had gotten a postcard I wouldn't be so damned mad anymore. In fact, if I had gotten a postcard I'd have put this whole thing behind me now & moved on. Because a postcard makes everything all better, especially when the environment gets attacked & a multitude of wildlife is killed. I can't believe I didn't get a postcard. I'm really pissed I didn't get a postcard.

I'm insulted--I want my damned postcard.

On Photos of Ruptured Pipeline Finally Released

Posted on April 23 at 5:27 p.m.

"...or eavesdrop" - behold their Pretext Caveat. Amazing how one simple word can effectively negate an entire premise. Last time I checked, filming something/someone is pretty much eavesdropping, albeit a recorded version, by definition.

On Video of Arrest Appears to Show Officer Knock Phone from Bystander's Hands

Posted on December 2 at 12:11 p.m.

The County has a WATER CZAR? Really? *facepalm*

On Major Rain Expected This Week

Posted on October 2 at 12:17 p.m.

Have you ever "commuted" in LA? It can take two hours to go ten miles. Our "congested commute" through this zone is a whopping 20 minutes in the worst of the (accident-free) peak time. This little bottleneck of ours tops the list of First World Problems. I can't believe people are whining about this.

And yes, Byron: once the widening is complete, the flood of three lanes worth of fast-movers no longer forced to trickle in will just bottleneck right in the middle of SB as a result of the on ramps throughout the downtown corridor.

If the Montecito peeps want to suck up exhaust fumes while looking at trees lining the freeway, let 'em.

It's no secret that I'm no fan of Helene Schneider, but I commend her on her stance on this one.

Leave it alone. Keep Santa Barbara small.

On Freeway Widening All Jammed Up

Posted on September 16 at 12:19 p.m.

Millions of dollars at their disposal and they don't bother installing Hi-Def security cameras? They deserve to get robbed.

On Man Robs State Street Bank

Posted on June 19 at 2:35 p.m.

Here is the actual press release as provided by the US Coast Guard:


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Coast Guard has completed clean up and removal efforts of a barge that sank near Point Conception State Marine Reserve, on June 8, 2014.

Around 12:15 p.m. on the 8th, the Coast Guard received a distress call from the tugboat Calvin, reporting that the 260-foot barge Nash was sinking. The barge had a cargo of 3,900 metric tons of magnesium chloride, a non-hazardous derivative of sea water. The barge sank stern first leaving the bow extended above the water. During the sinking, air spaces in the aft cargo tanks were crushed and the hull breached. The barge is resting approximately 1/2 mile south of the oil and gas pipelines extending from the Freeport-McMorRan Hermosa Platform to the shore near Point Conception. Tugs have maintained watch over the wreckage to ensure it did not shift or move during salvage efforts.

The cargo of Magnesium Chloride was largely released during the initial sinking event with no projected or observed environmental impact. A Unified Command Post was established with representatives from the Coast Guard, California’s Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Global Diving & Salvage to protect marine life and environmental concerns and ensure the safety of salvage operations. The Coast Guard worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate a deep ocean disposal location offshore where the barge could be scuttled safely with minimal impact to the environment.

The barge was successfully scuttled offshore June 17.

The owner of the barge, Seattle-based Salmon Bay Barge Line, Inc., contracted with Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. to provide a team of marine salvors to restore sufficient buoyancy to the badly damaged hull to allow it to be towed offshore and away from the sensitive areas."

On Shipping Barge Capsizes Off Point Conception

Posted on June 18 at 2:56 p.m.

I just got off the phone with SB Harbor Patrol--the Coast Guard is going to send out a press release this afternoon, and the Harbor Patrol will email me a copy as soon as it is released. I'll paste it here.

On Shipping Barge Capsizes Off Point Conception

Posted on May 29 at 10:47 p.m.

Sandra has my vote, too. Not going to sling any mud, suffice it to say Bill has left much to be desired. Time for a change.

On Vote Sandra Brown for Sheriff

Posted on April 22 at 10:49 a.m.

It's amazing how shortsighted we (once?) were...thinking, 'Hey, how 'bout we just use that island out there to test these new bombs? What could it hurt, right?"

On Navy Closes San Miguel Island to Look for Old Bombs

Posted on March 1 at 6:44 p.m.

"Check, please!"

On VIDEO: Storm Wave Crashes Through Moby Dick Restaurant

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