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Posted on August 10 at 11:34 a.m.
Lifestyles of the rich: armed guards, attorneys on retainer, embezzlers in your kitchen... it must be so fun to be him.
On Patrick Nesbitt Places Hotels Into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Posted on July 27 at 12:27 p.m.
The spot is one of the main locations of SB history, beauty and tourism, as well as a traffic conduit for residential areas in Mission Canyon and the Riviera. There's a lot going on now, and there's been a lot going on there for hundreds of years. Tourists driving from downtown to the Mission and parking in its giant parking lot are not the problem. It's the convergence of all those old roads beyond the Mission (Mission Canyon, Mission Ridge and APS) right next to Mission Creek, with its historic bridge, Mission ruins, the olive grove, the cemetery filled with Chumash and others, the old reservoir right on the corner--which is still in use--and beyond that the Natural History Museum and Rocky Nook and Rockwood... there's a ton going on, and all of it worth preserving, including the auto traffic flow. I think the roads are actually well done, though signage wants to be improved. But the thing that really doesn't work well is the pedestrian traffic, which can be very heavy, and involves running across the street at various points. It is really hard to walk from the Museum to the Mission, yet this is something residents and tourists often do. I've seen some of what the Museum has proposed for their part of the long-range plan, and I like it. I just hope people realize that, as it is all over Europe and even in the Eastern US where people are used to living among the remnants of the pre-auto era, that is always going to be an area where people just have to deal with it. It's not that bad and it's very pretty.
On Citizen Group Seeks Lower Mission Canyon Traffic Improvements
Posted on July 22 at 11:56 a.m.
No one should face having their life ruined for using cannabis. Obama admits his early use, and yet he became President. Would that have happened had he been caught? I don't think so.
There's a lot of money to be made in keeping the Drug War going. Mexican cartels, the DEA, for-profit prisons, law enforcement, the alcohol industry, the pharmaceutical industry, etc. all profit if we keep cannabis criminalized. It seems that only voters using referendums can change cannabis regulation (our politicians certainly won't), and then the Feds go and change it back again.
On Probation for Miramar Collective Owner
Posted on July 11 at 6:57 a.m.
The "majority of supervisors," minus Carbajal or Gray, is two people. It would have been nice to know who they were.
On Franklin Ranch Road Arena Denied
Posted on June 29 at 9:27 a.m.
Plenty of people make good money in this town renting nice apartments to good tenants. I mean "good" as in quiet, clean on the outside anyway, regular paying high rents. Could Pini make money this way? Yes. Could he make more by renting to young transients month-to-month and doing the bare minimum of maintenance? Hell yes. I realize in this town anyone who will rent to a person with poor credit is rare, but is it really so kind when the chez you offer a single mom and 4 children is rickety, failing codes and summoning the cops regularly? I used to be a Pini neighbor on lower De La Vina; even among the other places there, Pini's buildings and tenants stood out as the worst.
On Toga Party for Dario Pini?
Posted on June 26 at 10:26 a.m.
What lesson was learned? That you can be suspected of almost anything for being nearby and being an Hispanic male (I bet he knew that already); and, that if you hang with guys who keep a loaded gun in the car and take the time to punch drunks, then expect that they will hang you out to dry if anything bad goes down. That's the sort of lesson many young people learn the hard way: there are some people you should just avoid.
I am so glad that another lesson was learned, that the justice system can work for you even after it's worked against you. I am so sorry this young man had to experience this, but at least it will give him a huge step up in understanding the world, and what can happen to innocent people.
On Marine Clears Name of Assault Charge
Posted on June 25 at 11:59 p.m.
AndersonLane, that was very interesting and helpful.Howgreenwasmyvalley, if your GG grandfather was Irish, then he most definitely was not Anglo. Especially not in the 1850s.
On Interesting Info on Immigrants
Posted on June 1 at 8:04 p.m.
I wish that Owen Dell's second post were up. His first was spot on.
On Barry Cappello Sues Wendy McCaw
Posted on May 27 at 12:44 p.m.
Now that the activist Roberts court has found that our nation's most pressing need is for more corporate cash to be brought into the political system with their Citizens United decision, I fear that the oligarchs will buy the government that they want.
On A Peek Inside Campaign Coffers
Posted on May 23 at 8:50 a.m.
A mature adult, Caucasian, has a .36 BAC (I didn't know it was possible to get it that high without passing out) and kills a person, injures another, causes extreme mayhem in a motor vehicle, and gets most of her sentence suspended. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Jacob Medina, Hispanic, despite evidence of his reform and improved character, was sentenced last year in SB to 15 years in prison for attempted murder committed when he was a minor--in his crime, the perp was not a mature adult but someone society considers unable to make rational decisions about voting, etc. Impartial justice applied?
On Priscilla Susman Sentenced to One Year in Jail
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