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Posted on April 28 at 3:20 a.m.
I wish the Public Market well, I really hope it can succeed. However most of the special events I have attended there have been a disappointment. The rentable kitchen space is a great idea and I have seen some very nice events there. Part of the problem is that with such high rents many of the shops have and will always have a hard time competing with the many fabulous and upscale shops already well established in SB.
On A Public Market Divided
Posted on April 25 at 6:38 p.m.
No one should be forced to vaccinate their kids. However I don't support allowing un-vaccinated children into public schools. These parents have non traditional non scientific beliefs and they are entitled to them. That is why home schooling and alternate private schools exist.
On Vaccination Mandate Bill Advances
Posted on April 20 at 10:24 a.m.
I'm curious how the GWD or whoever will theoretically provide them with the water can justify the construction of dozens of mega-mansions on the Gaviota coast. These places will require landscaping and their owners will be unconcerned with price and will therefore probably use a heck of a lot of water. The Santa Barbara ranch (AKA "Naples") alone is contemplating something in the range of 80 or more big big homes. Add the 2 and perhaps 4 or 5 more at the former ARCO site ( Paradiso del Mare) and eventually 7 at Las Varas and we are looking at perhaps 100 and likely more very large homes that will use at least twice as much or more of the water of the average local home.
On Early Birds and Mad Dogs
Posted on March 25 at 7:38 a.m.
"They paved paradise and they put up a parking lot".
On New Subdivisions Going Up in Goleta Valley
Posted on March 16 at 10:58 a.m.
Nice to see some successes from time to time.
On Island Fox Recovery Could Mean Delisting
Posted on March 15 at 5:37 p.m.
UCSB is an evil empire and there is not much we locals can do about it. I would, however, urge all readers to oppose in every way they can at every chance they get every single thing that UCSB tries to do. If we can't beat it perhaps we can slow down its destruction of the local community.
On UCSB: The Elephant in the Room
Posted on March 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Wow, I'm waiting for so called "realitycheck" to somehow blame Obama. At any event I drive by there a lot and have never had to wait anywhere near 20 minutes. I don't know why it is taking so long and I doubt there is a really good reason but it is hardly the catastrophe you make it out to be IMHO.
On Twenty-Minute Turnpike Wait
Posted on March 10 at 4:47 p.m.
Terribly tragic and stupid at the same time. I am not judging this youngster too harshly, there but for the grace of god... I did some incredibly stupid things in my youth and thankfully survived.
On Teen Burned in 'Fire Challenge' Is Clinging to Life
Posted on March 7 at 3:08 p.m.
Mountain out of a molehill. Tempest in a teapot. Call if what you will but the effect will likely not be as dramatic as expected. First off there is no requirement that if you run for city council to represent any given district you must be a member of whatever the presumed dominant ethnicity of that district is. Second, even if there is such "ethnic purity" once on the general council things could turn out like at the Board of Supervisors n which the three South County folks tend to vote as a block and the 2 North County supes as a block. Only at every election when the crucial 3rd district changes hands do things get shaken up. Santa Barbara city politics will still be a bit of a quagmire of opposing interests.
On Brave New World of Santa Barbara
Posted on February 27 at 11:08 a.m.
I have a great idea. Let's build a few dozen or more huge mansions out on the Gaviota coast. Those millionaires will be happy to buy what little is left of our water since they are so rich a few $K in water bills won't bother them at all. As an added advantage we won't have to see all those beautiful vistas they'll be destroying and blocking our view of.
On Of Mega Dogs and Mega Droughts