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Posted on May 1 at 4:12 p.m.
Roger is a nice guy but IMHO not terribly bright. Basically he is a North County pro oil pro development supervisor. I will give you 10 to 1 odds that if elected he will vote with the 2 North County supervisors 90% of the time. I also think that any hope of preserving the Gaviota Coast will be destroyed if he is elected. As weak as Janet has been lately in that regard Roger will almost certainly be worse. He trumpets his support for More Mesa and Bishop Ranch but is silent on the Gaviota Coast, and with good reason;if the truth were known he'd lose support.
On The Battle for Santa Barbara's 2nd District
Posted on April 7 at 12:54 p.m.
The problem will only get worse as UCSB expands and expands like a malignant tumor. Other than a police state, which we are to some extent already in, not a whole lot can be done. Raging hormones always trump common sense. When I was that age 50 years ago I didn't have much sense and I still really don't.
On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot
Posted on March 27 at 10:13 a.m.
Off leash dogs will definitley become a problem. I love well behaved dogs but their owners tend to view any restrictions on them as onerous and when nobody is looking they will let their pets run free and chase birds and poop in the bushes. Dogs will be dogs and many of their owners are not terribly concerned with the environment.
On County Parks Re-Affirms Position
Posted on March 4 at 5:46 p.m.
I am not disappointed in the 2 North County Supervisors, they did what they are supposed to do: support any and all development and oppose any and all environmentally benign actions. However I am deeply disappointed in Salud, Janet and Doreen. With friends like them who needs enemies. Not a single one of them could see their way to opposing this project as it is? I am so disgusted!
On The Math on Paradiso del Mare
Posted on March 4 at 5:31 p.m.
I believe women should have the right to choose an abortion during the early phases of pregnancy. If in fact the fetus has a soul and is truly a "person" then: A) The mother should speak for that soul not the government and B) If it is an evil act then let god take care of the consequences. If there really are souls, a god, heaven etc then sending the fetus straight to heaven doesn't seem all that bad, they get to by pass all the suffering that life often entails. In addition the reality of the situation is that we should be putting a lot more resources into to preventing unwanted pregnancies: free birth control, sex education, etc. I also realize that 90% of this sort of conversation is a waste of time; very few people change their minds as a result of what the other side says.
On Pro-Life Movement in America
Posted on January 1 at 8:52 a.m.
I knew Julio personally and I suspect he made some serious errors of judgement but he provided health care to a segment of the population that couldn't get it elsewhere. But the severity of his sentence is absurd. The economic crimes of the big banksters that cause hundreds and thousands of people to lose their entire life savings, homes and lives go largely unpunished other than fines to their companies. This is so typical that the little criminals ( if Dr. Diaz even is a criminal) get hard time and the big boys get off with a warning.
On Dr. Julio 'Candyman' Diaz Faces 200 Years in Prison
Posted on January 1 at 8:46 a.m.
I'm pretty neutral on the condos, WTH let the rich buy'em and spend money here, of course I'm a Noleta guy so every time I go to "the city" it seems like Disneyland to me. I do like the idea of the food market and hope it is not too too chichi.
On Alma del Pueblo Taking Shape
Posted on December 11 at 8:31 a.m.
This will hopefully highlight to many people the need to understand your investments. If you cannot understand how an investment will make money don't invest in it. As they say it is your own responsibility to do your own "due diligence". Very sad that so many people lost so much.
On Bad Dream or Ponzi Scheme?
Posted on December 7 at 9:44 a.m.
Every place has problems. I have lived here and there and Santa Barbara (and Goleta/Noleta) remain, IMHO, the best places on the entire planet to live. We all need to remain active and vigilant to prevent greedy developers from making things worse but it remains a paradise.
On What I Hate About S.B.
Posted on December 5 at 8:04 a.m.
Any way you slice it or dice it the reality is that the environment in our county will be further degraded, more development will occur, agriculture will remain challenged and for the average SB citizen things will look much worse ten years down the road. Not too surprising when you consider how heavily weighted the process was by developers and developers masquerading as farmers and ranchers with a few true environmentalists and a few real farmers and ranchers thrown in for appearances. The Planning Commission approved the first major mansionization south of 101 on the Gaviota Coast in a very long time yesterday so the trend is hard to deny. Very depressing.
On The Great Gaviota Compromise