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Posted on June 1 at 1:27 p.m.

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On Barry Cappello Sues Wendy McCaw

Posted on June 1 at 11:35 a.m.

Serves him right, don't you think? They are all enemies of our community, of justice, of fair play, and of the law. The damage they have done is beyond shameful.

On Barry Cappello Sues Wendy McCaw

Posted on April 26 at 6:23 a.m.

This is great news. I hereby declare the value of my home to be $20,000 and my property taxes to be $50 per year. Thanks, Rick, for setting a new standard, and thanks to the SB County Assessor's Office for being so willing to give us poor taxpayers a real break. I'm elated and will look forward to my new-found prosperity. Life is grand!

On Caruso Gets Reduction in Miramar Property Value

Posted on April 20 at 6:21 a.m.

Gang activity is way down? You've got to be kidding. All you have to do is look at the daily reports of knifings, gang fights in parking lots, and other obviously gang-related activity to realize that the gang problem is seriously out of control. Those aren't seniors or soccer moms out there jamming switchblades into each other. Get real.

On The Cam Show

Posted on December 24 at 6:18 a.m.

Thank you for your articulate expression of tolerance. It's especially timely in the holiday season. I would like to add one point, which is that atheists are among the most despised and least trusted people on earth. Please see http://www.alternet.org/story/153194/... for an interesting article on the subject.

On Free Expression with No Reservation

Posted on December 7 at 4:24 p.m.

Umm...is this an article or an ad? Can I get free publicity for my business too?

On G.J. Gardner Homes Opening in Santa Barbara County

Posted on October 1 at 5 a.m.

There is one huge, unrecognized problem with high density, and that is that it destroys forever the possibility of community self-sufficiency. Without access to open land, the community is forever dependent upon the outside world. Everything that is needed – food, building materials, clothing, the works – has to be brought in from somewhere else, because there is no possibility of growing even so much as a stalk of corn. And all the waste has to be exported too. This condemns the community to a dangerous dependency that is also troublesome to both the outside communities that are called upon to deal with the immense needs of this hungry monster and upon the environment, which reels under the impact. Land is destroyed, and the people become like chickens penned in cages of their own making, helpless and utterly vulnerable. Density is neither environmentally sound (despite the pleadings of its proponents) nor socially beneficial.

The tepid argument that residents will be able to walk to work is not sufficient to compensate for the massive negative impacts of high density, even if it were magically to happen (which it does not).

According to research by the World Watch Institute, there is a three-day food supply in urban areas. With an increasingly brittle agricultural system, we are all in peril, and especially so if we are rendered helpless by the complete usurpation of the land for buildings and infrastructure. On the fourth day we must eat each other. That's just how serious this matter is.

Those who propose increased density for Santa Barbara may be naively well-meaning. Or they may know very well that they are sacrificing the well-being of the community for their own profits. Whatever the motive, they are wrong about density.

I am politically as far to the left as anyone I know. I would never vote for the Self-Rowse-Francisco cabal because I am utterly opposed to their philosophy. But I also share Sheila Lodge's concerns about the planning agenda of the liberal candidates. I really have no idea what to do, and find this election to be one of the most vexing in memory.

On You Missed Me, Lady

Posted on August 26 at 8:13 p.m.

I just have one question. Why are all you people so pissy and nasty to one another? Got some anger management problems? And how come you all hide behind those silly secret names? What's the point of all this meanness and bickering anyway? Well, I guess I should admit that's four questions before somebody calls me out on it. And I've double-checked my spelling too.

On Flags Up for Pedestrian Safety

Posted on August 10 at 10:19 a.m.

Thank you, John Adams, for the compliment. I think.

Perhaps you're of the opinion that Santa Barbarans are more feckless and vandalistic than the citizens of Salt Lake City, Seattle, Berkeley,Ketchum Idaho, Woodinville Washington, Kirkland Washington, numerous cities in Japan (where I understand the flag idea started) and many other communities around the world where hundreds, maybe thousands, of intersections are equipped with this system. Perhaps you are right. But those communities are universally delighted with the outcome of their flag programs. Google it and see for yourself. And check out page 20 of a report by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which states in part, "Several cities (e.g., Salt Lake City, Utah; Kirkland, Washington; and Berkeley, California) use fluorescent orange flags that are carried by crossing pedestrians. The research team found no formal studies in the literature on the effectiveness of crossing flags; however, anecdotal information has indicated that these crossing flags are effective in improving driver yielding behavior."

Replacement flags are very inexpensive. Believe me, you can buy a LOT of flags before you reach the $326,000 the City is considering spending on this intersection.

On De la Vina-Figueroa Won't Be Safer Soon

Posted on August 10 at 6:55 a.m.

There's a simple, very inexpensive solution to this problem, a solution that has proven to be effective in many communities worldwide. Just Google "crossing flags" to find out more. Why all this fussing and fighting when the answer lies in a handful of cheap flags? They could be in place within a week if the City really wanted to solve this problem. For that matter, the users of the intersection could pay for the flags themselves, or even carry a flag with them. I have made a very effective one from a discarded television antenna and a piece of bright yellow material. It cost me one dollar.

On De la Vina-Figueroa Won't Be Safer Soon

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