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Posted on May 18 at 12:06 p.m.

These interviews are never insightful--just puff to get the author further smoozing access to the rest of the SB movers and shakers and takers. Wouldn't it be nice to ask the head of SBCC about the failures of the program under her watch? Measure S, the abandoned Aqua Center, the ridiculous press box fiasco with Measure V money, or the impact of imported students on the local community...for example. Wonder if there is a college in Australia looking for a new salesperson?

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Lori Gaskin

Posted on May 13 at 11:58 a.m.

Mohr is correct also. SB has increased in population by about 5000 since the last drought scare but the total usage has declined by about 2000 acre feet per year. People are being super careful with use, not the wastrels that they are constantly made out to be. And, imagine how we would be if that 5K growth hadn't been allowed. We don't even know what the ground basin situation is, btw. Spending $50 million and permanent ongoing operational millions is an absurd boondoggle. The contractors and builders will prosper and the rest of us will pay. Don't be panicked into signing on. Remember the last con job we were given and how that plant wasn't ever used.

On Lake Cachuma May Be Drying Up Faster Than Expected

Posted on May 13 at 10:42 a.m.

Doesn't the water released for the trout mostly percolate into the basin where it does the same as the water released to aid the farmers? How much actually reaches the sea?

On Lake Cachuma May Be Drying Up Faster Than Expected

Posted on May 8 at 3:03 p.m.

lucas--are you so ingenuous as to think that the amount of water used in fountains or your use of gray water to sustain plants will have any impact on the shortage? Don't you know that 80% of the water is used by agriculture and only maybe 12% by urban residential users? Ag used overhead sprinklers and flood irrigation and pumps without any meters so we don't even know what they wast. Meanwhile, milliions of gallons are contaminated with chemicals and flushed into the ground to frack oil wells. This is, at best, unrecoverable water. Why do you accept the onus and guilt and let the rich and powerful go about their pursuit of money and profit without shame. Please don't scold even the wasteful Monecito Matrons. It is tokenism at best. You are being used.

On Stage III Drought Emergency Declared

Posted on May 8 at 10:19 a.m.

The Enterprise Fish Co has had pseudo official signs in their lot for a decade or more but these are on private property. Some businesses have painted curbs red without permission to keep the parking area free in front of their store. People in ritzy neighborhoods often put up official looking signs as well to keep non-locals from parking and using public space (like going to the beach or hiking on a trail). The sense of entitlement that encourages this sort of grasping behavior is what makes the free enterprise system hum along!!!

On Funk Zone Business Owners Wage Parking Wars

Posted on May 7 at 1:08 p.m.

Cottage in not fantastic, it is more of a fantasy. They are selling the institution to wealthy donors who get to name the espresso machine while they are almost certainly short staffing in order to save costs. I agree with Den that Cottage is not a good employer and this certainly could be part of the staff attitude/surliness. Meanwhile the locals are absolutely without recourse in most cases. Monopolies are never good for anyone but the investors.

On Cottage Gets ‘C’ Grade on Safety Report Card

Posted on May 7 at 12:57 p.m.

Next time I go to a restaurant I will ask for a take out bottle to bring my undrunk water home.

On Stage III Drought Emergency Declared

Posted on May 7 at 10:30 a.m.

All sound and fury signifying nothing. Pretty much what this political posturing is about. How much water, btw, can be saved by not serving drinking water in restaurants--talk about tokenism conflated with restaurant profit motives? The case that prohibits higher rates by usage was based on Prop 218 which we passed and which prohibits charges beyond the cost of the service/product by govt. Please don't blame the courts for this decision--they are doing their job. However, the question of actual cost is interesting. Probably the most that SB can do is attribute all the higher priced water that they purchase to the higher users and charge what that water costs. This will be a lot less than the punitive rates being proposed. Not sure that higher users can be charged for the silliness of the desal fiasco but I am sure they will try to do this too.

On Stage III Drought Emergency Declared

Posted on May 7 at 10:17 a.m.

It is worth noting that Kaiser Permanent Hospitals regularly get A's. We need some competition for Cottage locally and it would be great if Kaiser could come up here (they are now in Ventura). Cottage would get an A on excess I think. The new buildings are beautiful and the private rooms are of hotel quality esthetics. Big flat screen tv too. What they need is a more caring and responsive staff.

On Cottage Gets ‘C’ Grade on Safety Report Card

Posted on April 28 at 10:31 a.m.

A non-story. Why does this get such attention?

On Laura Burton Capps Not Running for Congress

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