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Posted on April 15 at 10:52 a.m.
Helping to pay for pensions is part of the social compact. Once again JJ seems to be above sharing with the rest of the folks. I think there must be something that JJ uses that we all contribute to? Maybe highways and roads? Maybe police and fire protection? Maybe public health services that keep JJ safe from disease? Now with regard to the "quality of life" that is being sacrificed, let's see how we can protect that. Maybe by empowering a nanny like the Coastal Commission? Or one like the EPA? My suspicion is that JJ doesn't like these agencies.
On Miramar ‘Win-Win’
Posted on April 15 at 10:25 a.m.
"A truly free country has both agreed rights and agreed duties." Isn't that what these hearings have been about? At this moment the rights and duties are set. Apparently some fail to understand the idea of democratic discourse and compromise. I don't have much love for big hotels which emphasize the gap between the super rich and those workers who get to serve them but this deal is in compliance with our free country process. Hope no one is going to resort to guerrilla tactics to undermine it.
Posted on April 14 at 11:23 a.m.
As remembered by those of us who were around at the time of LPS, it was a classic liberal screw up. Liberals wanted more humane mental care and conservatives wanted to spend less money. They closed the MH hospitals but never put the money in outpatient community care. Suprisingly mentally ill folks ended up on streets, in cars and RVs and skid row. But even now we on the left refuse to acknowledge that there is a need for housing and even involuntary detention in some cases. The right, meanwhile, continues to finesse this by getting "mental health and rehab" in the jail and the progressives go along with it to the continued destruction of the lives of the needy. Where is the money from the millionaire's tax that was to help? As far as I can see it is gone into bureaucracy and 'process' and more 'study.' sad sad sad
On ACLU Forum Questions New Jail
Posted on April 10 at 9:49 a.m.
Dear blackpoodles: the BOS had that option when the sold out to Brown and used they committed the funds to Brown's second palace. Hard to say if the BOS has less integrity than Brown or not but the voters have never approved these jails and the BOS continues to fund them. Maybe the contributions of the correctional guards and sheriff deputies have something to do with it?
On Sheriff Misfires in Budget Shootout
Posted on April 9 at 11:06 a.m.
About time the Sups asked some questions. The shell game with Sheriff B (and predecessors for that matter) has been going on for a long time. The voters wouldn't fund a new jail but these same Sups gave him two! The same Sups ignore the drastic need for mental health housing and care centers which would be hugely less expensive than a jail "treatment" center and go along with the Sheriff's lie about that faciilty. They tolerate the Boy Toy acquisition of military hardware, especially hugely expensive helicopters that take specialized and expensive staff to run then express surprise that Brown's air force will cost big bucks in the future. Just wait until the maintenance and replacement costs for the Sea King come in! The jail and prison lobby (builders, correctional officers, private contractors, politicians for "law and order") have been picking our pockets for decades. Please stop them before they rip us off again.
Posted on April 2 at 10:57 a.m.
Amazing that we can't do anything about this process even when it is wasting huge amounts of water in time of drought. Gov. Brown, asked about this on PBS NewsHour gave some lame rationalization that since CA drives a lot of miles we need to produce gas for that purpose! This is sort of like saying that Arizona needs to grown grapes and produce its own in state wine. Since there is a glut of petroleum in the world now there is no reason that CA needs to destroy our water resources when the gas can be produced elsewhere with less devastation. Why Brown is so resistant to doing something about regulating the petroleum industry is beyond understanding.
On Frickin' Frackin' Fracas
Posted on April 2 at 9:55 a.m.
It's pretty simple. We need more medical doctors and practitioners. The idea that the present alleged free enterprise model is good for health care is a poisonous canard because there is no real competition. What we should consider are a few alternatives: 1. Anyone who goes to medical school and practices in public health can get 20% a year reduction in their student loan balances. 2. Increase the number of medical care practitioners by giving pharmacists and trained nurses more authority to diagnose and Rx meds in clinic environments. 3. Create more publicly funded medical training hospitals with publicly subsidized training. Crank out the MDs. Right now the medical doctors have a hammerlock on the dispensation of this vital public service and they take it as a right that they can use their monopolistic practice to extort huge moneys from the public and government. This is why Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara have so many more doctors per capita than Compton or Richmond. Break up the cartel. Do the same with Big Pharma.
On Health Care Lands in the Emergency Room
Posted on March 23 at 10:41 a.m.
What would the commute time actually be from Camarillo/Oxnard to SB/Goleta. If it is the two hours noted in the article (maybe from LA?) it would never work. A big part of the problem is that the RRs will not accept any inconvenience to their profitable transport business and there is not enough room for a dedicated commuter track. Commuters will be sidelined frequently to let freight pass. Anyone who has taken Amtrak to the NW knows that a trip can take 24-30 hours and involve long stops at sidings. Autonomous public and private vehicles with electric power (or some other clean power such as fuel cells) will probably be the solution that most will accept and this is so close.
On Commuter Train Service Expected by Spring 2016
Posted on March 17 at 10 a.m.
Gaskin's "non-confrontational manner" should be an embarrassment to academics, political philosophers, citizens, artists and anyone who believes in freedom of thought and ideas. This experiment was sort of mundane and tepid but deserves more of a defense of intellectual experimentation than Dr. Gaskin offered. Wouldn't you love to have her on your side when push comes to push back? She is only interested in building her career resume and is a sorry excuse for an academic leader. Let's move on.
On Tempest in a Teepee at SBCC
Posted on March 15 at 10:32 a.m.
Priceless: Check out Sunday's News Press which shows that the Sheriffs department is vastly overspending its budget with overtime and other wasteful practices which would most certainly includes the maintenance and staffing of a 7 helicopter air force. This agency does not need money taken from the people you describe ("those in need to acqire basic necessities of life..."). W-C gets big tax deductions for the money they distribute which means that even folks who live in mushroom holes help pay for this. W-C is required to comply with the tax law when making distributions, they are not free to act with impunity if they want the tax breaks.
On Heli Donations Rankle Board