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Posted on March 13 at 10:16 a.m.
No salaries for elected officials. Let me see what that means...Oh! the rich get to rule even more directly and the middle class gets shut out as its members have a living to make to support the family. OK, maybe those on welfare could serve or those on social security. Except the same advocates for this idea would abolish both of these programs.
On Salary Shootout at the County Corral
Posted on March 12 at 2:27 p.m.
"Private sector reality" like the ability of Wall Street bankers to avoid criminal prosecution for the biggest theft in the history of humankind? The private sector screws the workers and protects the liars and thieves that do the screwing. At least we get to vote for the "electeds."
Posted on March 12 at 2:21 p.m.
In answer to the question "what gives these people the right to have RVs on the street" the answer is, at least in part, that the California Constitution guarantees the people's right to travel within the state. Laws that prohibit RVs, but no other class of motor vehicle, from stopping in SB are in interference with that right. Additionally, the state handicap law permits handicapped people to special dispensations when parking and does not say this only applies if you are not driving an RV. Selecting RVs for exclusion from such laws is illegal as it targets handicapped people for no other reason than that the city has prejudices against them.
On RV Dwellers Sue City
Posted on March 12 at 2:11 p.m.
There can be no good from anonymous donations of this size. Undue influence and secret agendas are inevitable. Woods-Claeyssens Foundation says on their web site that they are founded to give money to "those in need to acquire the basic necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter, social services, public safety, and self-actualization..." Maybe the Sheriffs Dept is an agency "in need" of charity? Seems to me that an awful lot of "in need" people are being denied help to support a helicopter crew. And, where is the BOS in attending to the budget responsibilities? The Sheriff should not be allowed to encumber the treasury with monstrous "gifts" such as this and the US Military which require big care, management and operational costs absent debate and disclosure to the public of these obligations.
On Heli Donations Rankle Board
Posted on March 12 at 1:38 p.m.
How can Locke defend Adams as the voice of "economic reason" when Adams says the BOS needs a pay cut, votes against a pay raise and then accepts the raise? Talk about knee jerk reactions. I agree the issue is difficult but if anyone was posturing it was Adams. At least the others were true to their vote.
Posted on March 12 at 9:31 a.m.
What hyprocrisy. Let's be honest, what is being discussed here is not about RVs but about poor people in RVs. Rich tourist RVs are never targeted and are actually ignored when people park them in neighborhoods while visiting SB. I see water hoses, electrical lines connected to RVs at the curb in my area on a regular basis. What is being attacked is poor people and the prejudice expressed is that they are criminals, child molesters and generally:"undesireable"! (The City once noted that a reason to ban RVs from parking was that they are not aesthetic!} This is the same blanket bigotry that was used to pass laws prohibiting blacks from being in town at night, Asians from owning property, Mexican-Americans from sending their children to public schools, etc. Good luck with the lawsuit.Btw, the city does not ban large trucks or buses from the "No RV" parking blocks--just RVs. More hypocrisy.
Posted on March 5 at 1:01 p.m.
Loon: College students are not an endangered species, they are not even very special and they are easily replaced if lost. Consequently the rest of society can impose rules on them that make sense for the rest of us. Simple stuff. The entitlement attitude that you so present in such an affected manner is humorous and I appreciate the joke. Meanwhile, the rest of us will establish rules about how people in this community impact one another. It's called civilization.
On Good Laws Make Good SBCC Neighbors
Posted on March 5 at 11:53 a.m.
Nothing like threatening the fat cow that these folks have been milking for decades to bring them out with the fear rhetoric. Let's get on with the change and push back on the fortress and frightened mentality which only serves to create recidivism, highly paid correctional officers, expensive prisons and jails and too many prosecutors. Europe incarcerates about a third of the number we do per 1000 and for about a third as long per similar crime and its crime rate is substantially less than ours. Punishment just doesn't work to accomplish its purported goal. The Prison Industrial complex is happy to take your money though.
On Sheriff, DA Rain on Prop 47 Parade
Posted on March 2 at 12:09 p.m.
Every technology can ultimately be controlled or at least inhibited enough for the power structure to survive the truth. Blind allegiance on the free "press" is very naive. It is corrupt already. Look at the world. We are being lied to daily by the media which is part of the system and wants to stay rich and protected. But without regulation the inevitable consequence is a dominant oligarchy or monopoly that screws consumers. For this reason the FCC thing is at least a feint at helping the free flow of ideas.
On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote
Posted on February 26 at 12:53 p.m.
OMG, can't we see that the sky is not falling? Santa Barbara is not dependent on its own water. The drought is not going to be permanent. The major user of water is agriculture which wastes more water each year than urban users consume. So don't panic into this outrageously waste and environmentally destructive technological solution proposed desal plant. Patience, prudence and persistence will get us where we need to be. Put the pressure on the state to get big ag to use water wisely. Look to the skies. Northern CA is getting rain and there is snow in the mountains. We will get state water as promised this year or next or the next. Meanwhile, maybe it would be wise to stop granting new building permits locally.
On Of Mega Dogs and Mega Droughts