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Posted on June 2 at 7:53 a.m.


How do you feel about people who propose to their favorite (though somewhat married) writer in the comments section of an column published online?

And what if, just what if, the deep, abiding, heartfelt proposal contains perfect punctuation intended to render the columnist comma-tose (pun intended)?

It would all be worth it, if for no other reason than to receive your erudite, entertaining, thoughtful rejection!

Best wishes.

On On Decent Proposals

Posted on May 28 at 8:04 a.m.

People commenting so far have no idea how much (or how little) these workers make in total compensation compared with the private sector, what the nature of the work is, or how much it costs to live in Santa Barbara. You don't know what concessions workers have made in the past. You don't know their work conditions.

It is amazing how some people complain about worker salaries and benefits. Yet when these workers, who provide vital services to our county, make significant concessions, instead of giving them thanks, you shower them with unsubstantiated insults and complaints.

So I want to thank the workers for their hard work and their concessions. Their actions help preserve jobs, keep the availability of vital services, and keep us from having to raise taxes and fees.

In this world wide recession, we have to all row together, not whip the rowers when they row harder for fewer rations.

Shame on the critics and hypocrites!

And thanks to county personnel for working to preserve our workforce and keep morale and productivity high in the face of our challenges.

On County’s Largest Union Agrees to Concessions

Posted on May 22 at 2:05 p.m.

According to their website, [2009 Annual Report, documents from 2007 report], the aggregate Museum of Natural History attendance in 2009, for both the Sea Center at the Wharf and the Mission Canyon site, was 159,000, with about 70,000 at the Mission Canyon site.

This is substantially less than the Botanic Garden claims as their current use.

Also, the Museum has TWO ways out of the Canyon: out to Mission Canyon Road, and out Puesta Del Sol to Alamar. And it is only s 2 minute walk from the Museum to Santa Barbara's Mission, if in dire conditions, it becomes necessary to evacuate on foot.

In contrast, the Botanic Garden has only one road out. The puny "auxiliary road" takes people back into the canyon.

If the Botanic Garden wants a higher use rate, they should put some of their exhibits/classrooms at a facility out of the high fire zone, as the Museum of Natural History has done.

If you want to compare the Museum of Natural History with the Botanic Garden, you must also acknowledge how they are different.

Common sense and safety easily support the conditions the Supervisor wisely have placed on future Botanic Garden development at the current site. It's not surprising that Garden supporters are now fighting a rear guard action to change the excellent compromise, but Supervisors have done a great balancing act. If anyone tries to reopen the issue, then let's reopen all the issues, including the massive and unwarranted building the "Viral" Mission Plan is undertaking.

On The Carbajal Compromise

Posted on May 14 at 4:34 p.m.

detokevilla, please read for comprehension. I am Richard Sauders, not "Robert."

Yes, the county has financial challenges. You may have heard about the recession we are in brought about by 8 years of borrow and spend Republican policies, and tax cuts for the rich. You also might have heard about CA's governor who said that if he didn't restore the vehicle licensing fees to levels before the surplus, he would get rid of waste, increase commerce and CA's economy would be swell. How's that working out for you?

These 2 gross factors, including Schwarzegger repeatedly making off with County revenue, have caused major financial problems that the Supes have been dealing with, including getting major concessions from its employees and unions.

There are challenges for the pensions, and yes, we've had to tap reserves. But the point is that the Supes are doing a pretty good job. Them's the facts, regardless of how you and Secord try to spin it.

Best wishes, but no kissing thanks.

On The Last-Minute Race

Posted on May 14 at 4:26 p.m.

Um Beach Fan, here are a few facts for you to consider:

1. Wolf OPPOSED the pool for Cuyama on budgetary grounds, the only Supe to do so.

2. Secord committed a GROSS ethical violation by campaigning for the Goleta Beach Plan that was eventually turned down by the Coastal Commission. His breach was that he was at the time an alternate on the Coastal Commission and was not free to lobby them at the same time. And as a result, he had to recuse himself from participating in the Coastal Commission vote.

3. The County is not bankrupt, nor even headed that way. Instead it has the highest bond rating, AA++, indicating that bankers think our financial prospects are good. Many of our financial problems are due to the borrow and spend tactics of Bush Republicans, and Schwarzeneggers stealing county funds to make up for his idiotic policies, such as not restoring the vehicle license fees at the levels they were before we started running a deficit.

These are irrefutable facts and you can look them up. Let's keep the conversation grounded to reality, OK?

On <em>The Independent</em>’s June 2010 Endorsements

Posted on May 14 at 8:03 a.m.

Secord supporters play fast and loose with facts. Detokevilla, poo-pooing the County's bond rating, doesn't recognize that financial experts rate borrowers based on their financial prospects. The AA++ SB County has earned can been seen in the context of the State's lousy bond ratings. See

Not only does SB County's excellent bond rating relative to areas that ARE in crisis such as California, reveal that Secord is grossly exaggerating SB County's financial challenges. Most importantly, it shows that financial experts confidence that with Wolf's leadership, our County's leadership is well positioned to address our finances both now and in the future.

Nice try, Secord supporters. Our highest bond rating DOES expose Secord as either financially inept, politically desperate, or both.

On The Last-Minute Race

Posted on May 13 at 3:38 p.m.

Hmmm, if SB County has such bad, bad money troubles, how come it has the very highest bond rating? I'll tell you why. Because the current board has acted very responsibly to manage the shortfalls in revenue, the result mostly of a very bad national and international economy, and the result of a moronic CA governor who keeps taking away county revenues.

We should be grateful for Wolf's leadership...and most people are. But Secord is mired in what can only be termed "desperation politics." He is trying to create a crisis because otherwise he will lose the election to Wolf...again.

By the way, there is more to being a Supervisor than managing a budget, something Secord doesn't want voters to notice. But we noticed the letter of support he received from North County businesspeople, offering his support so he will be in line to redistrict a North County majority.

So Secord supporters can whine but they can't change the reality. Wolf had been working hard to manage the deficits and our bond rating shows the financial community has great confidence in the financial future of SB County. You know what they say, "Money talks" so Secord...take a walk.

On The Last-Minute Race

Posted on May 3 at 8:10 a.m.

When people such as "Maximum" weigh in, I am left to wonder whether they are

1. sincere and misinformed (Afghanistan is the war Obama had to clean up because BUSH invaded and, rather than finish the job, went off to attack and occupy Iraq, despite a lack of WMDs.)

2. delusional

3. party hacks who are reading from a script

Have Republicans no respect for the truth and for accepting responsibility? Or are they just out of touch with reality. Either way, it's a bad recipe for our fragile democracy.

On Wealthy Republican Women Gather

Posted on May 2 at 8:24 a.m.

Even as the Republicans are conspicuously silent about the Bush years, they spout the very same themes, policies and ideology that Bush and his cohorts did.

On the need to be free of government regulations, it's just like Enron and the mortgage crisis never happened.

On taxes, it's just like 8 years of borrow and spend Republican policies never happened.

On Mideast fundamentalism, it's just like our war of convenience in Iraq never happened.

Republicans talk a lot about individual responsibility but seem to exempt themselves from taking any.

Instead, Republicans are fixated on castigating Obama, who most regard as a centrist - willing to include more drilling and nuclear in his energy policy.

And calling Andy Caldwell a Republican is pretty funny - he is a bought and paid for lobbyist, a propagandist for agribusiness, that's about it.

Republicans, you can handle the truth, but first you need to face it.

On Wealthy Republican Women Gather

Posted on March 12 at 10:16 p.m.


Unless I'm mistaken, the day the Tea Fire roared through Mission Canyone, it was NOT a high fire day.

And whenever the fire department allegedly said that the plan will make the canyon safer, were they psychic? Did they know exactly how many events the BG is planning and how many people at those events?

And did they foresee with exactitude the next 5 years of budgets and very likely cuts to fire services as the city, county and state economies continue to falter and reduce revenues?

I'm sorry but this IS a safety issue in addition to the financial mismanagement issues already raised.

Plus you did not address in any way what becoming a venue for weddings, fundraisers, etc. has to do with the Garden's original mission of horticulture and research. Kinda skipped over that one, didn't you?

There is room for compromise, but NOT if the BG management continues to demand a blank check from the community for unlimited events and guests. Sorry, if Val Verde couldn't get such a blank check, neither will the Garden where not just traffic but safety impacts are enormous.

On Botanic Garden Critics Converge

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