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Posted on August 1 at 12:14 p.m.

For what it's worth, the farmland initiative is not just about Bishop Ranch. The other 5 areas covered are pretty important too.

Plus, the initiative covers 2 other big parcels not currently in the City of Goleta if they are ever annexed to the City. One is the Glen Annie Golf Course, which the county zoned as ag but gave a memo of understanding to let them have a golf course.

The second is some farmland just outside the urban limit line along the Gaviota Coast.

So really, the initiative is important for far more than Bishop Ranch. I'm sure it was an honest error on Farr's part.

On Jim Farr Running for Goleta Council

Posted on July 11 at 2:54 p.m.

Agreed, Noletaman.

And while we're at it, we'd like to hear Jim Farr's views on the Goleta's Farmland Protection initiative that we'll be voting on in November. Anyone against it is basically saying they support rezoning Bishop Ranch and other farms, before the end of Goleta's General Plan that has them zoned for agriculture.

This issue is a hard stop for many of us in Goleta, sick of the traffic and the high costs of supporting all this development.

On Ed Easton Running for Reelection

Posted on July 4 at 8:54 a.m.

Rosen along with Lauren Hanson deserves a lot of credit for "righting the ship", the Goleta Water District. They have made the tough decisions to get professional management and good financial practices.

Most of all, they hired Fran Farina as GWD's lawyer. She is sharp, experienced in water matters, and most of all, independent.

Hope voters appreciate all that the GWD has done under Rosen's and Hanson's leadership.

On Bill Rosen Runs for Re-election

Posted on May 23 at 12:13 p.m.

Steve Pappas = loser

On Voter Fraud or Voter-Fraud Fantasy?

Posted on May 23 at 8:30 a.m.

All the projects recently completed or in the pipeline underscore the beauty of Goleta's General Plan to protect big Goleta's last remaining farmland.

That's why people should strongly support the farmland initiative that will be up for a vote this fall. We have enough housing and commercial development for the next 20 years. We don't need to be rezoning farmland like the Goleta Chamber wanted to do just last fall. Check it out:

On The State of the Good Land Is Great

Posted on May 17 at 8:33 a.m.

The sad fact is that Mr. Ruhge has a long record of activism and independent thought. For years he has weighed in on a number of issues. I don't often agree with his views but in the past, it seemed like his thoughts were his own.

But sadly, this particular letter to the editor shows that Mr. Ruhge has succumbed to being a puppet for the Republican right wing. The letter shows no original thought. It just parrots form letters Republican spin masters have sent to their loyal subjects, asking them to submit these pretty silly ideas to newspapers. It is a transparent attempt to convince Jewish voters to vote Republican, when most Jewish values favor the middle class, not the rich, the latter so carefully courted but the right.

Mr. Ruhge would do much better to go back to his own agenda, not be a robot for the wing that is so far to the right of the Republican party.

On Hating on Democrats

Posted on May 11 at 8:20 a.m.

This is a great effort. This initiative will make sure that if the council majority changes, Goleta citizens will still get the final word on rezoning farmland that is supposed to stay zoned for agriculture for 20 years under Goleta's General Plan.

I got more information at the website for this initiative -

On Signature Mark Hit for Goleta Open Space Initiative

Posted on May 2 at 8:05 a.m.

If people want wholesome, natural, locally grown food, they should support the effort to preserve the agriculture zoning of the 6 remaining parcels in Goleta of 10 or more acres.

Just go to to find out where to sign the petition to get this protective measure on the fall 2012 ballot.

Do it today because the deadline is this Sunday, May 6.

On Occupy the Food Supply!

Posted on January 23 at 8:05 a.m.

Some of us are happy to donate to good causes but can't attend the events.

So Lee, you would be doing us a favor if you posted in the comments how we can donate to your even, even though we cannot attend.

Thanks much for all you do for us who care but are "time challenged."

On Fundraising Is Like Housework

Posted on December 9 at 9:09 a.m.

Thanks Starshine, especially for pointing out that Kegel exercises can help.

You might have also mentioned the "side benefits" of Kegel exercises, as a little extra motivator. See

On Urine for a Treat

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