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Posted on February 24 at 6:46 a.m.

SBCitizen,
Thank you for your well-articulated email. Spot on. Citrix Online continually impresses me with their employee-centric focus. The Company is a valued member of the Santa Barbara community and an exceptional civic steward.
It is absolutely regrettable when people are laid off. However, contrary to the simplistic assumptions of some, they did not institute the layoffs b/c the company's senior management enjoys it - management is filled with fellow Santa Barbarans who want the best for their Company its members.

Just a side note on my "gushing endorsement." I am not an employee of Citrix nor do I have close friends in the management role there. I do, however, have close friends within the rank & file and ALL of them feel incredibly lucky to have landed a job with an incredible company and a second-to-none work culture. Once again, shame on you, SbSurfer for your ignorant comments.

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Posted on February 23 at 7:42 a.m.

Surfergirl, don't comment on things you know nothing about. People close to me work for Citrix Online and I know that senior management took this layoff very seriously. I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the economy is in the tank and Citrix cut its workforce appropriately. During the last couple of years, Citrix has expanded it's workforce substantially and at this point given the current climate, right-sizing is a necessity. "No particular reason." You sound like an idiot.

On Citrix Online Lends a Helping Hand

Posted on February 20 at 9:35 p.m.

Ugh, I don't want to hear loonpt's "big picture" tirade either. I fully recognize the financial sector's role in our current mire and I myself identify much with libertarian philosophy, but unleashing a philosophizing manifesto in this thread is eye-glazing. I'm sure you've pasted similar (if not identical posts) on other threads and I'd prefer not to have to read a one-size-fits-all rant . Thanks.

On Wine Cask Evicted

Posted on February 19 at 7:59 p.m.

I commend the DA as well for not barking up a tree where that spector of "reasonable doubt" is likely hiding to protect these kids criminally. Luckily, the preponderence of evidence is less taxing in civil litigation and while it won't send anyone to jail, it will certainly cause much financial pain for the tea-fire 10.

On "Tea Fire Ten" Named

Posted on February 19 at 6:03 p.m.

CJ, I completely 100% agree with you. I no longer recommend people to see the El Paseo, because..well...law firms and hedge funds don't add a lot of character to a property and the El Paseo restaurant isn't exactly home to culinary masterpieces.

I've heard too many horror stories about SIMA to believe that, outside a new PR blitz, they are anything but revenue-hungry landlords intent on the highest rents possible (read national chains). I recognize that they're a business and have every right to demand what the market allows, but there should also be some civic responsibility and pride in maintaining some of Santa Barbara's distinct individuality and flavor.

A victim of SIMA: Restaurant Nu, an amazing space and home to delicious food and just like that, SIMA yanked their lease (that being said, I understand it was month-to-month, so Nu does take some responsibilty). Nonetheless, the loss of that restaurant hurt more than the loss of the Wine Cask or the recently remodeled and characterless Intermezzo.

As far as the Wine Cask goes, well, they should have paid their rent. I can't fault SIMA for evicting based on non-payment (it's not a charity), but I certainly think that perhaps they should have negotiated a more recession- friendly lease (maybe they tried...) Of course, I stopped going after they yanked the tree and played with the fountain, so I can't moan too loudly about Wine Cask's plight.

On Wine Cask Evicted

Posted on January 26 at 7:38 p.m.

Holly hit a nerve for me not because wine has an impact on my income (it doesn't), nor because I am secretly an alcoholic who has cloaked my addiction in the finery of oeniphilia. No epiphanies here. I love wine for what it is, recognize what it isn't, and stay vigilant for what it can become. Her characterizations bugged me (yuppie twit. not here. Ginormous SUV. No way), and her presentation infuriated me. As I said above, however, Holly's comments need not be given the deference of response: there's a lot of thing she hates (PETA, Bicyclists, non-prohibitionists, etc), so I take her baseless comments with a grain of salt....if I take them at all. It comforts me to know that she's somewhere in the valley, secluded from the "wine drinking public" and accompanied by her own psychosis.

On The Winehound's Economic Drink-ulus Package

Posted on January 26 at 4:41 p.m.

i just read Holly's other comments regarding other Independent articles. It provided me with a ton of insight. She's aggressive, accusatory, generalizing, and venomous in all that she writes. It's clear to me that she has a lot of hate and I for one am not interested in debating with someone who so clearly hates not just the opposing viewpoint, but also the person espousing it. I really would be interested in finding out the sources of her intense contempt for others and her hatred for a diversity of opinion.

On The Winehound's Economic Drink-ulus Package

Posted on January 26 at 3:55 p.m.

Holly, don't throw around accusation so carelessly, especially ones that include alcoholism, which is a very serious disease and much more than then enjoyment of a glass of wine with dinner.

Oh, and good job on reducing your simmering contempt, you really got through to me on the reply. Me thinks you should B-line for the nearest church and pray PRAY for some perspective, or is that an equally despicable suggestion 'cause they serve wine for communion???

On The Winehound's Economic Drink-ulus Package

Posted on January 26 at 12:32 p.m.

"Yuppie Twits," "chi-chi cultural events..." Holly, you're insight would be much more palatable if commented without such venom and contempt for your neighbors. Most people enjoy wine responsibly and don't fit into your neat, cookie cutter characterization of oeniphiles as heartless, valueless, careless yuppies. As to your simplified "less farmland for grapes, more for foodstuff." Give me a break. Precisely because the wine industry has been so successful have we avoided much development in the valley. If there were a demand for farmland for more lettuce and soy beans, we'd be growing that too. Lose some of that hate, Holly, you'll find yourself a much happier person to be around.

On The Winehound's Economic Drink-ulus Package

Posted on September 4 at 5:38 a.m.

LasBrisas,
Yes, she was running opposite traffic. Don't try to pin the blame on her.

On Drunk Driving Death on Las Positas Road

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