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Posted on January 28 at 10:57 p.m.

You're only priced out of the housing market on a cop's salary if your idea of a home is a horse ranch.

Cops should be required to live in the community they work in. You want to live on a horse ranch in the Conejo Valley? Then keep being an accountant. 'Course you'll have to actually go to work five days a week and continue working past age 50. One thing you can't blame Kasi for is seeing, in the unethical influence-peddling known as SBPOA/City Council candidate relations, a glutinous sinecure, and jumping all over it.

But why does Officer Beutel have gangbanger haina eyebrows?

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Kasi Beutel

Posted on January 27 at 8:18 p.m.

Roger Durling epitomizes everything that is wrong with the new Santa Barbara. Ignorant of history, enamoured of LA fluff, childless elitist, consumer of precious space, water and air and producer of supercilious drivel. Time was the Independent would have skewered him, not given him a column.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Kasi Beutel

Posted on January 27 at 7:28 a.m.

This puff piece is amazing for its bald-faced sycophancy. So Roger "I didn't know anything about Beutel" Durling, the head of the film festival, which is for Hollywood tourists but which has been handed the keys to our city, is on a committee with the notorious liar and evidence-fabricator, Kasi Beutel. That alone should be enough to disqualify him from writing about her; but then his position at the film festival, one of the biggest advertisers, should disqualify him from writing in the paper at all, if the Independent had any journalistic ethics. And then to do the article but not mention her history? What a tired, sad joke the Independent is! Roger Durling is actually perfect for this paper, in fact you should make him the news editor.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Kasi Beutel

Posted on December 19 at 8:42 p.m.

What's creepy and warped about Edward Snowden? Are you thinking of Julian Assange?

On No False Dogs Before Me

Posted on December 1 at 2:36 p.m.

dolphinpod: read the document. Alt. #2 and #3 both call for a vehicle transportation concession to be established on SRI.

"Corridors" would be established criss-crossing the "wilderness" they would designate most of the island to be. So you could get a SUV to Lobo Canyon, for example, an example which is specifically given in the document. And so you could go camp on the South side at Johnson's Lee without having to hike or kayak there, as now. Also specifically mentioned in the document.

Can you imagine a "corridor" through the Ansel Adams wilderness so you could get to the best alpine lakes in an SUV? Ludicrous, of course. Then why at CINP??

I, too, support enhanced educational opportunities, even including the proposed research dorms at Bechers that are called for in the plan. But no vehicle transportation concession. No "lodging" and "food service", including new construction, as called for in the plan. Santa Rosa Island is no place for Aramark, or Delaware North Corp.

The only reason why the NPS bureaucrats want to add all these concessions is to exploit the island commercially to generate funds for their self-same bureaucracy.

If you want SUV tours, lodging, food service, etc., there's a place for you. It's called Catalina Island. Keep the Northern Channel Islands wild!

On Future of the Channel Islands

Posted on November 30 at 10:19 p.m.

Well, Noletaman, that is exactly what Alternative #3 would do! So why support it?

The Park works perfectly as is. Anyone can get there, go anywhere, and camp on the beach if they want to take the time and make the effort.

The only reason they want to create all these new concessions is to generate revenue so that they can continue to expand the bureaucracy they work for.

Alternative #1, leave it alone, is what embodies the spirit not only of the Isands, but of the National Park Service itself. The National Forest Service is "One Land, Multiple Uses." This is the National Park, and it is not for commercial exploitation!

No SUV tours on Santa Rosa Island!

On Future of the Channel Islands

Posted on November 30 at 10:13 p.m.

Oh, look. Another alcohol article.

On Give the Gift of Wine Blending

Posted on November 27 at 5:44 a.m.

Wait a minute.

The Santa Barbara Undersheriff, who works in Santa Barbara, gets a suite at the Santa Barbara Doubletree to attend a conference?!

Could we drop the sexting drama and look into SBSO travel and conference expenditures, please?

On Undersheriff Jim Peterson Retired Amid 'Sexting' Scandal

Posted on November 27 at 5:21 a.m.

The NPS preferred plan would designate most of Santa Rosa Is. as wilderness, but designate "corridors" through it so that the new proposed "vehicular transportation concessionaire" could whisk yuppies through to the most interesting sites, for example the Lobo Canyon trailhead.

Isn't this a bit like providing jeep access to the Ansel Adams Wilderness so the well-heeled can step out of the SUV and walk around for half an hour? Or like providing a shuttle service to the back-country campgrounds down by the Sisquoc River?

If you can't spend the time, don't have the equipment or expertise, you don't get to go there! If you want comfort, go to Catalina, or donate to the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and get invited to the ranch out there. Leave the Channel Islands National Park alone!

On Future of the Channel Islands

Posted on November 20 at 8:06 p.m.

Have you noticed that Conspiracy Theory and Chem Trails both have the initials "CT?"

I'm just sayin'.

On Oswald Innocence Campaign Descends on Santa Barbara

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