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Posted on June 19 at 3:42 p.m.
I feel there is an additional burden of responsibility when a cab driver accepts money, to take an obviously incapacitated drunk home. It seems it was clear to everyone around that Chavez was in no shape to be left to his own devices. That is WHY they called and prepaid the cab service, to assure that Chavez made it safely home.
Someone THAT drunk, is not in possession of his faculties either for self-perservation, or judgment in general. He lacks legal capacity. That includes deciding that he does or doesn't need the continued services of a cab ride, intended to take him right to his door. If someone attempts to kill himself while extremely inebriated, and he happens to be in such a situation, the cab driver would absolutely be held liable to have at least called 911, and waited with the drunk party for the arrival of the Police and/or EMT's.
Sorry Cab driver and Cab company. You were negligent, and exercised extremely poor judgment over an inapacitated human being, for whose safe arrival at his destination, you had accepted payment and responsibility. Either handle inebriated passengers appropriately, or simply refuse to take them on in the first place.
On Taxi Company Sued for Passenger's Death
Posted on August 21 at 5:24 p.m.
Your review sucks. The fact that you can pan Huey Lewis in your superficial and uninformative review, without naming even ONE number he performed, is symptomatic of a myopic reviewer, who probably was bored to tears having to sit through a Huey Lewis show, and hear REAL crafted music.
But to publish this hatchet-job without ANY mention of Lewis feeling unwell, and having to be helped from the stage, then transported to Cottage Hospital, is truly NOT doing any kind of journalistically-responsible job for your readers. Or maybe your concert reviewer was ill also?
I'll know better than to pay attention to your opinions of pop music in the future. Thanks for the heads-up about your cultural illiteracy.
On Huey Lewis and the News and Joe Cocker at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Posted on May 10 at 4:14 p.m.
It's not negative to be a pessimistic realist. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by a university Psychological Research Team, pessimistic thinking was correlated with being able to arrive at the most practical and cost-effective solutions to a wide array of both corporate and governmental issues.
It is my forecast that a "public" ping-pong table in front of the Library, will most likely become a ping-pong table and/or gathering place for the ever-present population of homeless and vagrants who already hang out there, and whose presence is already a negative factor to many members of the public.
On Ping Pong for Library Plaza?
Posted on August 29 at 1:59 p.m.
You don't punish the unconvicted defendant for the Police and DA screw-ups. We, as the employers of these agencies, take the ultimate responsibility, and accountability, for not having had the guts and integrity as citizens, to band together to remove the incompetent or dishonest members of law enforcement agencies.
Otherwise, all this armchair condemnation of Peter Lance, becomes quite harmonious with the old Deep South KKK lynch mentality, as ugly an illiterate death squad can ever be. Don't start that kind of toxic crap in SB, please!!!!!
On Police Department Responds to Lance’s Handwriting Expert
Posted on August 29 at 1:49 p.m.
There sure is no shortage of apparently "ordinary citizens" willing to convict and condemn an accused man, without even a concluded, fair trial in the Courts.
The KKK lynch mentality is alive and well in SB, it seems.
On DUI Case Against Peter Lance Could Be Collapsing
Posted on August 27 at 6:38 p.m.
To those who insist that Peter Lance was in fact guilty of drunk driving, I ask, who are YOU to circumvent this American's right to a fair trial, where he has the Constitutionally guaranteed right to face his accusers and present a case and evidence in his own defense?
What has always made our nation special, as opposed to repressive countries like Iran, Syria, Libya, etc, is the principle that the accused is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.
And when the law enforcement authorities "we the people" rely on to protect us against wrongdoers, mishandle, manipulate, and manufacture evidence against the accused, they are willfully violating his/her constitutional rights, and any criminal accusation against that party is rendered INVALID and the only correct judgment is "CASE DISMISSED". If YOU were in Lance's position, you would be insisting the exact same thing!
If you don't like this current mess, then band together with other Santa Barbarans who are FED UP with the Bullcrap we're being force-fed by our top law enforcement officials, and boot their sorry asses back to L.A. or whatever other Hell they came from. If we're any kind of good citizens, we should be dedicated and resolved to persisting in doing this until we actually have Public Servants in the Police and Sheriff's Departments who are ethical and honest about doing the job their taxpaying employers wish them to do.
It's real simple if you just have the guts and moral strength to do it.
Posted on August 27 at 6:06 p.m.
Hank, you're sick. Get the help you so desperately need.
On Volleyball Coach Arrested for Alleged Sex with Minor
Posted on August 27 at 3:33 p.m.
No-one can convince me that the SBPD is a paragon of civic rectitude. Far From It!
My dear (now departed) parents bought their home in Bel Air Knolls, in 1970, and had the mortgage paid off in full by 1973. In 1992, my dad, age 87, was still driving, still having formidable physical health and excellent reflexes.
Here's the scenario: My snow-white haired, somewhat frail Dad and Mom were driving their grey Honda Civic Sedan from their home toward Downtown. At a stop sign, my Dad pulled a California-Boulevard Stop, and was put under red-lights and siren by a hidden SBPD patrol unit.
He knew he would have to pull out his wallet from his back pocket, to show his CDL. He was suffering chronic lower-back pain,so he opened his door, to stand up and more easily comply with the anticipated demand from the Officer. The only reason he did this, was to be able to promptly comply!
The 2 patrol officers pulled and aimed their guns at my very elderly Dad, and yelled, "Stay in the car!!" My Mom tried to explain the situation to the officers, but they then aimed at HER (!) and yelled "Shut up!!" Their behavior was that of jack-booted Nazi SS thugs - totally inappropriate.
My parents never so much as failed to vote, and other than two or three traffic tickets, my Dad's record was squeaky-clean. They were the epitome of non-trouble-making, totally law-abiding citizens.
My genteel, very ladylike Mom was so outraged at this brutal and totally rude treatment by people who are supposed to be OUR employees, she wrote a stinging letter to the then Chief of Police, demanding a written apology. It took several months, but she persisted, and dogged this "public servant", until finally, she received a letter, a very reluctantly written apology for the conduct of the two patrol officers, in the situation of a very minor traffic infraction against two law-abiding, taxpaying Senior Citizens.
For many years, our local law enforcement has left quite a lot to be desired. I can expound on the harassment my friends and I received from SBPD officers who just happened to be having a bad day, and we were just walking around downtown, doing absolutely nothing wrong, just trying to enjoy Summer vacation while we were still mainly free of adult worries and responsibilities. None of us were in any gang, or hippies, or political protesters. Our only agenda was having a good time while staying out of trouble. You would think that should be no problem in a town like SB, wouldn't you?
Even though I identify politically as very conservative, I have no love to lose for the SBPD, and I have no challenges believing the evidence that the defense has attempted to bring to this case. Whether or not Lance was actually DUI, this town's law enforcement and justice system has been proven to be scandalously contemptuous of Santa Barbarans' Constitutional rights under the law.
Throw the bums out, I say.