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Posted on June 21 at 5:37 a.m.
So here are a couple who can spend $7,000 a week for gardeners, but complain about $400 a month water overuse fines? And they chalk up a 7,500 gallon excess water consumption to an interior dishwasher water line leak which takes six weeks to find? If I had a water leak of 7,500 gallons inside one of my walls, I believe I could find that in six minutes, rather than six weeks. Must be some walls!
George, pay the $2.
On Appeals Pour In, but Montecito Has No Water to Spare
Posted on June 20 at 8:20 p.m.
There's lots more to this story. The new levels set for permissible amounts of hexavalent chromium are, at least, *500 times* less than any level shown to be significant as a potential carcinogen. Small water companies in the valley will be faced with expenses amounting to $1.000,000 PER WELL in adding new filtration under these regs. Oh yes, the Cr6 here comes from natural deposits in the soil (ever heard of Serpentine formation?) meaning the people have been drinking this water with no ill effect since Adam & Eve.
A little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to bureaucratic nightmares.
On Chromium 6 Cursing Santa Ynez Water District
Posted on April 9 at 1:37 p.m.
Too Many People.
On The Death of Isla Vista?
Posted on April 9 at 1:21 p.m.
"Very contagious" indeed!
"Vomiting, in particular, transmits infection effectively, and appears to allow airborne transmission. In one incident, a person who vomited spread infection right across a restaurant, suggesting that many unexplained cases of food poisoning may have their source in vomit. 126 people were dining at six tables in December 1998; one woman vomited onto the floor. Staff quickly cleaned up, and people continued eating. Three days later others started falling ill; 52 people reported a range of symptoms, from fever and nausea to vomiting and diarrhea."
Note: It takes THREE DAYS after being infected to show symptoms. So the cruise ship docked here with several thousand passengers(!) and are allowing them to disembark and share their experiences with us. No one knows how many of these passengers are carrying the virus. Happy Days!
On Cruise Ship Passengers and Crew Sick with Stomach Flu
Posted on October 26 at 11:29 a.m.
The Congressman who put forward this bill represents the northernmost district in the state -- further geographically from SB County than any other district. The bill creates a bonanza for 143 persons, a "tribe" of land developers, against the best interests of the remaining 430,000 people in the county.
THIS is democracy at work?
On Chumash Call on Congress for Camp 4
Posted on August 25 at 7:19 a.m.
Here's another thought:
Why not have the Chumash follow the same rules as every other person residing in the Santa Ynez Valley? They have scads of money, brought in to them by all the "winners" visiting their casino every day. America is supposed to be the land of equal opportunity. Why not actually make it so?
Awarding special perks and privileges to some supposedly "different" racial or political group is against our constitution and blatantly unfair to everyone else who plays be the rule of law.
On Chumash Reach Out to County Planning
Posted on August 21 at 4:36 p.m.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
1) The opposition to fee-to-trust by valley residents is not a "small minority" as Armenta suggests, Rather, the vast majority of valley residents are vigorously opposed to this "deal", and with good reason. Unrestricted "development" of the SY Valley will turn it into a combo of North Van Nuys and Vegas. And it is primarily to avoid current limitations on growth, which are applicable to everyone else in the county except the Chumash Reservation, that the fee-to-trust application is being pushed forward by any means available. Money talks; bulls**t walks.
2) Note the correlation between the Indy giving a platform to Armenta to espouse his stories and the number of lavish, full-page ads published in this paper by the casino every month. A coincidence . . . . natch!
On Facts on Camp 4 Federal Trust Application
Posted on August 18 at 2:17 p.m.
Oops! Dropped a zero there . . . that's $300,000 a year per tribe member. Certainly enough for a studio apartment in Buelton, for example. BTW, most estimate that the casino generates $1,000,000 a day. Of course, since there is no oversight (as in for Nevada's example, the Nevada Gaming Commission), precise figures are abit hard to come by.
On Chumash Apply to Annex Camp 4
Posted on August 18 at 1:55 p.m.
After witnessing the surge in the crime rate and the large increase in traffic caused by all the "winners" visiting the casino, the vast majority of local residents are steadfastly opposed to this "annexing". This opposition holds, even though the tribe is offering a ten million dollar bribe to grease county pockets.
The idea that these folks need housing is ludicrous. Each one clears in excess of $300,00 per year, just for being a member of the "tribe". What the "annex" really does is give the Chumash unlimited power to build and do anything they wish on the property, completely ignoring community building codes, environmental concerns, infrastructure loading, etc., with no tax liability whatsoever , , , in perpetuity! It also establishes a precedent which will allow them to annex more lands, for more casinos, resort hotels, golf courses, etc. Get ready for the Las Vegas of Santa Ynez Valley.
The tribe has already declared that they will not negotiate with or abide with rules set by the locals (read: "peasants"). They are a "sovereign nation", and have no need to pay any attention to concerns of other valley residents. What will happen next is a back-door deal with a needy congressperson, willing to write and sponsor a bill that will circumvent local sentiment and do the deal in Washington in exchange for a private campaign cash settlement. This is how the "Chumash Highway" came to be (with no local knowledge or input - surprise!), and this is how the Chumash will get the next piece of their casino-fueled expansion project.
Posted on June 23 at 5:24 p.m.
So the Chumash hire someone to investigate and write about their casino / culture, and it turns out to be a puff piece.
One thing to consider re. this article is that the Independent makes considerable ad revenue from the Chumash Casino. Don't hold your breath for any real investigative reporting.
On Casino Powering Chumash Culture?