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Posted on January 22 at 11:10 a.m.

The article makes it sound like the wineries have been here for decades and that newly-arrived home owners are being fussy about wine bar expansion plans.

Actually, it's quite the opposite; it is the small farmers and home owners who have been here for years, with newly-arrived, wealthy stock speculators wanting to spread out their wine-making tax shelters into retail outlets.

No one is complaining that they grow grapes, (though perhaps they should reconsider, since water usage is quite an issue in these drought-laden times -- and grapes take a lot of water.) The point of contention is that these places now wish to establish retail sales and wine bars at every winery.

The article mentions the "bar-hoping wine crawl" which now occurs every weekend in Los Olivos. The wineries want customers to get into their cars and spread this "crawl" across the entire valley and on narrow, winding roads. Does it take a doctorate in urban planning to predict what happens next?

On A Tale of Two Valleys

Posted on December 25 at 6:41 p.m.

"Yankee Carpetbaggers" !!

You think the SY Valley is in Alabama? Her daddy founded an insurance company, back east - a true Yankee. This is a boutique ranch. Hall's time is spent between her "spreads" here, the island Hawaii, visiting friends in England, and tooling across the country visiting horse shows. The real ranchos in California are almost all gone; the O'Neil Ranch was broken up and part of it became Camp Pendleton. They were huge, and raised cattle for their hides and tallow. The local indians (not "Chumash" BTW) were worked to death by the Spanish padres; the rest dies due to european diseases.

On <em>Santa Ynez Valley Journal</em> Prints Last Paper

Posted on August 29 at 1:31 p.m.

" . . . entered the Chumash Casino property,"

Home sweet home, and a real magnet for drunks, deviants, drug dealers, and petty criminals. Such a treasure for the Santa Ynez Valley!

On Long, Wild Car Chase Ends at Chumash Casino

Posted on May 25 at 7:01 p.m.

"Eco-groovy..." Finger down the throat time.

"What's next?" -- solar-powered slot machines!"

On The Sustainable Chumash

Posted on March 18 at 5:42 p.m.

Ahh . . . Santa Barbara! Where one cannot find real sausages, but must make do with chi-chi turkey, celery, and tofu "wursts"!

May Mr. God have mercy on us all! Head on north, out of the city limits to find the Dutch Garden, where fragments of real German cooking still exist.

On How The Wurst Was Won

Posted on March 6 at 6:56 p.m.

Remember China Castle? They got busted for having 2-3 illegal Chinese in the kitchen. The place was closed; the owners got *a year each in prison*. Because they sheltered illegal immigrants. This, while ever other restaurant was filled with illegal chicanos/chicanas working in their kitchens.

So, there is more going on here than illegality.

On UCSB Student Faces Deportation

Posted on July 8 at 4:50 p.m.

Wanna subsidize the farmers ... ?
Make corn and wheat illegal!

On After 40 years, is the war on drugs still worth waging?

Posted on June 1 at 4:55 p.m.

How'd they come up with nine feet, seven inches? Would an eight-foot fence deter fewer jumpers? . . . a six-footer? Maybe twenty feet high would be safer . . . after all, you could climb nine feet pretty fast if determined.

To be absolutely safe, it'd be better to destroy the bridge entirely, and let us drive down via Stagecoach Road, past Cold Springs Tavern, just like we used to.

Then there's the cars & trucks on 154. They go off the road, crash into each other. People are killed. Maybe we should go back to mules & horses, re-start the stagecoach line! Take life a little easier . . . relax your mind . . . maybe you wouldn't feel like jumping off a bridge then.

On Suicide Barrier Gets Green Light

Posted on May 27 at 1:23 p.m.

Reminds me of a few years ago when a very wealthy Japanese businessman passed away, specifying that a famous painting by Renoir he owned be buried with him...

Who, really, should "own" art?

On Clark Estate Owner Dies at 104

Posted on December 9 at 11:34 a.m.

What makes 154 dangerous is not the design of the roadway, which has been improved steadily since the 1950s, when it was known as Hwy 150. Rather, it is the poor drivers that increasingly use it to either commute from the north county or visit the gambling casino near Solvang. There are the speeders, and then there are the v e r y s l o w drivers, who have yet to discover what a steering wheel is for, and are terrified by a simple curve. These slow ones invariably do *not* pull over in the so-called "passing" lanes - indeed, they are oblivious to any other drivers on the roadway. Instead, they see the two lane sections as an invitation to tromp on the gas, only braking down to their previous sub-limit speeds when the extra lane ends.

In Europe, these are seen as equally dangerous to the speeders, and are inflicted with large fines for not yielding to faster traffic.

On Supes Look to Ban Hazardous Materials on 154

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