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Posted on June 1 at 5:41 a.m.

Oh, and Ken as far as "chartering" being un-American, that is EXACTLY what the police and fire departments ARE -- they are hired by their elected representatives. Chartered Police and Fire departments are simply not a part of of the behemoth unions that you seem to be so in love with.

....you are just a union man, and forget that even the people who work for the unions are ultimately hired by the PEOPLE.

But SHEESH, what I am saying? -- we live in California. I must sound like a lunatic to you. But you are still wrong.

On The Las Positas Tennis Courts rate hikes

Posted on June 1 at 5:36 a.m.

To whom it may concern:

Whether it's the libraries being closed on Mondays, the Courthouse closing at 3 PM, SBCC's track being closed to the masses, or most of the high schools' facilities being closed to the average ballplayer....

....the issue is not privatization, but the exact opposite. Government employees are being paid WAY too much money (especially in benefits) and there is no money left over for Jo Shmoe to go enjoy a game of basketball or tennis on "public grounds." The public employees are too busy being furloughed.

That is to say, many of our "public spaces" have already been privatized, at least in the sense that they are closed and thus are no longer available to anyone who is not a student.

If you can find a way to clean up the graffiti and vandalist at the local schools and parks, and thus allow the school and city administrators to justify keep them open after school-hours, then perhaps you have a great argument.

In the meantime, perhaps you should just shut up and find yourself some nookie.

On The Las Positas Tennis Courts rate hikes

Posted on June 1 at 12:52 a.m.

One other issue worth mentioning is that of graffiti. The San Marcos High School tennis courts are now locked up most of the time, due to too much tagging. It is a sad but true phenomenon.

Enough with the gangbangers and the drug-addicts. I would like to play some tennis please!

It's time to reclaim classiness for Santa Barbara!!!

On Elings Park Foundation Clears the Air on Taxpayer Subsidized Tennis

Posted on June 1 at 12:40 a.m.

Maybe the IRS should open investigations into private 501(c)(3) organizations that want to take "public parks" for the "public benefit."

Again, the only reason the courts were sold in the first place is because, evidently, the City was either unwilling or incapable of managing them itself.

On Elings Park Foundation Clears the Air on Taxpayer Subsidized Tennis

Posted on June 1 at 12:28 a.m.

What a bogus article.
To quote:

"At that time, about 150 tennis players played at Las Positas for which they paid $150 a year for unlimited tennis access, which equates to an individual cost of approximately $2.88 per week. Those fees produced $22,500 a year in revenues."

As I recall, about 8-10 years ago, the City began employing a person to regularly go check up on different tennis courts, including Santa Barbara High School, Coast Village Road and Los Positas. The only ones exempted were the Oak Park courts.

The way it worked was: if the Parks & Rec dude showed up while you were playing, he would ask each player to pay 5 bucks for the day. If you said, "Sorry we don't have any money," the P&R dude would tell you and your friends to leave. No real enforcement.

Where do I play tennis now?

GOLETA.

Yes, let's pray for a society where tennis courts are only available for the rich, and where public libraries are closed due to lack of funding.

I wonder how much that City employee got paid to go around collecting $5 fees from tennis players??

The issue is not the cost of the maintenance or the management of the tennis courts; the issue is bad management of the the City's resources, aka overpaid truck-drivers who go around driving to different tennis courts all afternoon. Who the heck thought up that plan anyway? Probably some faceless bureaucrat......

On Elings Park Foundation Clears the Air on Taxpayer Subsidized Tennis

Posted on May 19 at 11 a.m.

Funny the celebrities who live among us but we only hear about them once they've been handcuffed.

On Bernie Taupin, Elton John's Lyricist, Arrested for DUI

Posted on May 19 at 10:38 a.m.

Song-writing is hard. Hard liquor helps sometimes.

On Bernie Taupin, Elton John's Lyricist, Arrested for DUI

Posted on February 16 at 7:07 p.m.

Seems like there are a lot more young punks out there than there used to be. Perhaps their parents should be blamed.

On Hit-and-Run Scammer Gets Jail Time

Posted on January 23 at 12:48 p.m.

If I was hiking alone in the middle of the wilderness and some big man ran towards and started obscenities at me and threatening to hurt me, you're damn right I would defend myself. For some reason, we seem to accord dogs more rights than we do humans. Dogs can poop in public, dogs can bark and attack people. I wish I was a dog, then I could bark and intimidate people all I wanted and people would still love me.
Owners always think well of their dogs. They are biased.

On Dog Shot and Killed on Santa Cruz Trail

Posted on December 1 at 11:41 a.m.

Kinda harsh, but you gotta love Paladino -- he has steered me right quite a few times, and probably saved me a lot of precious drug money.

On <em>The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2</em>

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