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Posted on August 30 at 4:12 a.m.

Housing Authority in Lompoc has been a real help to me and my family. They too usually have a waiting list which is full a lot of the time, but they did move my wheelchair bound wife, myself and a enough room left over for a fulltime IHSS worker, also her son. While they are so busy it can be hard to connect with the right person to help you, once you are in it is for life unless too many rules are broken. When my wife passed away they were in no rush to make me move to a smaller unit and I thank them for being so understanding. Emotionally I could never of done it.
We only found out about the list being open by word of mouth or we would probably of missed it. May I suggest trying them if you haven't already. They have been a blessing and we found 99% of them very easy to work with.
Now as my health continues to fail they are proving to be working above and beyond just working there for the paycheck. It took us a couple yrs to get the 1st Apt from them, but it was worth it. I believe they are due to open a new apt building near the Home Depot and you can be sure the handicap units go fast so please don't procrastinate.
I wish you the best of luck and hope I didn't make anyone angry at the Housing Authority, that is the last thing I wanted to do. I just wish to give you some hope and advice, but I am far from a expert on any of this save my own exp.s with them That and I don't think enough people standup for those that have given much needed help in this economy.
Welcome to Lompoc. It reminds me of Santa Barbara back in the 60's when peoples handshake meant something and even when so many of those I had never met,had the ready smile and " hi, how are you" that I remember from my childhood in SB before prices when nuts and thousand fled LA.

On Holes in the Safety Net

Posted on July 11 at 6:59 a.m.

I don't know if it is still true or not but when I used to live in AZ anyone could open carry. They may of had to pass a safety class but I don't remember any thing about that. You might be surprised how many people I saw wear holsters strapped down fill by their Six Guns. Only place I remember them not allowed was inside some casinos just across the river.
I saw Sheriff Arpiao once flying around a convention of Dr. and Dentist sponsored Bikers Run In Laughlin, in a Sheriff Copter loaded with a 50 cal Machine gun just to let them know he was watching things. Of course he has always needed to prove his was the biggest peanut.
It was the first time I had thought deeply about our Police States since Kent State. Changed my life for the better and I didn't even need the pink undies.

On Do you want to carry a gun?

Posted on June 17 at 5:29 a.m.

Funny, none of the normal Tea Party commenters seem to have anything say. Maybe they actually understand it was their brand of republicanism that caused all this invasion of American privacy ?

On Knowing that the NSA is keeping such close tabs on us makes me feel

Posted on June 3 at 11:03 a.m.

Cottage Should Fund Them

Once that study comes out and is gone over I bet that it would be cheaper for Cottage Inc. to donate most the operating costs and write-off the donation rather than having to absorb the lost revenue their ERs will see.

On SOS for Neighborhood Clinics

Posted on June 12 at 5:14 a.m.

There was a time in SB when the cops used their own judgement on who was too drunk, and if they were close to home. More than once I had officers follow me home to make sure I made there safe. Now days 2 beers and one is legally drunk. Why is it Americans always set limits low enough to make everyone a criminal ?
We now live in a time when a American can be arrested/rendered or killed by a Drone without charges and or held indefinitely just on one mans say so.
These so-called sobriety check points remind me of a third world country, not the USA. Not to mention the Police funding themselves with cars they seize from the poor and sell at 100% profit. Sounds more like Mexico or Columbia than Santa Barbara.

On Goleta Police Target Impaired Drivers with DUI / Drivers License Checkpoint

Posted on June 12 at 4:55 a.m.

I studied aikido in SB over 30 yrs ago. It has been so long that I forget the sensei's name. The dojo was at the base of San Marcos Pass for yrs and yrs. One of the things I remember about the sensei is that he not only had tons of trophys for aikido, he also had trophys on every wall for Ballroom dancing.

On Santa Barbara’s Own Aikido Master

Posted on January 8 at 4:45 a.m.

While we may enter this world alone many will be blessed not to be alone the last time they close their eyes. It must be a huge comfort to have someone who loves you around those last days however long or short the time may be. The Hospice community in Santa Barbara has been a very large and helpful group for the man I thought of as my father, best friend, brother, and the one I always called. It didn't matter if it was great news or tragic, his was the opinion i wanted to hear, right or wrong. He died last yr after a long struggle, his family saved me from having to pull the plug, a sacred vow made over 35 yrs ago that was planned for the next day.

The two major things I have learned about death in the USA is that it is not unusual ant to be able to find adequate pain relief even tho it is readily available and that I would rather die with my dignity intact than be kept alive yet still locked in my own mind, while people, as caring as they may be, treat me like a baby who needs changed or fed. I have a DNR package on my refrigerator, on file with my Dr. and the local Hospital, not to mention my family knowing my wishes. It can be a hard conversation to have but it is way too easy to wait too long. I have seen families torn apart over what could of and should of been a simple last will. Is a rocking chair really worth losing a sister or brother over, it is for some.

I would suggest telling or asking your father that if there is anything he wishes to discuss with you, that you would cherish hearing his thoughts or memories.

On When the New Year Is Your Last

Posted on December 21 at 7:12 a.m.

By cutting the Adult dental program they were pennywise and pound foolish. A couple months ago I ended up being hospitalized for a wk because no Oral Surgeon is willing to take payments and I called every Oral surgeon after my reg dentist told me the extraction was too complicated for a reg. dentist. To make a long story short once I was taken to the ER within hrs of the abcess poison going to my brain and killing me, the Oral Surgeon on call was forced to take my case and payments or give up his Hospital privileges. Imagine the cost of a weeks stay in the hospital vs paying for a dentist visit, not to mention the extra pain and danger to the patient.

On Save Medi-Cal

Posted on November 15 at 4:54 a.m.

Well seems like Californias insane laws may have made the Private Prison Industry happier than a pig in *hit by pushing one more person to serve LIFE under the 3 Strikes law. Instead of providing any rehab over the past 20 yrs we have continued to slash and cut rehab almost every yr until it is down to nothing.
Over the last couple yrs and continuing on for at least 5 more yr we can expect more and more crime as people struggle to feed their families or even just themselve. The above commemts are full of snark yet not a one offers anything constructive. The Santa Barbara I grew up cared much more for people than it does today and I find that very very sad.

On Bicycle Cops Arrest Chainsaw-Stealing Parolee

Posted on November 6 at 12:30 p.m.

I have watched more than one person die of the DTs when alcohol is withheld without medication at the same time. I'm sure calling it a "natural cause" death will make those who denied the man proper care feel better. Most people that are drunk by 3 in the afternoon have more than a casual relationship with booze. A properly trained cop should of had a diversion center to check the guy out or a medical professional should of seen him during booking.
Of course if we lived in better times Bush would not of invaded 2 countries without paying for it, and the Bankers and Brokers that ruined the economy would be in prison instead of still getting Big Bonuses every yr and just maybe that poor guy would not of had his reasons to have gotten so drunk in the first place. Natural causes indeed. Occupy....

On County Jail Inmate Dies

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