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Posted on February 23 at 11:47 a.m.

Draxor you are correct and always well presented.
Thank you.
I quote below:

"And as with ALL houses made of soapy membrane, eventually---KABOOM!

...1129 State has sat dark for ten years ...Only a matter of time. "

One has to wonder: Could energy be next? When will the greed end at the electrical generation station, natural gas line, heating oil barrel, and gasoline pumps?

On Who—or What—Killed Borders?

Posted on February 10 at 7:39 p.m.

Damn. Sounds good to me...

Especially the "...One of the most toxic parts of California’s business unfriendliness is enormous and complex regulations...."

California was the 7th largest economy in the world. Some companies (google, cke, microsoft, ibm, etc) still have a rather large presence here. Maybe not in Santa Barbara County, but in California nonetheless. The point is: There is prosperity in California, however, I believe it is not in Santa Barbara County.


On A Challenge to Governor Brown

Posted on February 10 at 7:33 p.m.

If someone gets hurt, they the County should be liable for releasing them into an inappropriate environment.

Rather than release at midnight or whatever, perhaps the inmate may opt to stay until the sun warms the hot pavement of the transfer station and surrounding areas so that the poor guy can make it down the hill.

I've seen the jail's site and it is a treacherous, no sidewalk hill that IS unlit and dangerous at night...

I don't get it. Do they need the morning hours to clean the cell for the next incoming inmate? Lord knows that they are running a full house down there. Must be some money in it from the State or something !!

I am appalled at the treatment of inmates and undocumented immigrants as well in our country, the most progressive and safe in the world.

Mr. Brown, shape up your jail. Shame on you for this practice.


On Advocates Want Pre-Dawn Jail Releases Stopped

Posted on February 10 at 7:25 p.m.

Buddy, you've got my backing 100 percent.

Lets reign in the out of control spending. If you need contributions just look to the North. Signatures? Respond with your interests and opinions here at the Independent and we'll contact you and get all the *$##( signatures you need!


On Collective Bargaining in Crosshairs

Posted on January 9 at 9:51 p.m.

...Make that saving 50 cents on every $100 purchase.

The tax was going to be 1/2 of one percent. That amounts to 5 cents on a 10 dollar purchase.

But what blackpoodles says is right. We have been taxed to death and all the while the Sheriff's office is buying new cars and spending (our) money like they'll get more whenever they need it...

It had to stop and I am glad it did.

We must watch for similar tactics from the same perps in 2012. Please vote NO then too!

Don't tax the unemployed.

On Trying to Make Sense

Posted on January 7 at 7:35 p.m.

The biggest loser was Sheriff Bill Brown, and his farm, according to campaign filings, was over $147,000 in donations and loans in his effort to pass a 14-year tax on the citizens of Santa Barbara County.

The real loser, had this passed, would have been the Citizens of the County of Santa Barbara, on the hook for the next 14 years for criminal conduct perpetrated by others.

A glaring problem with the measure is the support given to it by Mr. Brown himself. It is apparent that he spent time during standard working hours to solicit support and endorsements for this measure. I voted for him for sheriff, not for his campaigning prowess, which in this instance, we see, was not fruitful. Just how many hours of paid sheriff time was spent meeting with judges, the District Attorney's office, special interests, union bosses and other potential contributors and endorsers, rather than performing assigned Sheriff duties, will never be known.

From public documents, large (over $5,000.00) contributors included:
Committee to Elect Bill Brown Sheriff 2010 $10,000.00
Committee to Elect Bill Brown Sheriff 2010 $5,000.00 loan
Peace Officers Research Assc. of CA (Sacramento) $10,000
SB County Deputy Sheriff's Assoc $20,000.00
SEIU local 620 (Union dollars) $5,000.00
SB County Firefighters $5,000.00
Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians $20,000.00
Santa Barbara Police Officers Assoc $5000.00
Correctional Healthcare Corp (Tennessee) $5,000.00
PXP (Plains Exploration Partners, Los Angeles) $7,500.00
Fund for Santa Barbara $8,000.00
And, 6 Individual investors at $5,000.00 each.

Responding to a letter written to the Independent asking why this measure failed, it could be that the measure failed, just as Ms. Meg Whitman's campaign did, because both campaigns spent so much money it appeared that they were trying to beat the competition by simply outspending them.

In conclusion, it really was not a loss for Mr. Brown, as all the funds spent on the YES ON MEASURE S campaign came from donations he stumped for.

PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR A SIMILAR CAMPAIGN TO BE PLAYED OUT IN 2012. I predict the same scare tactics employed by the same actors, and pray for the same negative outcome.

Now, Mr. Brown, get back to work.

On The biggest loser was Sheriff Bill Brown, who bet the farm on a new half-cent sales tax to pay for a

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