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Posted on April 24 at 2:15 p.m.
The rendering makes it look incredibly tacky and out of character, even considering the Deckers tilt-slab box across the way. Goleta seems to be modeling Oxnard. Future generations will regret those decisions but find no way to undo them once the land is filled in with mega-junk.
On Targeting Goleta Target
Posted on April 12 at 12:18 p.m.
The brick pile is a gathering point for crusties. Sadly, moving it is a good idea. So is crafting a few blocking-the-sidewalk ordinances that will give the cops the legal authority to do something about the problems in our occupied downtown corridor. How about a little gumption from council/mayor? How much worse must it get? The police department's hands are largely tied until something serious happens, and the crusties well know it so they push the limits as far as they can. Cops get disrespected just like other citizens. That's become a game for the street urchins, and their sick sport is harming the State Street corridor badly and making it unpleasant for the rest of us - something they seem to relish.
On Cops Take Aim at Public Art Piece
Posted on April 11 at 5:06 p.m.
It seems unwise to downgrade the emergency manager slot. The person in this job is responsible for coordinating pre-plans, monitoring preparedness, and providing liaison among local, county, state, and federal agencies in dangerous times. This demotion will make it tougher to deal with department heads used to rank and seniority, as well as politicians. The kind of experienced candidate the county needs will think twice about it. In addition to everyday risks, we live in earthquake country and regularly deal with fires that sweep over large areas requiring multi-agency responses. Yet the supes decide to cut chump-change and make this job less desirable and more difficult? As BeachFan says, someone is not taking the long view.
On County to Save Money By Reclassifying Position
Posted on February 4 at 9:54 a.m.
Another poor choice for a closing night film, this time because of the heavy Yorkshire accents. Even Brits have trouble with that one. Don't the organizers preview important films with the Santa Barbara audience in mind? Definitely needed subtitles if they were going to screen it in that slot. We wished we'd chosen ANYTHING at the Metro IV rather than this film which should have been a highlight. Otherwise, after 30+ films, we were thrilled with this year's offerings and had a blast at the festival. Looking forward to next year.
Posted on January 24 at 12:45 p.m.
Perhaps the American Riviera is given for best performance by a big name when actually showing up live to generate reportable hype for an award ceremony? Was Tarantino the understudy all along?
On Tarantino Replacing DiCaprio for Film Fest Award
Posted on January 24 at 10:50 a.m.
Tragic and pointless, and more like dogslaughter than an accident, especially given the disgusting but very telling quote, "..sorry bro, had to put your dog down" and the orange collar. That's no accident; it's an admission of a deliberate act.
Cops are put through months of weapons training and simulations to hone their reflexes and learn restraint, yet they still can screw up under pressure. But for some stupid reason it's OK for a couple of lame-brained yahoos to traipse around near a campground with loaded rifles and their heads set in reflexive killer/predator mode. Well, they did get a kill to brag about during the Super Bowl - his name was Billy. This is not 1787, despite what the NRA and the death lobby might want, and brainless dog-killing creeps do not a "well regulated militia" make, any more than a pack of gang-bangers doing Darwin's work on each other with assault pistols do.
On Remembering Billy the Dog
Posted on January 4 at 2:01 p.m.
Well said, EastBeach. Pot proponents don't seem get the fact that some people find the smell nauseating, and others are actually as allergic to it as to cigarette smoke. Pot fumes trigger headaches and respiratory problems that curry doesn't. So use is not the issue so much as imposing its results on unwilling bystanders is. If legal users in multifamily dwellings that still tolerate smoking on the property want to install filtered exhaust systems that capture the smoke and keep it from passing through walls and windows, then puff away - so long as the place has fire sprinklers.
On Evicted for Smoking Medicinal Marijuana?
Posted on January 3 at 11:53 a.m.
Smoke travels, whether it's tobacco, marijuana, or something even more toxic. Airborne fumes generated in one apartment will spread to adjacent units, thereby subjecting tenants to second-hand whatever. Responsible owners and landlords no longer let one person's smoking - whether recreational or medicinal - impinge on habitability and the health of other residents. Responsible smokers understand that, too. This guy needs to find another way to ingest his drugs, or else take it somewhere else where nobody but himself is impacted.
Posted on October 18 at 8:28 p.m.
Nick's views are amply reinforced by comparing the Romney and Obama performances at tonight's Al Smith dinner in NY. Wonder if local wordsmith and right-wing comic convert, Dennis Miller, had a hand in writing Romney's lines? I do hope not.
On Chariots of the Dogs
Posted on October 11 at 12:03 p.m.
Hamburger Habit gets double-whammied: panhandlers and obnoxious bums hang around the Milpas location, and scraggly street creeps lounge on the brickwork by the State Street store. These are not the same homeless people that used to be here; the new kids are often nasty, and there's a fair dose of real crazies who yell at pedestrians and behave aggressively while pushing stolen carts around. The tourists and gullible students fall for flim-flam and enable them with handouts. It's right to help those truly in need, and it's pointless to sustain a sub-city of dangerous bums in alleys and under trees. The people who feed both the ducks and the homeless in the park need to consider the consequences of fostering dependence, and their own obligation to accept responsibility for those they attract. In some ways, Santa Barbara's resources are overloaded because of self-satisfying largesse. "If you build it, they will come"...and they have. Subsidized Homeless, Inc., does that, not the neighborhood or the merchants who suffer as a result.
On Casa Keeps Catching Flack
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