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Posted on March 2 at 3:54 p.m.

So now we are back to ethnic quotas. That's a major step backward.

As many have pointed out here, the reason that there aren't more Latino representatives on the council is the quality of Latino candidates just hasn't been there. Cruzito Cruz, Megan Alley, ??? really!?

And BTW my wife is Latina and she didn't vote for any of them either.

On No Baby Steps for District Elections

Posted on February 28 at 8:59 a.m.

The County pays big bucks for a CEO to run the County. The Supervisors aren't the "executives" that run the County. They are more like the Board of Directors of a company that provides the strategic direction to the CEO to execute. Members of boards of directors aren't paid huge salaries for "running the company" which is done by the CEO. The County would probably be better off if the Supervisors had a lot less day-to-day involvement in running the County; and the CEO would probably like that too.

The salary comparison to other counties, cities, etc. is a game that is played at all levels of government and by the unions. When any entity ekes out a slightly higher pay scale, the others use that as a reason to raise their own and so on up the ladder. Unless we go back to part-time politicians in positions like County Supervisors, State Legislature, etc. this process will not end.

On Supervisor Pay Raises Getting Closer Look

Posted on February 20 at 4:55 p.m.

Maybe the reason the City doesn't have more Hispanic members on the Council is the people like Cruz representing them.

Can you imagine Cruz being on the Council and setting the strategy for the City? He can't even deal with is own attorney on his own self-initiated law suit.

His performance says more about why there are no more Hispanics on the Council than words ever could.............

On The Strange and Mysterious Case of Cruzito Cruz

Posted on February 12 at 10:13 a.m.

Nick,

Although I was against the decision for us to go into Iraq, the facts are that, in spite of your accusation, there were WMDs found there. See this press release for example: http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArtic...

So does this constitute another "conflation" on your part? Just wondering....

On To Err Is Human, 2 4-Give K-9

Posted on December 24 at 9:04 a.m.

If Michael Brown had been successful in his effort to get the cop's gun and killed the cop, would that event even been mentioned by the media, Obama, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson, etc, etc? I think we all know the answer to that.

It certainly appears to me that this entire incident is being fueled by race-baiters to keep our country divided over these issues.

On Police Prejudiced Against 'Blacks and Browns'?

Posted on December 23 at 5:46 p.m.

In the recent incidents where cops killed a black man, one fact seems to be intentionally ignored by the race-baiters and demonstrators.

That is that both of the black men that were killed were engaged in criminal acts. If they hadn't chosen those actions they wouldn't have ended up as they did. And even further they made choices that made a bad situation worse; both resisted the cop when confronted. Another really bad choice.

I think there have been plenty of questionable acts by various cops over the years but these cases weren't among them.

On Police Prejudiced Against 'Blacks and Browns'?

Posted on November 15 at 11:54 a.m.

You quote data showing that off Golden Gate Park sea level increased eight inches in the past century but only five inches in 80 years off La Jolla. I'm not a sea level scientist but I learned in school many years ago that water seeks level.

So how can it be that the sea rose 3 inches more in San Fran than it did in San Diego?

Or are we to interpret this to mean that the sea actually dropped 3 inches in 20 years a century ago? If the ocean dropped 3 inches, how does this fit the global warming model that has lead us to blue lines, etc.?

Or does it mean the data isn't reliable?

On No Surly Curs Need Apply

Posted on October 30 at 1:15 p.m.

Carrying ex-military pistols and rifles is one thing but an MRAP vehicle!? MRAPS are designed to withstand heavy arms fire and bombs blowing up under them in a combat zone. In what possible scenario can the Sheriff think that the citizens of Santa Barbara County will be burying IEDs on the streets of the County?

On Sheriff Addresses Law Enforcement Militarization

Posted on October 24 at 1:43 p.m.

Helene didn't make the cut and get a spot on the Board!?!?

On Bellosguardo Foundation Named

Posted on October 20 at 11:39 a.m.

From what I have read here, and in other media, Mayor Schneider is being incorrectly and unfairly labeled as being against the 101 widening project. To the contrary, what I've read, even in this article, is that she is for the highway widening but is against CalTrans and SBCAG pushing forward on this project while ignoring some of the impacts that their plan will cause.

For example, the RR under-crossing on Cabrillo Blvd will still cause a major delay to commuters because there isn't room for a right turn lane to speed access to a new southbound on ramp. This was supposed to have been widened when CalTrans did the last 101 project there about 5 years ago and they didn't do it then as they said they would. What happened to that?

And the impact to city intersections was identified in traffic studies but CalTrans has refused to include mitigation for those impacts in the EIR which they themselves have certified.

So while we can all have our opinions as to the benefits or impacts from this proposed project it doesn't help informed discourse by lying about one person's position. And I'm not even a political supporter of the mayor!

On Mayor Blasted for Alleged Conflict-of-Interest

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