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Posted on February 25 at 9:58 p.m.

DrDan, It takes a minimum of four votes to accomplish anything. Bicycle cops might be a go, but a police substation? The ward system requires a lot of skillful negotiation; is your westside representative, Cathy, up far that quid pro quo process?

Greg Mohr is right: "Where's Gus Chavalas when we need him?" His ghost will be hovering once the districts are in place and the games begin.

On City Election Sea Change

Posted on February 25 at 4:46 p.m.

Agree with Ken Volok on this. Also: the Westside already has two representatives, Murillo and Schneider.

Murillo may spend more time on the Westside, if/when she gets re-elected because there'll be a rep. from the Eastside. There's only one from the upper Eastside, Jukin, and that's Francisco.

On City Election Sea Change

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

There are seven on the council, the mayor being part of the council. The vote was 6-0; who didn't vote?

"John_Adams" is right. Choosing a councilmember on the basis of last name, on the basis of his/her self-proclaimed ethnicity, does not guarantee results. This does strengthen the city staff over pesky voters who will have a chice of a councilmember only once every four years and so will lose interest in local government.

Ward districts tend to lead to council vote trading and to corruption, especially as fewer voters/citizens participate in the on-going processes.

On City Election Sea Change

Posted on February 24 at 9:27 p.m.

Cruzito and Murillo protege, Jacqui Inda (and the three others) have prevailed: the city council has collapsed and settled. There will be district elections, according to the Noozhawk story.

Well, at least, there'll be no point in going to the city-sponsored workshops starting this Saturday, unless one wants to see the gloating Capello and his clients.

On The Strange and Mysterious Case of Cruzito Cruz

Posted on February 24 at 9:19 p.m.

Not just you, JL, and it has been going on for quite a while.

This is a regular message I get whenever I try to post something; sometimes I try again, as now.
Oh dear. Something's gone wrong on our end. We've been notified and we'll look into it right away."

On Apologies for Website Inconvenience

Posted on February 24 at 9:17 p.m.

Not just you, JL, and it has been going on for quite a while.

On Apologies for Website Inconvenience

Posted on February 22 at 1:52 p.m.

The EBID will be run by the businesses, themselves, not by the MCA.

Mr. Guzman has been very generous to the neighborhood; he is "being played" by no one --- what an insulting thing to say about him!

On Tensions Roiling over Milpas Plan

Posted on February 12 at 7:58 a.m.

That's a very telling picture! Of course we need full analysis, studies, concerning the environmental effects on aquatic life which will be affected. Progress has been made since the early 90's and we know more how we share the marine environment.

Watching some of the city council meetings - unfortunately not the water commission which meets in the afternoon and is not TV-available, I think - I've had the impression that the water "czar" is pushing hard for this plant, with a similar kind of mentality and force that got us the "reliable" state water and the desal plant back in the 90's.

On Water Bosses Butt Heads Over Desal Plant

Posted on February 9 at 8:17 a.m.

So, the County has been spraying bee-killing poisons in Summerland! Where else and, importantly, what consumer-available insecticides contain this poison? It would be helpful to know that.

On our city lot, we do not use any insecticides, but perhaps neighbors, including the City of SB Housing Authority, do. If it has been found in the creeks then it is likely in the harbor, along the beaches, affecting shorebirds and fish, including the fish caught from Stearns Wharf.

On 'Neonic' Poison Found Throughout City

Posted on February 7 at 6:33 a.m.

Good to know from John_Adams that being Latino/a, being a member of a "protected class", includes those who have one set of Mexico born grandparents. Whatever her grandparentage, the voters recognized that Ms Dias Alley was a weak candidate who had shown no prior interest, let alone involvement in city commissions or government. And discussing whether or not Francisco is Latino shows the absurdity of wanting to divide this city on the basis of one's last name.

Unfortunately the proponents of this, if they win and that is not certain, will achieve their goal of division, something that is already happening where once we, as a city, were one. What we see in the schools, the differences by neighborhood, we'll see in city council, except to accomplish anything on council there needs four or five votes. Better be careful what one wishes for.

On Praying to a Porcelain Dog

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