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Posted on April 15 at 5:57 p.m.

This saves not only a lot of money but a lot of increased heartache. A trial is no fun, especially one such as this where there would have been inevitable discussion of whether Mallory had been drinking, reliving the horrible, painful night for the Dies family and friends.

May all move forward, including Mr Morua who's destroyed his life, at least as he and his friends and family have dreamt of it, almost as effectively as his actions destroyed Mallory Dies's. And I agree with Eckermann in all respects of his post.

On Morua Pleads Guilty to DUI and Fatal Hit-and-Run Charges

Posted on April 14 at 8:33 a.m.

Agree about the undrunk water-filled glasses but much more disheartening is the water I see running down Mason (and Yanonali) Streets two or three times a week at night. This past Saturday, somewhat after 10PM, and probably again tomorrow night, the lawns at Adelante and Franklin Schools are watered while the rest of us try to cut back. (Compare the Chase Palm Park grass!)

On Feds Order State Water Transfers Stopped

Posted on April 10 at 6:54 a.m.

Wow, just wow: the only opposition to building housing so close to the freeway came from one who wanted no regulation (same councilmember who supported lower height limits) and another councilmember who thought it was okay for poor people to live close to the freeway, despite all the evidence about health hazards! ...As for lower emission vehicles, yes for the Prius, Leaf, etc. folk, but tell it to all those trucks using the interstate 101.

On City Approves Highway 101 Building Buffer

Posted on April 9 at 8:08 a.m.

Before asking for a bond for new buildings (and Pres. Gaskin's is not persuasive since portables will be removed and presumably replaced, no?) there needs to be a showing that the existing buildings can not be more fully used.

Having taken quite a few classes at the wonderful SBCC, I've noticed that not all classrooms are used all of the time. Property taxes are regressive taxes and this bond money will indeed go on the property tax bill. ...It may be landlords who are groaning, but it is the tenants, as well as the homeowners, who will be paying.

If there's a need it would be preferable for the users of SBCC to pay for these repairs and upgrades.

On SBCC Bond Measure on November Ballot?

Posted on April 8 at 8:35 p.m.

"baited breath", Bimboteskie, really?

That aside, this would be indeed a major step towards developing the Gaviota coast and I am disappointed that the Supes did not see that or at least some of them.

On CA Coastal Commission To Review Paradiso Appeal

Posted on April 5 at 9:57 a.m.

The section of 101, Goleta-Montecito has many heavily used offramps and onramps. Speed limits are those which are "reasonable and proper" for the conditions. Unless there is almost no one else on the road, Sunday mornings?, a slower speed than the maximum allowable would be both reasonable and proper.

For a discussion of CA speed limits see:

On Every time you drive your car, do you think about ...

Posted on April 4 at 1:34 p.m.

I didn't mention Santa Maria, but, yes, it has bought and has paid for State water and been using State water.

If the Kriegers' well is deep enough they're probably still getting water, there on the down slope side of Romero Canyon; if they don't have a well, having which, of course, has been their right, then no doubt she would have said so. Loudly! Indeed, though, I agree with you, FormerResident, it is a question of whether one should urge others to do what oneself chooses not to do. It does go to credibility, fwiw.

On The Water Crisis Is a Policy Crisis

Posted on March 28 at 8:34 a.m.

If they increase the payout to gamblers, then they'd 'need' to build even more prison-look-alike casinos.

To save the SY Valley, we need to expand the presence of casinos beyond simply Indian gambling, with proceeds going to schools and infrastructure.

On Chumash Want More Gamblers and Guests

Posted on March 27 at 9:16 p.m.

FormerResident: If Santa Barbara had not "invested" in 3000 AF of State Water, we'd have the desal plant paid for and operating. If Solvang had not "invested" in 1,500 AF of State Water, it would have its wells up and running - those very same wells that they abandoned and now are expensively hoping to get rebuild and operating. And so on. Only Lompoc wisely turned down State Water. And only Montecito is near totally dependent on Cachuma and therefore State Water. (Except that they could build their own desal on some of the Montecito coast land.)

As for Mrs. Krieger's back yard, doesn't she have a well sucking out the groundwater for her Hawaiian landscape?

On The Water Crisis Is a Policy Crisis

Posted on March 27 at 9:06 p.m.

They already own a hotel in Solvang and businesses throughout the valley. This seems a preemptive step towards pointing out how they need to expand the reservation to Camp 4.

On Chumash Want More Gamblers and Guests

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