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Posted on November 24 at 6:33 a.m.

"Wilson, who said he has fished in the area for 34 years, stopped by The Independent office after his sentencing to apologize for his actions, but said such activity is common among fishermen. " Wow, that is some apology!

I guess he can't be banned from fishing but no one again ever needs to buy anything from him.

On Fish Scammer Sentenced to Jail and Felony Probation

Posted on November 22 at 6:55 a.m.

Stop lawns, yes, but just as important is to stop issuing building permits. Have the waterfront department cut back or eliminate those free showers where the water just runs and runs. Stop watering the grass at Chase Palm Park or any of the city parks until the recycled water comes online. ... Have this very expensive desal plant be absolutely last in priority.

The water department with its "acting czar" has not been a good steward; if they're now saying $40,000,000 plus $5,000,000 operating costs on the backs of the residents, then we can be sure it will be actually much more.

On Cost Creep Lurks Over Desal Plant

Posted on November 22 at 6:41 a.m.

All "No RV" signs to be removed - was the City Attorney arguing to have the Cabrillo Boulevard signs removed?

On RV Ordinance Revision Hits the Skids

Posted on November 21 at 7:34 a.m.

So, who is reliable for the city's attorneys' fees, the plaintiffs or their attorney?

Thanks to the city council for not buckling down to this attempted gouging. Those deep pockets are our pockets.

On Judge Dismisses Slander Lawsuit Filed By Gang Crackdown Defendants

Posted on November 14 at 7:52 a.m.

Thanks, SBPD. Next, please, the sidewalk along Cabrillo where bicyclists make it often dangerous for walkers and their leashed dogs. There are wo bike paths but the sidewalk seems to be preferred for fast-moving bikes. Perhaps signage listing the cost of tickets would help?

On Bike Sting Snags Drivers, Riders

Posted on November 13 at 3:01 p.m.

None! Grow plants instead of keeping an animal in prison/cage.

On What pet should go in the new Indy terrarium?

Posted on November 6 at 5:58 p.m.

S: You give Salomon too much credit, not taking into account the less strident and visible work of the No on S committee, chaired by Glen Mowrer who reached out to the media, getting the valuable Daily Nexus endorsement, among others — but not the Independent's — and writing countless letters and comments, encouraging the voters to vote. Ernie's efforts were great, but they weren't the whole story by any measure.

And as for P, too little credit. Yes, most of them were new at this work and Das Williams and Katie Davis were probably not the best spokespersons, but all the local enviro organizations lined up and supported Yes on P. San Benito County passed an anti-fracking ordinance; Santa Barbara will do so in 2016, learning from this trial run.

On Election Day Takeaways

Posted on November 4 at 12:38 p.m.

How is it attorney Croninger, Treasurer of the SBCC campaign, just learned of the FPPC campaign law requirements!? It's just not believable --- or else she is more than slightly incompetent.

What it looks like is that SBCC was not interested in publicizing that the 501c3 SBCC Foundation, where the gifts are tax-exempt, was engaged in political activities to the extent of $260,000+ spent on robocalls, polls, glossy flyers and other such voter persuasion efforts.

On FPPC Issues Warning to 'Yes on S'

Posted on October 27 at 8:43 a.m.

Noted is that new SBCC Trustee Kugler, a former Univ. of Michigan educator, does not mention the $45 million for demolishing and rebuilding the Sports Pavilion; nor does she mention the $46 million planned to demolish and rebuild larger the Wake Center (renamed, Wake Campus in honor of its new intended role for expanding SBCC.)

The temporary buildings do need to be replaced, but that was the goal (or one of them) of Measure V, some of whose millions are still not spent.

Oversight? "strict fiscal accountability" ROFLOL. The committee is chosen by the Trustees and appointed by them, with applications sent to the president's office. It meets three times a year. It's a rubberstamping group that approved such an expenditure as the $millions press box, not even mentioned in the description for Measure V.

It's a great shame that the election openings for this term were not publicized. All but one of the SBCC trustees in effect will have been appointed by consensus, having run unopposed, just exactly what they criticized so heavily four years ago. We get what we didn't choose: administration spokespeople.

What we need is a ballot measure that is detailed, specific, not a demand for essentially unaccountable blank check spending authority for four bonds, over 13 years, at unknown interest rates. (What we also need is a deep conversation about why SBCC has become, unlike neighboring community colleges, so much a college of choice for out-of-district students while we taxpayers here are expecting to pay for them in more ways than only dollars.)

On Measure S: SBCC Needs Lots of Work

Posted on October 23 at 6:58 a.m.

Only in Montecito is dirt "gold". In Santa Barbara dirt is brown. Thanks for explaining those curious, laughable signs on patches of dirt where once there had been a straggling lawn.

On Dry Enough For You?

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