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Posted on March 2 at 3:43 p.m.

Capps's email continued:

It is for these reasons that I have decided not to attend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress should it be given as planned, and I sincerely hope that Speaker Boehner postpones the speech until after the Israeli elections. It is always an honor to have the leader of any American ally address Congress, particularly one as important as Israel. However, this particular speech has become so embroiled in partisan politics that it threatens to undermine traditionally bipartisan support for Israel and undercut the President’s diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Rest assured, I will certainly keep your views in mind as these issue are considered in Congress. Thank you again for contacting me. Please keep in touch by liking my <http://www.facebook.com/loiscapps>Facebook page, following me on <https://twitter.com/#%21/RepLoisCapps>Twitter, signing up for my <http://capps.house.gov/contact-me/newsletter>e-newsletter, or by visiting my <http://www.capps.house.gov/>website.

Sincerely,
LOIS CAPPS
Member of Congress

On Bibi, Go Home

Posted on March 2 at 3:42 p.m.

(Thanks, Dr. Dan, for reminding to writer her.)
From Lois Capps:
Dear ...:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on March 3, 2015. As your Representative, I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.

You will be pleased to know that I share your concerns. Primarily, I believe that Speaker Boehner’s tactics, combined with the timing and expected topic of the speech, have injected unfortunate partisan politics into critical diplomatic and national security issues that have always been nonpartisan. Speaker Boehner not only violated longstanding diplomatic protocol by not consulting with the White House or bipartisan Congressional leaders prior to inviting the Prime Minister to speak, but also scheduled the speech to be given just two weeks before Israeli national elections. Prime Minister Netanyahu is currently a political candidate in the middle of a contentious election campaign. Regardless of intentions, the Prime Minister’s appearance before Congress is being interpreted as a campaign maneuver, and I believe it is highly inappropriate for Congress to be used as a political platform for a foreign leader to campaign upon.

Additionally, I’m concerned that the speech will undermine President Obama's ongoing diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to speak about the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, an issue that Israel rightfully has a critical interest in. However, whether intentional or not, it appears that Speaker Boehner is enlisting Prime Minister Netanyahu in a political exercise to build support for legislation to prematurely impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama has repeatedly promised to veto such legislation because it would derail critical negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran. I believe the current circumstances surrounding Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech would undermine these critical diplomatic efforts, which present the best opportunity we have to stop Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and avoid another costly war in the Middle East.

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On Bibi, Go Home

Posted on March 2 at 8:06 a.m.

There's a reason for being a charter city and that's to have the residents of it decide how they want to be governed, according to the terms of the City Charter. Elections and how they're run, once constitutional thresholds are met, should be up to the voters. Even or odd years should (again) be on the ballot.

The plaintiffs have given no indication of wanting increased voter turnout unless it is a turnout of self-described Latino voters. There have been no discussions of issues, concerns, needs or, sadly and most importantly of all, about the city as a whole.

This identity-based process spits in the face of years of civil rights work, of valuing the right of all the voters to choose. Some of the commenters, Bob Burke, especially, are worth hearing - the workshop is now on the city TV. Government by lawsuits, settlement by $greedy ($950/hour!) extortion is a great sadness for Santa Barbara.

On No Baby Steps for District Elections

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.
"Error
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

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