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Posted on February 5 at 8:45 p.m.

Consider that if district elections were in place now, the present council members would each represent a district, as shown if the prior ward system were in place.

Noting to "John_Adams" that many Latinos, those people with "o"s at the end of the names, are as "white" as John Adams himself. Which goes to show how really worse than stupid is this "protected class" category, based on self-defined ethnic heritage, shown by a last name or in the case of a recent council candidate, a middle name.

On Praying to a Porcelain Dog

Posted on February 5 at 1:20 p.m.

JJ: the criteria for drawing district lines are population sizes. The County has been doing it for years, every 10 years, and it is computerized on the basis of residence. The interesting question is whether these population numbers take into consideration those of voting age who can not vote because they are not citizens.

It is probable that they will be based on the Census so that the end result will be that the Eastside and Westside districts will be equal in numbers to those of the others but will in fact have considerably fewer actual voters. And therefore it will be even easier for a candidate to win a seat in those districts. ...You can see why most, if not all the plaintiffs are from the east side. At least three of them are already planning their campaigns.

On Praying to a Porcelain Dog

Posted on February 1 at 7:14 a.m.

Most of the Chumash descendants do not live in Santa Ynez. That small band of Santa Ynez Indians that has gotten so rich from the casino, putting themselves in the top 1% of Americans, do not share with their cousins, the coastal Chumash any more than the original residents of Montecito shared with the newcomers. All the Chumash migrated from elsewhere as have all the rest of us now here. It's a tragedy that they feel so little part of the community that provides their gambling-derived income to not be willing to follow the community's land use laws.

As for the baskets, if they were stolen they should be returned. If they were given or purchased, under most accepted laws they belong to the present owner. There was little to no documentation of ownership and so can not be compared to the Nazi confiscation of paintings that have clear provenances.

On Rightful Ownership

Posted on January 30 at 8:58 p.m.

Per the municipal code, construction is allowed on Saturdays and starting from 7 AM; living near a low income seniors apartment complex that is presently building, I appreciate how noisy it is. But it is a good cause, as is the Museum. Construction does end. And the Museum of Natural History is a community treasure; a couple of neighbors should not derail this carefully-worked out plan. And if they don't like Saturday construction, work to change the municipal code.

On Natural History Museum Approval Appealed

Posted on January 29 at 9:43 p.m.

Num1..., the plaintiffs in this lawsuit against the city, that is, against all of us, have made it very, very clear that this is to rectify what they claim as racial disparities; the challenge is indeed racist in orientation. Not necessarily are they racist; nor are those who disagree, those who prefer at large voting where we have more than one choice for a councilmember once every four years.

If the judge decides there are to be district elections, the boundaries must be drawn on the basis of population numbers, not on the basis of national origins or "race" - in quotes because Latino/Hispanic is not a race of people. In any event, I did not call the plaintiffs and those who support district elections "racists" so please do not accuse me of making that insult.

On Girding for District Elections

Posted on January 29 at 7:48 a.m.

True, no city has prevailed against these challenges BUT it is important to note that no city the relatively small size of Santa Barbara, with its demographics and history, has challenged.

This is a racist challenge and Santa Barbara should stand up for all of its residents and not just roll over for a few. It's good that they are hiring a litigation-capable co-counsel.

On Girding for District Elections

Posted on January 23 at 12:12 a.m.

To consider also is that if there is a switch to district elections, each district will get to vote for only one candidate every four years. It really won't matter much when that is: since the voters will have so little say, there will be considerably less interest in city government and therefore in voting. (And with less citizen interest in government, in watchdogging, the potential is great for buddy politics and corruption.)

Those districts whose single choice occurs during presidential election years, assuming even year elections, probably will get a good turnout. The others, assuming staggering elections so that the entire council is not elected at once, not so much. Fair? This really is not about fairness.

On Soy Charlie; Je Suis ‘Illegal’

Posted on January 18 at 9:53 a.m.

Agree with Benjamin! Not to have the block numbers is a serious loss!

On Santa Barbara Gets New Street Signs

Posted on January 18 at 9:47 a.m.

14NoScams: unfortunately, Milpas is a main city "corridor", not simply the local commercial district you mention. It's zoned in the recently completed General Plan Update as high density. Most of us know what city traffic corridors are like: relatively fast-moving, with no reason to stop and shop, let alone walk. Or, as we've seen from accidents on that street, to walk safely.

Milpas once was a small town, local area street, but with the freeway expansion and more and more visitors piling into SB, a city traffic corridor from the beach creates a different world, especially as State Street gets clogged.

Seems to me, living in the general Milpas area, that it is to the businesses' benefits to have an Improvement District where they look after themselves in terms of graffitti, street/sidewalk littering, and, importantly, community pride events, such as parades, etc. Doing things the City can not or will not do for all of its areas.

I like what's been happening in the neighborhood, the neighborhoods — there are several along the stretch of Milpas — over the last several years. (And I remember it from not that long ago with the often present. trash, gang graffitti, not to mention knifings.)

It's a mystery: why there is the opposition to this EBID? Seems to me that the MCA says it well in their open letter to Cathy: What is the problem with looking after one's neighborhood, contributing to community festivals, except, of course, it'll cost a dollar or so/day, costs likely to be recovered in increased sales from those of us in the neighborhoods, encouraged to visit?

As for Sharon Byrne, she's the Exec. Director of the MCA, representing that organization. Why does it matter where she lives? Both Murillo and Byrne are westside residents, but this is one city, so far without limiting districts. Sort of fun to make personal attacks, but to learn more visit the MCA website where the EBID is described, This opposition even before the EBID has been rolled out to all the businesses, smells; something is rotten here....

On Eastside Business District Gets Rocky Reception

Posted on January 17 at 12:02 p.m.

What's the difference between the State Street BIDs that councilmember Murillo supported last week and the Eastside BID that she has been working against?

On Eastside Business District Gets Rocky Reception

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