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Posted on March 19 at 8:11 a.m.

Congratulations, Mr. Genis. Bullying, no matter who it is by, is despicable and that seemed to me (an Inactive member of the Bar) what the DA's office and the State Bar were doing.

This in the story is very telling: "...Genis charged this action constituted “yet another example of the deputy district attorney acting in ignorance and breaking the law.” While the review panel found Genis’s courtroom remarks “overstated,” they also found his State Bar complaint “factually true.” " I once believed, as they told us early in law school, that the role of the DA is to seek "justice"; somewhere along the way the DA's office either never got that teaching or forgot it.

On Genis Suspension Reduced on Appeal

Posted on March 16 at 4:52 p.m.

JJ: Both Rowse and Murillo are up for re-election this November.

On District Election Deal Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Posted on March 16 at 11:55 a.m.

Interesting point, random_kook! Of course, the GWD will make sure to penalize those who do "play" so that either way, we lose.

...Just reread Ms. Connell's last sentence, urging Goletan's to "step up to the plate". Problem is that the plate is pretty much empty and there's little left to scarf up. ...And if it's a baseball "plate" she's referring to, the Goleta game is pretty much over: developers whatever they want (thanks to a steady council majority of Aceves, Bennett and Vallejo) — conservationists/preservationists/Goodland supporters: zero.

On Housing and Growth in Goleta

Posted on March 16 at 7:47 a.m.

Thanks for pointing out that this mad-seemingly building spree was part of the original council plan to destroy what was the "Goodland". I am puzzled, however, at how the WestStar development opposite Costco had historic water usage equivalent to all those housing units.

Agree with pardall... that UCSB students do not greatly contribute to Goleta traffic problems, but the expansion of UCSB certainly contributes to the pressure on IV and on the natural environment, generally.

However, the low income people servicing all those new housing units and the new hotels that the original council agreed to, are not, for the most part, "newcomers" to Goleta, since as Connell points out it's not likely they can afford to live here. Instead, they are and will be commuters worsening the traffic situation around Goleta. She writes, "Alternatively, newcomers may choose to live in Ventura, Santa Maria, or Lompoc, where housing is more affordable, particularly for a family with children seeking a single-family home. They would then join the 19,000 commuters to the South Coast" — "join" and increasing the numbers of commuters. It's no wonder that more a few Goleta voters severely rue their misguided vote for citihood.

On Housing and Growth in Goleta

Posted on March 15 at 4:59 p.m.

Okay, "signed, sealed and delivered" but delivered where? When are we, the people of Santa Barbara, going to see a copy of the settlement done in our names? Does the Independent have a copy of it? Is it available online, if so where?

...As for the knife, it is illegal to have a weapon in the courtroom. I am surprised there was not a metal detector --- there is at the entrance to the Muni Court across the street where a 1"-long knife on a keychain had to be removed.

On District Election Deal Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Posted on March 15 at 4:52 p.m.

Ohhhh, DrDan, how scary, those isms.

On Water Shortage Boils Over in Montecito

Posted on March 15 at 7:27 a.m.

Are well owners' names/addresses a public record? For instance, do any of the Montecito water board or planning commission members have wells on their property? Drawing on a public resource, as from the common aquifer, should be a matter of public record.

On Water Shortage Boils Over in Montecito

Posted on March 12 at 8:04 a.m.

Maybe the city should have an ordinance such as Morro Bay's:
M.C. 17.48.060: Motorhomes, recreational vehicles or other vehicles shall not be used for human habitation or occupied for living or sleeping quarters except when installed within a licensed trailer court, recreational vehicle park or mobile home park. Recreational vehicles, motor homes or boats maintained upon any lot, piece or parcel of land, other than a trailer court, trailer park or mobilehome park, shall comply with the following conditions:

Outside Maintenance. Such vehicle or boat shall not be maintained in any required front yard or side street yard.
Use as a Residence. Such vehicle or boat shall not be used for sleeping quarters nor shall any sanitary or cooking facilities contained therein be used.
Connected to Utilities. Such vehicle or boat shall not be connected to utilities, including but not limited to electricity, gas, water or sewerage.

On RV Dwellers Sue City

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 <>Facebook page, following me on <>Twitter, signing up for my <>e-newsletter, or by visiting my <>website.

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.


On Bibi, Go Home

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