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Posted on February 12 at 7:58 a.m.

That's a very telling picture! Of course we need full analysis, studies, concerning the environmental effects on aquatic life which will be affected. Progress has been made since the early 90's and we know more how we share the marine environment.

Watching some of the city council meetings - unfortunately not the water commission which meets in the afternoon and is not TV-available, I think - I've had the impression that the water "czar" is pushing hard for this plant, with a similar kind of mentality and force that got us the "reliable" state water and the desal plant back in the 90's.

On Water Bosses Butt Heads Over Desal Plant

Posted on February 9 at 8:17 a.m.

So, the County has been spraying bee-killing poisons in Summerland! Where else and, importantly, what consumer-available insecticides contain this poison? It would be helpful to know that.

On our city lot, we do not use any insecticides, but perhaps neighbors, including the City of SB Housing Authority, do. If it has been found in the creeks then it is likely in the harbor, along the beaches, affecting shorebirds and fish, including the fish caught from Stearns Wharf.

On 'Neonic' Poison Found Throughout City

Posted on February 7 at 6:33 a.m.

Good to know from John_Adams that being Latino/a, being a member of a "protected class", includes those who have one set of Mexico born grandparents. Whatever her grandparentage, the voters recognized that Ms Dias Alley was a weak candidate who had shown no prior interest, let alone involvement in city commissions or government. And discussing whether or not Francisco is Latino shows the absurdity of wanting to divide this city on the basis of one's last name.

Unfortunately the proponents of this, if they win and that is not certain, will achieve their goal of division, something that is already happening where once we, as a city, were one. What we see in the schools, the differences by neighborhood, we'll see in city council, except to accomplish anything on council there needs four or five votes. Better be careful what one wishes for.

On Praying to a Porcelain Dog

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’

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