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Posted on June 19 at 7:36 a.m.

So, what are the facts, do they have 18 months after July 1 before they are out of compliance or are they out of compliance on July 1? And what is the significance of "being out of compliance"? Why were their representatives, Williams and Jackson, not representing this large constituency? Oh, and a question: where does the Chumash res, get its water for the Casino; where are the hotels getting their water --- are there any efforts being made to require their reduction of consumption?

On Chromium 6 Cursing Santa Ynez Water District

Posted on June 19 at 7:26 a.m.

I indeed, he (and his candidate Mr. Aceves) may be honored, but those voters who chose Mr. Easton and what he stood for are dishonored by this Chamber of Commerce choice.

On Tony Vallejo Appointed to Goleta City Council

Posted on June 13 at 8:36 p.m.

I'll be shocked if they do appoint Onnen --- although that they are giving him special treatment, by allowing him to interview after the all the others who were sequestered from what others had to say, is a bit shocking. He wiill have a distinct advantage following on all the others. That he has been on the council before has no significance: there are at least two others who are very capable in terms of Goleta governance, Shelor and Solomon.

The successful candidate should be someone who shares Easton's views, since that is what the voters of Goleta chose less than two years ago.

On Who Will Fill Goleta's Vacant Council Seat?

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

Does the city control trees on the entire property or only in the front yard? Mr. Tyburn's would be more effective, more believable if he provided the city code section and specified how what the city arborist is doing is contrary to the code.

On The Santa Barbara Sheep Syndrome

Posted on June 7 at 4:37 p.m.

Are the Hispanic kids/parents at Harding more intolerant than those at Franklin? If not, why would that be? It looks like a pleasant neighborhood school, Harding, while Franklin looks more urban. ...Exterior impressions, only, of course, from walking by both of them at various times.

The tests are in English in all the schools, aren't they? And so they should be, imo, except at the dual language Adelante.

Hopefully, there'll be an in depth look at Hispanic/majority ethnicity intolerance for whites in the same way there most certainly would be if there white/majority ethnicity intolerance for HIspanics.

On Harding Principal Vanesha Davis Resigns

Posted on June 6 at 11:24 a.m.

According to a letter in the Santa Maria Times, the tribe was recently granted $500,000 for energy efficiency and conservancy. Worthy goals, but "state and local governmental entities were required to make a need-based showing in their applications. Indian tribes were not required to show need." Clearly, Armenta is used to getting what he wants — the big question is why Salud Carbajal has allowed himself to be bought?

Thanks to the three BOS members for holding the line and insisting on an enforceable contract.

For info on Armenta, see attorney Jim Marino's letter in the SYValley Journal:

On Chumash Chagrined Over Deputy Position

Posted on June 5 at 12:44 a.m.

Did that motion to have an ad hoc subcommittee meet with district election proponents (but not district election opponents) pass? I didn't think it did.

As for the racially polarized, hopefully the demographer will determine voting age percentages, not just total percentages. And since this is all about RACIALLY polarized or not, how can Banales say with a straight face this has little to do with ethnicity!

On District Elections: Placebo or Panacea?

Posted on June 4 at 6:38 a.m.

Hurrah for Janet Wolf and hurrah for us that she won so overwhelmingly. Simply shocking that Aceves has such a bankroll of money, which no doubt he will use in the next Goleta race, since he can't for his own personal use. (Why don't they have term limits!)

Chumash, Santa Maria Energy and many others are not even in the 2nd District so we know who,s bought him, where his interests lie.

Hopefully, there'll be a honorable Goletan to step forward this fall and provide a fresh face, someone who will try to save what's left of the "good land" that Roger wants to see paved and developed. Who knows, it might even be a "turban head".

On Janet and Bill Win Big; M Loses Small

Posted on June 1 at 8:01 a.m.

Wow, John_Adams, has Francisco really missed 7 of the last 10 city council meetings? Was he present at the recent workshop on district elections?

On Can you spot the untruth about the June 3 election?

Posted on May 31 at 11:22 p.m.

Thanks, DrDan for explaining what the needs are! The MCA has done a lot on the east side; perhaps you should organize something similar there. Actually, Sharon Byrne lives on the westside; perhaps she would help organize a west side equivalent.

But with those needs and two councilpeople from that area, that certainly shoots down the arguments of district election people. The Eastside got attention even though there are _no_ councilmembers from this area.

On Council Elections by Districts or At-Large?

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