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Posted on May 3 at 5:13 p.m.
So happy that another tattoo parlor, smoke shop, or foot massage isn't going into that that space. Thanks, Mr. Zolezzi, for improving State Street.
On New Bookstore Opening Downtown
Posted on May 3 at 5:06 p.m.
All I can say is that Chase has, like 5 million ATMs, free checking, and the people at the lower State Street branch are really nice and helpful.
On Bailout Blues at 2013 Economic Summit
Posted on April 27 at 6:51 p.m.
Williams gets many, many points for his environmental agenda from me. He's definitely earned my vote. What the mentally ill have to do with animal cruelty is beyond me.
On Das Williams’ Anti-Wildlife Cruelty Bill Moves to Senate
Posted on February 27 at 11:57 a.m.
Civilian guns are virtually unheard of in Japan, yet that country has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Same with South Korea and China, which have even higher rates.
On Shoot-Shoot, Bang-Bang
Posted on February 27 at 8:09 a.m.
How many people have been murdered or assaulted in SB by knives and various blunt instruments during the last 10 years? I'm way more worried about a gang member or other dangerous person with a knife in SB, than with a gun.
Posted on February 23 at 8:17 p.m.
My wife called the city, and the guy told her (don't have a name) that Santa Barbara Beautiful, or some other organization, is thinking about replacing trees on Valerio. He said that, despite the fact that queen palms line both sides of the street between Castillo and State, the official street tree for West Valerio is the Fire Wheel Tree (another non-native), and that will probably be the tree that they would plant, IF they decided to. I understand that trees need to be removed from time to time for safety reasons, but I thought the way it was done was pretty rude. If they aren't going to replace them, then I would be very happy to pay to replace them myself. However, my understanding is that this isn't allowed without a permit. I haven't looked any further into it, but would welcome input from people with more knowledge than I.
On West Valerio Palms Cut Down
Posted on February 23 at 2:21 p.m.
I live in the 100 block of West Valerio. I came home in the middle of the day to pick something up, and found my driveway blocked by a stump grinding machine. After waiting about five minutes blocking the street, they moved the machine. Then I watched in horror as they cut down all three queen palms from in front of my house, all while crushing the plants in the parkway, and making a deafening racket. After they left, I found several empty soda cans left in front of my house, along with three huge mounds of palm tree sawdust smothering the plants, which the workers didn't bother cleaning up. I would guess that these trees were planted about the same time as the concrete sidewalks were put in - 1922. We received absolutely no notice, and the City is telling me that they have no plans to replace the trees with new one. Insanity.
Posted on January 24 at 8:31 p.m.
Are you crazy, Dogs?!? Dogs are permitted off- leash in most of the Los Padres, including nearby places, like Tunnel Trail. Why don't you get your facts straight before you go spouting off and blaming the owner. If you don't like it, then stay off the trails.
On Remembering Billy the Dog
Posted on January 24 at 8:14 a.m.
I am so, so sorry for your terrible loss, Ian. It's a sobering tale, as well, for anyone who enjoys the local trails with their dogs and families. The local mountains are crawling with people who kill animals for fun (one of the behavioral indicators for incipient serial killers, by the way). In light of your horrendous experience, I will definitely be taking extra care while hiking with my dogs and kids during the various local animal killing seasons.
Posted on January 10 at 11:22 a.m.
Cycling is dangerous. Don't do it.
On Nick Welsh
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