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Posted on December 15 at 10:12 a.m.

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On S.B. Holiday Drum Day

Posted on December 6 at 10:57 p.m.

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On S.B. Holiday Drum Day

Posted on November 10 at 7:07 p.m.

I'm all for more live music in SB, however for some reason, the Pembertons couldn't recognize that this event was set up for failure. You can't properly promote a concert if you aren't even guaranteed the venue until a couple of weeks before the show date.

With naive overconfidence and lack of attention to reality, the twins made promises were impossible to deliver. Now locals are suffering the consequences. I am surprised that smart business people like the Borgatellos didn't see this coming.

Who is ultimately responsible for the mess? Obviously, the twins should have had the sense to step away from this totally flawed undertaking and lay better plans for a future concert. This wasn't some business school training seminar, this was a real event with real consequences for all involved. Sure, the city didn't make it easy for them, but the responsibility for judging the viability of the event is on the shoulders of the promoters.

Hubris sucks. Sorry Pembertons, your reputation is forever ruined in SB.

On Twiins Tailspin into Bankruptcy

Posted on November 8 at 6:38 a.m.

"Nearly every year someone, in Lincoln’s words, gives that “last full measure of devotion.” More than 250 have died in the field since the agency began in 1961. Most of these deaths were caused by motor vehicle accidents..."

When I served in the Peace Corps in Niger, Jeremiah Mack, a true friend and supremely talented and dedicated Peace Corps Volunteer, died in a tragic car accident. He, and the 279 PCVs who paid the ultimate sacrifice, are memorialized at the Fallen Peace Corps Volunteer Memorial, here:

Nice article, Vic.

Peace Corps: "It's the toughest job you'll ever love."

Lindsay Rust
RPCV Niger, '96-'98

On Peace Corps Turning 50 in 2011

Posted on August 16 at 1:24 p.m.

re: Maximum:
What in the world is "visionary" about yet more high-priced condos in downtown Santa Barbara? This project is not "progressive"; on the contrary, it's absolutely status quo for the Santa Barbara of today.

For a "visionary" plan, how about this...Let's repurpose the location to build a "City Market" where local vendors can sell their goods - produce, artwork, etcetera. Let's create a vibrant commercial zone and a cultural space that truly welcomes the spirit that makes Santa Barbara special. It would be a place for locals to meet, do business, enjoy, etc... and it would be a magnet for tourists. It could be built as a semi-enclosed market space, with a couple of levels, a large courtyard with beautiful fountains and iron work. Many other cities in the world have vibrant City Markets: Washington DC, Savannah, and New Orleans come to mind, but there are many others. Locals often consider their city market to be the heart and soul of the community. Santa Barbara could and should have something similar.

On New Vision for Old Vons Lot

Posted on August 16 at 1:12 p.m.

I, for one, am tired of seeing over-priced condos being built and sitting empty for months because no one can afford them. More high priced housing, even if it is balanced with a few "affordable" units, contributes to the pushing away of middle class folks and artists who make this town vibrant and more than just a pretty place.

I live in the neighborhood and would prefer to see the old grocery store refurbished and replaced with a decent, organic market, something along the lines of tri-county produce. Local, fresh, affordable food. We need this option in the neighborhood, and there are certainly enough people living in the immediate area to support such a thing.

Also, the article makes no mention of the traffic impacts of 37 new residential units on a street that's already very busy.

I am glad to see that they have plans to preserve the classic mosaic on Victoria St. (BTW, it is a MOSAIC, not a mural.)

On New Vision for Old Vons Lot

Posted on July 15 at 10:59 a.m.

It's time for a "Manhattan Project" to wean society off oil forever. Could the evidence of our need for cleaner energy solutions be more compelling? This is the only potentially positive outcome of the disaster in the gulf.

On Documenting the Disaster

Posted on March 22 at 3:42 p.m.

More info on Santa Barbara Drum Day 2010 here:

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THANKS INDY for helping get the word out! Hope to see lots of smiling drumming people on Saturday!!

On Make Some Noise

Posted on February 12 at 8:07 p.m.

"Oh yes, while speaking of toads, "Though we are quite a liberal and empathetic community, we don't like the fact that your libidinous male concubine has not figured out that most of the citizenry has got his number as a has-been food-gulping and wine- guzzling opinionater posing as a (self-proclaimed) connaisseur and radio talk show-off (only on your radio station), who has attached his frozen-smile corpulent self to your bulging purse."
Well said, mate!

On Roberts Beats McCaw, $900,000 - $0

Posted on December 17 at 7:43 p.m.

It's a shame to lose this old landmark hotel. If it can be done, let's preserve the facade and completely re-do the rest of the building to make it safe and functional. It's a shame the lower State Street area has been allowed to fester for such a long time. Let's hope the city managers are truly serious about resolving the situation with Mountain Funding.

On All Leash and No Dog

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