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Posted on September 19 at 7:20 p.m.

ye of the socks-and-umbrella-and-breezes at Padaro Beach (or so a pathological liar told me.)

atomic_state (anonymous profile)
September 19, 2014 at 7:03 p.m. (Suggest
Are you Jeff, or are you thinking I'm Jeff?

On Holzer Pleads Not Guilty

Posted on September 19 at 7 p.m.

What's happening the Elizabeth Menzies can happen to anybody, and perhaps those who are so hateful to those less fortunate is that they realize, that "but for the grace of God, so go I".

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on September 19 at 6:44 p.m.

"Santa Barbara is a beautiful town because wealthy folks live here and watch over it, and it's been this way since the Chumash were driven out."

Lars (anonymous profile)
September 19, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.

Well I'm glad we got rid of those awful Chumash, I feel so much more prosperous now
Maybe with a name such as Lars, it's a Danish-Chumash Santa Ynez Valley polemic? . (For the acerbically-challenged, that's sarcasm)

What you fail to note is that up until a few decades ago, Santa Barbara was also affordable.

Throw on your cowboy hat and let the fun begin.

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on September 19 at 6:34 p.m.

"Billions of people will be on their smartphones soon, BILLIONS!"
Sam_Tababa (anonymous profile)
September 19, 2014 at 3:51 p.m

Are you channeling Carl Sagan?

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on September 19 at 6:29 p.m.

Chinese tour buses--about 15-19 daily unloading throngs of Chinese people on the streets of Solvang, and these people are clearly Middle-Class at the least.

China will likelyl soon be the number one economy, if they aren't already.

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on September 19 at 6:26 p.m.

"A_S", I was thinking A-T-O-M...

On Holzer Pleads Not Guilty

Posted on September 19 at 6:25 p.m.

I would say Atomic_State's humor is radioactive, and on a serious note, he/she is right on target in this matter.

Most likely, A_T is an "Aspy" (Aspergers Syndrome) as are many of us who blog on this site.

On Holzer Pleads Not Guilty

Posted on September 18 at 9:37 p.m.

"Ventura, Oxnard, Lompoc, and even Santa Maria are all affordable and within driving distance of Santa Barbara."

Lars (anonymous profile)
September 18, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.

...the problem is, the cost of gas eats up paychecks. I know, I live in Lompoc and work in Santa Barbara.

Paradoxically, the progressives who are ostensibly pro-environment don't see how all this carbon monoxide is fouling the air.

Once again, the issue is this: Santa Barbara will have to have people working in the blue-collar industry so when those people finally can no longer afford to live here, or afford the cost of gas--as well as the wear-and-tear on their vehicles, our city-by-the-sea will either have to find a way to make it affordable to live here by allowing the free market to flourish, (Hint: Allow mobile home parks to flourish thus creating competitive prices) or the people themselves will have to provide on-site housing for those they employ.

I've lived in the area for over 40 years and I'm well known as being one who has always said "I will NEVER leave this area", but even *I* am getting to the point where I'm so sick of the bull***t of everything being a struggle that I spend my time fantasizing about being in a place with open space, affordable prices, and being around people who aren't angry and in a hurry all the time.

I feel blessed to have the option of bailing out, but once again, if you are some old person on a fixed income with no family to take care of you, living in some old hotel somewhere, and the place gets torn down, where do you go?

It's easy for those who are young, strong, and flexible to overlook this.

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on September 18 at 6:23 p.m.

Let's cut through the numbers statistics: People such as Jarvis and Lars epitomize the zeitgeist that drives Santa Barbara: "I've got mine; screw you".

Yes Jarvis and Lars, you win, you got yours, and those nasty, smelly, fat, unattractive working-class people are leaving in droves.

What I'm curious about however, is who will clean your homes, cut your lawns, and bathe you when you become too old to do these things yourselves? If you are willing to shell out housing for the servant class, more power to you, but they aren't going to find anything "affordable" in this area as long as your attitude prevails.

Hint to the author of the article: This problem didn't start yesterday--it's been going on for decades, it's just now starting to bite the powers-that-be in the behind because after all, when the people who serve them can not afford to live here, they can't hire them, per the old adage "good help is so hard to find".

Rage on folks, I threw in the towel long ago and got out of here, and feel sorry for those who grew up here, have families/jobs here, and are too old or entrenched to relocate, but the Darwinistic mentality doesn't lose any sleep over such matters.

The good thing however, is that we have all those wonderful "progressives" running S.B. Hell, we gotta feel good about something.

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on September 17 at 5:54 p.m.

Meanwhile, I'm watching the Ken Burns series about the Roosevelts that is on PBS.

On Theodore Roosevelt Visits Santa Barbara

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