Comments by blackpoodles

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Posted on March 22 at 1:01 p.m.

If it hadn't been for the City for Santa Barbara standing firm against Caltrans for a couple of decades, we would have a big ugly overpass between Garden Street and Bath instead of the underpasses that finally got built. Remember the four minute red light at the bottom of State Street? Santa Barbara's demands for underpasses were called too expensive, unrealistic, perpetuating gridlock. The same arguments about "just getting it done" were used back then. Don't build it unless you do it right makes a lot more sense, and the Mayor is right to stand in the way of a bad plan. Yes, having to sit in traffic on the freeway is a drag, but I live here in SB, and I don't want more congestion on our city streets. They are bad enough as it is. Carpool, people, or take a bus. And definitely a big yes to the State claiming eminent domain on the tracks and having commuter rail service between Ventura and Goleta. What other country do you know where the passenger trains have to wait while the freight rolls by?

On 101 Fight Flares Anew

Posted on March 22 at 12:43 p.m.

Certainly, we can get better coffee in this town than at Starbucks!

On Historic Santa Barbara Wine Country Video

Posted on March 22 at 9:53 a.m.

Really people, you look at this awesome video showcasing some of our community's coolest members, and the best you can come up with is racial slurs?? How far has this town fallen!

On Historic Santa Barbara Wine Country Video

Posted on March 13 at 2:37 p.m.

Best local gas station: the 76 station at the Santa Monica Road exit Northbound 101.
Worse local gas station: Mobil at Glenn Annie/Calle Real in Goleta, followed by Chevron at Hollister and Glenn Annie/Storke. You got to be pretty dumb or running on fumes to buy gas there!

On Report Finds Santa Barbara Likely to Overpay for Gas

Posted on March 12 at 6:19 p.m.

Signing up for State water was a fool's bargain that got us rampant development, because all of a sudden the number of new water meters available each year was supposedly no longer restricted by limited local water resources. Only, State water is only available when you don't need it, and the increase in the number of local residents has compounded the effects of the drought, aside from lowering our overall quality of life.
I suppose we could build aqueducts from the Mississipi to California. After all, the Ancient Romans did it. It would be like the Keystone pipeline, only for H2O, and it would help mitigate the epic floods they get while we go thirsty.
In the meantime, California should mandate water capture, grey water systems, and solar panels on all new construction and major remodels in the State.

On Water Rates Rising, Lake Cachuma Dropping

Posted on March 9 at 12:15 p.m.

The Church asserts moral authority over its congregants, and as such it bears a high level of responsibility to make sure that its representatives live up to the standards of behavior it preaches. If the alleged victims indeed reported the abuse to Church officials and these officials "passed the buck," then they should be held both civilly and criminally liable. Civilly, for pain and suffering, and criminally, for aiding and abetting a crime.

On All Hell Breaks Loose in Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Posted on March 7 at 7:58 p.m.

I love her song Overtime. Absolute gem.

On All Hail Lucinda Williams

Posted on February 27 at 1:49 p.m.

I don't understand why bail is even considered in a case like this. The guy is a menace to society.

On Higher Bail Denied for Man Charged with Beating Girlfriend and Puppy

Posted on February 27 at 1:46 p.m.

Valleyfarmer, you spoke my thoughts. Anyone know if the Nature Conservancy has been contacted?

On 'Mythical Being' Wants Naples

Posted on February 27 at 1:31 p.m.

Dogs, just like children, can only be as civilized as their caretakers. Dogs need places where they can run free and play. A well-trained dog is a joy to be with, and will respond to command whether on or off leash. If you don't like the company of dogs (and I can't help feeling that there must be something wrong with folks who don't like dogs), choose a different beach. But please, people, pick up the poop!

On City Studies New Off-Leash Areas

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