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Posted on May 15 at 11:31 a.m.

Even if you legalize all drugs, that still leaves prostitution, racketeering, arms smuggling, smuggling of undocumented immigrants, car-jacking, and other unsavory enterprises for the gang members to engage in. Combine zero tolerance for gang activity with improved schools, respect for cultural differences, and more opportunity for legal jobs. Maybe then we'll move toward a healthier community.

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Posted on May 14 at 11:52 p.m.

It's not the cars, it's the fuel. Solar powered cars would be awesome.

On Climate Change in the Hot Seat

Posted on May 14 at 11:49 p.m.

I too have heard that in some areas, abalone have made a significant come-back. The punishment does seem rather extreme in this case.

On Abalone Poacher Fined, Losing Fishing Privileges

Posted on May 2 at 8:37 a.m.

When I first read that switching to even year elections would solve the problem, I didn't quite understand. Do more Latinos live in SB in even numbered years?
Then I had my first cup of coffee and realized that national elections happen in even numbered years.
Bottom line, if you can't bother to vote, don't come and complain that the elected officials are not representing you.
One thing we should do: switch all elections to Sundays instead of workdays, that way parents could go vote with their children in tow and instill in them the importance of voting.

On Is the Council Too White?

Posted on April 29 at 7:38 p.m.

What's the difference between a crook and a philanthropist?

A crook steals a million dollars.
A philanthropist steals a billion dollars and gives back a million.

On Accused Ponzi Schemer Faces 45 More Years in Prison

Posted on April 29 at 7:36 p.m.

Crossing the threshold of a private home under false pretenses to arrest people is way over the line for me. Wait outside if you want and arrest underage drinkers, maybe OK, though honestly unless they are damaging property or getting at the wheel of a car, I don't really care if they are getting drunk. It is stupid, and boring, but really, do we need to pay cops to spy on kids? That's the job of parents, not law enforcement.

On 'Party Patrol' Raids Isla Vista Homes

Posted on April 27 at 2:11 p.m.

There is a Fishermen's Market where you can buy direct from the boat every Saturday morning on the first wooden pier in the harbor.
You get the best local crab year round, and lobster, rockfish, urchin, and occasionally other fin fish and local shrimp. Funny enough, few locals bother to show up, which is probably why the market has not grown much, but what you get is awesome and prices are excellent. Most of the customers are Asian and many travel up from LA for great Santa Barbara seafood.
On other days, go to SB Fish Market, and ask them what the local catch is. Local fishermen are by and large a responsible, sustainable fleet of small boats, really cool guys and gals.

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Posted on April 27 at 2 p.m.

Wow, I find this breach of privacy frightening. Whatever happened to the Fourth Amendment?
I don't particularly approve of kids getting wasted, but the thought of undercover cops invading my home seems like the greater threat.
Now if you are out in public or driving drunk, that's another story.

On 'Party Patrol' Raids Isla Vista Homes

Posted on March 31 at 10:53 a.m.

If he indeed was following GPS recommendations, it confirms my opinion that maps are a far superior way to navigate.

On Horses Die in Crash Near Highway 154

Posted on March 25 at 9:44 a.m.

We are experiencing the logical outcome of our societal behavior: parents too busy to raise children who grow up without a moral compass from their elders, corporations too greedy and stupid to pay a living wage, banks that cheated their clients out of their homes, a for profit medical industry for which pseudo "healthcare" is just the means to a financial end, school bureaucracies too ensconced to actually educate kids and universities too expensive for most, "celebrities" who endorse a reckless and irresponsible lifestyle, a corrupt government that has lost the faith of the people, and the disappearance of a free and independent press.
There is no reason to tolerate antisocial behavior from these "travelers", but why are we quietly acquiescing to all the other crap going on? These out of control kids are just the very tip of a very ugly iceberg.

On Cops Take on ‘Urban Travelers’

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