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Posted on June 20 at 12:31 a.m.

Actually, Carmax's argument is complete hogwash. Manufacturer recall work is 100% covered at their dealerships. All Carmax would have to do is run the vehicles over to the nearest dealership and have them all brought up to current standards for free... that Carmax itself cannot get paid by the manufacturer is completely irrelevant.

Also, this is likely the case amongst most cars on used car lots... but the reason Carmax is getting the screws put to it is because they represent to sell nothing but perfect cars. They spend 10's of Millions of dollars a year advertising just that. Saying they are not liable because they bury the recall info amongst a huge pile of sales paperwork is nonsense.

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Posted on June 15 at 6:45 p.m.

For those of you above that are making stupid comments about it preserving the business of oil, you're being ridiculous. This is about preserving the last example of an architectural contest challenge given to the oil companies by Pearl Chase.

For Mr. Warner, this was probably the smartest thing he could have done... now the City of Goleta gets to foot the bill for preservation and not him.

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Posted on June 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Should people be given the choice to use marijuana? My opinion, for however much that matters, is yes - but there comes a responsibility with that decision and that responsibility extends farther than to one's own well being and goes out to the public safety aspect as well. The people expressing distress and doubt about having a "pot shop" in their own backyard have just cause for such concern.

Be honest, acknowledge those concerns and work towards minimizing or eliminating the risks. Don't arrogantly dismiss them by using dishonest arguments or tactics. Instead, own the basic fact that the vast majority of "customers" patronizing any "pot shop" are there to purchase a product to "get high".

Now, you can either be responsible and honest and own that possibly uncomfortable fact or you can act like a six year old and stamp your feet and cry how that's not true. Your choice. But keep in mind that there is a small percentage of actual "patients" that really do have a medicinal need for this product and your choice of responsible vs "6yr old" behavior is going to affect their access. Frankly, it is that subset of users that matters - the majority "stoner" group can either ruin it or protect it for them. So get honest.

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Posted on June 15 at 6:28 p.m.

If you're going to insist on calling it "medicine", then you're going to have to stop using it if your primary motivation is to "get high". There isn't any middle ground here, you either have an actual medical need for a "medicine" or you are conveniently manufacturing some BS malady to procure your chosen intoxicant to alter your consciousness.

This is where this whole charade falls apart. The laws in California specifically permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, not for getting high. Glaucoma, Cancer, etc. are part of the short list of actual proven ailments marijuana actually relieves. Stubbed toes, ADD, bad moods, etc. are all BS justifications. Obviously, everyone and his dog have clamored to claim some legitimate "medicinal" need for the drug to enable them access... how many of those applications are honest? How many medicinal marijuana cards exist for the primary purpose of getting high, but have been obtained by claiming some "medicinal" need? Get honest, you more than likely are in this to get stoned.

Every time you make the comparison to alcohol, you betray your actual motivation. For you, the purpose of marijuana is to get high. Alcohol is not marketed or used as a "medicine". So why else would you continue to beat that drum of an argument? Again, get honest.

Then to claim that marijuana does not impair someone's reaction time or ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, that's simply ridiculous. Just because you may have successfully arrived home safely after driving stoned many times does not make it safe. Many a drunk has done the same thing. Until they don't. Again, get honest.

People can and do get addicted to alcohol. People can and do get addicted to prescription medication. People can and do get addicted to marijuana. No, not everyone does, but a subset will become addicted. Saying it doesn't happen is just lying. Again, get honest.


On New Pot Shop Gets Green Light

Posted on June 5 at 9:21 p.m.

Really? None of you has ever actually been on Miramar beach, have you?
'cause that's not the "new" part of this at all.

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Posted on April 6 at 4:59 p.m.

" (with no consultation with either the UCSB police or the CHP, a fact the reporters omit or have been ignorant of)"

Perhaps because those streets are squarely in the Sheriff's jurisdiction, not the CHP and most definitely not the UCSB State Police. Get a clue.

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Posted on March 27 at 8:02 a.m.

How is it that terrorists 1/2 a world away come up with all these seemingly insignificant small towns as supposed "targets"?

Perhaps "they" didn't come up with them at all, but those places are perfect for conditioning the local populations to an overly militarized police presence... for "our safety" of course.

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Posted on September 18 at 10:57 p.m.

Ever wonder why there are no billboards in S.B.? There used to be one every 100ft along Cabrillo, I kid you not.

I know this because my great aunt was responsible for fixing that blight, and devoted her life to making sure our city stays "beautiful". Now I get it that lots of folks think beauty is in the eye of the beholder but the plain fact is that there has to be some rules in order to keep our town beautiful. Are these always followed to the best results? Unfortunately, no and aunt Pearl would be spinning in her urn if she saw some of the things that have gone on since her time. But the spirit is still there and the city tries to keep the "look".

Santa Barbara has always been the Spanish tile roofs, etc. That's a major reason people want to come here. While we might feel bored with it and see it as plain vanilla after a while, we can always go somewhere else for however long it takes to appreciate what we have at home.

...I'm still wondering if it is the boy or the gator that gets the sombrero though ;)

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Posted on September 18 at 4:38 p.m.

Best argument ever:
--Historical activist Kellam de Forest, speaking during the meeting’s public-comment period, wondered, “Is the crocodile Spanish enough to pass muster?” Jimenez offered half-seriously: “We could add a sombrero.”--

And you wonder why you were treated like kids who tagged the wall?

personally, I kind of like the mural but there does have to be a process to go through or the entire city would look like crap. Does seem weird that the Historical landmarks Commission is in charge of such things though, seems more fitting the the Architectural Review Board would be more fitting.

On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'

Posted on July 29 at 3:38 p.m.

@Dewdly, perhaps you missed the part about Ortiz working there for 20yrs, starting long before Teledyne took over. That's when the trouble started, when the Danish took over.

Fact is, the egregiously biased environment described here is completely accurate. I know someone that was a high level employee at that company and this is typical of the scenario she described regularly. I can tell you this is not the first complaint like this, Teledyne/Reson has been called out on this before - not sure that any of them made it through a trial though. We'll never know about the settlement cases.

As for the company's actions with his subsequent employment opportunities, it would seem to me that is another lawsuit waiting to happen. That's not discriminatory, that's vindictive and predatory.

Pretty common knowledge amongst the people working in this industry that the environment at Reson is exactly as described above. Good for Ortiz for taking them to task.

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