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Posted on September 19 at 12:57 a.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 ;)
On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'
Posted on September 18 at 6:38 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.
Posted on July 29 at 5:38 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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Posted on July 9 at 6:08 a.m.
You guys do realize that most all of the wine growers pump their own water from the ground... right? They're not buying it from anywhere, the only one to get paid for it is Edison.
On Everyone Angry at Proposed Winery Rules
Posted on June 28 at 4:51 a.m.
It doesn't matter if you like Mr. Cappello or not, what he is saying is spot on target. The SBSO was called because of the disturbing videos, yet they neglected to even look. That's really all it would have taken for them to realize this might be something more serious. There were plenty of videos he had uploaded that were online at that time that would cause anyone pause that viewed them. Face it, the SBSO was far more interesting in expediency clearing what they considered a nuisance call they were required to respond to, however minimal that response might be. That event could have prevented this entire tragedy. I'm of the camp that believes it should have as well. Not being thorough then cost many people their lives later.
All this hew and haw about "gun registration, etc." being the cure/cause of this is woefully ill informed as well. California already has one of the strictest gun registration programs in the country and it does have a well maintained searchable database for situations exactly like this. Someone does not have to "break the law" to warrant performing such a search of that database either, that's nonsense. One would think that it would actually be standard protocol to have a good idea if someone was armed before you knock on the door, seems like an officer safety issue to me.
Barry's comments about what the kid's father is doing right now is also unfortunately accurate. He is on a full press PR campaign to make himself out to be something other than a parent who was more interested in himself than the actual welfare of his son, while the son was alive. That is what he feels guilty about, because he knows that he helped to create the perfect storm for his own kid. Oh no, you won't hear him admit that because he may well end up being sued. Instead, he tries to act completely surprised his kid was anything but normal - which he clearly was not. You won't hear the father talk about how the kid was actually banned from even coming to his house, you won't hear him talk about how he paid for his kid to go live in SB with no requirement he even go to school. Seems a lot like paying the kid off so that he stays away... now why would that be? Anyone and everyone that encountered this kid knew something wasn't right about him. Don't try to tell me dear old dad missed that memo, oh please.
That said, someone is going to get sued. I don't see this article as a solicitation for clients at all, just a real and honest appraisal of the failures that led up to this tragedy.
On A Catastrophic Failure with Tragic Results
Posted on May 30 at 12:35 p.m.
Sorry, but Bill Brown is just covering his own ass. They were called because the subject had clearly indicated he was a danger to himself and/or others. The evidence of this is glaringly apparent in the earlier video made by the subject, you know.. .the one the SBSO didn't bother to even look at. The kid was dangerous. That is why they were contacted. A deputy with a few hours of training is in no way qualified to do a 5150 psych hold initial assessment interview, that's a job for a mental health professional - something the County has plenty of. That interview should have been conducted properly by the proper authority to make the assessment. It wasn't. That's standard procedure in California. Unfortunately, the SBSO just wanted to "clear the call" and sent out the deputies, whom I'm sure are feeling horrible at this point even though it isn't their fault. This was not handled properly by the department at all.
As for the weapons check... Since the call was a result of concern that the subject was a potential danger to himself or others, a records check most definitely should have been run to see if the subject had weapons. Again, this was not done. had this been done, the subject would have been asked about such weapons at the very least. A physical search was not even needed to gain this information.
On Isla Vista Killer's April 30 Check-Up
Posted on February 18 at 1:50 a.m.
Genis is handing the Dies family something important here. Though nothing can bring Mallory back, a wrongful death suit is assuredly in order. Congresswoman Capps' denial this guy was representing her that night is rubbish, he was. That puts Capps squarely and rightfully on the hook too.
Genis made that statement for a reason, and it was certainly not to give his client a break. No, it was to give the Dies family ammunition for the civil suit.
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Posted on January 19 at 5:16 p.m.
"There was no open wound or stabbing"
You seem pretty definite about that Ken. What was it then?That blood had to come from somewhere...
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Posted on January 18 at 7:47 p.m.
"By private medical situation, do they mean a stabbing?"
That would be the obvious conclusion... and it is not a "private medical situation" when it literally spills out all over our streets.
Posted on January 13 at 1:34 a.m.
"Blaming him for driving a car is ridiculous"???
Seriously? That might be a valid point if the driver of the car was just driving down the road, minding his own business, and some coked up drunk chick leaped out in front of his car in the dark and got killed.
But that's NOT at all what happened here. I'll recap the facts for you:
The driver of the car and his friends decided to party their brains out.They then all decided it was somehow a great idea to go car surfing over the bumps, which they do several times at ~40mph.They do it one last fateful time, this time the driver almost doubles the speed. Result: Death and destruction.
Were the girls idiots for making the choices they did? Of course.
But the driver... you want to give the driver a pass? That's insane. The driver made the choice to drive while wasted. The driver also made the choice not only to allow such stupidity, he participated in it. It could also easily be argued that his decision to make the last run at 70+mph was the direct cause of the fatal result.
No. The driver was admittedly plastered. Without his participation, the whole stupid thing would not have even been possible. He made several bad decisions.
That is why he is gets 14yrs, He is responsible.
"oh, but she was stupid... she shouldn't have done it.. .she.. .she...etc."
Yes, and "She", Alison Meadows was already punished. She's DEAD.
On Lanie Richardson Sentenced to 14 Years for Car-Surfing Death