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Posted on July 9 at 4:08 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 2:51 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 10:35 a.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 17 at 11:50 p.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.

On Judge to Examine Morua’s Past DUI Program Records

Posted on January 19 at 3:16 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...

On Mysterious Blood Trail Between Victoria Street Starbucks and Peoples' Self-Help Housing

Posted on January 18 at 5:47 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.

On Mysterious Blood Trail Between Victoria Street Starbucks and Peoples' Self-Help Housing

Posted on January 12 at 11:34 p.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

Posted on January 10 at 11:35 p.m.

The girl already was given the death sentence. She's dead. She paid for her part, with her life. You do understand that, right?

The driver pays with 14yrs. Please explain how his responsibility as the driver does not warrant this?

On Lanie Richardson Sentenced to 14 Years for Car-Surfing Death

Posted on January 10 at 10:47 p.m.

Good Grief!
Seems so many posters are so stuck on "hating those evil 'Montecito' people" that they can't see the forest through the trees.

The problem having to be dealt with now is not the fault of Montecito, it is Caltrans' own creation... and they created a complete clusterf*ck.

Sure, the people of Montecito are bitching about it, but rightfully so. Should any of you find yourselves at the Southern end of Cabrillo wanting to go South on the 101, you'll feel it too. See, back when Caltrans first did the "widening" project from Hot Springs towards the North, combined with the 3 lanes all the way to Olive Mill Southbound... they completely neglected to tell anyone about a "small detail" until the project was already done. i.e. that the Southbound on ramp "temporary" closure was actually permanent.

Now, for all you folks that think this isn't a big deal because you don't live in 'cito, guess again. See, the traffic now has to ALL go down Coast Village Road and enter the freeway at Olive Mill. You need to experience that mess to truly get a feel for how bad that is. Sure, the business owners in Montecito are pissed (rightfully so) but the people having to traverse that route are equally inconvenienced, as the majority of them never wanted to be in Montecito in the first place.. .they just wanted to drive past East Beach and hop onto the freeway. Cabrillo backs up all the way to the volleyball courts in the Summer for this exact reason.

You don't like pollution? Great, neither do I. I also know that a moving car generates a hell of a lot less of it per mile than one that is stuck in gridlock.

Are there other issues that Caltrans needs to address in this ever maddening project? Sure, of course there is. Why not be proactive and speak up about those and stop whining about "those nasty rich people in 'cito" wanting their on ramp back?

On Highway Drama Obscures Important Issues

Posted on December 23 at 10:41 a.m.

This shouldn't even be looked at until that Youth Hostel is completed. Most folks don't seem to remember that the Youth Hostel was already a condition to the original Red Lion getting built... then it somehow was used as a carrot to build on this parcel... yet still, nothing.

Those that can recall when we all actually voted to allow the original hotel to be built will also remember the promise that they would not try to build any more hotels if we allowed that one.

I'm sick of broken promises.

On Parker Family Proposes New Hotel near DoubleTree

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