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Posted on January 8 at 10:44 p.m.
Leave aside the questions of Mayor Schneider's motives, which are speculative projections of whatever political belief system the writer may hold, and look only at the facts.
Sadly, it's very difficult to conclude that the Mayor is objectively wrong about anything she says. The current Caltrans plan sucks up all of SB's gas tax money for a decade or more to come and will create a mess that spews traffic onto local streets.
Yes, everyone's impatient to get the 101 widened. Yes, everyone's skeptical, if not overtly paranoid, about Montecito influence. But look at the facts, as I have tried to do, and it's hard not to conclude that the Mayor screwed not only her political future but also the future of automobile transport in SB.
We're going to live with what CalTrans builds for an awfully long time and we're not going to like it.
On Bark Like a Dog, Walk Like a Man
Posted on October 15 at 1:44 p.m.
Mr Redmon is too discreet to mention that the tacky renovations by the Beanie Baby King destroyed the architectural and aesthetic integrity of the Coral Casino, despite its landmark status.
On The Coral Casino
Posted on October 1 at 11:13 a.m.
Dear Mr Welsh and your copy editor, I think that should be "exulted," not "exalted."
On 'Hot Dog Man' Sales Tax Bill Signed
Posted on August 7 at 12:26 a.m.
The Montecito farmers market Friday has remarkable breads made with unusual flours from New Vineland winery. Blue Owl sells it too. Delicious.
On Breaking Down S.B.’s Bread Revolution
Posted on February 22 at 12:59 a.m.
That's an Idiotic framing of the question. You should be ashamed of yourselves. "Charming" has nothing to do with it.
The question is whether it makes more sense to retain a left-lane exit for local beach traffic if the alternative costs much more and takes twice as long to execute.
On Do you like Montecito's left-hand freeway exits?
Posted on November 23 at 11:18 a.m.
Not sure what JohnLocke thinks "Montecito" means in this case but it's funny he characterizes giving Mr Caruso $20 million in rebated bed tax as "inhospitable."
On Would the Miramar Ever Make Money?
Posted on February 1 at 5:18 a.m.
DJP, a couple of comments.... The first sentence In the last paragraph is incoherent; JC Chandor's name is misspelled; and the success of his film may indeed change independent film exhibition (not exposition).
And on that last and most important point, Metropolitan Theaters is trying to make sure that the only viable distribution model for a thriving independent film sector -- simultaneous theatrical and VOD/iTunes/digital-whatever release -- will fail.
Since Metropolitan has a monopoly on Santa Barbara screens, this literate engaged movie-going audience will not see the most interesting movies to come in 2012 and beyond unless Metropolitan changes its retrograde tune.
On SBIFF 2012 Writer’s Panel
Posted on February 1 at 5 a.m.
Seems like a violation of the privacy of the original suspects to continue to publish their photographs after the police have cleared them, especially since the reader doesn't learn they've been cleared until the addendum.
How would you like that treatment?
Suggest you take the half-hour to rewrite the story and remove the pictures.
On SBPD's New Electronic Alert System Already Paying Off
Posted on December 21 at 6:58 a.m.
This can't be premised on Mountain Funding actually developing the property. Mountain Funding doesn't build anything. Look at their website. They lend money on distressed properties. They profit from others' failures. These are good times for companies like that.
Mountain Funding didn't some to Santa Barbara to build; Bill Levy was in trouble and they smelled opportunity. Now they're stuck. Let's hope there were hundreds of violations, so the $250/day per becomes meaningful to a well capitalized company.
Better views, lower buildings, whatever they promise -- it's only to flip the property to someone else who will come in with an entirely new set of gimmes in order to build.
Eminent domain sounds better and better.
On All Leash and No Dog
Posted on August 14 at 12:25 a.m.
Why would Russians who became zillionaires after the Soviet collapse come to America if it's going Communist?
You're joking, right? I can't tell anymore. The whole "death panel" thing has me really rattled. It's like Jon Stewart's on air 24/7. But I'm not laughing.
On Banker Eyes Val Verde