Comments by discoboy

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Posted on February 20 at 10:33 a.m.

The County Sheriff and the County Board of Supervisors have always engaged in a delicate dance over sometimes competing interests. The Sheriff, since it is an elected position, is not hired and fired by the Board, so the Sheriff does not need to answer to them. However, the Board controls the Sheriff's budget.

On County Balks at $800,000 in Helicopter Gifts

Posted on February 19 at 9:39 a.m.

Your choice of the "Skids Greased" headlilne is unfortunate and slants the actual action by the Board of Supervisors. " Skids greased" implies that the project is on a fast track to approval which is not the case. The project still must get through the County Planning Commission and potential appeals of their decision to the Board of Supervisors and the Coastal Commission.

On Skids Greased for Las Varas Development Decision

Posted on February 17 at 10:14 a.m.

Measure P would not have regulated this situation. Measure P would only have regulated wells producing oil and gas through the development permits approved by the County. The wells in question are injection wells, which were not addressed by Measure P and are under the State's jurisdiction.

On Santa Barbara Wells Part of Statewide Investigation

Posted on February 4 at 12:57 p.m.

AndrewRice, also read Section 35-174.8.1 which allows the Montecito Planning Commission to modify the parking requirement as part of their approval of the development plan for the project. Therefore, what is adequate parking is open to interpretation. The standard parking requirements only address the normal demand, and are not structured to fully provide parking in extreme circumstances (e.g., Christmas shopping).

On Caruso and Neighbors Make Strange Bedfellows

Posted on January 26 at 10:56 a.m.

Uh, don't you mean east of Patterson Avenue?

On Goleta 101 to Be Resurfaced

Posted on January 16 at 9:59 a.m.

They base their prices on the assumption that the local population can't be bothered to drive a couple of miles to Fairview Avenue. Also, they hook the parents of UCSB students who don't know any better.

On Cheap Gas, but Pricey Futures

Posted on January 15 at 5:42 p.m.

Actually seven.

On New Office of Emergency Management Director Hired

Posted on December 23 at 2:10 p.m.

Ford - built tough.

On Bizarre Accident Leaves Truck On Top of Truck

Posted on December 17 at 9:24 a.m.

Venoco is not going to go away quietly no matter how much the City wishes this will happen. The first challenge will be to the adequacy of the City's own CEQA document (or lack thereof) on the ordinance where they flatly admitted that they have no idea how many properties the ordinance could affect or what the extent of any impacts would be. Also, since Venoco has a vested right to operate the facility, the actualy amortization period will have to be long enough (most likely longer than five years) to realize their investment in the facility; or, the City gets to pay Venoco. If the City wanted to "control their own destiny" regarding this property, then it should have been exluded from the City boundaries when the City was formed, and given up the tax revenues the City gains from it. If the City is successful in shutting down the facility, there will be monetary consequences.

On Goleta Moves to Shut Down Venoco’s Oil Plant

Posted on December 11 at 12:13 p.m.

Yes, sadly there are rogue juors who cannot follow the instructions. Hopefully you reported this behavior to the judge.

On Tipping Scale for Justice

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