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Posted on October 13 at 9:06 a.m.
Some comments here are from folks who've never posted before. Interesting. Aldana sued the city because he's bitter about losing the city council race in 2011, a race Byrne also lost. His remedy? Overthrow the current city government and install himself in place of Bendy White. This is not a 'good neighborhood guy'. This is a naked power play by a guy who couldn't win an election any other way. What has Byrne done? Created new and fun community events, raised funds for community non-profits, and raised the profile of the Eastside. Bitter....vs positive and productive. And the mudslingers here prove which room they're in - serve up some more bitter! I don't always agree with Byrne, but she and the MCA get a lot done for this area, whereas Aldana has done what? Oh yeah, sue the city to get himself a seat on Council. 'Nuff said.
On Founding Member of Milpas Group Asked to Leave
Posted on September 26 at 10:19 p.m.
Lars, I invite you to visit Milpas St to find the answer to your questions. I also invite you to contemplate that there might be more in Asia than just China.
On The Fifth Annual Foodie Awards
Posted on September 26 at 1:53 p.m.
Lars, Jack's Bistro is a coffee shop on Milpas. Every restaurant is NOT Mexican. There are 4 Asian-owned restaurants, and one Middle Easterner, along with several regular American spots. The neighborhood is diverse and vibrant. So what's with calling a hipster cafe owned by whites a 'move UP for Milpas'?
Posted on September 25 at 10:22 p.m.
I also felt this whole piece was just...off. The Indy and many of its blog commentators exhibit a fair degree of racism, though they'd be the first ones to hotly deny it, mostly because they're completely unconscious that they do it. To wit: the Shop Cafe, with its hip white owners and white clientele are considered a "move up" for Milpas by the Indy. Milpas hosts some of the best Mexican and Asian eateries in the city. Several have received fawning reviews by national media. The Shop is certainly an excellent addition, and brings welcome new flavor to the street - agreed. You could have acknowledged that with 'hot newcomer' status, or 'hip, cool diner concept takes off on the Eastside', etc. But the 'Milpas Moves Up" award title indicates that more white hipster joints would be an improvement to the neighborhood, in the Indy's view. I think it was fairly unconscious on your part....but dude, seriously poor framing.
Posted on September 19 at 11:35 a.m.
I think what everyone's missing, including the article, is that the SBCC international enrollment is through the roof. Instead of a local community college, it's now a premiere destination for the international student set. Entire areas of West Beach and lower West Side are now taken over by foreign students as long term working class families have been newly priced out of their area. Jarvis and Lars, you're correct that people shouldn't live where they can't afford it, but for a long time, working people with decent jobs could rent something small and outdated, and live here. It was pricey, but possible. The demand from SBCC foreign enrollment has driven previously pricey rents to an obscene level, and made it impossible for those who used to be able to live here to continue doing so, even with a good paying job. It's fairly shocking to have lived here for years, and find yourself suddenly priced out of your own city.
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on June 10 at 7:40 a.m.
I am surprised the Indy posted this letter as the author is not working off the facts. The video was posted 10 MINUTES before Elliot went on his rampage, not the day before. The manifesto was also emailed minutes before, and at 140 pages, starting with birth, would have been a slog for the people receiving it in Los Angeles to do something highly effective in Santa Barbara just mere moments before Rodger opened fire. We now know the parents called 911 after 10 PM - this whole thing was over at 9:36. Rodger concealed what he was up to until the last moment because HE DID NOT WANT TO BE STOPPED. Please think carefully before advocating that everyone who acts a bit off needs to be placed on 5150 holds. The police get multiple 5150 calls per DAY around here. We'd be locking up nearly all the homeless, some ex wives and husbands and others releasing some steam if they locked every 5150 call up.
On Let's Talk About Red Flags
Posted on June 2 at 7:52 a.m.
The participants' escalating in one-upmanship on this thread to prove their non-racist street cred are ironically looking both frighteningly ignorant and racist. I can just imagine how someone from CNN, like Donna Brazile would react. Kind of just like how the bench-turning set sounded...in the glare of the national news media. Utterly provincial.
On Isla Vista Killings: Shock. Suffering. Survival.
Posted on June 1 at 2:29 p.m.
I don't get it, Dan. How would getting your own council member in a district process help the Westside when you have both the mayor and Murillo both living there today? Do you think Murillo should be organizing the Westside? Is that it?
On Council Elections by Districts or At-Large?
Posted on May 29 at 10:47 p.m.
I am struggling with the lack of reading comprehension displayed in some of the comments here. Many people act as if all the facts uncovered AFTER the slayings were known beforehand, by one single entity capable of stopping this, and simply ignored. The videos Rodger posted for his day of Retribution, originally planned for April 26th, were rants about why didn't girls like him and give him sex, how miserable he was. They didn't talk about his plans for murder. And when sheriffs went to check on him, even if they had viewed the videos, they would have been looking at what presented as a disgruntled, lonely nerd type. Concern for possible suicide, but of course Rodger didn't bother sharing his murderous plans with them, and if you read his 140 page manifesto, mailed 10 minutes before he started his rampage, and one minute after he posted the Retribution video, you would know that he took the original videos down April 30th, because he didn't want to be deflected.
He bought and owned the guns legally. He stabbed 3 people to death, and plowed into 2 others with his car. Per his manifesto, he was planning this out at least a year in advance. He intended to kill many more that night! Be grateful the sheriffs intercepted him twice that night! He rejected Halloween and Deltopia as potential dates for Retribution, where innocent victims would be congegating on the streets in high numbers, because there would be too many cops.
He knew exactly what he was doing, and did not want to be stopped.
This is that awful, terrible case where everyone actually did what they were supposed to do in the situation, and still the homicidal maniac prevailed.
On Isla Vista Killer's April 30 Check-Up
Posted on May 22 at 5:52 p.m.
OMG even total roadtards Caltrans is committing $541M to 'fix it first' for CA highways, while our county leadership freaks over maintaining our rinky dink roads. When the state is actually doing something more sensible than the locals, you know you're in trouble...
On Good Man, Happy Dog