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Posted on December 7 at 7:21 a.m.
Here is a clue for the dog that won't hunt. Panga boats full of drugs and perhaps other things like people not wanted here in the US have been turning up like seaweed on our beaches. Now as a native son of Santa Barbara beaches I kinda know where a smart smuggler would beach his boat to offload heavy bales of weed with impunity. No, not beaches that are close to the curious eyes of the public. And no, not rocky or heavy surf beaches north of Point Conception. And yes, beaches where one can drive vehicles right down on to the beach. Where armed guards keep the public well away. And since poodles are uncommonly smart I have no doubt this dog knows exactly where he should be looking......
On Dynasty of the Dog
Posted on December 3 at 8:23 a.m.
Perhaps now, finally, a real investigation will take place as to where these drug running panga boats are offloading their contraband. It is dead certain that they don't use beaches along the highway where they can be seen. And they don't use beaches with high waves and rocky shore lines. And it is much more likely that they use beaches where they can drive onto the sand with a truck. Beaches behind locked gates and guarded by private guards. Sound familiar?
On Panga Rams Coast Guard Boat, Kills Chief Officer
Posted on November 30 at 7:45 a.m.
Marborg is one of two monopolies that dispose of our trash. Marborg collects it and the County buries it, Both are monopolies but few discuss the County monopoly. The County owned and run Landfill, dump, is run as an "enterprise" funded operation. It charges what it wants and spends what it takes in. It's only oversight is from the County Supervisors, hardly known for their benevolence to folks in the cities or even the county. And any attempt over the years to let the trash haulers pick and choose landfills to haul our trash to has been stymied by the County. Yes, government itself can be and often is the worst of 'monopolies".
On King of the Hill
Posted on November 28 at 9:03 a.m.
To BeachFan, yes government tells us what we can and can't do on our land. It is called zoning. The Gaviota Coast is mostly zoned 360 acres per residence.
But I digress. What's up with "20 men"? No women in the battle to protect the coast? That is pure sexist bull*hit. Shame on Surfrider.
On Gaviota Kickstart
Posted on November 16 at 2:32 p.m.
Almost all forms of public utilities are monopolies. It would make little sense to have several power companies, sewer companies, water companies all competing for the same costumers. And in fact the County deal with Mustang is for a 20 year monopoly to sort and compost our trash. It includes a "put or pay" provision that eliminates any potential competition. Mustang is a company cobbled together just to bid on this contract, has no experience in trash at all. Marborg on the other hand has vast experience.
On Recycling Rope-a-Dope
Posted on November 15 at 5:59 p.m.
Perhaps Mr Adams. But the County has had a monopoly for landfilling for 50 years. Watcha think of that?
Posted on October 1 at 9:20 a.m.
I ordered one from Amazon, $13.50.
On Southern Los Padres Trails Guidebook
Posted on September 24 at 9:30 a.m.
I am sure Mr Boyle has a wealth of ideas for new novels. But on the chance that he could use a suggestion let me offer one. There is a rich and well documented history of the former Hollister Ranch going back to the days before state hood. It's transformation over the years from a working cattle ranch to a gated community of the surfing wealthy is filled with drama and intrigue.
On Toe-to-Toe with T.C. Boyle
Posted on September 4 at 7:47 a.m.
Would you have your mom buried in some ugly canyon in Ventura or Simi valley? No, of course not. Same with trash. We have the most beautiful resting place for our trash anywhere on the planet. Just a few steps from the great Pacific ocean. Next to a pristine beach. Awesome views from a trash heap 600 feet high. Isn't that worth paying twice as much? Santa Barbarians care about their trash.
On Tajiguas Landfill: Prettiest and Most Expensive
Posted on August 17 at 7:48 a.m.
Actually horses are very intelligent, probably much more so than the people who were ridding these horses. And more so than the people who put inexperienced humans on their backs to make a buck.
On Six People Injured During Horse Ride
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