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Posted on February 3 at 9:36 a.m.

The issue here is not 'property rights'. Rather it is the obligation of the property owners to comply with the law. Accordingly, by law, the owners can build two homes, but they must be in a place on the parcels that have the least effect on the environment. The chosen place does not meet this requirement. Instead the County has falsified the EIR to support the owners desires. Why? Because, like the Trails Council, they have been bribed. The owners have 'offered' trails and easements but ONLY if their project is approved. Should the County determine that the homes should be in another location on the properties then the 'offers' go away. Pure and simple, it is bribery.

On Trails Council Reaches Agreement With Paradiso Developers

Posted on November 14 at 1:55 p.m.

How about a hypothetical? Say one of these floating hotels rotates in every time one leaves. Essentially they can and may do this. Well suppose someone just acquires an older one for cheap and just anchors it permanently out there. Is there any real difference? Say they contract with a barge company to haul away their *hit and trash. They would have primo view parking spot, pay no property taxes, pay no bed taxes. Sweet deal, no? And we get a big ugly in our beautiful ocean vista forever. One more question. Do people have to pass a stupid test to be on City Council?

On The Cruise Ship Question

Posted on August 26 at 7:48 a.m.

Leaving aside the controversial issue of "return" of Chumash to land they previously owned there is another issue not being discussed. That is the issue of County land use controls. To be honest navigating through Planning and Development is a nightmare. It is a bureaucracy that can drive a person to tear their hair out. It is especially intolerant to those wanting something "original" on their land. Say a Chumash wanted to live in a traditional Chumash dwelling. Nope, not permitted. Say a Chumash wanted to compost their own waste to return it to the soil. Nope. Planning and Development has a rule book that must be two feet thick. It is designed to make everyone live the lifestyle the planners think is "normal". Think tiki tac. Take a drive around the Santa Ynez Valley. That is P&D at work.

On Chumash Reach Out to County Planning

Posted on August 21 at 7:59 a.m.

Sometimes really subtle sarcasm goes right by me. It took me a few minutes to realize the subtle slam on the rampant NIMBYism that flourishes in the Santa Ynez Valley in this writers letter.

On Camp 4 Annexation Danger

Posted on August 9 at 2:18 p.m.

The fundamental question I have is this, who hired Mike Brown, who kept him employed by the County year after year, and who replaced him with Waller? With "friends" like our Board who needs enemies?

On No Bone, No Dog

Posted on June 17 at 9:28 a.m.

Sue Trescher was a wonderful person and an excellent attorney. She headed the County Councils Office for many years. The County was and is much the better for her work. She was responsible for forcing Chevron to build the Vista Del Mar School District the fine new school it enjoys at Las Cruces. She is missed.

On Sue Trescher Leaves $1 Million to Domestic Violence Solutions

Posted on May 31 at 8:45 a.m.

While the Forest Service can be criticized for their lack of water dropping aircraft such criticism pales compared to that which should be directed at our County officials. If you look close at the pictures of our County helicopter doing water drops on the White Fire you will note that in large letters on the tail it is a "Sheriff" helicopter. County Fire used to have two birds and pilots that were for fire and rescue. Now they have been "combined" with the Sheriff's air program. Bad, bad, idea. Remember when Sheriff Jim Thomas was made Fire Chief as well as Sheriff? Didn't work nor is combining air support working. Ever sense 9-11 the Sheriff Department has been eating away at the Fire Department budget. Now it has essentially taken over the Fire Departments air arm. It was supposed to save money. It didn't. The Supervisors should really admit their folly and give the firefighters their air support back.

On Like Father, Like Dog

Posted on May 6 at 8:30 a.m.

And just how much did this fiasco cost everyone, city, courts, and Pini? My guess, $100,000.

On Dario Pini's Felony Burglary Charge Reduced to Infraction

Posted on May 3 at 7:45 a.m.

Falk clearly doesn't get it. The Man in the Sky (who has a name but we aren't allowed to utter it) gave Palestine and certain other land to the Jews. It is that simple. Non Jews aren't welcome, now or ever. And we Goyim (not full humans), for having been around during the Holocaust, owe the Jews of Israel (fully humans) our unlimited support, financial, political, and military. And the Man in the Sky agrees.

On Dog Bone in the Throat

Posted on April 12 at 8:04 a.m.

One interesting aspect of this long simmering controversy is, what happened to the original YMCA project? Well the story is that after they bought the 100 acre parcel and started to develop plans for a summer camp for kids from the LA area the other owners of parcels on "The Ranch" made life so difficult for them they eventually sold the parcel in question. There was physical intimidation of the owners and their volunteers, destruction of property, blocking of access, just all manner of obstruction. Our Board of Supervisors, again, showed their favorite position. Head in the sand with their derrieres sticking up in the air.

On Hollister Ranch Showdown

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