Comments by douglasgillies

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Posted on March 5 at 9:45 a.m.

Chris Meagher writes that it would cost $1.5 million to demolish the decaying Miramar, and the County is actually considering giving away a decade of bed tax for every new hotel in the county so that Rick Caruso, worth $850 million, will pick up his trash.
It's simple. Carbajal - give Caruso back his $15,000; Wallar - take a look at Paul's Wellman's photos and condemn that public nuisance; and Caruso - stop singing your aria to everyone who drives past the Miramar that you must be a deadbeat.

On Trading Miramar Bed Tax for Buildings

Posted on May 13 at 9:01 a.m.

If those cliffs are 85 feet high, then that recently discovered offshore earthquake fault is in the photo. As my good friend Bonnie would say, "Holy Crap!"

On Diablo Canyon: How Safe is Safe Enough?

Posted on January 8 at 11:18 a.m.

Elephant in the News Room

Las Vegas and Phoenix are not the only foreclosure meccas in the West, Barney. Visit the courthouse steps any day at 1:00 PM as "Santa Barbara drifts into 2011 in a brave new world of hazy expectancy."

During the past four years (2007-2010) – one term on the City Council - 11,006 Notices of Default (NDEF) were recorded in Santa Barbara County, leading to 8,649 Notices of Trustee's Sale. Each NTSA represents at least one Santa Barbara family ordered into the streets.

Between 2003-2006 the number of NTSAs in SB County was 710, so we have drifted hazily into a 12-fold increase of foreclosures. This is a public record at:

Maybe Santa Barbara is "going to hell in a handbasket." Property values for homes have dropped 40% in the same four-year period. In the next five years, if most SB homeowners keep paying their monthly mortgage, they will owe what their houses are worth. Broke. Goodbye, Paradise.

The five big banks who take title to almost all of those homes—and no money changes hands—can afford to hang that notorious Auschwitz sign over the grand arch at the Courthouse, where the conveyor belt rolls every day at 1:00 PM: "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Sets You Free").

Douglas Gillies is an attorney fighting foreclosures in State and Federal Court.

On Play It Again, Woody

Posted on August 21 at 9:09 a.m.

It's all one war. But if GoldStarMom and all the other anonymous supporters of Arlington West truly want to honor the memory of the 5,651 human being who have died in pursuit of America's imperial policy in the Middle East since March 20, 2003, then they have to show up on Sunday and lend a hand. The crosses will be there.

Wouldn't it be fine if America could stop spending half of its considerable income on contraptions and conventions that serve only to kill people?

On Crossroad for the Crosses

Posted on May 25 at 8:12 a.m.

No on Prop. 14?
I see your point. Why bother to change the oil when the tires are just going to wear out someday. I guess we're all getting older. How about an Interns' Endorsement Page?

On Propositions

Posted on December 4 at 8:32 a.m.

If a federal agency announced that it had decided to install anthrax dispensers on telephone poles in our community as a matter of "national security," state and local officials could enforce a safety ordinance protecting residents. If the feds, or Paul O'Boyle, esq., argued in court that the safety ordinance was preempted by federal law, they would lose. If they argued that anthrax is safe, and that all the fuss a few years ago was just a big mistake, they would still lose.

States and charter cities have power to protect the public health within their borders. We are taught in high school that federal and state governments share power in the USA. That's why we're not simply called "America." I hope our county and city legal eagles mention that the next time Mr. O'Boyle holds court.

How does the Board of Supervisors "allow city staff to reexamine the ordinance?" Has NextG already scrambled our synapses?

On County to "Beef Up" Wireless Antenna Rules

Posted on October 11 at 9:57 a.m.

What a brilliant strategy. Tear everything down and leave an eyesore, then wait, and wait, and wait . . . until finally you hear the sweet sound of Santa Barbarians crying out, "Build! Build anything. We don't care what it is. Here's your permit--just promise us you'll hurry up and build!"

On La Entrada Revisions Face Little Opposition

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