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Posted on July 2 at 4:07 p.m.
Santa Barbara has been blessed with their last 4 Administrators. Running a City isn't for the faint of heart, and Jim Armstrong has done a stellar job of balancing the various interests and guiding the ship without upsetting the tender dynamics of an elected policy-making Council. He surrounded himself with competent department heads, promoted from within, allowed employees to innovate, and appointed women to important jobs. Jim is a great listener, a great leader who can see the world as it is. His salary is commensurate with his responsibilities and a reminder of the time value of money equation.
Hiring Jim was one of the best things our Council ever did, and personally, I'm sorry to see the end of the Armstrong Era. Paul Casey will continue the tradition. DBS
On City Exec Jim Armstrong to Retire
Posted on April 20 at 7:32 p.m.
This election shouldn't be decided by public employee unions
On Wolf, Aceves Square Off During First Candidates' Forum
Posted on April 14 at 8:26 a.m.
Another "D" for Foo's list: Distraction
On Aceves Accuses Wolf of Donation Conflict
Posted on March 21 at 10:52 a.m.
If the Council doesn't listen to business, we're in a world of hurt.
On Cops Take on ‘Urban Travelers’
Posted on March 13 at 9:15 a.m.
Phenomenal article, phenomenal guy. This City is well served.
On The Real McElroy
Posted on February 27 at 3:22 p.m.
One of the more valuable elements of the City Desal plant is its intake, which is well off shore in deep water. Coastal Commission activities have been focused on near-shore and beach intakes which can impact larval life.
On Every Dog Has Its Day
Posted on January 19 at 7:52 a.m.
I'm completely pleased to see Jim Armstrong get recognition for all the positive things he's done during his tenure here. Jim is very smart, affable, available and able to calm the turbulent waters. Maybe he & Paul Casey can do a rain dance together
Santa Barbara has been lucky to have a great public servant.
On Downtown Organization Announces 2013 Downtown Citizen of the Year Award and Other Award Recipients
Posted on January 15 at 1:19 p.m.
Rich Sanford is truly one of the great ones. He and Thekla have survived with class, style and grace. All the time, being great human beings who walk the talk.
On Richard Sanford Ditches Debt
Posted on November 17 at 7:50 p.m.
When the warring classes decide they want a solution rather than a fight, they might hire John Jostes who will get the job done.
On Way More Heat than Light on 101
Posted on October 27 at 5:16 p.m.
Back in the "good old days" when I was on Council, one of my various failed initiatives was to get the cops to do a bicycle patrol substation at the Casa Esperanza Homeless shelter. They weren't interested at the time, but that would have had an interesting effect on the area, as will the use of the Eastside Library. Good thing: good idea.
On Cops Fly the Friendly Flag