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Posted on June 3 at 8:50 a.m.
It's exactly because this druggie is a burglar and animal torturer/killer that she should have been sentenced to prison. This is absolutely a first-strike violent felony!
Dudley's correct about the VERY high correlation between those who abuse animals and those that seriously hurt people. But I'm sickened by these pseudo-prosecutors who plea-bargain monsters out of prison to save a buck. Where is the appropriate outrage and desire to protect the rest of us?
Would ANYONE reading this feel comfortable with this freak as their neighbor?
On Cat Killer Pleads No Contest
Posted on May 29 at 11:50 a.m.
Well beyond arguments for or against a desal plant, RHS makes a powerful point. Through agreements from the 1800s, Big Ag uses water at pennies an acre-foot. Retail customers and other businesses paid >$60 per acre-foot 10 years ago, and retail rates have risen precipitously since then.
There's zero incentive for Big Ag to ration water -- it's too damn cheap for them. A recollection from our last major drought was observing corporations shutting down their huge computer chip plants for lack of water, while Big Ag flooded the desert to make rice paddies. We closed down an industry that made billions for the State to benefit one that made a few hundred thousand. That's insane.
On Desalination Plant: Ace-in-Hole or Pipe Dream?
Posted on May 29 at 9:22 a.m.
"...wonton disregard for the earth our children will inherit." Uh, perhaps our children don't want a desert landscape produced to make you feel good about yourself for theoretically saving some microscopic bugs living at the bottom of the ocean?
Love the radical pseudo-environmentalists shoving their ideologies down others' throats because the "little people" are too stupid to make their own decisions.
You call mine a "Fox news mentality"? Rarely watch Fox, but if they promulgate people choosing to have adequate water to drink and keeping our land fertile over microscopic bugs, sign me up!
Posted on May 29 at 9:05 a.m.
"What remains unknown, however, is whether the deputies had checked the Department of Justice gun registration files, which were easily accessible to them, before speaking to Rodger. And if they did, whether they asked him about his guns. Nor is the department releasing specifics of his mother’s concerns. These details remain part of what the Sheriff’s Office spokesperson describes as an “ongoing investigation.” As such, they remain off-limits to public review. What Brown explained instead is that Rodger presented himself to the deputies in a convincing manner and did not appear to pose an imminent danger to himself or others; the latter is the requirement under state law for the involuntary detention of the mentally ill."
Parents don't call police to say junior hasn't called home for a bit. They call because they're scared to death of what their kids might do. On that basis alone, this disturbed young man should have been taken to a local ER for a full medical and psychiatric evaluation. Knowing about his writing and his guns should have magnified the need. It was not done, with tragic consequences.
Sheriff Brown has failed to provide his deputies with adequate training for such challenging situations. Instead of getting help from well-trained licensed professionals, they relied on their poorly-trained instincts -- he seemed like a nice guy. The terrible consequences are now obvious to us all.
On Could We Prevent the Isla Vista Shooting?
Posted on May 29 at 8:19 a.m.
Only in the never never land of California radical leftist politics could crazy hacks try to stop a community from getting adequate water supplies in order to save microscopic bottom-dwelling bugs.
It would be funny if the water wasn't so vitally important in this third year in a row of sub-normal rain. But who's laughing? These are the same insane morons that recreated a desert in the Central Valley from the most agriculturally productive area of the US in order to save a bait fish. I'm nauseous!
Posted on April 17 at 8:55 a.m.
$80 Million for a new, "mission-themed" jail? Uh, perhaps the sheriff should visit Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. He puts convicts in tents in the desert wearing pink undies, and has 'em working for their meals of slop.
Sheriff Joe's recidivism rate is much better than elsewhere in country, where prisoners get fancy digs, weight rooms and law libraries, which they use to sue their victims. This instead of an "additional 228-bed, 52,000-square-foot recidivism-reducing wing". Gimme a break!
On Big Plans for the Big House
Posted on July 1 at 9:33 a.m.
Impressive "coverage" for an important topic, critical to the financial viability of the county. Let's see:
1) No background history - check!2) No specific county financial information - check!3) No information comparing public vs. private pension contributions - check!4) No information concerning which county agencies are the worst offenders - check!5) No discussion about the huge budget deficit the county faces - check
Note to editor: Next time, send a reporter.
On Grand Jury Examines Government Salaries, Benefits, Pensions
Posted on June 17 at 12:55 a.m.
While I love Ensemble Theatre and their wonderful performances, at a time of fiscal crisis for the city, county and state, is this the best way to spend a million dollars of tax money? While cops and firefighters are being laid off?
On Ensemble Eyes $1 Million for Theater Refurb
Posted on June 17 at 12:49 a.m.
"The average employee in 2007 cost the county $91,400; this year, the average employee will cost $128,000."
The "average" employee? What are average employee wages in the private business sector? ~$40K. (See: http://santabarbaragop.org/Blog/?p=253) While the Board of Supervisors have readily given away our tax dollars for union donations, they've overseen the fiscal destruction of our County.
And what's their solution? Fire cops and firefighters? Can't seem to find any others with 6-figure salaries to dump? Please! While the public has voted stupidly by returning you to office again and again, we're all not stupid people. We can see political corruption and incompetence before our eyes.
Only when county jobs start paying like the private sector (instead of 3 times more!), county employee pensions are funded and paid like in the private sector, union and corporate contributions are banned for politicians, and collective bargaining "rights" are similarly dispatched for government workers (like in Wisconsin and Ohio), will we finally have a chance to become fiscally sound.
Until then, buy a gun and a big hose to protect your family and your home.
On Budget Hatchet Cleaves into Basic Services
Posted on June 3 at 5:27 a.m.
So typical of the GWD board to ignore protests over rates by "mere" citizens over their own predetermined interests. I was at the "public hearings" for rate increases in '07 and the same result occurred; completely ignoring the will of the people.
The profundity of this rate increase is that it's being implemented as punishment for people conserving water. They claim that because the public has been doing its job of saving water, the GWD "must" raise rates as a counter. Sound like "1984" thinking?
I have 2 simple suggestions to the rate-gouging plan of the district's overlords:
1) Change the rate structure to mimic the gas company's. If you use more water, you move into a dramatically higher and higher payment tier. This rewards folks who conserve over those who do not.
2) Get rid of all supplementation of rates to agriculture and pseudo-agriculture. With the current rates, homeowners pay 350% more for the same amount of water as does agribusiness and golf course owners. With the proposed increase, that will rise to 388%. Don't recall ever being offered a vote to decide if I wanted to continue such corporate welfare.
I'll be portrayed as hating the "family farmer" with such radical ideas. If the "family farmer" wants me to pay nearly 4 times more for my water than he/she does, I deserve a yes/no vote to approve or disapprove. Such disparate rate structures date back to when agriculture was the primary business of California and water was plentiful versus the number of people. Neither situation exist anymore.
On Goleta Water District Jacks Up Rates