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Posted on June 23 at 2:31 p.m.
Pacing has always been an issue with this home-grown, deliberately unpolished parade. In past years this shortcoming has been handily overcome by inventive floats, energetic dancers and the whole "let's put on a show" vibe of the beloved Solstice Parade tradition. This year, however, the snail-like pace, creative sloppiness and lack of organization really showed through. As spectators were overheard commenting during the block-long stretches of bare pavement, Solstice 2014 was a resounding dud. It was what you wouldn't think this parade could ever become - a tedious, self-satisfied and boring mess. After the umpteenth embarrassing lack of activity between floats at about the 90 minute mark, many spectators began to amble away, either thinking it was over (which it was not) or that it had taken their patience for granted several times too many. As usual, the start time was a solid 30 - 45 minutes behind schedule, creating an air of anticipation that this summertime turkey absolutely was unable to live up to.
As a valuable community asset that draws around 100,000 visitors and generates millions of dollars, perhaps it's time to institute a committee of concerned citizens with the drive and organizational skills necessary to return it to its former glory? Solstice should be brisk, loud, colorful, fun and, yes, a little naughty and edgy. The "parade" that trudged up State Street last Saturday had none of these characteristics.
On Happy Solstice 2014!
Posted on June 10 at 11:58 a.m.
The Santa Barbara Police Dept. is badly in need of a citizen's watchdog panel to provide oversight of their behavior. Sometimes the SBPD are absolutely professional and jusitifed in their actions, but clearly on occasion they cross the line. In fact, every police department in the nation needs to be under the authority of the citizens in their jurisdictions. The U.S. is rapidly becoming a police state (in case you haven't noticed) and its high time for law enforcement to be brought to heel and reminded that WE pay their salaries and they serve only at our pleasure.
On Cops Arrest Denunzio Again
Posted on April 16 at 9:08 a.m.
Funny how Morua was so quick to use his expense account to buy super premium cocktails but couldn't bring himself to expense a $50 cab fare to avoid driving around while in the middle of a blackout. Capps' office should have seen his drinking as a huge potential liability and assigned him a staff driver or insisted he use cabs whenever schmoozing (and boozing) while on the job.
On Morua Pleads Guilty to DUI and Fatal Hit-and-Run Charges
Posted on April 16 at 8:46 a.m.
"The most anticipated gourmet food development in Santa Barbara history"? Who says? Sounds like the kind of news writing that would never pass AP Style Book guidelines...
On Santa Barbara Public Market Opens
Posted on January 2 at 10:16 p.m.
Suicide by cop has become so common in Santa Barbara that its high time one of our local news organization did an investigative report on the SBPD and ask the tough questions. Exacatly how many citizens have been shot to death by police in the past few years? When did the shoot to kill policy become the norm? It seems we have far too many such shootings for our modest population. How does our suicide by cop problem compare with other cities and what is it on a per capita basis in comparison to LA and truely dangerous areas?
On Tacadena Family Files $10 Million Wrongful Death Claim
Posted on December 14 at 8:02 a.m.
"She answered a few of my questions this week via email." That begs the question: which of your questions did she refuse to answer?
On UCSB Professor Surprised by North Korean Execution
Posted on December 11 at 9:16 a.m.
Just another fast talker spinning tales of Valhalla to victims too trusting to put the man's finances through a thorough forensic analysis. Perhpas he can ask Reed Slatkin what jail was like and the two of them can start another fund when Prenatt is released in a decade or so.
On Bad Dream or Ponzi Scheme?
Posted on December 10 at 1:17 p.m.
What a swell opportunity for all the right wingnuts to vent. Hey, why not field a VIABLE CANDIDATE to defeat Caps if you think she's so terrible? Apparently the voters want her in office, despite the clear need for some fresh Democrat leadership talent n her district.
On DUI Hit-and-Run Suspect Raymond Morua Has Criminal Record
Posted on November 20 at 9:40 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Santa Barbara Police Department dispenses roughly a dozen suicide by cop killings each year. If you are an armed and trained law enforcement officer you DO NOT HAVE TO SHOOT TO KILL everytime a drug-addled or mentally ill person challenges you.
On Is the Mexican Mafia Making Moves in Santa Barbara?
Posted on November 20 at 9:32 p.m.
Oswald was a lone nutcase just smart and lucky enough to kill Kennedy. Area 51 does not have aliens. 9-11 was a Saudi sucker punch. None of this is too much of a mystery.
On Oswald Innocence Campaign Descends on Santa Barbara