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Posted on June 17 at 7:18 a.m.
An earlier plan to replace the Von's store was to build a world class convention center, something Santa Barbara badly needs. The idea was to have the area serve as an arts and entertainment zone with the adjacent Arlington Theater. Sounded like a much better use of the land than yet another mixed use condo complex.
On Alma del Pueblo Taking Shape
Posted on June 7 at 8:04 a.m.
So, when do all the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT efforts kick in? As one of the few cities and counties in the STATE to not have any form of econ dev program, it behooves our area business leaders, elected officials and community leaders to finally take this seriously. Santa Barbara would not have been as badly hit during this past recession if we had policies in place to encourage business and job creation.
On Ken Oplinger Takes Over Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce
Posted on June 4 at 10:56 p.m.
Now that's not funny!
On Goleta Man Dies From Laughing Gas Overdose
Posted on March 20 at 10:25 a.m.
Constructing things that are unnecessary and dreadful looking seems to be an obsession with our local institutions. Take a drive through the hodge podge of buildings, halls and research centers on the UCSB campus. No master plan, no uniformity, no charm whatsoever, just a collection of architectural styles and fads conjured up by high priced designers. The horribly over-sized looking and yet claustrophobic new airport terminal building is another sad example. Why would anyone design a public space with a very low ceiling and then paint it a dark color to magnify the problem? Oh, and let's hide away a public restaurant on the second floor so nobody without a boarding pass can enjoy it and then seal all the windows so we don't capitalize on the weather and beauty of the area. Are half-baked plans like this the best this profession can achieve?
On Leave It Be
Posted on March 4 at 5:12 p.m.
It turns out that "anchors gone wild" is an Internet news meme that spans the globe! At least Paula DIDN'T resign on air, DIDN'T simiulate an infant soothing gum pain with a vibrating toothbursh, DIDN'T appear to be a little buzzed from a late afternoon cocktail while anchoring the news.... well, okay, so nobody's perfect.
On Weekend Poodle: Silence of the Dogs
Posted on June 26 at 4:15 p.m.
What hasn't been mentioned in ANY of the local news coverage of the demise of Make It Worse (sorry, couldn't help it) is the substantial amount of investor money that went down the drain with it. One dot com tycoon put $1,000,000 in back in 2004 and another $1,000,000 was raised in 2005 from the Tech Coast Angels. If they were lucky they took proceeds out of follow on capital. At the time the money was slated for "expansion" into the LA and San Diego markets, at least in part because repeat business was almost non-existent with the exception of a very small percentage of loyal customers. Despite the spin given the crash of MIW, it was a business model doomed to failure from the beginning based on the mathematics alone.
On Make It Work Stops Working
Posted on April 16 at 11:34 a.m.
The city and the county and our community business organizations do ZERO economic development, unlike San Luis Obispo, City of Santa Maria, Ventura city and county, so therefore we need higher taxes. Instead, we could attract more employers with high paying jobs, but apparently that is out of reach for the custodians of Disneyland-By-The-Sea.
On Taxing downtown bars and restaurants more to defray law enforcement costs
Posted on January 19 at 10:13 a.m.
As Bill Kristol, the GOP's prissy, churlish and always spiteful titular head once averred, "Americans don't deserve health care."
That's it in a nutshell, really. Republicans can't imagine their country being capable of enjoying the societal benefits that most of the rest of the civilized world takes for granted. Any nation that will gladly drive themselves into the poorhouse with trillions of dollars in war debt and willfully allow bloated corpses to float merrily down the streets of a major metropolitan city has truly lost its soul and has no claim to greatness.
On Obama vs. the Republicans?
Posted on October 11 at 6:50 p.m.
Wasn't this event TWO WEEKS ago? And the dateline is just yesterday. Did the field reporter take a detour by way of the Panama Canal?
On Dispatches from AvoFest 2010
Posted on October 8 at 3:01 p.m.
I have personally been complaining about irresponsible dog owners for many years. The poop of their pets all over the place is just one symptom of a community with a surprisingly high percentage of thoughtless dog walkers. As a beach runner I've been bitten twice, jumped up at aggressively too many times to count and seen hundreds of neatly tied off "doggie bags" left in the sand, never to be picked up on the dog owner's return trip. All dogs should be "on leash" all the time, especially - gosh! - at leash only beaches, which means virtually all of them with the exception of Hendry's Beach at the foot of the Wilcox Property. Many dogs in this town are not trained well and they do not know better than to bother strangers and chase wildlife. The point is, their owners should know better and take responsibility. Heavens knows, very few dog owners will apologize when their dog disturbs an innocent passerby or if they are asked politely to put their dog on a leash. A glare and cold silence is too often the response. Disagree with me dog lovers? Then prove it with your behavior and ask other dog owners to avoid giving all of you a bad name!
On The Mystery of Arroyo Burro
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