Comments by fmrlobbyist

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Posted on June 27 at 3:50 p.m.

I believe that the Presidential Suite is going to be named The Salud Carbajal Suite. With 24/7/365 access.

On Weekend Poodle Alert

Posted on April 28 at 10:25 p.m.

First off the Assessment Appeals Board is not arcane in any manner it is a useful means of getting property tax issues resolved. My office deals with various City/County Assessment Appeals Boards throughout the State of CA. Second the Miramar should be paying its fair share of bed tax, but if that is the case then the other establishments currently and in the future should not have as well, and should have to pay its fair share of property tax, they are not a not-for profit organization and would never qualify under that rule from the Board of Equalization. Third it was Caruso's responsibility as an owner to notify the County Assessor of the change of ownership and change is valuation of cost. Fourth both Caruso and Assessor office need to have more transparency on the matter to the general public on how they came to their numbers, let's see the formula they used and does their argument hold any validity. Finally if Caruso can't be honest with the Montecito and Santa Barbara communities and County then he needs to either sell to another party or back to the County and allow the County to either turn the area into a great park for families to come and enjoy the seaside and what Santa Barbara is known of "it's hospitality" or allow it to be sold at auction with proposals and permits in place of the use of the land at time of sale

On Miramar and Caruso Hit Road Block

Posted on August 13 at 1:59 p.m.

I am very proud not only to be friend of Dr. Raphel but would only have him do the circumcision on my son as well as children of my friends. Our (Jewish) community will contine to hold on to our traditions and will fight anyone who interested in taking us on. For the circumsion is VERY important milestone in a childs life, as well as being given their Hebrew name. My son was born in LA and the OB said he could do the procedure and he had a copy of the prayers somewhere in his desk and we said "absolutely no!" because we wanted it done here in Santa Barbara by Dr. Ralphel and with our friends present. It should be up to the individual and the family not others and government. What should we tell cancer patients? I'm sorry you are too healthy to have surgery you will just have to die, because we don't believe in cutting into a healthy person.

On Meet Santa Barbara’s Mohel

Posted on September 16 at 12:56 p.m.

Does anyone know when we the public is going to be officially told of whom and what organization(s) or agency was responsible for this fire? We are getting tired of there being a lack of responsiblity for this cause and I would like someone to step forward and be honest enough to say "We are responsible and willing to take the blame for this incident".

On Additional Trail Closures Coming Soon In Jesusita Burn Area

Posted on September 3 at 11:46 p.m.

It is now time for Trust for Public Land to step up and step in to the mix. Time for Congresswoman Capps to set up the plate and push the US Dept of the Interior to make a final decision on where the Obama Administration stands on Gavoita, instead of sitting on the fence post and wavier like it has so many times in the past, if he truly is the enviormental President then lets see it in action instead of in-action.

On Paradise for Sale

Posted on July 2 at 12:29 p.m.

Even though I use Sansum and Cottage on a regular basis I perfer to keep them seperate, just due to the fact that it could slam the door on anyone and any physican who is not part of the their network. This could hamper medical care in the community. If this is going to be so lets have them try out the idea the Obama Administration is proposing simliar to the one they have in Wisconsin of a Health Care Cooperative and I would like to see the people of the region have the ability to be investors into the organization. Because right now both organizations are non-profits which if to be for "public benefit" but right now there no way for the average user can have their voices heard. To be part of the Board of Directors requires a lot of financial capital at which point you are able to make your issues and positions pushed ahead. If Sansum/Cottage were to merge I very much like to see an organization such as REI Co-Op as a model where real members of the community and everyone is able to serve for the betterment of the whole community, both in and north and south County. It should be wide selection of people not just the chosen few.

On Cottage, Sansum May Fuse

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