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Posted on October 29 at 4:35 p.m.

I'm Shocked...Shocked...that the Indy disappointed so many of you. Have you considered that they are right and you are wrong? They're not endorsing Santa Barbara to become Taft, but they know a stinker of a piece of legislation when they see one. You should be disappointed at the authors of this mess. They could have written a fracking ban and it probably would have passed - after all, that's what most of you talk about and reference. If P is defeated, you have your people to blame.

On Measure P: Shocked

Posted on October 29 at 7:25 a.m.

I look at facts. If Measure P passes, there will be costly lawsuits from mineral rights owners and the industry. That's a reality that the county is well aware of. Not sure I understand your other comments - maybe it was late.

On No Shame in Changing Your Mind, <em>Indy</em>

Posted on October 28 at 8:02 p.m.

"Our" concern is twofold. The property taxes are definitely an issue, but the loss to the general fund due to litigation is the real threat. If P passes, I think we could agree that there will be extensive litigation by the royalty owners and the industry. Measure P requires that the county has to defend against these claims. The $500,000 in the county's litigation fund will go away in the blink of an eye. The county will then have to use funds form non-descritionary programs to pay for this mess. Those non-descritionary programs are predominately from public safety. The "leadership" of the firefighters and cops are way ahead of you on this issue.

On No Shame in Changing Your Mind, <em>Indy</em>

Posted on October 25 at 7:34 a.m.

Yes Linda, it is partly the money. It's the over $2 million per year that goes to the fire district from onshore oil property taxes. Trying to trivialize it by comparing it to the entire budget is disingenuous. $2 million is a large chunk of the fire department budget. And yes, the fields will shut down over time if this measure passes.

Firefighters in this county have been handling calls in the oil fields like the professional firefighters they are. To my knowledge, no one has been injured or become ill in the local oil fields in the last century. "Extreme" (the WG's term) processes have been used here for 49 years. Part of permitting for new operations is a rigorous oversight and review process by the county fire department.

Current firefighters who are more knowledgeable about working around oil and gas operations than you or I, strongly and publicly oppose Measure P.

On A Word from a Firefighter

Posted on October 24 at 8:44 p.m.

I know and respect Wes. For a 3 year period, I was his Chief. Unfortunately, he is reciting the same talking points that we have had to endure for the past few weeks.

Measure P, if passed, will affect funding for the fire district. His brothers and sisters in the department understand that and as a result, have endorsed and campaigned for the No on P position.

Take the time to talk with Kevin Drude and industry experts, and you will find that Measure P will eventually affect every drilling operation currently in operation. The loss of the fire district funding equates to the loss of one fire station.
Jim Thomas

On A Word from a Firefighter

Posted on June 9 at 7:51 p.m.

What are the possible "mental health issues" that would trigger a state-wide computer entry regarding the purchase of a firearm? I didn't see anything in the early tapes that would probably meet that type of requirement in this specific case. There are a ton of troubled adults and kids, but how do you choose which one gets "branded" on a state-wide computer available to gun shops?

On Addressing Mental Health Issues

Posted on June 2 at 6:23 p.m.

Too late, and tremendously ill informed. Sheriff Bill Brown wins.

On Elect a Sheriff We Can Trust

Posted on June 1 at 6:37 a.m.

All I can say is shameful. Surprised the Indy even allowed it.

On Accountability for Sheriff's Office

Posted on May 29 at 6:14 p.m.

Hope you never need them Beachgirl77.

On Isla Vista Killer's April 30 Check-Up

Posted on May 25 at 9:33 p.m.

You have got to be kidding. You think Sandra Brown would have prevented the tragedy in Isla Vista? Do you really want to put politics into this tragedy that no Sheriff, past or present, could have prevented. That is sick.

On Vote Sandra Brown for Sheriff

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