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Posted on June 5 at 10:28 a.m.
Naomi, your name will always shine on the roster of Santa Barbara's most constructive and creative politicians. I was your predecessor as first district supervisor but in the history of that position, you were the star. Ave atque vale.
On Naomi Schwartz Dies
Posted on November 5 at 9:02 a.m.
If you're trying to be a political commentator, you should choose a large focus audience. Rush, for instance, has become a near billionaire by ranting to angry white male losers, which exist in huge numbers in this country. But if you are an angry alcoholic gay Republican Indian, your focus group is strictly limited.
On Mad Dog Flu
Posted on November 4 at 6:50 a.m.
To talk of a "machine" running the city is ridiculous. All political parties have a machine. That's the standard way to operate. The Democrat machine is effective because it shares certain ideals and goals with a majority of the local voters. The Republicans have a machine too and always have. It's just broken now because they are allowing the lunatic fringe to run their party.
On Reflecting on Electing