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Posted on June 14 at 5:21 p.m.
Councilmember Francisco appears to have not done his homework. This case has a long and well documented history, and Channelkeeper has been after the City to address its illegal sewage discharges for years. Perhaps he has better things to do than read the files regarding the issues he was elected to help deal with. Councilmember Hotchkiss is quoted as saying “Please come and knock on the door, and don’t knock it down.” How long are we supposed to wait for the City to stop polluting our water? Channelkeeper was knocking on the door for years and the City refused to take effective action until the suit was filed. Shame on those Councilmembers who attempt to smear others for their failures.
I applaud the efforts of the Santa Barbara Channelkeeper. It's not easy to take on City Hall, but every one of us benefits from their work.
On Channelkeeper Tagged for Fee Hike
Posted on May 3 at 6:59 a.m.
What a waste of law enforcement time and our dollars. Obama specifically promised to let the states decide this issue while he was running for President four years ago and his approval of this police action is a direct and very clear contradiction of that promise. We should regulate marijuana like wine - sell it to anyone over 21, tax it and end this nonsense.
On Dispensary Raided
Posted on April 6 at 7:12 a.m.
We cannot maintain our shared infrastructure and beautiful community just by cutting expenses – there is very little left to cut and it’s long past time to generate more revenue.Every one of these initiatives makes absolute sense and I am going to vote in favor of them. A half-cent increase in sales tax is certainly reasonable. Increasing business tax on downtown bars and clubs to help offset the high costs of law enforcement there is a no brainer (why should the rest of us be asked to subsidize their businesses?). Requiring public-employee unions to kick in the maximum allowed for their own retirement is also just plain common sense.As a long-time city resident and business owner, I’ll vote in favor of each of these.
On Who Backs the Mayor?
Posted on March 28 at 7:28 a.m.
@JW - You might want to reconsider what you've written here. "In 1960 out national debt was fewer than 300 billion dollars. This administration has dropped that much money, our money, on a project called Solindra.". Do you honestly believe the current administration spent three hundred billion on that project? If so, I've got a bridge to sell you...
On Amory Lovins on Big Cars, Hidden Costs, and Inefficient Energy
Posted on November 4 at 8:04 a.m.
Starly88 - You are both right and wrong. Right: Dumps in close proximity to the ocean were a really bad idea. Sadly, there are literally hundreds of them in California (several adjacent to the SF Bay and all unlined). Many are unmapped - we don't know precisely where they are. That practice ceased after the 1989 passage of Subtitle D, which addressed for the first time how landfills should be sited, operated, lined, monitored, how leachate and gas will be managed, etc. Wrong: The active working face (where they actually dump trash) at Tajiguas is lined and has been for decades. It is an impressive, very well run & state-of-the art facility. You might want to contact them and ask for a tour.
On Monitoring Elings Park Runoff
Posted on October 7 at 8:27 a.m.
The LA Times ran a great opinion piece just yesterday that is relevant to this conversation. Titled "Drug war: What prohibition costs us [Blowback]" Worth a look at : http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/...
On County Mulls Pot Shop Ban
Posted on October 7 at 8:07 a.m.
We should simply regulate marijuana like wine.There is an effort currently underway to do exactly that.Check out http://regulatemarijuanalikewine.com/...
Posted on September 2 at 6:56 a.m.
You missed at least three shows at the Lobero that were flat-out fantastic; 1) Taj Mahal, 2) Steve Miller, and 3) Del Castillo.
On The Summer That Just Was
Posted on August 31 at 6:03 a.m.
Why not just regulate marijuana like wine?Check out www.regulatemarijuanalikewine.com
On End War on Marijuana
Posted on July 15 at 7:41 a.m.
Thank you Mr. Williams. Your scary comments about radiation exposure and “High-tech home robbers” and “High-Tech Child Molesters” are pretty funny. There’s got to be a decent screenplay (or song) in there somewhere.I work closely with the water industry and have lived here in SB for 20+ years. I am very familiar with and have spoken at length both to a number of utilities and water & electric authorities that have adopted this technology as well as several of the different manufacturers of AMR/AMI systems (which are referred to here as “Smart Meters”). This is much ado about nothing and the “truths” claimed by Robert Williams are wrong, misleading & inaccurate. Smart Metering simply uses current technology to accurately measure, record & report back to the utility the amount of water or power being used at a specific address. If you use water or power at your home or business, you either generate the power on site and get the water from a well on your property or (like most of us) buy it from a vendor (the utility). They sell it, we buy it. The vendor has every right to measure how much of their product is being dispensed to your property so they can bill you accurately. The old meters most of us still have were installed decades ago and use technology invented in the 1930’s & 40’s. They were not designed to last 40+ years and are showing their age – the information they capture (which must be manually recorded by someone walking onto your property to read the meter) is increasingly inaccurate and under-reports actual use.
On Councilmembers Send Anti-Smart Meter Letter to Edison
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