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Posted on December 19 at 7:37 a.m.

"Cottage" conjures up such pleasant, cozy connotations. Better they change their name to more aptly reflect today's reality of the monster monopoly that ought to surprise no one. It was exactly 10 years ago yesterday that "Cottage" presented their big plans to demolish St. Francis in order to build their condo project. How very ironic, demolishing a medical building in order to keep individuals from driving too far, instead of repurposing it for something like, say a sub-acute unit... What they're doing with this sub-acute unit is completely predictable and totally despicable and in character with their Wall Street-like actions of the past decade.This was all a part of their big real estate scheme, which is their primary business, in case anyone hasn't been watching. But they got very good at playing the media, the politicians and the generous and kind-hearted people of this community, soaking up all the available donations while handing out huge salaries. Check out Werft's huge compensation package, and see if they shouldn't change the name from humble little Cottage to Mega-Mansion.

On No False Dogs Before Me

Posted on September 5 at 4:36 p.m.

Good luck on closing the SB HIgh School campus at lunchtime. The Milpas merchants would never stand for that. And doesn't it seem a bit excessive to build a kitchen capable of serving nearly twice the number of students on campus?

On Construction Underway of S.B. High School Kitchen

Posted on July 14 at 10:47 a.m.

Actually, Cottage is building 115 housing units on this property. The 81 are supposedly earmarked for their employees, leaving and additional 34 Market Rate units for sale to the general public, which many neighbors believe will end up as vacation rentals. We will see.

On Neighborhood Activists Block More Signs

Posted on May 19 at 2:23 p.m.

The article might have also included the fact that the FPPC letter points out "mitigating cirmcumstances" including the fact that Council member Self was acting in "good faith" that the project was 1,500 feet from her home, and that project funding was "tenuous." But there must be good reasons for leaving out those parts, right?

On Self Given Conflict of Interest Warning

Posted on December 22 at 9:15 a.m.

If Rowse does a good job in his willingness to disrupt his life and business and serve the interests of the City of Santa Barbara, then wouldn't Grant House and everyone else want him to stay in office after serving just one year? For the good of the City, which lasts longer than one year.

Funny, it was "longterm political ambition," exemplifed by Das Williams that caused the vacancy in the first place. Maybe Grant should tell us his plans for his "longterm political ambition," since he so wants to call out his own nominee whether he has it or not.

And Grant certainly could have done his own due diligence, instead of relying on the person he hates most on Council. Sounds like "longterm political ambition' is a new litmus test in Santa Barbara politics dreamed up by the Dems who realize the populace figured out they've just gone too far, and it's time to move in the other direction.

On House Not “Snookered”

Posted on June 6 at 8:52 p.m.

Das, who wants everyone to love him for everything he does, has been remarkably lucky that the Jordan campaign hasn't pointed out all the other mistruths that his campaign has spread during this very ugly primary:
--school board member? of a single charter school
--stopped school budget cuts/--balanced the city's budget? Really? then why are they in such financial trouble?
--assisted small businesses? yeah, walk down State St.
And funny, he never brags about all the money he's received from those pushing the pot agenda.
He would have voters believe he's Superman, which apparently he, Helene and Daraka believe. Smart voters, not so much, including this former supporter who just can't take him anymore, after his slick PXP excuse for getting into the race.

On Last-Minute Onslaught of Mud

Posted on June 3 at 12:01 p.m.

Let's not forget the big marijuana money that's funding Das's campaign at the same time he's touting how his constituents are really the school children of this district. Makes a parent wonder just what he has in mind.

On What’s in Their Wallets?

Posted on June 3 at 8:39 a.m.

If it's Medical marijuana we're really talking about, then let's have one clean, well-lighted place for pot right next to Cottage Hospital. Centrally located, close to transportation lines, easy access for sick people. That makes sense. But for some reason, Grant House argued like crazy against having a pot shop in that particular locale when Bendy White brought it up. Maybe that's because we're really winking and nodding, pretending like it's Medical but knowing right well, it's mostly recreational pot shops that the council is dithering about for far too long.

On Indecision Strikes Again

Posted on May 30 at 7:39 p.m.

Turning Carpinteria into Signal Hill hardly seems the right vision for this lovely little beachside community. I wish I lived there so I could vote No on this absurd end-run by a company that has unabashedly purchased support wherever possible. I hope the citizenry is smart enough to keep this article in mind when casting votes that will affect the coastline for miles in either direction.

On Big Oil Takes On Small Town

Posted on May 27 at 11:24 a.m.

Would you please at least spell the name of the President of the United States correctly? It's Barack, as most schoolchildren know, wherever they live.

On The Dog that Didn’t Bark

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