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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

Posted on May 27 at 9:23 a.m.

Monday's stunt looked more like a temper tantrum than an expression of serious concern. Das doesn't like it when PXP, his sole reason for getting into the race, is exposed for the dangerous, unenforceable scheme that it is. Well, I don't like how he's misrepresenting himself in this race as a school board member (of a single charter school). Or how he's then defying the local school superintendent by pushing for pot dispensaries, and happily taking their mega-bucks.He's "listening to constituents" only when he's handing out envelopes or picking up their checks. Over the course of too many campaigns and too much self-righteous pontification that aura of charisma has morphed into slick political maneuvering at every turn. I prefer a solid candidate with real life experience and the smarts to see through the spin. Susan Jordan gets it.

On Political Sludge Match

Posted on May 13 at 4:08 p.m.

Rather odd to read this endorsement for Das without a single word about the doomed PXP deal opposed by nearly the entire environmental community in California, including Susan Jordan. Seems a little glib not to address the reason he claimed he got into the race in the first place. Nor a single mention about his dogged representation of his well-heeled and very generous campaign contributors who push marijuana legalization. You didn't even examine his overblown campaign statement that he's a school board member (of a single little Peabody Charter School). But I'll give you credit for the terms "cold-blooded," "calling in political favors" and "shrewd." These days they fit the restless, perpetual candidate to a T.

On 35th State Assembly District: Das Williams

Posted on May 13 at 9:42 a.m.

Since Das used the PXP issue as his sole reason to jump into the race (fracturing lonstanding alliances in the process), his conscience should tell him to jump out of it now that the misguided deal is dead. Somehow I just can't see that happening.

On Oil Issues Forth

Posted on April 5 at 8:46 a.m.

The warm and wise teaching that has been the hallmark of this program for decades is essential, with happy children, enthusiastic parents enhancing this community greatly. A completely "appropriate responsibility of the college," which is really a community college, not a major university. Yet increasingly, its mission appears to be attracting students from far away rather than serving the locals.

On Parent-Child Workshops in Jeopardy?

Posted on February 27 at noon

Nicely done interview.
To give credit where credit is due--despite so many other awful acts with which we are all well-aware--the fact is Craig McCaw's ex-wife who funded the freedom of Keiko the killer whale, is none other than Wendy McCaw. If she were to return to using her fortune to improve the lives of imprisoned animals, instead of inflicting misery on her employees and mediocre media on the community, we'd all be better off.

On Cousteau on SeaWorld Tragedy

Posted on January 21 at 8:55 a.m.

Thanks to Jerry Roberts for continuing to report on this issue, which is the centerpiece of the upcoming Assembly race. If he is to be believed, the only reason Das Williams jumped in to run against Susan Jordan is to support this secret backroom deal between PXP and the EDC. Since the EDC seems to be the only "environmental" group in the state supporting this unenforceable deal--and profiting quite handsomely from it--many more questions arise about their cheap sell-out, his candidacy, and just who they now represent. As a former supporter of both, I never imagined the Ex-environmental Defense Center or Das Williams in the same camp with Cheney, Schwarzenegger, Palin and the rest of the "drill, baby, drill" crowd.

On Oil & Secrecy

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