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Posted on October 15 at 7:25 p.m.

I reached the tipping point with homeless people last week when I walked by a guy pissing on the corner of the Courthouse lawn right next to the sidewalk at 10 o'clock in the morning.

On Cabrillo Ball Field Getting Fenced In

Posted on August 23 at 3 p.m.

info, you don't get it... a lot of kids who have adopted a gang mentality DO want to end up in chains and pictured in the newspaper and on TV. It is viewed as success within the life.

On Hendry’s Beach Murder Suspect in Court

Posted on August 23 at 8:04 a.m.

revisionist: Indy isn't responsible for the smirky arrogance that the defendant presents. Murder charges are his moment in the sun and he looks as if he has achieved stardom in his own mind. The photos are simply conveying his expressions. It is up to the viewer to decide if they glorify the guy or whether the images capture his pathetic, very limited mentality.

On Hendry’s Beach Murder Suspect in Court

Posted on August 16 at 10:18 a.m.

Too big next to the Arlington. Views of the most singular building in the downtown area will be lost almost completely from Victoria Street. Look at the story poles.

Also, too pricey. IMHO, we shoujld support affordable rental development downtown but there is no market for million dollar plus condos, nor will there be even by 2018.

On New Vision for Old Vons Lot

Posted on August 14 at 10:33 a.m.

OK, JohnLocke, case made... have a great life in the midwest. You've found your place in the sun, so why do keep ranting about California?

On The Gloomiest Gloom Ever?

Posted on July 10 at 2:24 p.m.

Bob Carman was a generous, congenial, insightful man who was a great positive role model and influence on many distance runners over the past five decades.

On Obituary for Robert A. Carman

Posted on June 16 at 6:43 p.m.

Both Dudley and Lynn seem like ruthless competitors -- a trait to be valued in a criminal law attorney.

But, really, after attacking Dudley's ethics and competence so viciously during the campaign, who would expect that Lynn would continue to work in the DA's office under her leadership? And why on earth would he want to work for her? And what boss would want a bitter rival in a position of great responsibility within the organization.

Bear in mind that Bramsen is legally forbidden to go public with any specifics of a personnel matter but Lynn is free to say anything he wants without fear of contradiction.
Also, since he is an at-will employee he can be let go at any moment without cause... so what possible basis could there be for a lawsuit?

Lynn is a smart guy and he knew from the get-go how this would turn out. If he were as ethical and classy as he is smart then he would have resigned on election night. Instead he decided to stick around and get a lot more media coverage to launch whatever his next career move will be.

On Josh Lynn Terminated

Posted on May 24 at 7:40 a.m.

Well, partisan sarcasm is certainly a lot easier.

But, speaking from a local perspective the cost of commercial space is crippling to small businesses. State Street is littered with empty store fronts because of rental prices that have forced dozens of employers to close or move. It is mystifying to see landlords allow commercial sites sit totally empty rather than to at least partially defray costs by lowering rents. Apparently the combination of tax laws and mortgage debt have nullified the laws of supply and demand.

Industrial space in Santa Barbara is virtually non-existent. Whole blocks that used to house small manufacturers and craftsmen have been replaced by pricey mixed-use condo developments where no one can afford to buy either the retail spaces or the residences. Sometimes the projects never even get built -- take a look at the Levy Entrada project. Now the city code crackdown seems to have doomed several small businesses in the "funk zone".

Our family used to run a small manufacturing business in buildings that have since been demolished and has been a vacant lot for many years now... there are many locals with similar stories. Even if we had stayed in business, competition from nominally American corporations using outsourced foreign labor or illegal immigrant workers would have ruined our local factory.

But one step at a time: How do we re-generate affordable commercial and industrial sites? I dunno, but I think that has to be a fundamental element in keeping businesses here in SB and in California.

On Meg Whitman Confident as Ever

Posted on May 22 at 5 p.m.

"How do we keep businesses from fleeing California?"

Hmmm, I guess we should elect someone who is in the pocket of Goldman Sachs?

They know business, and what's good for Goldman Sachs is good for California. They certainly know how to maintain good credit ratings; maybe they can bundle California's bad debts, get them rated AAA and sell them off to foreign investors so we have no responsibility anymore! Yeah, that's the ticket... run government more like business :-)

On Meg Whitman Confident as Ever

Posted on May 14 at 8:01 a.m.

NOTE: Bike Station is not a storage facility, it is a parking facility.

On Inside the Bikestation

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