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Posted on August 29 at 1:16 p.m.

Better if the government offered free spaying/neutering for all pets.

On HAPPY Act Could Save Money for Pet Owners

Posted on August 25 at 5:07 p.m.

Someone living across the canyon did report hearing brush-clearing equipment the day the fire started. I read it on the web ... edhat? Independent?

On Good Deed Gone Really, Really Bad?

Posted on July 29 at 4:01 p.m.

Ridiculous! Calling the leashed dog being set upon by an unleashed dog "vicious" is absolutely wrong. The unleashed dog attacked the leashed dog in the mandatory on-leash area!

How would you react if a stranger came running up to you and got in your face? And then did it again and again? Why expect a leashed dog to react any differently?

There is nowhere safe in Santa Barbara city or county where people keep their dogs on leash when the law requires it. If the city and county want to obtain deserved money, they should ticket these owners every single time they observe it. .... at Hendry's Beach, in the on-leash areas of Tucker's Grove, on the streets ...

On Dog Kills Dog at Hendry's Beach

Posted on May 25 at 9:18 a.m.

Ice skating is a very expensive hobby or sport -- ice time, skates for kids who quickly outgrow them, skate sharpening ... Many families won't be able to afford this luxury. Better to spend $4 million elsewhere.

On Group Pushes for Goleta Ice Skating Rink

Posted on November 13 at 6:35 p.m.

135 school-aged children in 37 units. That's an average of 3.65 El-Hi students per unit and that doesn't count kids under 5 years old. I guess it is about kids.

But if it's the same complex I looked at 20 years ago, it really does need extensive rehabilitation.

On Mass Evictions on Modoc Road

Posted on October 15 at 7:24 p.m.

The opinions of InTheKnow and Greenspan are interesting, but what bothers me is how the young gang members and wanna-be gangsters are taking this verdict -- as a win, a loss, a deterrent, encouragement???

I suppose it matters what the sentencing is. Here in SB, we've had convicted felons get off really easy.

On Jurors Reach Verdict in Juarez Murder Trial

Posted on September 1 at 7:18 p.m.

KEYT reported the woman's name, Carolyn Samuels.

The driver, Albert Doan, has been charged with murder. Sure hope he pleads guilty and spares us a trial.


On Drunk Driving Death on Las Positas Road

Posted on August 27 at 5:34 p.m.

Why not give the location of the bird found with West Nile Virus?

On Crow Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Posted on June 6 at 9:36 p.m.

CalTrans is willing to spend 3.2 million dollars for a barrier on a bridge that someone has to puposefully drive to in order to jump from. Yet, it refused to pay a paltry $350,000 (in inflated 2008 dollars) on a stoplight to protect pedestrians and drivers at the corner of Foothill (Hwy 192) and Cieneguitas Road. Many of the people who use this intersection have no choice and have to use it in order to leave their homes.

CalTrans knew for over 10 years this corner is a death trap. It was reminded of this fact when a motorcyclist was killed, through no fault of his own, in 2005. CalTrans did nothing. A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at the very same spot this past week through no fault of her own and subsequently died of her injuries.

The Cold Spring Bridge barrier may be debatable, but the need for traffic control at the Foothill-Cieneguitas intersection is not. Traffic control is imperative whether it be a stoplight or 4-way stop signs... and not in one month or three months or longer. Please sign the petition demanding action now at

On Friends of the Bridge Continue Their Fight

Posted on June 5 at 5:53 a.m.

County, City and CalTrans officials have been on notice for years that this is a very dangerous intersection that needs traffic control. Ever since Luke Grant's tragic and preventable death in 2005, those who must use this intersection stepped up their efforts to have these three entities act. They said it was too expensive. They said no one had jurisdiction. They said there wasn't enough traffic. They said there weren't enough accidents to warrant any changes. They said they couldn't regulate the speed of traffic because it would be a "speed trap." They didn't care we all knew and know it is a "death trap."

Now, they say it will cost $350,000 and take another three months to get started. How much money and grief has the failure of our officials cost the victims and their families? How much fear must those who regularly use this intersection endure? How much money have officials wasted on needless studies in other areas? How much did it cost to put in (and then take out) those mammoth speed bumps and the ineffective solar speed monitors on Ontare Road?

With the very tragic and preventable death of Mrs. Wilton, these entities are once again put on notice. If another person even gets a scratch at this intersection this summer, we hope all three entities are sued for millions, department heads lose their jobs, and voters take revenge at the next election.

On 90-Year-Old Pedestrian Dies From Vehicular Accident Injuries

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