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Posted on December 23 at 6:18 a.m.
You can't be serious about the spikes. How on earth would they be deployed? Pay sentries to sit and wait at all offramps for wrong-way drivers and then toss the strip across the road? Two suggestions that might help: make sure that confusing conditions (such as road construction or poor signage) don't contribute to feeble minded folks finding themselves going against the flow and lighting the wrong-way signs 24/7 (solar works) to help alert distracted or drunk drivers that they are in large peril. No matter what, I think the penalty for driving the wrong way on the freeway should be extremely high, drunk or not.
On Fifth Wrong-Way Freeway Driver This Year
Posted on December 6 at 5:16 p.m.
Draxor's comments are distressing...Nobody is "vilifying" anyone. Only objecting to complaints about the bail amount because of Jeff's 93108 zip code and the judgement of guilt based on his unflattering photograph and rush to convict a man without a fair trial. I reread all the posts herein and don't agree that anyone is "jumping into the deep end of denial". And certainly no one is "trying to justify and sanitize their association" with Jeffrey Johnson. Whether he's guilty or not, no one else is implicated just because they have been his friend or associate or customer. Not a single post attempts to throw the victims under the bus nor diminish the gravity of such crimes. Draxor's use of such denegrating terms as "misguided judgement" and "frantic backpeddling" to describe the heartfelt testimonials of a community stunned by these allegations is way out of line.
On Montecito Man Arrested for Child Molestation
Posted on December 5 at 6:39 a.m.
About the Michael Jackson comment: MJ was not a friend of mine and his alleged behavior was certainly no shock given his behavior and life style. Furthermore, the circus that was his trial and the amounts of money spent to achieve his means will bear little resemblance to this situation. Of course no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors and of course people have been falsely accused. We don't have the facts before us other than the charges vs. the man many of us have known for a long time. He may be guilty or not...but at the moment, he's not. We will have to see how this plays out. All I'm saying is that it's ludicrous to confer guilt based on an unflattering police photo or base bail on a man's zip code. If Jeff is found to be guilty the pain will be shared not only by the victims and their family but the many friends and family of the accused that can't reconcile the person they have known for so long with the crimes he's accused of committing.
Posted on December 4 at 5:10 p.m.
I have known Jeff Johnson for nearly 30 years...socially, musically, and professionally...and have always valued our friendship. He is well-known in this town and well-liked. I'm sure that everyone who counts JJ as a friend hopes and prays that the charges against him are not true...and that somehow he will overcome this nightmare. The idea that the first thread to appear herein has to do with the amount of bail and Jeff's address is upsetting. One thing for sure...anyone who has been to Jeff Johnson's house knows that it's a far cry from a "Montecito mansion" and consigning him to a higher bail just because his house happens to be in 93108 is ridiculous. I think folks should be more concerned with the real people involved and all the terrible anguish they are going through...the victims, their families...as well as Jeff and his family. Let the legal system do its job before you cast your stones.
Posted on November 25 at 5:38 p.m.
Screech owls do not screech. Their common name makes no sense but rather, they generate a low, bouncing ping pong ball whistle. Horned owls hoot, Barn owls screech, and Screech Owls sound like stuck CD's. Screech owls are present in Santa Barbara but are a distant third in the nocturnal owl calling department to Great Horned Owl (first) and Barn Owl (second).