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Posted on May 11 at 1:36 p.m.
Cruise ships don't bring much (don't know about the harbor fees): no bed tax. They're probably buying some cheap souvenirs (T-shirts, caps and stuff), not spending much in restaurants (it's all free on board), maybe they take a trolley to the mission and courthouse. Businesses in the Granada Theater area don't see any of the cruisers, even with information and ads targeted to them. (Have you ever seen them when they get ashore to the busses waiting for them? Not much to expect).
What we urgently need are those visitors coming for business, conferences, meetings, even weddings — these are spending money here. But over the last years less and less are coming (at least to my observation).
On Santa Barbara's Billion-Dollar Tourism Industry
Posted on April 27 at 4:02 p.m.
I'd trade just about every red tile roof or Victorian or California ranch style home for the one on top, the Longo house.
Though cheaper and faster than with traditional building methods, with the price for properties (land) here, it is probably still unaffordable for most...
On Modern and Modular Homes of S.B.
Posted on April 11 at 6:54 a.m.
Don’t blame it on the art. Don’t fight symptoms but the cause. Or do we want to play the game of removing everything where the "unwanted" congregate, next a planter, next a bench, and then the curb?
On Cops Take Aim at Public Art Piece
Posted on March 17 at 12:24 p.m.
Next time you’re in San Francisco go to the Buena Vista near the wharf, the corner where the cable car ends (2765 Hyde St.). They serve the best Irish coffee ever, it’s their trade mark. The café is there for nearly 100 years and introduced their famous Irish coffee in 1952.
See information on their website (includes the history of their Irish coffee):http://www.thebuenavista.com/home/hom...
On An Ode to Irish Coffee
Posted on July 30 at 11:14 p.m.
Bad enough, sad enough. But why, in all these reports, do they always list the models of cars; a 2011 Nissan Altima and a 1994 Lexus ES300? Why not telling the color? — Who cares? It has nothing to do with the story, the problem of drunk driving and what happened. Or would it make a difference if it were a 500SL Mercedes? People made big mistakes, people got injured — the model of the car is of no relevance. It doesn’t even make the story or reporting more interesting or appealing.
On Both Drivers in Wrong-Way Accident Were Drunk, CHP Says
Posted on September 15 at 7:18 p.m.
Tagging with paint is bad enough, but several taggers scratched and etched about every business and store window in some areas downtown — something you cannot wash off or paint over. This damage measures in thousands of dollars; at a time when these stores are already struggling to survive.
On Tag, You’re It
Posted on September 3 at 9:01 a.m.
... yes, so we have a lot more unemployed, so we have to pay unemployment money for them for not working, also limiting the money they can spend, so businesses and stores in town make less, so they pay less in taxes, and the unemployed cannot pay their mortgages anymore, so they go into foreclosure, which brings the home values down (yours, John Locke) and if we then do the math we have gained nothing but all are in misery. Just let's fire everybody (a 100%) including firemen and police, teachers and water workers, and street repairmen and we don't have to worry about any budget shortfalls any more or anything at all... so we all can be happy?
On County’s Largest Employee Union Ratifies Concessions
Posted on August 24 at 7:44 a.m.
Between the lines of the main story and the problems coming with the task, we can read again that the current health care system and insurers are not necessarily beneficial to your and everybody’s health.
On Dr. Gus Frias Steps Down After Falling Down
Posted on August 15 at 9:06 p.m.
Gluteus Minimus! ... nonsense. A gun in his pocket would not have helped him. Just read if you can: "... a 63-year-old man was walking to his car from the casino when he was attacked from behind. He was reportedly knocked unconscious ..."
On Two Men Arrested for Casino Mugging
Posted on July 20 at 8:27 a.m.
I have observed the same thing several times and our niece from Paris, France — who is 25 years old and went to school here for three months — ran into the same problem at Ralph's downtown. It is so ridiculous and stupid — what better ID can you have than a passport, which brings you through all check points of homeland security and INS.
Santa Barbara's economy depends very much on tourism — and we drive the tourists away with stupidity and ignorance?These stories will go around in Europe and other countries...
Well, good luck then for the future.
On Why Don't Passports Work as I.D.?
Revealing the direct connection between the history of U.S. intervention ... Read More
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