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Posted on March 27 at 7:55 a.m.

Helene apparently gets it. This is simply not an affordable housing issue - and all the housing, social justice and "smart growth" advocates are simply barking up the wrong tree.

Buildings are still going to be limited to 4 stories; nobody is changing that. And within 4 stories (or 3, or 2), there can be built as many housing units - of any degree of affordability - in an attractive 40 or 45 foot building as in a 60 footer. Some of our best architects attest to that, and can build such buildings.

Why does this have to get so totally lost in symbolic and ideological arguments when it this simple?

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Posted on March 23 at 8:43 a.m.

Thisis the best we can do in coming up with an alternative candidate to the two incumbents: Bad news, his dad is Reed Slatkin; good news, he hasn't beaten his wife lately?

I guess, in Santa Barbara, a political positive is that a candidate's mom isn't Patricia Krenwinkle.

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Posted on March 23 at 8:35 a.m.

"Cars R Basic" will seize upon this as yet another example of how dangerous the Milpas Roundabout is!

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Posted on March 9 at 6:24 p.m.

Will everybody, for cripes sake, quit characterizing this issue in terms of ideologies (slow-growthers vs. environmentalists vs. car junkies vs. who knows what), and personalities (Williams vs. Mahan, etc.)!

Most of us who helped create this measure and qualify it for the ballot simply wanted to preserve our low-profile skyline and, to that end, limit new buildings to 40 and 45 feet. Period. What the hell ideological camp does that condemn us to?

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Posted on August 18 at 9:28 a.m.

According to the affordable housing advocates and their allies (the "building and development community") no city can be "sustainable" or provide affordable housing if its cityscape were limited to 45 feet. Puh-leeeeeeeze!!

O.K., come forth with an alternative measure, with all the necessary tweaks and "nuances" to regulate bulk, scale, setbacks, etc. But leave intact the 40' 45' height limit. And no exceptions to those limits for things like "affordable" housing: that is what drove the approvals of the too-tall buildings and touched off this controversy in the first place!

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Posted on December 20 at 2:38 p.m.

Barron's earlier comment was even more shockingly stupid, and indicates a a complete disconnect from any sense of logic:

"But Barron, pointing out that rapes occurred before the technology and science to find and decipher DNA was available, said convictions are still made based on other evidence. "

Yes, rapes occurred before the forensic technology - capable of identifying their perpetrator, or shedding light on whether or not they took place - existed. But that fact can't be used to denigrate or discount the probative power of it's application in a specific case!

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