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Posted on September 1 at 6:17 p.m.

To those who point out that there is an opportunistic slant in some posts here; so what!

This is a news article. When are we supposed to get out our points, in the obituary? Again, my point is that the police have not kept up with enforcement. I do not understand how it is that racing vehicles and behaviors are allowed on our public streets. It all sets the tone of the community and this community is very permissive. I don't think it is the policemen's fault but probably a cultural problem that accepts this level of carnage.

Some of the problem has to do with the intensity of activities in our community. But that is why we need stricter enforcement with dedicated teams of law enforcement.. That is also why we need better and separate facilities.

On Drunk Driving Death on Las Positas Road

Posted on August 31 at 3:22 p.m.

This is a shame. whatphotosb has a good point. I avoid many bike paths ever since there was a spate of car and bike accidents along Las Positas and Modoc area several years ago (just before texting was taking off.)

Still at times there is no avoiding taking a route with shared paths. It is too bad that the car and motorcycle clubs have so much influence in the scheme of things. This area is wrought with racers and whether it is the State or City enforcement, neither seems to be policing in the area. People do live in the area! This culture of bad behaviors needs to be stopped.

The city is in the process of taking control of State Hwy 225 and will hopefully, with the help of voters create a first rate separate recreational path along this route.

On Drunk Driving Death on Las Positas Road

Posted on August 30 at 6:57 a.m.

It would also be nice to see the questionnaire questions.

In an effort for unbiased reporting "slow growth" advocates could be described as "code" for the majority of people who have multiple homes in multiple communities (often with illegal garage conversions,) usually tucked away in a quiet neighborhood where all the numerous inhabitants drive endlessly and everywhere regardless of how much environmental destruction they're causing, all the while complaining about all the development around them. I'm sure Nick could tighten it up a bit for print.

On Critic Calls Urban Growth Survey Biased

Posted on August 29 at 10:19 p.m.

AShaw; Great Sci-Fi. Can't wait for the paperback and the DVD. Al Gore has only a few naysayers but 1000 + scientists-climatologists peer reviewed actual science. Obama "wants us to wait" is your editorial spin.

petersterling; The traitors would be the oil companies if you really think that they would permit a "State" oil supply that would; "1. $2.50 GASOLINE for all registered Santa Barbara County residents and County vehicles from local oil production." The oil companies like the pricing the way it is right now. The oil companies would start a civil war or some other catastrophe to keep the status quo.

On Santa Barbara Eyes Black Gold

Posted on August 27 at 6:15 p.m.

This is what happens when you let the Vice President and the oil companies privately decide the country's energy policy. This is obviously very regressive. What is most troubling is that this discussion for some odd reason cannot be simultaneously discussed in the context of climate change that is quickly advancing upon this earth. I guess it would be just overwhelming for the dismissive drill, drill, drill proponents. I thought we were supposed to be fossil free by thirty-three. Regardless the sooner the better.

On Santa Barbara Eyes Black Gold

Posted on August 19 at 7:55 a.m.

There is no honor in sending these men and women into harms way. This is a reflection on the entirety of the U.S. people for the irresponsibility of this invasion, occupation and our political process that brought it on. Is it all we can do is hope that everyone will come back safely?

On Santa Barbara's Soldiers Leave for Iraq

Posted on August 18 at 11:36 a.m.

Hello SezMe, thanks for pointing out my error. By the way it is Johnathan rather than John.

On Let the Height Wars Begin

Posted on August 17 at 11:14 p.m.

Cabal is a word used to describe certain council members. And now we see that the people interviewed and mentioned in this article are not a secret political clique but are instead a somewhat varied and public group. I do think though that they are all perhaps misguided in this collective mea culpa and resulting petition. I also think they all have a displayed a high level of egotistical opinion. Whether it is the "safe streets" leadership or this lineage of successive heir to the thrown of mayors, they all appear to be control freaks.

They all have collectively messed up the Eastside and Westside with their autocratic project approval process. "The Process" allowed a alcoholic bar and nightclub district to develop in Old Town creating havoc in the immediate area and a housing crisis citywide. The resulting traffic problems are bad enough and the Hwy 101 fix will satisfy a political demand rather than a good environmental solution. Over the decades these venerable leaders ruined so many of this city's environments that I cannot imagine them making a correct assessment with comprehensive and corrective solutions.

Again, for all the people mentioned in this article it is all about control. I hope the lazy electorate will finally figure out that they have all collectively ruined this city and will not rely on these leaders judgement again.

On Let the Height Wars Begin

Posted on August 6 at 5:32 p.m.

lowerwestie; all my friends are gay, all my friends are gay!

On None

Posted on August 6 at 6:43 a.m.

The Republican Party is offering up the most ridiculous candidates. Their Presidential candidate John McCain recently offered up his wife in a beauty pageant at an open-air biker-titty bar!

This article begs the question; Did this beach prancer Gandrud ever find a mate, get married? Would he actually have the nerve to take advantage of a constitutional right to get married, hypocritically against his Republican Party's wishes? As a gay man, moving to a small town and then taking his complaint public that he can't find a mate to the TV screen is representative of this candidates erroneous thought process. I guess Gandrud marched off to Washington D.C. seeking funds to widen the freeway, contrary to "community" processes so as not to delay or limit access to the vast dating pool to the south or north of his quaint little towne of Carpinteria.

What the Republican party in their populist notion that good "economic growth" and maintaining a small town character does not revolve around is accomodating the "BMW Community" with the largest construction project ever, the Highway 101 widening.

Let us hope that the good citizens of Carpenteria will soon dump the other environmental obstructionist Armendariz. Let us also hope that the Republican Party will reform itself by leading the charge to Impeach our current federal administration. And finally let us hope that Republicans will dump their party's dogma by burying at the ballot box John McCain and Gregory Gandrud.

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