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Posted on March 28 at 12:10 p.m.

"...if only wealthy people can live in a given place, who then, will do the manual labor?" Not only manual labor, done by "poor people," but all the labor necessary for healthy society. A few months ago, a mortgage lender published an article in one of the community newspapers analyzing affordability in Goleta. According to her figures, median home price is $803,500. Yearly required pretax household income (assuming a 20% downpayment) is $114,000. That is way more than the median income of SB, and exceeds what 90% of all Americans make. That is why tenancies far outnumber owner occupied homes in Santa Barbara. These tenants have jobs in SB With the lack of rental vacancies in SB, renovation evictions put a huge burden on all tenants, not just the presumed poor ones.

On Evicted Isla Vista Tenants Settle Court Case

Posted on March 28 at 11:51 a.m.

Positing a false dichotomy is a logical fallacy. No one is asking for a VA facility on every street corner. But it would be great if the VA facility we do have in SB were more full service. Also there are many, many more veterans who qualify for VA services (but not base privileges) who did not actually retire from the military. You imply all those veterans in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties should all move to LA. Seriously? The VA should be able to refer people to providers within the community, and have it covered as part of their VA benefits, which incidentally Congress says qualifies as having health insurance for Obamacare purposes.

On Capps Co-Sponsors Bill for VA Reform

Posted on March 26 at 9:14 p.m.

When I first moved to SLO for a job, I was very thankful to have my little RV. I had a reservation at an RV campground in Avila Beach, but I gave that up when I realized that it was going to take more than a couple weeks to find an apartment. I could not risk using up my rent-plus-security-deposit money at Avila Beach. It actually took nearly two months to find a place. I was very thankful to the business owner at church who let me park in his parking lot.

On RV Dwellers Sue City

Posted on March 26 at 8:58 p.m.

I think the 6 am to 8 am thing is a mistake. It takes 2 1/2 hours to go from SB to SLO on Amtrak. In fact, this weeks article says the trip takes 45 minutes.

On Commuter Train Service Expected by Spring 2016

Posted on March 26 at 8:50 p.m.

The VA clinic in Santa Barbara serves mostly as a referral point. You go there to get a referral to West LA or Sepulveda. Getting there and back by bus is an all-day affair. " spending about 12 hours on a bus for a 30-minute appointment " is exactly right. Kudos to Lois Capps.

On Capps Co-Sponsors Bill for VA Reform

Posted on March 26 at 8:43 p.m.

"When cloudless sun, blowing winds and shifting sands are the local environment, covering up from head to toe makes sense for both men and women." True enough, but that does not suffice as the explanation for the woman in a burka walking on State Street, SB in the company of her husband in his t-shirt and shorts.

On Women's Roles in Islam

Posted on March 26 at 8:41 p.m.

(once, only, other, tomb) These great examples of irregular words still contain a bit of regularity. In fact, 3/4 of once and only are either phonetically regular or follow a well-known pattern. Ditto for 4/5 of other. Even 1/2 of tomb follows a well-known pattern. None of them needs to be 100% memorized.

Our education system often tells kids things are hard, adding an extra mental obstacle to be overcome. For example, we tell kids that algebra, chemistry, physics and calculus are harder than they really are.

On Teach the Children — All of Them

Posted on March 23 at 3:01 p.m.

JJ repeatedly writes this without citation: "Illegals pay only $3 billion in taxes but take $28 billion in services and benefits." He ignores sources that maintain the work of illegal immigrants is an economic net benefit to the US. He needs to do his own homework, and not anchor on something for the sake of confirmation bias.

The idea that there is not such thing as hate crime on the argument there is no such thing as love crime is stunningly illogical.

Insisting that Hispanics are the ones conflating "Hispanic" with "illegal" is ignoring what has been going on in this country for decades.

On Hate Speech At San Marcos

Posted on March 23 at 2:35 p.m.

This whole paragraph is just silly: "Requiring helmets would probably have little effect on lycra-clad recreational riders, but it could discourage lay cyclists and young adults from making short trips around the neighborhood. Fear of a fine might be enough to sway them off of the bike and into the car, decreasing physical activity and increasing traffic for everyone. Such a fine would unfairly burden low-income riders, many of whom commute to work by bike and do not have resources for new equipment."

China currently lacks many of what people call "nanny-state" laws. However, they are headed toward things like seat belt laws and helmets because they are discovering that it is in the interest of society to mandate basic safety even if people choose to endanger themselves. One thing they have discovered is that the person who chooses self-endangerment is not the only one who must take responsibility for the consequences.

On Mandating Bike Helmets Could Decrease Safety

Posted on March 23 at 2:22 p.m.

The article is not even about Obamacare. It is about the unhealthy, expensive and self-destructive choice people make, even though they know better. The article lists 3 risks: overeating, inactivity, smoking. Number 4 would probably be alcohol, biologically a poison. Yet as Barney pointed out in his article about Prohibition in Santa Barbara, people are determined in their "hankering for ...sin."

On S.B. Health Status Report

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