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Posted on February 6 at 11:56 a.m.

Dear Pagurus, clicking on his byline will take you to the columnist's bio as well as his previous columns. :D

Dr. McGinnis was Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Center and taught at the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB from 1995-2010. He is author of Bioregionalism (Routledge, 1999) and has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals about biodiversity conservation. From 1993-2000, his research funded by three awards from the National Science Foundation focused on the role of values and science in the development of ecosystem-based planning. From 1999-2008, he was an advisor to federal agencies in the development of coastal marine ecosystem-based planning in California. In 2008, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Europe and conducted a study on coastal marine governance supported by the European Union. He is currently conducting a study of New Zealand’s coastal marine governance framework with support from the ministries of that country and Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). He is also completing two books on the subject of the importance of community in an age of climate change.

On Saltwater in My Hair

Posted on January 26 at 9:41 a.m.

The following comment was emailed to Nick Welsh this morning from Joe Armendariz:

Your reporting on my controversy has become both sloppy and silly. First, I never said "rats," I said "darn."

But more importantly your attempt to suggest that my ill will toward Greg Gandrud is somehow related to him being gay, hence your reference to my "evangelical" church, is misplaced. Nothing could be further from the truth. I challenge you, or anyone else, to identify a single homophobic statement or position I have taken. My relationship with Gandrud isn't any worse than Salud's is…is Salud [First District County Salud Carbajal] anti-gay or homophobic too? How about [Carpinteria City Councilmember] Brad Stein? He and Gandrud were at each other's throats every meeting, is Brad anti-gay? How about [former Carpinteria councilmember and mayor] Dick Weinberg? How about each and every member of SBCAG [the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments]?

My problem with Gandrud is that he is a shameless, self-promoting, grandstander who is far more interested in making headlines than working with people he disagrees with. And when he decided that my election in 2004 somehow entitled him to a guaranteed second vote to disrupt city council meetings and obstruct the business of the city, and that didn’t happen even though I told anyone who would listen it wouldn't, it was Gandrud who started to attack me and proceeded to undermine me behind my back with my supporters.

And then when he lost his reelection he blamed me for not raising money for him. Bottom line is I didn’t want him to get re-elected and many of the people who supported me didn’t want him re-elected either and they probably wouldn't have given him money even if I had asked them to.

I couldn’t care less who Greg Gandrud sleeps with. And my choice of local churches to attend has nothing to do with who people choose to sleep with, live with, or marry. I have gone on record supporting gay marriage, and I was also opposed to Proposition 8, and even told a reporter from the <em>Independent</em> that when I was interviewed about the issue back in 2009. So your're barking up the wrong tree, my friend.

Joe

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Posted on December 12 at 11:07 a.m.

I wish the commenters would be more civil.

On Can California Do Without Nuclear Power?

Posted on October 29 at 11:04 a.m.

Tambora. :)

On The Day Before Fukushima

Posted on October 28 at 12:23 p.m.

@Tamora. Typo, fixed.

On The Day Before Fukushima

Posted on July 21 at 5:11 p.m.

Piazza San Marco typo fixed.

On To Venice with Love

Posted on July 21 at 11:53 a.m.

squaked fixed.

On Got Dog?

Posted on May 4 at 9:35 a.m.

Okay, John_Adams, punctuation changed to clarify that Puerto Vallarta is our Sister City.

On “Secure Communities” Are Unsafe for Anyone

Posted on April 6 at 2:21 p.m.

Posted on behalf of Yvonne Sawyer:

I am writing to support my mother, Jessie McMillan’s, correction (printed subsequent to this cover story) regarding my father, Dr. Horace McMillan, the first African American physician to practice medicine in Santa Barbara, from 1952-1988. Also, I would like to thank your staff for making this correction, which clarified that he did not build Goleta Valley Hospital using settlement money from suing a Santa Barbara hospital over the segregation of African American patients (though he did protest against that situation and get it changed). My father and other physicians cofounded Goleta Valley Hospital with their own money.
I read Neill Wright’s remarks (online in the letter to the editor titled "Black History 101") with much interest. He has much family history to be proud of; not to mention his own accomplishments. Also I agree with Sal Guerena’s comments in that I also was pleased with The Independent’s news coverage of so many African American she/heroes having such an impact on Santa Barbara. Sal, Sylvia Curtis, and Sojourn Rolles of UCSB have done so much work to bring this African American History to the forefront.
~Yvonne Sawyer

Link to comments by Wright and Guerena:
http://www.independent.com/news/2011/...

On Recognizing Santa Barbara's Black History

Posted on March 10 at 10 a.m.

Confirmed! 965-0862.

On I Sing the Canine Electric

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