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Posted on July 4 at 11:45 p.m.
This is an excellent use of BAE 146 aircraft. These suckers were built for steep descents into small airports in the middle of cities that had a lot of noise ordinances. While not a huge commercial success because of four engines, they appear to be great aircraft to convert into firefighters.
The existing inventory of planes is very old and much smaller after many aircraft were parked after wings fell off of two very old aircraft. (Which also caused the Navy and USAF to rebuild the wings of their C-130 and P-3 aircraft)
On Firefighters Gain Ground on White Fire
Posted on July 4 at 11:14 p.m.
It appears to me that these skaters must be being doing okay in school and absorbing their history lessons. Especially the parts about American's responsibilities associated with civil disobedience.
P.S. Way, way back back in 1975, SMHS shut down a day early because, after yearbooks didn't arrive, the campus broke out into a HUGE water balloon fight on a very hot June day. As everyone rushed to the parking lots, there were smiling sheriffs leaning against their cars with their red lights on just waiting for someone to race out into the street.
On City Beats Strategic Retreat in Struggle over Skater's Point
Posted on June 8 at 4:20 a.m.
This is not skimming a few dollars off the coffee mess or taking a few pens home. This amount can be a budget line item in a city budget. This is the salary of maybe 1-2 people per year.
The next investigative step to review and find out why management controls weren't working and to fix them. This step may find out if other negligence or criminal behavior was involved by others.
"Trust but verify"
On Former Police Employee Pleads No Contest in Massive Theft Case
Posted on June 1 at 10:25 a.m.
Furloughing working people to address budgetary issues is simply not the right approach. And fire fighters? Stupid idea.
There are so many programs or tax cuts that should be eliminated to balance the budget. As a civil servant, I see so many ways in my workplace. Things like building renovations to reduce energy costs; allowing us to buy hand held bar code scanners to perform inventory; revising supervisor to worker ratios from 1 - 6 to 1 - 10 or trimming how much we accumulate in sick or annual leave.
Spirit walker: while I don't personally like drugs, I would support your idea if if 50% of the proceeds went to drug abuse treatment and 50% went to the state or federal debt!
On Firefighter Force Cut as Fire Season Ignites
Posted on May 1 at 4:02 p.m.
Sad but classic. Forest service writes rules that they can't enforce.Hunters defend themselves with what is in their hands instead of thinking firstFree spirited hiker lets well behaved dog have a little freedom.Hiker lets dog off leash during hunting season? (I never hike during hunting season)
On Dogs Versus Hunters in the Backcountry
Posted on May 1 at 10:09 a.m.
SB used to be ahead of the game.But by the 80's, the city dragged out the decision process on the waste water treatment plant. Now the city needs to upgrade the sewer and water lines to reduce leakage. But the city's tolerance of the slumlords and the resultant overcrowding is the biggest crime.
On Santa Barbara's environmental leadership?
Posted on April 25 at 6:29 p.m.
I worked at FedMart in the mid 70's which was in a pretty ugly shopping center by the airport. By the post office facility. (It was a good high school job at the time)
FedMart was eventually bought out by Target. So maybe one can say 'Target is back'
Personally, Target is a far better shopping experience than Walmart or KMart; I avoid both stores like the plague. And I hate feeling 'elitist'
All i can say is to just keep working with Target and the city on tuning the design and color palate.
Eastbeach: I loved your reference to the GE Delco building. Yep, many late 50's and 60's designs were part of the architecture design wasteland. Almost as boring/ugly as the Soviet-era building motif.
On Targeting Goleta Target
Posted on April 10 at 2:20 p.m.
I like the ideas of planting a new tree for future generations and using the wood from the existing tree for benches, etc.
On Tree Down at Douglas Preserve
Posted on March 19 at 6:11 p.m.
Jail time for a homeless guy wont help him reform or improve himself. He should be given a chance to do time restoring a county park or working on some trails.
On Homeless Man to be Sentenced for Montecito Motors Fire
Posted on February 28 at 2:30 a.m.
There are a number of federal DoD employees who work in Goleta with the various engineering companies. While the federal and defense budget needs to be reduced, a 20% reduction in salary is just not right. There are better approaches to address the personnel part of the budget.
- Federal employees with over 15 years get 8 hours annual and 4 hours sick leave per two week pay period. Reducing the annual leave to 6 hours is a 25% savings. Or, following many industries, combining the annual and sick times into personal time and reducing the 12 hours is another smart tactic.
- Many federal supervisors supervise 2-3 people. Set higher minimums.
- Federal employees with 30 years can retire at age 56 and draw their basic pension, tap their 401k AND draw a pension called "Social Security Offset" which is equal to their future SS paycheck.
I did like the Republicians suggestion that Congress not get paid until this is solved is a good idea. I would suggest not to pay the entire legislative and White House staff until the budget is balanced is a better idea.
On Squeezed by Sequester
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