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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 first
Free 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

Posted on February 14 at 6:31 p.m.

So tragic and so sad. I have encountered many loose dogs in my life. Even my own dogs have temporarily escaped my control at times. There are many ways to assert your dominance over a dog (and wolves or coyotes) other than shooting it. And sometimes you might even get a little hurt. just deal with it. Shooting is the last option. But the easiest if you already have a gun at the ready.

I have a real problem understanding how these outdoor hunters could mistake a curly haired terrier with an orange collar with a truly wild dog.

On Remembering Billy the Dog

Posted on February 14 at 6:07 p.m.

I like the future technology approach that replaces roof shingles with solar panels that all feed into the grid with decentralized storage systems. One system lets the power companies lease and maintain your roofs.

Also in a cash poor, water short state such as California, I never understood why the Central Valley's concrete lined aqueduct system is open. Why not lease the thousands of acres of aqueduct to be covered with solar panels? This will reduce water evaporation AND generate revenue for the state.

On No Longer a Rational Option

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