Comments by rileyoconner

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Posted on April 23 at 8:43 a.m.

A nurse who temps around the country told us that she has never, ever been in a city that deals with the homeless like Santa Barbara does. They are brought into Cottage on a regular basis, some almost every week, treated and released. More and more citizens and business owners are aware of the growing problem but the city leaders seem intent on making it ever easier for the homeless to set up camp here. Santa Barbara is viewed as a very hospitable place by transients from other areas. Why?

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Posted on March 12 at 4:56 p.m.

The actual teachers (the ones in the classroom), the policemen, the firemen should all be secure in their jobs if they are doing them well. There is plenty of bloat in the "upper management" and superfluous "specialists" and that is where the cuts should come.

On Teachers at Risk

Posted on March 12 at 4:36 p.m.

I totally agree with John Locke - bankruptcy is the only way to reverse the absurd benefits that the local politicians have put in place. In times of seeming plenty both State and local governments give themselves lavish perks and, unlike private enterprise, when the bad times come nothing curtails them. Government, conservative and liberal alike, has been incredibly careless with our money. Mechanisms need to be put in place to prevent this from continuing to happen.

On County Budget Bloodbath

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