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Posted on January 30 at 3:34 p.m.

Great article. Who's Jane Hathaway?

On 127 Hours Late

Posted on May 27 at 12:42 p.m.

"As the victim walked onto the tracks, his head was reportedly turned to the left, towards the station and away from the train but — when the engineer spotted him, sounding the horn and activating the emergency brake — the victim turned his head to right at the last minute, just as he was hit. The victim, said McCaffrey, was dragged beneath the cars, coming to a stop directly in front of the group of schoolchildren.

The kids were reportedly initially excited by the sound of the train’s horn, clapping and cheering as they waited along the platform’s yellow line, but became horror-stricken at the sight of the accident. Many became physically upset to the point of crying and hyperventilating. Cases of water were provided, said McCaffrey, and buses came to transport the schoolchildren back to Santa Maria."

Two of the most brutal paragraphs I've read on the Independent.

On SBCC Student Hit and Killed by Train

Posted on May 14 at 11:46 p.m.

The employee's position is not to park cars, it is to maintain county vehicles and manage parking lot operations. The fact that Aceves, who has parked his vehicle at the county administration building multiple times, chose to park his car in a space not reserved for his use, is proof that the lot needs to be monitored. The fact that Falfal asked Aceves to move his car shows that Aceves does not receive special treatment, and that's what pissed Aceves off.

On Touchy ‘Turban’ Talk

Posted on February 6 at 11:07 a.m.

Like calmbutdirect, I am also an employee of the County and echo his or her general statements.

I think the root of the problem with the working atmosphere is basic political culture. People don't want to screw up because they think the stakes are so high so they end up engaging in the long list of bad things government is known for: forming committees to decide whether to form a committee, setting things up so that they don't have to take the blame when it fails, and of course, general butt kissing.

Is there something undemocratic about the CEO structure? Yeah. Does it allow us to expedite what we do? Yeah. Is that a good thing? Sometimes, sometimes not. But what I didn't quite agree with was the notion that the CEO's office is some kind of informational Fort Knox from which all fear flows. It's laughable to think that the Supervisors are victims in dealing with the CEO's office and department heads when they are the ones who had electronic locks installed on their doors and kevlar installed under the dais in the board hearing room, not to mention the bulletproof glass shield at the back of the hearing room.

The moral of the story is both CEO and Supervisors are afraid of one thing - the public. And why shouldn't they be when stories like this get printed?

On Executive Privileges

Posted on January 22 at 4:23 p.m.

So miles 23 and 24 include a run UP Cliff Dr.? Ouch.

On Santa Barbara Marathon Ready to Open Registration

Posted on August 5 at 1:06 a.m.

lack of affordable housing + decorative trash cans and lights - money to pay cops and teachers = increase in murder.

On Police Release Details of State Street Shooting

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