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Posted on October 30 at 2:12 p.m.

According to Noozhawk, "Her license will be suspended for 30 days, but she’ll be eligible for a restricted license on Nov. 10 if she follows the terms of her probation."

She got off very easy. Three times the legal limit, two hours after officers were called, with an accident involved to boot. She needs more than 9 months of alcohol classes and a few AA meetings. The rest of us would have gotten jail.

On Iya Falcone Pleads No Contest to DUI

Posted on October 26 at 9:33 a.m.

The article seems to forget that the grandmother who died in the accident wasn't wearing her seat belt. Would seem to be a mitigating circumstance to me, however tragic the situation.

On County Settles Lawsuit for $4.8 Million

Posted on October 25 at 9:22 a.m.

Frankly, female rockers are simply missing from the scene. Sure, there are plenty of female artists (binky alluded to Adele, Grace Potter, Hayley Williams, MIA, Beyonce, Pink, Lady GaGa, Nora Jones, Miranda Lambert), but the majority are not true "rockers". They're mostly pop.

Florence and the Machine gets pretty close, but I can't stand them. I don't believe country to be rock, and I'd rather listen to Florence than the whiny Taylor Swift (The girl needs to come out with an album titled "Maybe It's Me").

For me, nothing has yet come close to Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, The Go-Go's, The Bangles and even Hole. And frankly, I don't know how you can't love Heart. I'm looking forward to the renaissance, but it's not here yet.

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Posted on October 22 at 10:28 a.m.

You forgot this one, penelopeb:

"Dead beached whales are an usual sight in the county, explained Glick, the last one coming in 2007 on Goleta Beach."

Dead beached whales are either "AN UNusual" sight in the county, or they are "A Usual" sight.

Other than that, your comment could have been a bit more concise and less inflammatory, penelopeb. Try not to interject your emotions or phrases like "you will go down in flames" in online discussions. It won't serve your purpose as well as you think it might.

On Dead Whale on More Mesa Beach

Posted on October 10 at 9:44 a.m.

The whole "you didn't build that" issue had nothing to do with infrastructure. And if you want to get technical, half the infrastructure being built in California is built by private developers as a condition of their projects. So, no, government is not building that.

The whole "you didn't build that" had to do with businesses, especially small businesses. Obama claimed without the help of government, those businesses could not exist. Which is an absolute crock. We all know how difficult it is to run a business in this state, in spite of California's overbearing government.

So it was a perfect quote to seize upon. It's only gotten more difficult to run a business in this country, no thanks to the government that Obama created. Which didn't build it.

On Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Posted on September 17 at 2:42 p.m.

Sorry, GLBA, but a city-appointed position does not give one license to a pulpit and a forum in which to preach. The ABR deserves our disdain because the members refused to perform the duties for which they were appointed. They were not appointed to proclaim their political agenda, but to apolitically review the consistency of architectural elements for the developments presented to them. They failed to their job. And when people don't do their jobs, they get fired.

And Ken, whether the ABR is ceremonial, and whether Chick-fil-A was going to get be approved anyway is irrelevant; the integrity and legitimacy of the ABR, ceremonial or otherwise, is now in question, as is the purpose of having an ABR.

This is no witch hunt. This is a call for accountability. Not every venue is appropriate for political or social discussion.

On Rebuke Chik-fil-A

Posted on September 12 at 8:54 a.m.

I would think Cottage would know better than to plan to locate an infectious disease ward next to the oncology ward, but I may be giving them too much credit.

That just seems like common sense.

On Goleta Valley Hospital Upgrade

Posted on September 10 at 5:48 p.m.

Sorry SezMe, but your argument that Santa Barbara/Goleta will just become another LA unless we restrict any and all development is rank with FUD, and the poorest excuse for limiting development that I have ever heard. The very idea that there is enough land on the central coast to support "3 million" people is silly to say the least. Exaggerations don't make for cogent arguments.

After you get over the idea that people still like to build on property they own (I'll bet you're really angry that Towbes is already approved for Willow Springs II, and they'll be for-sale condominiums, not for-rent apartments), you'll realize the development in question is mixed-use infill on previously zoned land, already slated for development, in the General Plan. And if that makes you angry, you best get yourself a job at the City and rewrite the General Plan.

I don't mind the word arrogant. Ignorant people usually view the informed as such. What I do mind is "exclusionary". And what or who gives you the right to exclude others from your little slice of heaven is beyond me.

On Goleta Planners, Area Residents Critique Development Proposal

Posted on September 10 at 2:04 p.m.

Quite surprised at the ignorant statements here. The parcel of land in question is not open space. Just because it's currently "open" doesn't mean it's a park. It's zoned for industrial uses, and the GP amendment would rezone it for residential/commercial.

The view aspect is absolutely attrocious. Where, exactly, would one expect to have a view on Hollister Avenue? Hollister is an industrial/commercial/residential corridor, and the development fits with those uses. So where does the expectation of a view come in? Because we have one now? Where are the property rights?

Finally, we still do need housing, and $300,000 for a condo IS affordable. Georgy, your statement that 'not everyone can live here' is really quite elitist and ignorant. Just because you walked through the door doesn't mean you can slam it shut behind you.

For this development to go through, it needs to be smart. And there need to be mitigations. But the answer isn't "don't develop". Ridiculous.

On Goleta Planners, Area Residents Critique Development Proposal

Posted on August 29 at 2:45 p.m.

And because spending on entitlements, welfare, and public services are also at an all time high, and with no reform in sight to reduce spending to a level that is within our means, there will be misguided proposals like beach parking to make up the difference.

Raising taxes is not the answer. Robbing Peter to pay Paul does not for sustainability make. Responsible spending does. Otherwise, when the next recession rolls around, we'll be in the exact same place.

On Beach Parking Fees Not the Answer to Budget Problem

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