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Posted on May 8 at 9:53 a.m.
“Shall the County Facilities Maintenance Ordinance requiring the County to keep County owned roads, parks and buildings in their current condition or better be adopted?”
The key phrase in this question is "County owned". So if the initiative passes and the funding just is not there, would that lead to privatization of all non-essential county properties? Would leasing the SB County Parks properties to be privately managed be a good thing? That's a huge policy question that I do not have the answer.
On Measure M Is for Mayhem
Posted on March 4 at 2:40 p.m.
The wines at Oreana tend to be inferior. It's my opinion that they must find another way to get people in the door because their wines will not do it. Becoming an extension of the State Street bar scene appears to be working for them.
Why is a winery there such a pioneering move anyway? Santa Barbara Winery was in the Funk Zone when it was the Funk Zone, I believe since 1968. They get people in the door the old fashioned way - good wine, good service and good people.
On Oreana Winery Puts Fun in Funk Zone
Posted on September 29 at 5:51 p.m.
This sounds like the same dilemma faced by those at Penn State. A question in this matter is, who is being harmed? How egregiously?
On When a Witness Questions Authority
Posted on September 20 at 9:29 a.m.
A wind farm is also a no-transit area. That means no sailing, no trawling, no commercial shipping. Although the channel is 26 miles wide between SB and Santa Cruz Island, it can seem extremely constricted when trying to pick your way through gales and rigs. The addition of a wind farm adds to the hazards of those traversing the channel north/south and east/west.
Commercial shipping has already been largely pushed out of the channel due air quality standards. This resulted in transit bottlenecks in military zones and more overall pollution. (Gotta say though, it's nice not to have to duck ships back in forth to the island.)
Also, much of this area is a Marine Sanctuary. Millions have been spent to restore native birds such as the brown pelican, the bald eagle, and others. Are those successful efforts to be sacrificed? What happens when a floating turbine eventually breaks loose as the much smaller weather bouys sometimes do?
Imagine a huge turbine smacking a rig. Hmm, past and future colliding to annihilate both.
On Wind Power Gains Momentum
Posted on September 20 at 8:40 a.m.
The easiest, most cost efficient method to reduce traffic in between SB and Carp (or anywhere really) is to enforce California Vehicle Code Section 21650. That is the "keep right" law.
It has been shown that only one vehicle camping in the fast lane can cause a great increase in commute times. Yet, it is amazing to see so many drivers get onto the freeway, dart across to the fast lane, then slow down.
On All Growl but No Bark
Posted on April 28 at 9:53 a.m.
We do not need more officers. What Santa Barbara and the Police Department need is proper leadership. Scam Sanchez cannot provide that.
On An Indiscreet Dog
Posted on February 17 at 9:11 a.m.
I'll ask again, "Are there any responsible dog owners in Santa Barbara?"
On Seal Bothering
Posted on February 11 at 10:10 a.m.
The rules are pretty clear for the bluffs - NO OFF LEASH DOGS. Had the dog owner shown proper responsibility they would not be in this mess.
On Seal Worshippers
Posted on November 1 at 3:27 p.m.
That picture says it all about this measure and about the culture of a Scam Sanchez police department. A citizen is giving them the thumbs up and the officers are returning the middle finger.
That is probably how they feel towards the city regarding their recent contract.
The Santa Barbara legal system has serious problems from the meter maids all the way through to that so called "judge" Hill.
Free Eric Frimpong!!!
On Marijuana Legalization Supporters: Not Afraid to Talk
Posted on October 21 at 7:51 a.m.
>>>Patricia Vogt voluntarily resigned from her post, one that earned her between $95,000 to $108,000 a year.
That much money for a payroll clerk?!?!? No wonder the teachers can't get what they deserve. Pay a grade school teacher that much and you would attract nothing but the best. Of course you would have to get rid of some of the non-performers, which the union would never allow.
On Payroll Shenanigans?