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Posted on July 31 at 9:46 a.m.

One of the remarkable stories is in Carey McWilliams, `California, the Great Exception' is the story of why there are not large reservations in California. The BIA wanted to do that, but Congress decided that Spain & Mexico had settled the `Indian Question' and so the US need do nothing to compensate the first peoples here. Prior Mexican & Spanish land grants got honored, sort of, if your Yankee lawyer didn't fleece you. Eventually small tracts of land got devoted after the native population had been decimated.

Decimated by white bounty hunters going out and killing male natives for $. And then taking the women and children to be slaves. Recall that between 1850 and 1865 the slave/free status of non-whites could be defined by anyone until appealed to a court.

I'm always taken aback by the strength of the antipathy toward the current Chumash. Nothing they do comes even close to what the US, California, and every County including Santa Barbara (not any of us personally) did to them. Today's US, California, and County are legally the same entities that existed in 1850. There is no statute of limitations, sorry, for the crimes that were committed. Which is not to say anyone commenting here is personally responsible, you are not. But the corporate entities of the US, the State of California, and the County, until they go out of business.

Ideally no-one would ever go to the Casino; I never do. Personally I think gambling, including the state Lottery, would be illegal, or better, legal but so uninteresting to be unprofitable. Mostly lower-income people squander their money because they've been bilked into thinking gambling is not a rigged game. Many well educated people (although not all) avoid gambling because they know it is way stupider than contributing to your IRA.

I do like the idea of banning alcohol consumption anywhere on site at the Chumash facility. One vice at a time, and alcohol consumption correlates with customers wasting even more money.

Additionally the same advertising restrictions applied to cigarettes should be applied to all gambling (including the State Lottery).

But if the Chumash make lots of money off of gambling, in general, the people who give them the money are to blame. And a 12-story hotel is what the people giving them money want.

On Chumash Propose 12-Story Hotel Tower

Posted on July 13 at 9:20 a.m.

This is mere showmanship. At the heart of the matter is that Santa Barbara County, unlike Ventura County & LA County, did not revise its building codes after the Northridge earthquake. Now that would save some lives.

On Can We Be Ready for the Big One?

Posted on May 26 at 10:05 a.m.

Not according to the Brady Campaign, John Locke.

page 3 of http://www.bradycampaign.org/sites/de...

Not saying I know what to do either. But California is bordered by 3 states with very lax gun laws.

On Disturbing Details Released in Isla Vista Murders

Posted on May 26 at 1:05 a.m.

Vandenberg is a military base. They have enormous leeway to do whatever they want that is consistent with being a military base.

Drilling for oil is not what military bases do unless necessity dictates.

There is no necessity in this case.

So it looks incredibly corrupt to mix military with private business like this. So corrupt that one wonders if Vandenberg should be invited to leave their location.

On Green Light Given to Drill at Vandenberg

Posted on May 5 at 8:48 a.m.

MrsDoverSharp nails it… there is a character assassination machine in full gear to trash Miller-Young. Miller-Young should have walked on by and avoided those kooks. And the Campus Police messed up big time… they shouldda known their own regulations and they should have got those signs down ASAP.

I've heard Miller-Young has gotten a few death threats. No wonder she is not appearing in court.

On Speech Is Free, Sometimes

Posted on January 26 at 8:26 a.m.

Eckerman, same is true of Noleta. The difference between Noleta & IV is that IV's votes would have carried the election. The Goleta city hood folks didn't want a city with 45% in favor in Western Goleta carried by 80% in favor in Isla Vista. And the city hood folks viscerally dislike IV…

IV, of course, was subdivided in 1925, and is quite a bit older than all Goleta subdivisions outside of Old Town. Goleta only really got going when UCSB moved to Bishop mesa. The point is: 95% of Goleta residents moved in after IV and UCSB were already there, and either knew or should have known what IV & UCSB were. Indeed Goleta benefits enormously from the economic activity of IV & UCSB. It is up to the Goleta City folks to find the better angels of their nature and overcome their petty prejudices.

The attempt by the City of Goleta to seize Goleta West and its assets has poisoned all sorts of wells in IV and UCSB, particularly after the City's revenue gerrymandering with its boundaries.

The City of Goleta made its bed and now has to lie in it. A `my bad' issued by the City for the attempt of the Goleta West seizure would be a good start.

Then discussing annexation would make sense.

On The County’s Fleecing of Goleta Must End

Posted on January 25 at 12:07 p.m.

No Taco Bell, but a Habit. No more Javan's, but Chinese food is finally back. Just got to know where to look for it.

The Goleta Roundtable reports from 2000 flatly contradict you, Eckerman. The only pan-Goleta Valley polling indicated a city of Western Goleta + IV would pass. The confounding factor is Eastern Goleta; if you include them, the West + East + IV failed. But East Goleta also didn't want to be in with West Goleta, and is now Noleta. The polling definitely said West G + IV would pass at the ballot box.

It was the Goleta city hood folks who didn't want to believe the polling, and wanted to trap maximum revenue with minimum responsibility. So they grabbed where Isla Vista shops to grab to sales tax, but dumped all the Section 8, developmentally disabled, and Spanish-speaking folks in IV on the County.

The attempt to grab Goleta West Sanitary just proved it again.

Thank goodness Bob Braitman is out.

Maintain the Revenue Neutrality Agreement forever!

On The County’s Fleecing of Goleta Must End

Posted on January 24 at 4 p.m.

Eckerman wrote ``I don't if sevendolphins ever met anybody from Goleta, but all the Goleta residents that know are pretty nice folk.''

Indeed, I met them at the hearings for the formation of Goleta city hood. When it comes to IV, they transformed from nice, pale, dull people into clenched fists and hard faces.

IV is the home of a lot of Section 8 housing and some of the only group homes for developmentally disabled. The Goletans don't give a damn if they grab all the sales tax those folks spend inside the cherry picked Goleta boundaries. Some of the Goletans said to me, `Well, we took Old Town, and enough is enough'. Fair to them is: we get the Isla Vista sales tax revenue and bed tax, and Isla Vista can just get screwed.

Isla Vista is a revenue generator that easily pays it law enforcement costs if you include all the sales tax generated by the fairly spendy students and all the bed tax generated by their visiting parents and friends. It is a myth that Isla Vista is a sink of money… parents from all over California deposit money in the students' checking accounts and they spend it here. Or they spend the State financial aid locally here.

Loads of property tax generated in IV too, per unit area just huge, few streets and services to support off that. Net, IV subsidizes the more rural portions of the County.

Don't forget the Goletans tried to seize the Goleta West Sanitary District, a very well-managed special district. It was a bald power play by the City of Goleta to steal assets of what was originally the Isla Vista Sanitary District.

Sorry, the face the Goletans show to Isla Vista is one that is hard and enraged. They are the petite bourgeoisie in Goleta.

With luck Doreen Farr will stick to her guns and do the right thing, which is keep the Revenue Neutrality in place.

On The County’s Fleecing of Goleta Must End

Posted on January 22 at 4:50 p.m.

Uh… Goleta's boundaries purposely cherrypicked revenue generators like Costco and Bacara and Goleta Hotels.

Goleta's boundaries purposely avoided Isla Vista, full of residents who go shop at Costco and whose parents and relatives fill the Goleta hotels.

Well, Isla Vista also has a lot of poor families that Goletans hate and wanted to screw.

No way should the County ever end this revenue agreement. The County has a duty to not let Goleta abscond with all the tax revenue Isla Vista generates for them.

Giving back money to the Goleta haters of Isla Vista families is just wrong.

Oh, don't forget, Goleta tried to grab the old Isla Vista Sanitary district too, a brutal, heartless, nasty attempted theft of Isla Vista resources.

Don't let the Goleta haters win.

On The County’s Fleecing of Goleta Must End

Posted on January 18 at 12:27 p.m.

Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.

Writing ``(In that effort, Caltrans fully embodied the jack-booted bureaucracy of its stereotype and the photo simulations of what the project would look like — provided by Caltrans itself — were devastatingly bleak.)'' is wacko, Nick.

Real jack-booted thugs would throw you down the stairs and break your back, Nick.

On Green Light for Highway 101 Widening

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