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Posted on August 19 at 10:08 a.m.

For those of us who remember frequenting the Ice Rink on the SB mesa all those years ago know what a fun and valuable experience Ice skating is for families.

Could the designers utilize solar and alternative energies to offset the energy usage? Yes.

I agree that lawn is sometimes bad, but Skating rinks are always good.

On Skating on Thin Ice

Posted on August 19 at 8:38 a.m.

Cars on the side of the road act as a traffic calming measure. This slows traffic down. A good thing.
The speeding issue on Foothill should have as high of a priority as egress during a disaster.
The residents on Foothill are first class citizens all the way!

On Parking Woes on Foothill Road

Posted on June 29 at 8:43 a.m.

One of the above posts (not mentioning any names) is definitely from LA...Either that or the mentality has absorbed you (sorry LA, didn't mean to offend).
Thanks for your closed mindedness.

It makes me laugh to hear of someone lives here 'part time' as if the rich cultural history of our city has been absorbed in a single moment, rendering the person 'native' and purifying their motives to develop in accordance with the people's wishes.

The developer in this case should consult with Jeff Shelton in this regard. His vision for the city is one that includes housing for the non-wealthy...

below this line is just a rant ....

Vons downtown is/was a place void of nutritional food.... There are isle upon isle of overpriced white flour non-food . They are selling health depleting dangerous man-made foodstuff to an 'economically challenged' working class of people- with little or no health care to compensate for what they are eating. Every package of Vons food should contain a health insurance voucher (sort of like green stamps from the old days) to offset each individuals impending future health claims. It's amazing what a difference 4 miles makes. Vons of Montecito is selling completely different healthier food than their downtown store (and the prices are not any higher).

Another Trader Joes would not bother me at all. Not perfect, but not overtly greedy either...they operate with a cost-plus business model in which they pay their vendors in cash and rely on 'volume' sales to make large profits. . That is why their prices are so much lower than everywhere else. They also give part-time employees health benefits and retirement savings..... Imagine that.....

On Downtown Vons Confirmed to Close

Posted on June 25 at 9 a.m.

This is one of the best written articles I have read in a long time. Thanks to the author. Thanks Jeff!! Your life story, philosophy and buildings reflect the truly rich life that you are leading...
Thanks for reminding us about the importance of community (especially the vision of a walkable, inclusive, culturally rich and affordable downtown),
You have given me higher hopes for the other architects in the room.

On Jeff Shelton, Santa Barbara's Architectural Wizard

Posted on June 24 at 9:53 a.m.

Great detective work "intheknow'
....just kidding
I noticed that you are a 'multiple' poster- and long winded. that's a little fishy in my book.
Cindysins has made some brilliant deductions. Also the fact that nearly 1/2 a million dollars has been spent to prosecute this man is utterly foolish. If he is convicted and spends time in jail, it will cost even more taxpayer money (my money).
Bite me Mr. DA
(Anonymous on purpose)

On Supervisor's Assistant Faces Perjury Charge

Posted on June 24 at 7:38 a.m.

That's a great Idea!!....
Also there is backyard harvest:

On None

Posted on June 22 at 3:57 p.m.

Taser that gang boy....
the "comments by Sgt. McGrew about the teen escapee he tasered again.....And we'll probably arrest him next week, too" are proof positive that the suppression approach to gang violence is not working at all... It is not working- at all. It is not working......

Another way of seeing this kids life:

We had a chance to help this kid-
then we had another chance to help this kid-
then we had one last chance to help this kid-
now it is too late, he is dead.

We should taser everyone who has not taken action to intervene into this kids life.. Including the parents. We should also give an extra zapp to the cop who thinks these kids are animals and not people.

On Gang Prevention Effort Off to Slow Start

Posted on June 22 at 1:53 p.m.

It appears by the title that a witness was "run down" It took me 3/4 down the witness list to realize that the witness list is what I was running down.

On Witness Rundown in Hollywood Trial

Posted on March 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Bill makes some valid points.....about the problem.
The problem has been studied to the nth degree, and we are all aware that the same ingredients that make a successful member of society' are what are missing for the young kids that choose this way of life. The solution is not very complicated at all.
Policing (suppression), after school programs and welfare are all band aids that do not directly address the problem. Kids that have that 'look in their eyes' are simply scared. Bravado is fear turned outward. Did you know that in the mind of a 14 year old on the lower east side or west side that they are actually afraid of being stabbed by a knife and dying? The thought of being stabbed makes me scowl . How about you?
How do we provide hope to children that feel hopeless? By giving them hope. You simply offer them a way up and out by taking steps to improve the conditions of their lives.
But are Santa Barbara's residents willing to share? The other night I looked up at the Riviera and there were so many houses with no lights on. I think that half the population on the hill doesn't even live here. How many rentals do you own?

Love, Nutritious Food, Affordable Shelter, Education equate to lower crime rates.

All of the above costs less dollars and takes less effort than warehousing large segments of the population.

Violence in Juvenile hall? Wow what a shocker. Perhaps the fact that we are trying little kids as adults contributes to the desperation they are feeling.

It's a different set of rules where they are headed and Violence is survival. Are you really shocked?

On Gang Murder Cases Collide in Juvenile Hall

Posted on March 9 at 10:14 a.m.

Bill Mayhan and Sheila Lodge will both be dead (and forgotten) in 20 years. Nothing personal guys.

The city must evolve--Stopping the inevitable building 'up' of our city is the best that these people can do?
"El Pueblo Viejo" (the old town) should be called las maneras viejas (the old ways)

Hey lets call it something catchy. Yea. And Spanish... That's how we can garner support from the average joe (or Jose) who is too busy working his F****n fanny off to pay for his high rent- (probably in a building that Mayhan designed and Lodge owns) to pay attention to the goings on of our dear city counsel.
As if the Hispanic working class of Santa Barbara came up with the name. Is Mayhan Spanish? Oh yea they want to 'preserve' their way of life too. We should all live 3 families to one room in Santa that a few select can still see the tip of La Cumbre peak from their single story multi-million dollar Spanish colonial homes.

take a tour of a 2500 year old city like Rome and you will see a rich culture like nothing else-- yet the buildings are all above 45 feet. Hmmmm. How did they do that?

The up and coming generation (not to mention my own generation) will no longer tolerate the widening divide between the haves and have nots. There is a breaking point. Ample opportunity to 'own' a piece of our city will be afforded to more people when the slow thinking people like Lodge and Mayhan are gone. Ownership by the working class will correct the current imbalance that exists in our "Beautiful" city.

Smart growth includes taller buildings. Sorry Bill.... your legacy is less than a blip in the history and future of this city.
Apologies to to Bill Mayhan and Sheila Lodge for the rudeness.

On Height Fight Turns Personal

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