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Posted on July 5 at 6:43 p.m.
I dodn't see any unbiased answers to 'How many people can fit into Santa Barbara?' Rather than talking about WHO can live here why not discuss Santa Barbara's future (would that be the general plan in which we have so little say)? Do we want to be Santa Barbara or to be the Los Angeles of the North? Do we want an agricultural presence or just a high cost of living reputation? Do we want to retain ANY of what is still here or do a complete about-face? The so-called compromises are killing us.
It seems to me that the only things the government - city, county, state, fed - wants is more money & more money & more money. Most corporations advocate "employee satisfaction" among other things. Maybe the government should consider this topic but I certainly think that they will not.
On Santa Barbara's Recovery Blues
Posted on June 12 at 10:51 a.m.
Remember the drought in the 80s? There were also building moratoriums due to the shortage of water. That might be another idea now.
On Montecito Entitled to More Water?
Posted on June 4 at 10:39 a.m.
"Uber ..... will not be there for you at 4am nor during rush hour. They won't take more than four people per vehicle. Take it or leave it. No choice. Uber ... swoop in during peak hours, pick the low hanging fruit, and take a bit of everybody's money."
I drive 5 days/wk during rush hour. Uber also offers an incentive to drivers for driving in the early morning hours. Surge pricing is fair competition for supply vs demand but I don't search it out. If I am out it is most likely the surge prices will end before I can get across town. There are rules. I can take only 4 riders because that is how many seat belts I have for passengers. If you need transportation for more, you can request Uber Black."
On Cabbies Take Uber Drivers to Task
Posted on June 3 at 10:41 a.m.
I am an Uber driver and I constantly ask my riders if they like Uber & how it is working for them. The consistently reply "It's great!' Quick pick ups, clean cars and pleasant drivers are the huge pluses. Uber is more dependable than a cab, less expensive and a good experience.
I, for one, am glad to see so many UCSB, SBCC and others using Uber when they are out for a night of drinking. It's safer for them & safer for the rest of us.
The taxi drivers have been described as grumpy and unfriendly. Uber rider comments have included "I feel like I just rode with a friend." The taxi cabs have been referred to as dirty & smelly. Uber cars are always clean & Uber cars do not discriminate among riders between how close or how far the ride is. Uber standards require that you pick up a minimum of 80% of the requests - but we always strive for 100% and for a 5 star rating.
The riders I have met have been happy, funny, interesting, educational, informative and always leave with a thank you to me. Uber is the best alternative to residents from all parts of Santa Barbara. I work hard, I aim to please, I am genuinely happy at my job and I provide a service to people that they cannot get elsewhere.
Posted on April 18 at 9:30 a.m.
I hope someone comes up with a better plan than the desal plant - that already cost us enough & how much more would it have cost to have someone maintain it so that it was ready for "emergency use?" Who is responsible for this fiasco?
On Edgy Frustration Over Drought
Posted on March 5 at 9:19 a.m.
12 months in rehab does not seem equal to breaking the neck of your 3-yr old son. Of course she's sorry & open to receiving treatment: She doesn't want to go to prison. Injuring your child in this situation is the same as being physically abusive.
And the boy lives with his father? In & out of jail, crackhead... That's not any better for him.
This is a sad situation for the Mason. Harsher consequences to individuals like these parents seems more than appropriate.
On Woman Sentenced to Probation for DUI Crash That Broke Son's Neck
Posted on June 8 at 9:38 a.m.
I really want to know WHY that piece of information was left out of the original EIR. I'm all about slowing down the crazy pace & the amount of traffic we live with and what I think doesn't really matter to the powermongers. But omissions to the EIR really DO matter.
On Highway 101: Big Fix, Big Problems
Posted on June 2 at 9:22 a.m.
@ loonpt: You really shouldn't talk about psychiatric drugs & how they are used & what they do because you obviously know nothing them. 'nuff said.
On David Attias: Sane or Insane?
Posted on May 31 at 9:29 a.m.
"..Michael Carty repeatedly mentioned Susman had changed for the better since the accident and asked the court to be lenient in its sentence."
This made me laugh. Is Carty trying to say that because she killed someone she is a better person?
Any individual - and you should know who you are -can be physically wired for blackouts. They can keep ,drinking when most people would pass out. Instead they have to wonder what actually happened as they kept functioning during the blackout. Anytime you can't remember you can be a lethal weapon. Blood-alcohol levels have a set legal limit but that doesn't mean certain individuals can't be under the limit and still dead drunk.
On Priscilla Susman Sentenced to One Year in Jail
Posted on May 18 at 3:39 p.m.
You are always calling other people & ideas stupid. You are obviously stupid when it comes to horses & don't know what you're talking about.
On Horse Rescued in Santa Barbara Channel