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Posted on May 30 at 12:40 p.m.

My point can be clearly made with the district elections issue.
Politicians were all against it. Press said it would never fly. They were
dead wrong!
The press,lobbyists, PACs influence party choices in major elections which in turn influence minor campaigns. It's all one big mess perpetuated by the idea that voters don't care and the major parties don't influence "non-partisan" elections.
If that were true, why is there a constant succession of those endorsed by the reigning party? If they ran all together, they wouldn't be allowed to pick and choose their races effectively. If we had more people voting for district choices, more people become involved as candidates. The candidates (and the press) would have to specify their position, not just come out and say "Hey the newly elected congresswoman endorses the council person for mayor...."
That revolving door will shut if we can increase focus on the issues.
(You've yet to make any point except "partisan politics rules the day... Learn to accept you might be wrong about the people and the real influence of the press and the politicians.)

On Keep City Council Elections in Odd Years

Posted on May 30 at 10:46 a.m.

Who cares about seals and sardines...
Thanks to Obama's military sonar we can tell if the terrorists are coming by submarine from as far away as Hawaii!

On West Coast Sardine Fishery Closure Not Due to Overfishing

Posted on May 30 at 9:58 a.m.

First Mr. DeWitt. If this is already been decided, why are you writing an article about it?
And when was this put to the vote? On an odd year or even year?
Please explain how partisan politics decides even year elections but not the odd year elections...("Sad but true") Aren't you giving Washington lobbyist twice as much power by allowing them to get involved in nationals on even years and community on odd? (Or are you sure they just don't do that?)

Common sense tells me if they were held at the same time the political parties might not have as much influence. (Now were back to stupid people picking Republican or Democrat) Look how closely the races have been. What if we are challenging the status quo by adding more to the mix? Would that influence the races and the campaigns?
For instance Mayor Schnieder runs for congress. With that year left to the mayor's position, no ones opposing her positions on city politics. If held in the even years, you would hear the Mayoral candidates telling us what she did, right or wrong, there by helping us judge who is best for both positions.

Can't see any wisdom in that? It's all politics from the top down. Let's stop acting like it's not! Let's tell them this is how the games going to be played, not the other way around!

(and if Hillary's our next President of these great United States, I'll be the first to tell you all "I TOLD YOU SO!")

On Keep City Council Elections in Odd Years

Posted on May 29 at 4:15 p.m.

So what your saying is the people are too stupid and driven by partisans politics we shouldn't dare put this to a vote because Washington Lobbyists will win....

On Keep City Council Elections in Odd Years

Posted on May 29 at 10:16 a.m.

My head is spinning with the names of the bailed out, too big to fail corporate types....
First it's the comedians now the realtors are running from the water bills! What's a rich municipality to do?

On Neverland Ranch Going on the Market for $100 Million

Posted on May 29 at 9:47 a.m.

Thanks again BC....
Mr. DeWitt,
Agreeing with me does not make your point valid. The facts are simple.
1) the city can save money
2) more people vote on even number years
3) less time to participate in elections will equal more time for our elected officials to do the job they were elected to do. (This, I believe will bring the wanted participation we both seek...)
The most important fact is If local turnout doesn’t improve, the implications could extend much further than the ballot box. Low-turnout elections typically aren’t representative of the electorate as a whole, dominated by whiter, more-affluent and older voters. Recent research published by a UC San Diego professor found such elections contribute to poorer outcomes for minorities, including uneven prioritization of public spending. (hence the district elections.) Info obtained from

On Keep City Council Elections in Odd Years

Posted on May 28 at 5:51 p.m.

How exactly do you plan to get the oil out? Draining all those seep holes would cost some serious tax dollars. Shouldn't we just ask the illegals to sneak across the border and steal the oil like they did the jobs?

On Is it time to Get Oil Out of Santa Barbara County?

Posted on May 28 at 5:50 p.m.

Before the Madam Senators get all ferclempt, I'd like to remind you of the more serious Gender Gap issue....

On Senators Demand Answers About Refugio Response Delays

Posted on May 28 at 5:46 p.m.


On City Sales Tax Pursued

Posted on May 28 at 5:41 p.m.

You catch more flys with honey Art. If were all going Artsy Fartsy locking up people for whatever is deemed 'touristunfriendly", we should at least try to entice them with some cool amenities right?

On One Dog Too Many

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