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Posted on September 7 at 6:02 p.m.

I have had good luck with dogs & cats in SB as both renter and landlord. Cats are relatively easy to get a place with. If you have a dog, forget apartments: generally to have a dog you need to rent a house. Subscribe to the Preferred Rentals listing - they have cat and dog friendly places flagged, and some listings that appear nowhere else. Most dog friendly places will be in Goleta or on the East or West sides of SB.

If renting a house is out of your budget, share a house. Some people like having a dog around but don't want the responsibility, and those are ideal housemates. Try Craigslist to find a suitable share.

You may also find, if you have already been at your house for some time without a pet, and the landlord appreciates your responsible ways, that to keep you around they may agree to let you get a dog or cat. You will of course have your best luck with an individual who rents one or two places on the side, not some impersonal property management company.

If you are a landlord, offering pet friendly rentals will provide you a whole new stream of prospective renters. They tend to be responsible, as pet owners have voluntarily taken on responsibility for an animal. They tend to be stable, as it's harder for them to jump ship to another property. If your property has only a front yard, mind that a dog can't get his mouth through the fence. before renting the place. Require that pets be spayed or neutered and licensed.

On Renting with Pets

Posted on July 19 at 8:35 a.m.

My god, people believe the Democratic Central Committee secretly controls everything from behind the scenes? Let me get some popcorn and my comfy pillow, and settle in to hear your theories about the Rothschilds, the Illuminati, and the lizard people too.

The DCC controls little but the sad fate of several hours of members' time each month. Ask someone who has served on it.

On S.B. Corrupt? Say It Ain’t So

Posted on May 20 at 11:59 p.m.

Silvergreens has always been great, but the SB downtown location's attempted upscale makeover is a giant step backwards. Higher prices, loss of beloved menu items, dubious gray paint job, no more free soda with a Silvergreens shirt, no more free cookie with a combo. I appreciate seeing a few new items on the menu, and it's nice to have Carls Jr style table service, but there's no need to destroy the soul of the place at the same time. Return my favorite fast casual restaurant, please!

On Chef’s Table with Chris McConnell

Posted on May 20 at 11:32 p.m.

While we're at it, can we please train people - cops and civilians alike - not to "top off" their gas tanks when filling? The pump clicks off when the tank is full. Pumping in another few clicks of gas costs you money but doesn't gain you range. That's because the excess gasoline evaporates from the filler neck, causing smog pollution, and potentially damaging the vehicle and pump vapor recovery systems.Every time your kid has an asthma attack, thank the willfully ignorant bozos who insist on topping off.

On Have Idling Sheriff Cars Wasted More than $1 Million?

Posted on July 8 at 9:24 p.m.

Outstanding! This column made me laugh out loud, which even your mom's columns, good as they are, have never done. I look forward to reading more from you!

On Teenage Summer Views

Posted on September 23 at 9:42 a.m.

"The objectives for the motel are changing"? To what? Yeh may own the joint, but the Presidio's unflagging support of local art and culture, and its success in bringing a fresh new kind of visitor to SB, have made it a community institution that "belongs" to us it would be nice to know more.

On Lodging Visionaries Lose Lease

Posted on September 23 at 9:26 a.m.

As I understand it, recent legislation has sought efficiencies by revising which agencies and programs provide certain services (particularly around child health coverage), and as a result, numerous responsibilities have been transferred to this agency. In other words it's not so much an increase in total jobs as a change in which department those jobs are located in, and the ultimate goal is to provide services more efficiently.

@jeanror: like you, county DSS employees are also required to take unpaid furlough days.

On County Social Services Getting 39 New Staff Positions

Posted on December 20 at 10:25 p.m.

Webadmin protests too much. The fact is, an alternative newsweekly and a daily newspaper are in different places in terms of expectations for objectivity. It's expected and accepted that the alternative newsweekly will have a detectable ideological bias on the news side as well as the editorial side, partly because the infrequency of the paper's issuance means the editor's role in deciding "what is news" is amplified, and partly because -- as the name implies -- an alternative newsweekly has its roots in providing a generally anti-establishment or alternative take on the events of the day. Not that it's right or it's wrong, but that's just how it is and has always been, whether at the Village Voice or the Independent. Many years ago, I was in attendance as Marianne Partridge of the Independent was unapologetic in defending this reality to a group of students: "This is not TV news," she said, "we are not bound by the Fairness Doctrine."

(Of course, since deregulation, neither is TV news... and as anyone who has seen Fox News can attest, that's not a good thing.)

Webadmin is right that the Independent has in the past few years steered a course much closer to the quest for objectivity that traditionally defines a daily paper's news pages -- perhaps because the abject loss of credibility of the town's daily paper left a vacuum in that role.

But at the end of the day, the public has always had, and probably should have, higher expectations of objectivity for a daily straight-news paper than for an alternative newsweekly.

On Travis Armstrong Is Outta There

Posted on August 28 at 1:19 a.m.

To the poster "Revisionist" -- your creative use of ellipses in quoting the article takes you well beyond "Revisionist". Perhaps you should upgrade your moniker to something more accurate, like "Shameless Liar."

Nowhere does the story say 60,000 illegal immigrants are covered.

The study goes on to find that it has NOT caused the feared job losses.

You seem to assume that screening and excluding illegal immigrants would reduce the cost. But it is also possible that the cost to build processes and bureaucracies to do so, and a DA squad and court and jail costs to prosecute the inevitable attempts to foil that bureaucracy, plus the public health cost to others who get diseases spread by untreated immigrants, would in fact be far higher than just covering everyone without asking. In fact, I'd wager they ran the numbers and determined as much before they made the decision not to ask.

Newsom is a mayor trying to protect public health and spend city money efficiently; immigration is a federal responsibility beyond his pay grade.

On Rx for Gavin Newsom

Posted on August 22 at 3:21 p.m.

DJ Palladino: thanks for a great article w/ a thought-provoking perspective.

Deejaykate: thanks for your suggestions, and your terrific show on KCSB.

sbmusick: you're the tool... D.J. is Mr. Palladino's name, not his job description, and he's a long-time promoter of the arts in this city.

On The Grownup's Guide to Indie Rock

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