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Posted on December 23 at 6:55 a.m.
What? No visual arts exhibitions? What about the Brett Weston show at SBMA, or "Yinka Shonibare, MBE: A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child and Other Astonishing Works"? There have been excellent shows at the UCSB Art Museum, and the Contemporary Arts Forum. Maybe the Independent needs to remind its "arts writers" that rock music, show biz, and an artist's contributions to YouTube do NOT represent "The Arts in Santa Barbara"...
On Best of the Arts 2009
Posted on October 23 at 6:05 a.m.
Couldn't the City or County demand accountability if they are providing grant funds to the Garden? Perhaps an audit is in order?
On Botanic Garden Volunteers' Letter to Community
Posted on June 25 at 6:09 p.m.
I am appalled at the decision of the Natural History Museum. Most museums around the country have it in their policies to deny political events of any kind when they rent their facilities. This is to avoid just the kind of appearance that McCain put forth - using the stature and scientific position of the Natural History Museum to sugar-coat his policies. Let's not forget that it is McCain who wants to reopen offshore drilling - and he suggests this in Santa Barbara, of all places? The site of the 2nd worst oil spill disaster in this country?
I find the museum director's "explanation" nothing more than pablum, and feel that he should have had a firmer backbone on this issue. Perhaps he was pressured by Republican trustees to accomodate the Governor and McCain? If so, he should come clean about who suggested the museum as a site for this event.
The Museum trustees need to revisit their Museum Rental Policies and Guidelines regarding political events, and change them immediately.
We in the community, who are members of the museum, demand this. For our family, we will withhold future support of the museum until we are reassured that new policies are in place.
On How Politics and Museums Mix
Posted on May 21 at 6:53 a.m.
No question about it - Doreen Farr is the best candidate for Isla Vista's future. She's a progressive with fierce tenacity and the courage to stand up to developers, slumlords, etc. Hopefully the students will come out and vote for her in June - good practice for them in November 2008, when they MUST come out and vote for Obama!
On Adult Supervision
Posted on April 21 at 11:59 a.m.
Thank goodness Doreen Farr had the sense not to participate in such a charade. Debates are supposed to be on NEUTRAL ground, and moderators should likewise be neutral and unbiased in order to give the public a true experience of the positions of the candidates. This was a laughable exercise, and it showed the desperation of those other candidates to participate.
Doreen Farr is the best-qualified, most intelligent candidate, without question the one most committed to the people of the 3rd District. And the rest of the county needs her good sense and judgment as the swing vote on so many critical issues. Her refusal to participate in this sham debate is a great example of good judgment.
On Third District Candidates Debate on Radio
Posted on April 11 at 6:15 a.m.
Doreen Farr is an avid defender of coastal access, and has been throughout her public career - maybe this is one reason that Smyser has tried so hard to derail her candidacy. This story is just one more demonstration of how very critical this District 3 race is - the swing vote on the Board will determine the future of our County in so many ways. Farr has my vote, that's for sure.
On Candidates for 3rd District Talk Bacara, Naples
Posted on August 21 at 1:56 p.m.
Doreen Farr is really the people's candidate - someone who has lived in District 3 for a very long time, knows the issues, has served in the trenches of local government, and is an ardent supporter of conservation and sensible land use. She is by far the best candidate and this will be a critical election not just for all of us who live in the 3rd district, but for the whole county ... it just takes 3 votes to pass measures that can change the quality of life in SB County for generations. I, for one, think Farr can beat Firestone - the contrast is so enormous, and we need someone who represents us, not someone representing "big money" interests that want to transform our beautiful county. Vote for Farr in June '08!
On Reefer Madness