Comments by vlhamilton

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Posted on June 3 at 5:24 p.m.

Never trust BIG OIL. We have been here before...we want more than just the "oily water" skimmed off the top. Look what these guys did to the Gulf of Mexico and the Alaskan fishing village where Exxon left a dead bay with NO FISH. We need the SBBOS to be tough, NOT "gentle".

On Supes Gently Grill Feds over Refugio Spill Response

Posted on May 30 at 8:16 a.m.

The United State's number one priority should be to reestablish manufacturing jobs in this country. That would help benefit two priority issues--CONSERVATION AND JOBS. It is these huge, greedy, multi-national American Corporations who have created this problem, so they could get even richer on the backs of workers and the environment.
Peter Adam is the worst thing that has happened to SB County! He is an oil loving dinosaur who refuses to accept what we are doing to our planet.
Thank you, Katie Davis, for your wise and appropriate analogy.

On County Adopts Stringent New Emissions Limits

Posted on May 29 at 11:10 a.m.

The many environmentalists in Santa Barbara County are fighting with all their might to stop BIG OIL from drilling in our county, but the money Big Oil corporations put up to defeat us is overwhelming. We will continue this fight until WE defeat THEM! THIS IS A FIGHT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE.

On County Adopts Stringent New Emissions Limits

Posted on April 15 at 2:46 p.m.

I think if we build more jail space our police will fill it. is this really what we want? We must STOP THE REVOLVING DOOR that sends our poor and mentally ill people who self medicate on alcohol and other drugs in and out of jail continually! It is costing the county a fortune. it would be much cheaper to build residential treatment centers in the county and provide treatment and housing, and possibly, job training to help these people. What has happened to compassion and rehabilitation? It is time for a new plan AND for the SB BOS to earn their new pay raise by developing a better plan that will end more incarceration and house and care for many of these non-violent repeat offenders. Talk to the people at


On Sheriff Misfires in Budget Shootout

Posted on July 19 at 8:52 a.m.

It is time to legalize pot in California and allow people to grow it legally! The Drug War is a major failure. If grown and f sold legally and taxed, this would provide a great revenue source for California. What are we waiting for?

On Montecito Marijuana Groves Eradicated

Posted on July 11 at 10:32 a.m.

California is the ONLY state in the nation where there are no extraction fees for these oil giants who are plundering our shale rock formations now, wasting our precious water in a major agricultural state, and contributing to seismic activity that could cause a major earthquake. It is about time that these giant AND profitable energy corporations start paying their fair share like the REST OF US. FRACK 'EM.

On Grand Jury: Tax Oil

Posted on July 11 at 10:20 a.m.

No, Mr. Lavagnino, it is more in line with a community's leaders doing what is right for our environment. It is unfortunate that too many people in SB County do not have the sense to bring re-usable bags to the store voluntarily. The city of SB is already moving a plastic bag ban forward, Ken! Plastic is creating havoc for our marine ecosystem. Wake up!

On County Approves Plastic Bag Ban

Posted on July 11 at 10:09 a.m.

This young man needs serious help. It sounds like he may have serious mental health issues. This is why we need treatment centers in Santa Barbara. Please go to
Why do we always jump to criminalize everyone? This man will get no treatment in jail, so he will likely end up moving in and out of the jail system at a tremendous cost to us all,

On Repeat Offender Arrested After Violent Fight With Mother

Posted on December 27 at 9:29 a.m.

Well, gentlemen, and I use that word loosely, there IS such a thing called "animal cruelty" and the way the steer in the photo is being roped, jerked and brutally thrown to the ground is just that. Violent sports and violent men are not attractive anymore and should not be role models for our children. Get a clue.

On Cruelty Not Sport

Posted on December 13 at 2:32 p.m.

As a woman and a Progressive Democrat, I am so happy that Sharon Rose won this seat on the Goleta Sanitary District Board. She is a brilliant lady! As a SB Democratic Central Committee member, I voted to endorse Sharon after she spoke at our meeting in October. She did get our endorsement! This will make her the FIRST woman to hold a seat on this board. Having known her and worked with her for many years, I know that Sharon will do a great job. Congratulations, Sharon, for running a good, honest, grassroots campaign and winning!!!!

On Election Results Certified

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