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Posted on April 15 at 11:11 a.m.

I will tell you what is wrong with the Cliff Drive part of this state highway 225. It is not safe to cross without going over a mile in some cases to a traffic light crosswalk at the intersections of Las Positas, Flora Vista, Meigs or Loma Alta. I also drive this route often. I live off the top of Meig's Rd. and my grandson rides his bike from the City College to my home to study each week. With no bike lanes and nothing to slow down the traffic along Cliff Drive's 40 mph speed zone, pedestrians and bicyclists traveling to the surrounding neighborhoods or beaches are in danger of being hit by the many cars so often speeding down this highway. As Mesa and City residents, we need to have some say over making this road safer for our pedestrians and bike riders! What price would you place on the loss of just one of their lives Mr. Hotchkiss or Ms. Self?

On City to Take Over Highway 225

Posted on April 15 at 10:39 a.m.

There is no question that this rush by PG&E to procure a re-licensing agreement so far in advance of the current lease's expiration, is suspicious, knowing that these "newly discovered" faults (Hosgri and Shoreline) have not been thoroughly analyzed for their potential destructive potential in case of an earthquake. After Japan, this cannot be allowed--time to suspend re-licensing until a thorough and INDEPENDENT study can be done. What about the nuclear pools and waste? What about the FACT that we are overdue for a major earth quake in this area? With major earthquakes happening worldwide in recent months, too much is at stake to continue this dangerous means of procuring our power. There are better ways and it is time for America to turn to safe and sane renewable energy. Thanks Lois Capps for protecting your constituents.

On Officials Demand Diablo Canyon Relicensing Be Suspended

Posted on April 2 at 1:17 p.m.

The truth is that most Americans are clueless as to what is happening to our Democracy and our Civil & Human Rights. The Corporate Rich are getting all the breaks, mostly tax breaks, and foreclosures are continuing at an exorbitant rate. The stock market is doing just fine and Wall Street is rolling in OUR dough. Remember how we bailed out those "too big to fail" banks? Now these fanatical Right Wing Governors are trying to take away worker's right to bargain, when wages have not increased for almost 3 decades! Our economy is based on wars and occupations that are costing us $1 TRILLION Dollars a year, but we cannot afford Public Education or Residential Treatment Centers for our growing population of desperate and mentally ill people. When will this greedy insanity stop? NOT until the PEOPLE rise up and make it happen. WE BETTER NOT SIT THIS ONE OUT, PEOPLE!

On Can We Talk?

Posted on March 23 at 2:35 p.m.

After looking at several houses that house Willbridge projects around Santa Barbara, I realized that these houses look better than many of their neighbor's properties--in fact they look great, and schools in the areas where they are located have not had problems with these people who are transitioning into permanent housing. They are drug and alcohol free and many employed part time or going to school. Come on Peabody School, get your nose out of the air and teach your children some compassion.

On WillBridge Inching Toward Acceptance at Peabody

Posted on March 18 at 9:04 p.m.

This tragedy was felt by everyone in our community. Thank you for sharing Danny's story. It makes it all even sadder for his loss. Take care of yourself, Greg.

On Danny Lee McLaughlin, Jr.: 1966-2011

Posted on March 15 at 12:37 p.m.

This is the consistent message that Progressive Democrats of America in Santa Barbara has been delivering to Congresswoman Capps office for the past 15 months in our Brown Bag Lunch vigils on the third Wednesday lunch hour of every month since January, 2010. The spending problem in this country is all about the "Defense" Spending that now comprises three quarters of our GDP and totals over $1 Trillion per year. I wish that the Tea Party would take a hard look at this and include it in their effort to "decrease government spending". Why is this ignored by their crowd? Hmmmmmm
"When a country continues year after year to spend more money on 'national defense' than it does on programs of social uplift, it is approaching spiritual death." (MLK Jr) Guess what Tea Party? You are attacking and trying to cut the WRONG THINGS. This is your wake up call. Leave our investments in programs of social uplift alone and go after this outrageous war spending. Stop letting the military/industrial complex continue inventing new enemies for us to attack. We, the American tax payers, are tapped out!

On Dear Congresswoman Capps

Posted on January 18 at 1:21 p.m.

This event has been postponed until February 22nd due to a conflict with the Fund for Santa Barbara's showing of the film "Gasland" at the Lobero Theater the same night. Please mark you calanders for Tuesday, Feb. 22nd--same place & time!

On <em>American Shadow Wars: Death by Drones</em>

Posted on January 6 at 2:44 p.m.

Couldn't have said it better myself! Great job, Cathy!

On Cathy Murillo

Posted on December 23 at 11:59 a.m.

Earmarks are NOT the "spending problem" that plagues the United State's government. The Outrageous War and Pentagon budget represent over half of our GDP. This is WAR spending, not Defense spending. We need to call it what it is. The "War Department" was changed to the "Defense Department" in 1948, when the American people had caught on and were sick and tired of warfare after World War II. The Military Industrial Complex that controls our government needed to mislead the people into continuing to fund the perpetual wars of our Empire State, so they tried to convince us it was all about national "defense".
The other major "spending" problem is that the richest 2% of our population do not pay their fair progressive share of taxes! Wake up. There IS MONEY, we just need to change some things to get it where it is needed and away from those who don't need it!

On Capps Loses $13.8 Million in Earmarks

Posted on October 2 at 5:15 p.m.

I entered medicine because it was my calling, and the fit has been better than I expected.I do not have to hide behind an anonymous name because I have nothing to hide. I will stand up for what is right and altruistic. It does bother me a bit that cops earn more than primary care physicians, but I in no way denigrate their service to us all. What really bothers me is the fact that the insurance and pharmaceutical companies profit enormously at all of our expense. It is long past the time for us to have a government funded and privately run health system in this country. Our recent recession has only worsened the problem because loss of jobs has often led to loss of health care. Perhaps the knuckle dragers who oppose sanity in health care will understand better when their insurance company denies their claim or they reach their cap and still owe a fortune for their care. Yes it happens all the time but some people are just not paying attention.
It is time for sanity to prevail in this discussion. We need to get the emotion out and the facts in. Perhaps turning off Fox News [if you can call it that] would help.
I sign this proudly but also humbly,
Van R Hamilton M.D.

On Mad as Hell Doctors March in Santa Barbara

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