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Posted on January 2 at 6:39 p.m.
Newsflash mike- it's not "our leadership' that decided the freeway needs widening. It was 79% of the electorate, with Measure A. Helene is counting on ignorance in her desperate attempt to rewrite history. Facts are not on her side.
On Scarlet Schneider?
Posted on December 21 at 11:57 a.m.
Jarvis - you are (deliberately) distorting the point- Schneider is acting outside of Council policy and direction - defying longstanding prioritization of the 101 HOV project and most recently unilaterally canceling the City's cosponsorship of the Chamber breakfast. she is rogue- taking marching orders not from constituents or council policy but from--????
On Highway Project Promises to Ruin City Traffic
Posted on December 18 at 11:38 a.m.
Just watched the SB Council of Government meeting on Ch 20- the rebuke of the Mayor was shocking and unprecedented. No one supported her becoming Chair, which would normally happen since she's been vice-chair.
Posted on December 18 at 12:25 a.m.
Jim- you cant have it both ways. You state that "the city would not exist if IV had been included" - true, but using the same logic, the City would not exist if it were not for the RNA. You seem intent on creating a fiction wherein the majestic City of Goleta sprung up all of its own volition, oblivious to the realities of its gerrymandered boundaries and mandates obligations. You reap the tax benefit from the retail spending of IV residents and their parents yet you want to pretend that the booze bought at Costco is unrelated to the woes of Isla Vista.
On Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Posted on December 18 at 12:17 a.m.
Oh Helene. Your delusions just seem to be getting more distorted. You are no longer representing the City of Santa Barbara, on SBCAG or anywhere. You seek only to derail (pun intended) a project supported by almost 80% of voters, in order to ingratiate yourself to a few wealthy egomaniacs.
Posted on December 16 at 8:28 p.m.
Oh, please, John Locke- you and a handful of people may buy Caruso's predictable, choreographed temper tantrum. the rest of us vividly recall Caruso pitching the same fit six or seven years ago and he got his way then- and an approved project. Yet he thrives on publicity and manufactured controversy so, here he is again. Yawn.
On Miramar Languishes in Limbo Amid Parking Concerns
Posted on December 16 at 7:59 a.m.
Botany, I agree- Caruso finds a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Yet there must be method to his madness. He had to know that such a significant reduction in parking would not be met with open arms. He plays the long game. Just hard to tell what that game is
Posted on December 13 at 11:27 a.m.
Thank you Annie Bardach for so brilliantly capturing what many of us - who have had to endure the consequences of the Mayor's back room deals and the nastiness of her consigliere - have known for some time.
On Bare-Knuckle Politics — Santa Barbara-Style
Posted on December 5 at 11:01 a.m.
Reporters and outraged citizens should be asking the DISTRICT ATTORNEY's office why they allowed such a plea deal five years ago. This travesty was not caused by a jury. In September 2011, the D.A.'s office agreed to a plea that would preclude Bendle from ever having to go to state prison. That's only three years ago people. Here is a quote from the DDA in that case, from the NewsPress. Talk about privilege and disparate sentencing. Who did the defendant or his family know in the system that allowed such a ridiculous plea. There could have been a plea that would allow him to go to prison once he was found "sane". Instead, this travesty occurred. At the time, comments from the Judge, and others, speculated that Bendle could spend his life in prison. Little did anyone know, a mere three years later, he'd be walking free.
"Senior Deputy District Attorney Kevin Duffy said in a statement after the plea that based on an "extensive evaluation process," the prosecution agreed that the defendant was "legally insane at the time he committed the murder."
That stipulation means Mr. Bendle will never spend time in a state prison, but will most likely be sentenced to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino County. He could remain at the locked facility for the remainder of his life. Judge Bullard will determine on Sept. 29 whether Mr. Bendle will be sent to Patton or elsewhere. "
On Santa Maria Hatchet Killer Leaving Mental Hospital
Posted on November 7 at 8:31 p.m.
Lol it is always amusing to read the predictable scoldings and judgments from the self-righteous when one deigns to offer a personal perspective- on commercial enterprises using public right of way that control the choices of the larger population. And dadof3 is correct- these major events take place multiple times per year. Whatever, enjoy and "plan accordingly"
On S.B. Marathon