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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
Posted on November 6 at 3:45 p.m.
No, what happens is- the people who live here are unable to travel on our roads, go to the beach, mesa, etc, and must wait for the event to end and then resume our lives. As the promoter says, 80% of the participants are nit local. They just lock up our roads for the day.
Posted on November 4 at 7:11 a.m.
I hope those deluded and pathetic Jackson fanboys (and girls) stay far away from Santa Barbara and let Sneddon's family grieve. The level of denial those worshipers of jackson display, in the face of an obvious pedophile, is chilling.
On Former DA Tom Sneddon Dies
Posted on October 25 at 10:31 a.m.
Pathetic excuse, Arnon. "Oh, we will need to attract money so we best keep to rich white men from Montecito" ?? Seriously, thats the best she can come up with? Helene has become the sort of elitist figurehead that no one could have predicted.
On Bellosguardo Foundation Named
Posted on October 23 at 11:44 p.m.
Reads like a roster of Montecito, white male privilege! kind of shocking that in 2014 the Mayor of Santa Barbara couldn't find at least ONE Latino- and perhaps just one person from the City's vibrant, diverse Arts community. Will be fun to compare this list to her donor list- past and future!
Posted on October 19 at 4:20 p.m.
this news is outrageous. I've known many wonderful Waldorf parents and students over the years and most are thoughtful, bright, creative people. t baffles me that they would consciously place not only their children, but other children at sub risk. Public health should intervene and the state law must be changed- "personal beliefs" are great as long as they remain "personal"- and not inflicted upon the public at large
On Whooping Cough Cases Increase
Posted on October 16 at 9:41 p.m.
Oh solvangman please stop with the "try again" bs. Your rhetoric is strictly aligned with the party line SME well oiled scam to pretend like big oil is now our new best friends. Your sad firefighters, co-opted non-profit Directors and erstwhile pretend environmentalists have been bought and paid for and will have much to answer for the next time a mega-drilling "accident" happens.....Greka, anyone? Since when does the Indy publisher feel like its her job to protect the county from threats of lawsuit?? Big money and big oil will ALWAYS issue big threats when land use is at stake in our county.
On Endorsements 2014
Posted on October 16 at 5:15 p.m.
I guess a $5mill campaign investment pays off if it manufactures a load of BS that undoes the Independent's endorsement process. If Marianne is so concerned about "good governance" and public finances when it comes to Measure P, how on EARTH can she support Measure S, a bond measure that is among the least transparent Ive ever seen. Nonsense, Indy, nonsense.