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Posted on April 11 at 6:01 p.m.

Foofighter, as I said, it's free speech baby. The Supremes said so. All the rest of us can do is vote for those candidates who represent our values. I like the unions and the liberals. They are not perfect, but, in my view, better than the alternative. You, Foo, get to vote for whomever you please. Good luck.

On Aceves Accuses Wolf of Donation Conflict

Posted on April 11 at 4:25 p.m.

Because it has been determined by the Supreme Court of the United States of America that election campaign donations are free speech protected by the 1st Amendment, we are stuck in a situation where it is nearly impossible to differentiate quid pro quo bribery from ideological support. So, why bother. The Supreme Court as made our system pay to play crony capitalism. So, If you want to be heard by the elected officials in power, you had better open up the check book and write significant numbers of zeros. SEIU is paying for access, the oil companies are paying for access. Let's just all get over it. It's free speech baby! It sounds to me that Roger's polling information did not come out too good so he has decided to go negative. I smell desperation.

On Aceves Accuses Wolf of Donation Conflict

Posted on April 10 at 3:50 p.m.

It does not take much effort to find a lot of studies that have determined beyond any reasonable doubt that living within 500 feet of freeway is bad for your health especially bad for the health of children. The City of Santa Barbara appears to have picked with 250 feet buffer out of thin air without any scientific basis whatsoever. Is it a coincidence that it is exactly half of the distance recommended by the air quality regulators? The saddest part of this is that apparently the community wants to consign economically impoverished children to live in locations where they will likely experience damage to their lungs. As if they didn't have enough problems.

On City Approves Highway 101 Building Buffer

Posted on April 9 at 8:47 p.m.

A significant percentage of the books in my personal library came from the Book Den. Thank you Eric for being there when I needed you. I recently noticed that you were carrying a new book by a local friend of mind, which I am sure you stocked just because the author is local. Good for you! You don't quite fit the stereotype of the bookseller in The Never Ending Story, but close enough. You Eric are our gateway to the magic of our imaginations.

On Book Den Owner Celebrates 35 Years

Posted on April 7 at 5:28 p.m.

I graduated from UCSB in the mid-70s. Things were mellow then. Lots of parties, kegs, pot, hook-ups (herpes!). Occasionally an LSD casualty had to be taken to the emergency room. Cocaine was fun but much too expensive for most students. However, mostly, things were mellow. Growing up in Southern California in the 60s and early 70s, I remember that high school students would party at the beach at night with bon fires, beer and pot and cook hot dogs over the fire. That is where the guys with girlfriends would risk knocking their girls up in a cozy blanket-line pit dug in the sand. Oh, those were days. Never though do I remember these revelries needing to be controlled by the police. I don't know what has changed, but it seems that the students who live in Isla Vista should be able to enjoy a party at the beach once a year without all this tension and fuss. Perhaps it is the fault of social media, I don't know. But writing this makes me want to take my wife to beach some night to enjoy a small bon fire, a few beers, some roasted wienies (maybe some pot if I could find some weak enough), and a little snuggling on the blanket. Never mind, I'd probably get arrested.

On The Death of Isla Vista?

Posted on April 4 at 8:24 p.m.

Botany, the taxpayers are subsidizing this in any case. Either we pay massive amounts of overtime for police and fire fighters to play cat and mouse with the partying students or we pay a lesser amount to install some trash receptacles and a provide a tent with a couple of cots and 4 or 5 EMTs. We taxpayers have already paid a huge amount of money on this just because some student posted a party invitation on Facebook and the party has not even started yet. This is insane. The expenditure of our tax dollars are at the whim of Facebook posts? The Isla Vista students could call for a street day party every weekend from now until the end of the quarter. Is the County going to respond with the full court press every time? Can you imagine the costs. I learned a lot when I read the history of the student revolt against the Frankfurt inn keepers in the 1800s. The inn keepers were sick and tired of the debauchery and destruction of their furnishings and the random dueling bloodshed and locked the students out. Turned out that the inn keepers were relying on the income from the students' parents and when that got shut off, the inn keepers caved. UCSB and SBCC are major parts of the South Coast economy. Like it or not, that comes with 20 year olds and their debauchery. We need to get over our moral objections and figure out how to manage the mess as cheaply as possible.

On Isla Vista Beaches Closed for Deltopia Weekend

Posted on April 4 at 5:49 p.m.

Botany, ok I will spell it out for you. Instead of giving the Sheriff and the County Fire Department extra money to manage this event, you turn that money over to the County Solid Waste Department who would manage the dumpsters and portapotties and, ultimately, the final clean up. UCSB should provide the first aid tent and EMTs and do so out of their University Police budget. Believe me, this approach would be cheaper than the one they are taking. This is not rocket science or even an original idea. This approach is taken in many places (as far away as New Zealand) and everyone survives and the mess is managed. And Bill Clausen, they are not acting like children. Rather, they are acting as 20 year old college students have acted since at least the early 1800s. Some time in the 1800s (I forget the exact date) the inn keepers in Frankfurt actually locked out the students once, which resulted in the students' parents refusing to pay rent and food bills, which then caused the inn keepers to relent. This has been going on a long time and righteous indignation is not going to make it stop. So let's all get real and come up with a plan to manage the mess at the least expense possible.

On Isla Vista Beaches Closed for Deltopia Weekend

Posted on April 4 at 1:56 p.m.

Loonpt, I believe that your red thread story is apocryphal. It was just red thread to hold the weed on the stick. I had a buddy who was a Vietnam vet who told me that you had to be careful about smoking Thai stick in Vietnam because it was laced with opium and that you could quickly develop a far more serious habit than weed smoking. However, I don't believe any of that stuff ever made it over here. Who knows though, it was the seventies and there was a lot of stuff floating around the marketplace.

On The Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade

Posted on April 4 at 1:26 p.m.

I am wondering if it is even in compliance with The Coastal Act to shut down access to the beach? Does the County have permission from the Coastal Commission to restrict access to the beach? If someone parks at Goleta Beach and walks up to Campus Point, can the University Police or the Sheriff arrest that person standing below the mean high tide line? This is all so silly. The County is just making it worse and the Sheriff, University Police, and Fire Fighters are all going to make a bunch of money on overtime. As I opined in another string, bringing in portapotties and dumpsters and setting up a first aid tent staffed with EMTs would be cheaper and less confrontational. The current approach is simply a huge waste of money. Big Brother cameras? Really?

On Isla Vista Beaches Closed for Deltopia Weekend

Posted on April 3 at 5:27 p.m.

Wow! This brings back memories. I'll have to pick up a copy of the book. I remember that the whole surf culture in Ventura and Santa Barbara in the late sixties and throughout the seventies was steeped in the drug culture. We all knew at least a few dudes who were players. Some survived to write about it, some didn't, some went to prison (even in exotic locals like Indonesia and Australia). It was a weird and wild time. Even life on the edges of that culture was rife with risk, risk of arrest, risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, risk of permanently altering your brain chemistry and never being able to act normal again. It was sort of like surfing. Everything seems safe until a simple misjudged shift in weight sends you on the reef or sandbar with the wave pounding you for good measure, slicing you to ribbons or breaking your neck. It all seems so safe, so exhilarating, and so fun, until it isn't.

On The Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade

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