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Posted on April 22 at 11:24 a.m.

Good info! May I add, tinted windows are dangerous for all involved, esp. pedestrians. All road warriors need eye and gesture contact to judge better each others' intentions. You can't gesture to, or see a gesture from, someone hidden behind smoked glass.

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Posted on April 22 at 11:17 a.m.

Eckermann, you're so right, but don't leave out Chamberlin. As I recall, it was the Stoker-Staffel-Chamberlin Board majority that awarded the DSA their 3% @ 50 retirement benefits formula. And, dolphinpod14: it's the 93109 one, I'll betcha.

Having said that, please recall that the DSA folks aren't in Social Security. Back in about 1980 or '81, there was a bargaining-unit-by-unit vote about whether or not to join Social Security. Most county employees opted in, the DSA opted to stay out--a foolish choice, which I thought then and think now. Nevertheless, the younger sworn officers are bound by that choice, and that goes some ways to justifying the 3% @ 50 formula. After all, if the DSA folks were in Social Security, the county would be paying their match, and a less-generous retirement benefit formula would be justified.

My bottom line is: I don't want ANYONE, public-sector or private, to be subject to an impoverished old age due to inadequate retirement income. 401(k)-type individual accounts, without the backup of a pooled fund that's professionally managed and pays guaranteed benefits, are the road to ruin. Unless you're feeling lucky, punk.

On Wolf, Aceves Square Off During First Candidates' Forum

Posted on April 22 at 10:36 a.m.

O. M. G. An article about a horrific crash on the 101, and the first words posted by the first poster are "Lois Capps." Have you no decency, no shame?

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Posted on April 18 at 10 a.m.

I hope that the 'Publicans nominate Donnelly, in order to seal their own tombs once and for all.

On Follow Your Memes

Posted on April 18 at 9:55 a.m.

Maybe it was something that someone scavenged from VAFB or nearby, which used to be grounds for tank and artillery training (Camp Cooke). I've found worse during my years in the field. And, loonpt, I presume that you were being facetious. A drill for "evacuations and internment"--in Solvang? Yeah, very clever, just like the Zaca, Gap, Tea and Jesusita fires, which all used reverse-911 calls. Yeesh. Get a grip on reality.

On Solvang Bomb Scare Defused

Posted on April 18 at 9:43 a.m.

At the Bacara, hosted by the Goleta C of C? -groan- And Aceves wants bed tax monies diverted to chambers of commerce and film commissions? That's the ultimate in cognitave dissonance.

You know, in San Roque this morning, the foggy air smelled of beach tar. Now, I understand better.

On Wolf, Aceves Square Off During First Candidates' Forum

Posted on April 18 at 9:34 a.m.

Oh Botany, you have the reach of Cleopatra, the meatball-eating plant from the Addams Family TV show. Give it a rest.

On Fire Official Admits to Stealing Union Funds

Posted on April 16 at 8:21 a.m.

A candidate with significant contributions from two SEIU locals and their statewide organization, representing tens of thousands of public and private service workers, plus the county firefighters; versus a candidate with significant contributions from oil & gas companies and construction interests, including the Chumash, and the Deputy Sheriffs' Assn. It's definitely a classic battle drawn along the traditional Santa Barbara County lines, and one that'll be repeated over and over until big money from every source is taken out of political campaigns.

In the meantime, I support Ms. Wolf. As I've said before, she's voted contrary to my preferences many times on many issues, but is thoughtful and honest. I can say the same thing about three of her Second District predecessors: Bob Kallman, Tom Rogers and Susan Rose. As did they, she serves the Second District and the entire county very well and capably.

On Wolf Collects Another $20,000 From Labor Union

Posted on April 15 at 9:58 a.m.

Man (or woman), if you're sourcing from Breitbart, you're lost in the wilderness.

On Aceves Accuses Wolf of Donation Conflict

Posted on April 15 at 9:55 a.m.

Agree, easternpacific. I wish they'd promote from within the ranks, and that goes for the county too.

Also, as a county pensioner, I have to add that we public-sector pensioners of modest means support a dollar cap on lifetime pensions. We also support something better than 401(k)s for everyone, everywhere. There's no bright future in having tens of millions of impoverished old folks on welfare.

On Goleta City Manager Dan Singer Stepping Down

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