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Posted on September 29 at 1:54 p.m.

I don't know this woman so have no opinion of her one way or another. She is good at her job...I used to listen to her when I lived there. Beyond that...I'm not really interested in the Teen Magazine/National Enquirer rundown of her likes & dislikes and scripted glimpse of her personal life.

Why do we care that she is yet another rah-rah "Santa Barbara is paradise" Chamber of Commerce made-to-order cheerleader parroting the Party Line and swilling the requisite "glass of wine" with the rest of the herd?

Slow news day, I'm thinking...

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Catherine Remak

Posted on September 29 at 1:25 p.m.

Dolphinpod14 asks a valid question which has not been answered in the article: WHY are these people being sterilized? What is the "reason", who is doing this, and why?

Scary, very scary. People should have the right to make their own reproductive choices...and be responsible for the results of those choices.

On Forced Sterilizations in Prison Halted

Posted on September 24 at 1:45 p.m.

Is anyone surprised? Seriously?

They will do exactly as they please, and nobody better say one word about it, lest they be branded a racist.

Yes... that's right. . Get on your knees, bow your heads, ask humbly and raise your palms in supplication. Anything else is folly and will be considered "Tea Party" behavior.

Remember... The rules the rest of us must follow do not apply to Armenta & his peeps.

On 12-Story Hotel by 2016?

Posted on September 5 at 4:20 p.m.

It was a long journey for me, involving several bouts with homelessness due to shrinking housing stock, pet discrimination, tightening qualification parameters, gentrification, and a skyrocketing student population. You can't put 10 pounds of sand (or anything else) in a 5 pound capacity sack, and the current situation was inevitable, as is the exploding homeless population caused by formerly sheltered people finding themselves out on the streets due to all these factors.

Due to a set of serendipitous circumstances, I found myself a homeowner. I was also able to escape SB some years ago, and now live in an area where the ills afflicting SB are not present. If I were renting, finding housing here is quite easy, affordable, and BS-free.

I am also a landlord, and have great tenants who have a cat and a 120 pound Swiss Mountain Dog...wonderful people who spent MONTHS trying to find housing in the Santa Ynez Valley and SB areas without success, I was the ONLY person who accepted their entire family as-is, and they have been here over a year with zero issues. I have been to the house, they invite me in, and the place is neat as a pin.

SB and indeed most of California is a nightmare for all but the very few. It wasn't always that way, but things have changed and not for the better. I am willing to live with weather that isn't 73 degrees and sunny year-round, in order to live a peaceful life free of the pungent aroma of BS and self-entitlement that afflicts much of California. Your mileage may vary.

In closing, if shelters and rescues are truly concerned about homeless pets, have a hard look at rental policies and the direct connection to abandoned animals. The correlation is inescapable.

And BTW, rabbits don't make great housepets; they chew...on an epic level. Yes they will litter train, but they also require a LOT of supervision and plenty of activity and places to dig and chew :-)

On Renting with Pets

Posted on September 5 at 4:20 p.m.

At first I was thrilled to see an article about renting with pets, then I read it and realized it was primarily just a sales pitch to drive business to the shelter. Nonetheless, I will comment about the topic of pet owners trying to find rentals, something which is for all intents and purposes impossible here.

I used to live in SB, and I noticed in about 1980 that it had suddenly become nearly impossible to rent a place with my dogs and cat. I had many years of excellent references as a tenant, and was losing yet another home due to galloping commercial & condo redevelopment of single-family dwellings. My references were suddenly meaningless, landlords now required a detailed background/credit history (which the tenant pays for), and a ritual of appointments, viewings, applications (with fee), and then you wait to be picked. The entire game had changed from one where you see an ad in the paper, call the number, go look at the rental, and if you like it, you hand over a month's rent in advance and get your keys. Once the law passed prohibiting landlords from banning children, the screws tightened on everyone else and landlords got better at screening out unwanted tenants. The only legal targets remaining were pet owners, and we paid dearly.

As someone who has been involved with dog rescue since 1974, I notices a sharp uptick in the numbers of pets being surrendered by owners unable to find rental housing, figures which soared into the stratosphere during the recent market crash when so many people lost their owned homes & were forced into rentals. There is a direct correlation between homeless pets and housing problems.

Luckily I was able to find something through a family friend, moved in and got two years out of it before the ubiquitous redevelopers found the property and evicted me and the residents of the other cottage on the property. This time the papers were filled with ads not for actual rentals, but for agencies charging tenants a fee to find housing. Despite shelling out my $35.00 to Rentals Etc (one of the bigger ones) I found nothing and found myself and my dogs living in a van for a year. I learned that several other folks at my job were also in the same situation. The solution offered was of course to dump or kill our pets, but that isn't much of a solution for many of us who take our pet ownership commitments seriously and who frankly, love our animals.

On Renting with Pets

Posted on June 17 at 8:38 a.m.

The circuit has been completed, the goal achieved; now the SYV had it's booze AND it's gambling all in one convenient spot. How far this area has come... from horses, flowers, the natural beauty etc., to Las Vegas of the West.

There are no words adequate to describe my joy at escaping from that place when I did.

Las Vegas, with faux Danish architecture, snobby winos, and no infrastructure for locals.

Yep... big improvement! Not.

On Chumash Winery Is No Joke

Posted on May 21 at 8:12 a.m.

Only in Santa Babylon. You can rent a shipping container for several hundred dollars a month from a big shot developer who's in bed with a local foundation, & you can't bring your dog to the container while you work.

And by golly you BETTER not get caught living there because you MUST have thousands of dollars of disposable cash each month to be handing over to a landlord for the right to occupy another tiny space where you can't have your dog or cat, etc.

I existed in that town for over 32 years and I escaped in 2005. I wake up every day grateful to be out of the traffic, ridiculous costs of everything, and general culture and politics there. I don't know how the average Joe and Jane survive there, I truly don't.

Everyone here is roaring with laughter about the shipping containers for rent in Santa Barbara, where you can't bring a dog, and you aren't allowed to spend the night. It bears noting that the prohibition on living there even has to be mentioned; pretty indicative of the fact that rent is so high there that people would even CONSIDER living in a shipping box!

On Funk Zone Artist Village

Posted on May 15 at 8:58 a.m.

Amen, at_large! When I lived in Solvang, these events locked down the entire town. Couldn't even get out of the driveway. Better hope you don't have an emergency while these people take over your town! So glad I got out of that area completely!

On Bikes Belong in Santa Barbara

Posted on April 6 at 5:49 p.m.

Nobody know what color these drunken brats were, and it is irrelevant. Drunken jerks come in all colors. Rich punks come in all colors.

It's not just white kids who drink and act like idiots. Let's not make this about color. It's about alcohol and uncivilized behavior, period.

This was not a party, and it wasn't a protest. I have been involved in plenty of both in my nearly 6 decades of living.

This was a mindless, booze-fueled riot.

And every one of these punks should be jailed and if they are students expelled. EXPELLED, not suspended.

On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot

Posted on April 6 at 5:39 p.m.

I lived in IV in 1974 and we never even locked our door...didn't have to. In fact, shortly after I moved in, I lost the key and never got another one. I went out at any hour of the day or night, I walked everywhere, and never had any trouble from locals. On the rare occasions there were problems, they were caused by spoiled rich brat out of towner students with a terminal case of self-entitlement. The locals all knew each other and didn't cause grief for one another.

I wouldn't want to even drive BY IV now, let alone go there. It's become a giant toilet, filled to the rim with alcohol and UCSB brats and their out of town buddies, that needs to be flushed.

How incredibly sad for the real residents who have to live with that crap.

On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot

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