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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

Posted on March 31 at 5:11 p.m.

Speechless. I need to go throw up now.

On Group Laments Lost Grant

Posted on March 31 at 5:06 p.m.

I will not buy a News-Suppress...not by subscription nor from a newsrack. That witch will never see a penny of my money for that birdcage liner. I make it a point that the ONLY time I will look at it is if there is one lying about in a restaurant or the laundromat, etc., that someone else purchased. Even's such a fishwrap that I find reading it painful.

It might not seem like it today, Mike, but trust me...your life just improved on an epic scale. If you don't want to smell like poop, don't swim in a now you get to go shower off and live the rest of your life as an honorable, sweeter-smelling individual :-)

On <em>News-Press</em> Photog Fired

Posted on March 13 at 10:34 p.m.

NOW I see! We're talking a better class of drunks, as opposed to the generic wino in the doorway who's too poor to do his drinking in a "high-end" bar. I'm so glad this has been clarified for me!

Better yet, if everyone would just stop fighting back, we could have a "high-end" bar on every corner, so the alcoholics can just stagger easily from bar to bar! And the wine producers will laugh all the way to the bank...I am SO glad I understand this now!

I now see that this is "progress"; more places for "high-end" people to get drunk (and hopefully just stagger blindly, instead of drive), and that anyone who doesn't like it just needs to "lighten up" and "raise a glass" and of course, make the already massive alcohol production and sales industry even richer.

While we're at it, let's get rid of grocery stores, playgrounds, art and music production facilities, "low-end" restaurants, schools, homes, hair salons, donut shops, jewelry stores, clothing stores, pet stores...oh wow...the possibilities are literally limitless! Why not? They did it in Los Olivos...replaced nearly everything with wine bars...with just a little effort, SB can be remodeled into one enormous bar! Progress!

Best yet, shutting down opposition is easy: just tell them to "lighten up and raise a glass" or "don't knock it until you try it!" (why works for everything else!), and if they keep pushing back, then call them Luddites and Prohibitionists, and shame them into silence.

In my travels, California stands out as a place with a great 12 month growing season, but with endless miles upon miles upon miles of its wonderful soil all given over to raising grapes to be processed into alcohol, not food. It's a running joke in my family when we drive by a field containing actual food: "Quick! Take a picture before they dig up all the veggies in that field and plant wine!"

This state could EASILY feed the entire country if not a huge chunk of the world, but we are blindly and slavishly devoted to a single, powerful industry and its endless promotion and cultivation at the expense of all else. Despite what the high-end alcoholics keep shouting, people can't live on alcohol. We need food. And at the rate things are going, food will become a luxury while alcohol will become even more plentiful and available than it already is.

Maybe that's the idea. Progress. More alcohol, less food.

On Armada Wine & Beer Merchant Now Pouring

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