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Posted on December 6 at 12:25 p.m.
On Reborn at the Red Barn
Posted on December 5 at 11:17 a.m.
What do you have to do in order to be one of the chosen ones? Oh right....you have to have children. Everyone else...under the viaduct!
On Chumash Donates Toward Affordable Housing Project
Posted on December 5 at 11:16 a.m.
Lock up this moron and weld the door shut. If everyone reading this isn't revolted and outraged...and afraid...then they aren't paying attention!
On Woman Arrested in Elder Abuse Case
Posted on November 27 at 10:26 a.m.
I can't imagine what it must be like for the area's Muslims to not have a place to worship and enjoy fellowship with their peers. Reading this makes me grateful that as a Christian, I've always had my choice of places to worship, but what a wake-up call for me to see that the members of the Islamic community have not had this same access.
I hope they get their mosque and all goes well for everyone involved, including the neighbors.
On Goleta Mosque Closer to Reality
Posted on November 25 at 11:41 a.m.
$9.00 for kids and $12.00 for everyone else? Leave it to Solvang and indeed SB county, to tack on a high-dollar price tag to ensure only those with plenty of disposable income can afford to enjoy this.
Then again...it costs $5.00 to park in the forests out there, so there ya go. Everything can be and does get monetized in that part of the country. Not that there isn't greed everywhere...but it's just way more frequent and egregiously offensive in that part of the country.
Winter weather notwithstanding, I am still enjoying my time here in the Midwest...everything is much less complicated and far less expensive.
Everything is a tradeoff, though, I must say; for me it is that I am far from my family and loved ones...but the alternative was that in retirement I became unable to afford to breathe out there in CA, so I came where I can not just breathe and exist, I can live and be very secure and much more active in the community than I was there. I don't need or even like cruise-control weather, so the weather issue doesn't exist for me as it does for others.
Many people are willing to race like hamsters on the wheel in order to have cruise-control weather, homogenous architecture, the beach and mountains (both of which cost money to park there), etc. My years of working three jobs to live in the 805 are over...but that's just me. Your mileage may vary.
And...I have enough disposable income now that I can get on a plane and fly out there to visit any time I feel I need to. While I lived there, I was lucky to be able to find the $ to get in my car and drive out of town to visit friends/family; not only because I had NO disposable income (because I spent it all to exist there), but because the ga$ prices are INSANE out there. $3.55 at the cheap station there VS $2.98 almost anywhere here.
And now, an ice rink...that is unaffordable for the very population who would enjoy it most, families and little kids. Nice touch, Solvang. No shortage of bars and drunks and throngs of tourists there, but as usual, no affordable fun for the locals & families to do. Well played!
On Ice Skating
Posted on November 22 at 5:59 p.m.
One of the first and most important things I learned from my Dad when he was giving me drum lessons (he was a drummer) was to never pigeonhole myself. Truly, I may prefer certain styles over others, but I needed to diversify and at least get a grasp of as many styles of music as possible in order to be skilled at my instrument. Sound advice from someone who absolutely knew what he was talking about.
Life isn't much different, and neither is economics. Diversify. Don't put all your investments in one plan, your eggs in one basket, or your farm to growing one crop.
The SYV and really, much of California has been handed right over to the juggernaut that is the wine industry. Growing, processing and marketing as many gallons possible of this type of alcohol is the major industry in California. This brings to mind Santa Barbara's obsession with that annual bacchanalian celebration of genocide commonly known as "Fiesta", and offensive content aside, the inescapable fact that it is a fools bet economically.
Yes, there's a lot of $ to be made, fast and dirty. However, if the city and its businesspeople struggling along on razor-thin profit margins in a historically business-unfriendly area ever found itself cut off from its lifeblood of tourism during that week, the damage could be epic.
This very nearly occurred a number of years ago when there was a toxic spill down on the Rincon, closing 101 for a few days. During the beginning of Fiesta. There was a lot of sweaty palms during that time period. Had it been the entire week, the ripple effect would have been little short of catastrophic.
This is what happens when one puts all ones eggs in a single basket. Drop the basket and you're screwed.
Instead of encouraging and supporting diverse businesses which appeal to a wide range of consumers, the SYV (and increasingly the State) has focused with laser-intensity on the wine industry to the expense of all else. Nice if you own a wine farm and distribution outlet or you like to consume alcohol masquerading as culture, not so nice if you are a business having nothing to do with wine, or you don't drink the stuff.
Picture it: a grape blight hits...wiping out the wine crop. The a** falls out of the wine industry as a result. How do all these folks who have put all their eggs in that single basket survive? The mortgages, car payments, assorted band loans and massive investments in this single industry just vaporize...and there is nothing to fall back on. I'd venture to say that this would cause a huge soecieconoc upheaval on a massive level.
Can't happen? I'd be willing to say that the folks who were affected by the Dust Bowl never thought that was going to happen, either.
Just a thought.
On Wine Country Critiques Revised Rules
Posted on November 20 at 10:04 a.m.
Why has he been here since at least 1998 and still needs an interpreter? Why is that?
On Immigration Officers Seize Montecito Church Employee
Posted on November 20 at 10:01 a.m.
But....wasn't there ALREADY a youth-serving nonprofit there? What a sad, sad loss. I can't believe there isn't a pro boxer out there SOMEWHERE who wouldn't help fund this worthy program, and help set up a healthy business plan to keep it going.
Disclaimer: I am not a boxing fan, but I think this is a big loss to all those kids in that neighborhood :-(
On Primo Boxing Throws in the Towel
Posted on November 13 at 7:08 a.m.
In a relatively short period of time, I watched the SYV change from a healthy, functioning, desirable place to live and visit, into a giant shrine to the wine industry.
Where there were once horses and flowers, is now all wine cultivation. Where there were once art galleries, restaurants and stores serving residents and visitors aline, is now all wine bars. The entire area has been given over to a single industry and its massive financial interests, leaving residents and visitors with little if anything else to utilize and enjoy.
The old adage about putting all of ones eggs into a single basket comes to mind here.
This is no longer an area which can successfully support a healthy cross-section of residents or visitors; the only reason to go there is to buy and drink wine and/or possibly to also race bicycles and gamble. So I say, let the winos and bikers and gamblers pay for it all; it's their personal paradise, they can pay for it. And the rest of us can go live and visit in places which are more socioeconomically diverse and secure for the long run for the majority of people.
Lastly, let's picture a scenario where "something" happens to the wine crop and it's wiped out...kind of like the "something" that happened to the auto industry in now-blighted Detroit.
No more grapes, no more alcohol for the folks who pretend what they're consuming at such high prices isn't really alcohol. No more "Had a bad/good/stressful/awesome day? Have a glass of WINE!" in every conversation...because the grapes are gone, gone, gone. The endless stream of advertising for the wine industry: gone, gone, gone.
Now let's picture how the heck all these people are going to PAY for their little paradise? Mortgages, insurance, utilities, payrolls, rents on sales outlets, the payments for the luxury cars and luxury lifestyles all these things still must be met, but now there's no money to meet these obligations. The local economy collapses. Will it recover? Will Detroit recover? All interesting questions...
On Next Meeting on Updated Winery Rules
Posted on November 13 at 5:34 a.m.
Ah, MSSB, so because the murder victim was allegedly a "sex offender" (which, by the way, is a lifelong stigma can result from getting caught taking a leak in the bushes), and (GASP!) homeless...well...what the heck...he probably needed killin'?
Is that what you're saying here? Because that sure is what it sounded like to me.
On Three Arrested For Homeless Man's Murder
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