Comments by Holly

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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

Posted on March 12 at 10:28 p.m.

I own a home in a rural area in the SYV and if I wanted to live next to a bar, I'd have bought a home next to a bar. We did not move into a neighborhood of bars and then try to change it to a quiet residential area...but that's exactly what these wine bars are doing to us. They've moved in, and they've taken over...and anyone who dares object is ridiculed, shouted down, called "anti-progress" and "prohibitionist".

Our family did not work hard, save, live carefully, buy our home and maintain it and pay property taxes on it only to find out we've moved into an area that is becoming wall to wall wine bars. That's not what we signed up for. These are noisy commercial businesses. Everyone's lives are endangered when these drunks get behind the wheel.

If people want to drink, get high, smoke cigarettes, eat too's your body, you have to live in it, I don't. Where I step up is when their choices start affecting me and my life. The explosive proliferation of alcohol production and sales businesses (to the exclusion of everything else in the Valley nowadays, I might add), has not improved anything for the residents, except those who directly profit from those businesses. Our quality of life has not improved. Our household finances have not improved. The traffic and crowds are on par with any large city now, you can't move without being stuck in traffic. This is NOT an improvement.

The fact that these are alcohol production and sales businesses adds a layer of undesirability to these problems in that the consumers of the product are driving and endangering everyone else. The loud and obnoxious behavior is just another part of it all.

At least if what we were dealing with was an explosion of say, cupcake makers and sales points, the drunk driving and ugly drunk behavior wouldn't be factors. Sure, there would be crowds and lines and traffic, and that would suck, but at least the drunk driving and bad behavior wouldn't be part of the picture.

Sadly we all know what WILL happen: everyone will be patted on the head and thanked for their "input" in the "stakeholder" and "visioning process", then pushed out the door while the keys are handed over to the alcohol production and sales businesses. This entire area has made its choice, and the choice is with this increasingly powerful juggernaut of an industry and its affiliated, vested interests.

On Winery Ordinance Ready for Comments

Posted on March 12 at 3:10 a.m.

AH... THAT explains it!

On Sonos Leasing Gobs of Downtown Property

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