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Posted on September 19 at 2:48 p.m.
Just because we don't want billboards on State St. doesn't mean Gator Boy has to go. Apples and oranges.
The rules that govern this weren't received from above carved in stone: they were made by people, and people are supposed to use their judgement. This whole "our hands are tied" is a bunch of bunco.
Speaking of billboards, I know just what Jimenez means about being treated like a kid. It would have been the same or worse had he applied for a permit. When I applied to change some words on the side of my building downtown, change them from the name of the previous business, which had been there at least a decade, to the name of my business, exactly same color, size and font, and fewer letters, (the City's own approved standard font, like you see all over the Courthouse, etc.), just two words, no "art," my sign guy was told by a member of the sign committee that we were "trying to put up a billboard" and "we don't want Santa Barbara to look like Oxnard." This was in a public meeting, on the record. I wonder if city officials of Oxnard ever hear get wind of the disrespect casually dealt out by city officials of SB. It was all I could do to refrain from slapping the sign committee member, and that's because I wasn't there.
Jimenez is right: too plain is a negative, and small surprises like Gator Boy are what keep it fun. Save Gator Boy! --Nitz's wife
On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'
Posted on September 13 at 9:30 a.m.
Hi Bill. He's having breakfast right now.
On Knitting Psychedelic Day Dreams
Posted on September 12 at 4:47 p.m.
So, is the crocheted item presently stretched over the metal sculpture in front of the County Building downtown NOT a yarn bomb? I just assumed it was. All that's mentioned in the article are the Bomber's installations out in the wilds of SB.He's British; of course he like to put doilies on things, right? Right? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ya'll. I heard that somewhere once.Now, let's discuss the Chromatic Gate, or those turd-like sculptures installed on State St. at public expense a few years back. --Nitz's wife
Posted on September 10 at 5:17 p.m.
So, I mean, the story is, they can't label it on a diagram of female internal parts, right? They can't point to the alien's neck and say "there." Like in other words, they can't read a map, they can't read a blueprint, they have no sense of how things would look if they had reproductive-tract x-ray vision… that's how I'm interpreting this news, because I just can't believe they don't know "where" it is on their bodies. Funny statistic. --Nitz's wife
On Women’s Bits
Posted on September 4 at 10:25 a.m.
Let's see, according to the article 5 out of 37 units have sold, one below asking… 14%, truly excellent success, indeed! Everything about Cafarelli's statement smacks of poorly written PR designed to reassure investors, who surely aren't going to lose sight of the main point here, which is the lien(s) which will cloud titles in any future sales. (And who wants to drop a million dollars on a condo whose builder is claiming the the work is "shoddy"?)For Cafarelli to publicly dismiss the subs… utterly disgusting. -NW
On S.B. Contractors Shafted by S.F. Builder?
Posted on August 13 at 5:18 p.m.
Hallelujah, State & A is resurrected.
They published a statement a few months ago with the Restaurant Guy, I think, about how the roof has to stay on the patio because due to the previous remodel the plumbing and other stuff is now integrated into it structurally--the cost to rebuild it (and permit it) is prohibitive. Don't quote me on the details, but basically the cover has to stay.
On Just Be at Benchmark Eatery
Posted on July 31 at 12:48 p.m.
As a non-Anglo, non-Latino person in SB, I would just love it if you (Indy) would stop using that stupid pseudo-scientific term that means nothing. If what you mean is "white," go ahead and say it. There isn't a better word. And then you might want to mention that there are black and Asian residents of SB, too. --Nitz's wife
On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed
Posted on July 6 at 1:02 a.m.
Realitycheck: As loonpt and I both pointed out, the 8' bubble is not merely symbolic, but has several practical benefits to citizens, both protesters and protestees. The only person harping on the gender makeup of our present city council is you. Personally I don't give a hoot about a pol's gender so long as he/she/it votes the way I want. --Nitz's wife
On 'Bubble Ordinance' Not Yet Popped
Posted on July 3 at 10:50 a.m.
Great article, Poodle. I like your Catholic school.
It will be interesting to see how Alito reacts when one of those closely held corporations decides it doesn't want to pay taxes because of religious objections to war… or bank bailouts or corporate welfare or something else right wingers love. --Nitz's wife
On Ain't No Slur To Be a Cur
Posted on July 3 at 10:25 a.m.
Ken is right. As a woman who was harassed by those goons while trying to get medical care, I think the 8 foot bubble is just right. Let them talk and let me walk. "Enforce existing laws against harassment" is exactly what the bubble does, while taking the burden off the victim. Otherwise each victim has to first be subjected to harassment, and then call the police, and wait for them to come, and take the time to identify the harasser and press charges, etc. Plus the protesters in those days were very aggressive and would touch you and block your path and force you to push them out of the way and so forth. This was not an occasional thing that might happen to you, like aggressive panhandling, but a regular thing that would happen to you if you went to PP or many other doctors' offices. Nowadays I personally am the type to kick such people in the teeth and happily take the battery charges for it, but I wasn't back then, and I don't think that's a weakness, and I don't think anyone, male or female, should have to fight people off in order to move about in the public sphere. Realitycheck, you need to reconsider why you think women do not merit any civil protection, when the whole intent of clinic protest was harassment of women seeking medical care. --Nitz's wife