Comments by RHS

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Posted on September 19 at 8:25 a.m.

Clearly this Measure S is an overreach, at the least. Just six years ago they got a then huge Measure V passed ($77M) and it isn't even all spent yet. Now they want almost four times that much more. And just like with V, they talk about repairing classrooms but they have a priority list to build a Sports Pavilion and many other non-class facilities. Note also that S is really three or so bonds in one as it gives SBCC something like 12 years to issue bonds. Say No to this. If there are specific needs now, not possible needs a decade from now, they should identify them in clear language and let us choose to support them in a rational manner. No open ended checks.

On Measure S Reexamined

Posted on September 18 at 11:47 a.m.

Consider that SBCC imports about 12,000 students a year. This alone distorts the rental market so badly that middle class and working class folks have real problems getting housing in the community. Remember that three or four "student" can get mom and dad to pony up enough money to outbid a family. I am watching landlords buying homes for the specific purpose of catering to this clientele! Vote No On S and keep SBCC for local uses, which is what a community college is supposed to be about.

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on September 16 at 11:43 a.m.

It is not the criminal that is responsible for the sentence. Sentences have grown more and more excessive over the decades despite reduced crime and evidence from all experts that such punishment accomplishes no penalogical purpose. It does, however, keep politicians and the prison industrial complex happy. It is this that is responsible for the sentence. Correctonal Officers and contractors get fat while society pays for their clear incompetence in stopping crime. And OF COURSE people plead guilty to crimes they don't commit. You would too if faced with an offer of a few years versus a risk of a life sentence or death.
Our justice system is clearly biased toward privilege but so is all of US society.

On Unfair Sentencing in Santa Barbara?

Posted on September 12 at 2:42 p.m.

Actually, the defense he offered sounds very credible. Firefighters are the most spoiled civil service employees and I believe they would tell this guy that he could use the card pretty much at will. They are upset because instead of getting fat off of the county he got fat off of them. Still I think he must have ticked someone off to have them come down on him for what seems like small potatoes.

On Embezzler to Repay Firefighter Union

Posted on September 12 at 9:51 a.m.

So if this has you worried consider the expansion of fracking technologies that use millions of gallons of water per well. The water they use is then permanently nonpotable and at best can only be injected back into the ground, hopefully out of reach of future wells. But we know that this reinjection often fails due to broken casings and spills and bad actors in the business. So, Vote Yes on P to preserve our water and save our environment.

On Cuyama Groundwater Study Presented to Supes

Posted on September 11 at 1:04 p.m.

Read the arguments for Measure V which we passed a few years back. It was to repair the buildings in need of help and do the infrastructure stuff for student classrooms. Instead we got Press Box Centers and trellises and garden paths and pigeon abatement. Read the arguments for Measure S, they are almost cut and paste from the Measure V pamphlet. Why didn't the Measure V money go to this task? One can almost believe the powers that be want to keep the campus in need of work so we will continue to fund their more exotic projects. They even had a multi-million $ "Aquatics Center" prioritized for Measure S until it was exposed.

On Democrats Split on SBCC Bond

Posted on September 11 at 9 a.m.

It's a local/community service supported by local/community people. The press to make it a "world class" 2 year college is silly. Does anyone rank the first two years of UCSB or CAL or UCLA as to their quality? Just do the ordinary work we want done and let others play with the exotica. The idea of a community college with dormitories is absolutely oxymoronic. It is not "nativist" to remind people that there are dozens of community colleges in CA and they were created to provide local education at an affordable cost to those who live in the "communities" they serve. Vote no on S and save SBCC for its intended use.

On Democrats Split on SBCC Bond

Posted on September 10 at 3:04 p.m.

Anyone who believes this guy got this rich from legitimate business enterprise is a fool. Class envy? No it's resistance to class warfare by these predatory capitalists/robber barons. This boat is made from the losses of millions of working people.

On Mega Yacht Visits

Posted on September 9 at 12:13 p.m.

Incredible how we are supposed to be buffaloed by the oil and gas industry's weak arguments and bad science and poor law. They repeat their assertions and some folks simply adopt them and parrot them. People saying the initiative was "poorly written" for example. People saying the potential county litigation risk is monstrous, for example. There is no taking unless the process is presently being used, unlike NAFTA provisions. If you are saying people have the unmitigated right to make money and exploit the earth and pollute us all based on the idea that stopping them would be a taking we are all lost: No environmental laws, no labor regulations, no zoning, no pollution penalties.... Come on, such a libertarian fantasy world would be hell and it is not Constitutionally mandated for sure! Vote Yes On P.

On County Tightens Measure P Nuts and Bolts

Posted on September 4 at 9:59 a.m.

"No form of life lower" might well extend to include those contractors who hired shadow laborers and refused to pay middle class survival wages to the ones who did the work.

On S.B. Contractors Shafted by S.F. Builder?

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