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Posted on March 7 at 11:35 a.m.
Apparently that guy has spent too much time at UCSB. That place will make anyone crazy, given enough time. Just look at the profs who teach there.
On UCSB Basketball Fan Arrested After Rushing Court
Posted on December 23 at 8:16 p.m.
Having played baseball with Essie's son at SBHS, I can attest that not only was her boy a one-in-a-million baseball prodigy -- Ryan had humor, integrity, humility, and a mysterious twinkle in his eye.
Thanks John for this story -- nice to see the other side of success and what helped to make Spilborghs a star -- among other things, his phenomenal mother... may she live forever in heaven amongst the angels.
On When Essie Spells Hope
Posted on November 13 at 5:54 a.m.
My guess is that the kids wanted to drink but they could not buy beer because they are not old enough. Carlos wanted to drink but did not have any money. So the kids offered to buy Carlos some beer if he would buy some for them as well. Then, they decided the best place to drink would be at Granny's field, since it is right above the CVS. After five or six beers and some shots, they noticed the homeless dude in the field and decided to get their "kicks" by beating him up. Of course, they probably weren't not anticipating the murder charges.
On Three Arrested For Homeless Man's Murder
Posted on November 2 at 2:39 p.m.
3 pounds of cocaine? -- that's a lot! Wish this guy was my friend, lol
On Santa Barbara Police Arrest Ventura Drug Dealer
Posted on June 1 at 6:01 p.m.
Oh god dude, you sound jealous. I doubt it was a regular there who started the fire. Give it up, go get laid.
On White Fire Fully Contained
Posted on June 1 at 5:41 a.m.
Oh, and Ken as far as "chartering" being un-American, that is EXACTLY what the police and fire departments ARE -- they are hired by their elected representatives. Chartered Police and Fire departments are simply not a part of of the behemoth unions that you seem to be so in love with.
....you are just a union man, and forget that even the people who work for the unions are ultimately hired by the PEOPLE.
But SHEESH, what I am saying? -- we live in California. I must sound like a lunatic to you. But you are still wrong.
On The Las Positas Tennis Courts rate hikes
Posted on June 1 at 5:36 a.m.
To whom it may concern:
Whether it's the libraries being closed on Mondays, the Courthouse closing at 3 PM, SBCC's track being closed to the masses, or most of the high schools' facilities being closed to the average ballplayer....
....the issue is not privatization, but the exact opposite. Government employees are being paid WAY too much money (especially in benefits) and there is no money left over for Jo Shmoe to go enjoy a game of basketball or tennis on "public grounds." The public employees are too busy being furloughed.
That is to say, many of our "public spaces" have already been privatized, at least in the sense that they are closed and thus are no longer available to anyone who is not a student.
If you can find a way to clean up the graffiti and vandalist at the local schools and parks, and thus allow the school and city administrators to justify keep them open after school-hours, then perhaps you have a great argument.
In the meantime, perhaps you should just shut up and find yourself some nookie.
Posted on June 1 at 12:52 a.m.
One other issue worth mentioning is that of graffiti. The San Marcos High School tennis courts are now locked up most of the time, due to too much tagging. It is a sad but true phenomenon.
Enough with the gangbangers and the drug-addicts. I would like to play some tennis please!
It's time to reclaim classiness for Santa Barbara!!!
On Elings Park Foundation Clears the Air on Taxpayer Subsidized Tennis
Posted on June 1 at 12:40 a.m.
Maybe the IRS should open investigations into private 501(c)(3) organizations that want to take "public parks" for the "public benefit."
Again, the only reason the courts were sold in the first place is because, evidently, the City was either unwilling or incapable of managing them itself.
Posted on June 1 at 12:28 a.m.
What a bogus article.To quote:
"At that time, about 150 tennis players played at Las Positas for which they paid $150 a year for unlimited tennis access, which equates to an individual cost of approximately $2.88 per week. Those fees produced $22,500 a year in revenues."
As I recall, about 8-10 years ago, the City began employing a person to regularly go check up on different tennis courts, including Santa Barbara High School, Coast Village Road and Los Positas. The only ones exempted were the Oak Park courts.
The way it worked was: if the Parks & Rec dude showed up while you were playing, he would ask each player to pay 5 bucks for the day. If you said, "Sorry we don't have any money," the P&R dude would tell you and your friends to leave. No real enforcement.
Where do I play tennis now?
Yes, let's pray for a society where tennis courts are only available for the rich, and where public libraries are closed due to lack of funding.
I wonder how much that City employee got paid to go around collecting $5 fees from tennis players??
The issue is not the cost of the maintenance or the management of the tennis courts; the issue is bad management of the the City's resources, aka overpaid truck-drivers who go around driving to different tennis courts all afternoon. Who the heck thought up that plan anyway? Probably some faceless bureaucrat......
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