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Posted on August 11 at 1:16 p.m.

Jarvis, I thought that the $400 mil unfunded maintenance backlog was County, not City.

Does the City also have that amount of unfunded maintenance?

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Jim Armstrong

Posted on July 3 at 10:52 a.m.

The City has changed the rules with the recent General Plan Update. Now property owners may get extra units as well as reduced parking requirements if they build smaller rentals versus larger condos. So the incentives are in place; let's see if it helps.

On Santa Barbara's Recovery Blues

Posted on June 9 at 10:40 a.m.

The Chumash group could have built a museum on that property without the property being placed into the BIA trust status and having it removed from the rules and laws followed by all of the rest of us.

By going the route that is being followed, the Chumash corporation will not have to follow the state and county land use laws, they won't have to pay property taxes on the property and improvements and in general they get to do what they want.

If the Chumash were truly an impoverished remnant of the original tribe perhaps this could be justified. But that isn't the case - they are in effect a very rich corporation that reaps a significant income from activities that would otherwise not be allowed in our state. The entire "sovereign nation" facade is a joke and Armenta and the Chumash corporation are using it to maximum advantage.

On Chumash Acquire 6.9-Acre Plot

Posted on June 5 at 8:05 a.m.

Why doesn't the Chumash tribe have it's own police department in it's "sovereign nation?" They seem to want it both ways: totally sovereign when it suits them and part of the USA, state and county when they want something. Isn't having the county sheriff patrolling the Chumash casino similar to having the San Diego sheriff patrolling Tijuana?

On Chumash Chagrined Over Deputy Position

Posted on May 6 at 8:56 a.m.

Is an "air soft gun," which is a kids' toy, illegal now?

Or is it just a felony to bring a toy to the courthouse?

On Man Arrested Outside Gang Hearing

Posted on May 1 at 7:18 p.m.

Why do some state that district elections will increase the number of voters? Increasing voters is a good goal but there is no reason why those same voters that don't vote now will vote in the future.

On Is the Council Too White?

Posted on May 1 at 9:37 a.m.

It is curious that, throughout the city (and the country for that matter), those that identify themselves as ethnic minorities and demand equal "rights" seem to continually self-discriminate by constantly referring to themselves as "xxx-Americans" rather than just "Americans."

That attitude is the underlying rationale for this discussion about district elections so that "xxx-Americans" have the appearance of more representation for their interests that are somehow different and distinct from the interests of just plain "Americans."

And that attitude really doesn't help things in the long term.

On Is the Council Too White?

Posted on April 28 at 2:57 p.m.

Which side in this conflict has been on record as denying the other the right to even exist? For those that don't know it is the Palestinians.

And as far as the idea of moving Israel to Montana or Baja California, their state exists in the location where it has existed for over 4000 years. Why should they have to move?

BTW, I'm not a Jewish person.

On UCSB Votes Down Divestment from Israel

Posted on April 17 at 9:20 a.m.

We no longer can build hydro-electric dams because of perceived environmental impacts.

Solar fields only work during sunny daylight and take too much acreage, which isn't even available near many urban areas.

Wind turbines also take a lot of acreage and also only work when the wind blows.

Power has to be generated near the end users due to line losses in transmission.

So where do we get the power until a magic new source is developed?

On Fracking Freak-Out Justified?

Posted on April 16 at 8:40 a.m.

Government is no longer by the people, of the people, for the people. It's a massive self-propagating entity for career politicians and entrenched bureaucrats to further their careers enabled by those with sufficient time and money to lobby them.

In other words, the SEIU and other unions pay for the politicians, like Janet, that will keep giving them large salaries and lucrative benefits far better than exist in most private sector jobs.

We get the government that we deserve if we keep voting for these shills.

On Wolf Collects Another $20,000 From Labor Union

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