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Posted on June 2 at 4:58 p.m.
After reading all of the recent articles and comments about this topic, one point rings out to me loud and clear. That is the name chosen by the Montecito anti-Caltrans group, "Common Sense 101," is an oxymoron. There is virtually no common sense obvious in their stated positions.
On Which Way to Widen 101?
Posted on March 16 at 9:03 a.m.
Why is that government (staffs and our elected representatives) look to fix budget problems by increasing taxes?
We already are highly taxed but our government officials haven't done a very good job of managing the funds that they already take from us. Instead of repairing the streets they give the employees higher salaries. Instead of repairing the Cabrillo Bath House (presuming that it needs to be refurbished and not just maintained) they give the employees sweetheart retirement benefits. Etc., etc.
And the RDA went away partly because SB and other cities were abusing that program. RDA funds were used as just another source of funding for projects that were not redevelopment of blighted areas, as specified by the RDA law, but should have been general fund obligations.
Accountability has been lacking. But that is easy when 80% or more of the public are apathetic.
On Sales Tax Increase Appears Dead on Arrival
Posted on February 17 at 9:49 a.m.
"Use of a deadly weapon?" What's up with that? Heck almost anything can be considered a "deadly weapon" depending on the intent of the user. More DA over-charging again?
On Hash Oil Production Lands Man Behind Bars
Posted on February 15 at 10:51 a.m.
The entire concept of "free" money from the Feds or the State is certainly a flawed concept.
Yet our "leaders" perpetuate this system which entails taking the money from us (by threat of force through taxes), taking their cut to fund the bureaucracy that runs the various grant programs and then passing the remainder out to various locations around the state or country in the form of "free" grants.
It certainly is ingrained in how our country operates these days. A sad situation.
On Security Gates for Police Station
Posted on January 11 at 1:32 p.m.
This reflects absolute irresponsibility on the part of the staffs that proposed these bonds and the elected boards that approved sending them to the voters.
And it really points out the ignorance of the majority of voters that vote in favor of fiscal disasters such as these bonds without doing any investigation before voting.
On School Bonds Under the Microscope
Posted on November 22 at 9:41 a.m.
Another example of unelected bureaucrats in state government attempting to dictate to us as to what we can and can not do......
On State Challenges City Parking Lot Ownership
Posted on May 3 at 9:22 a.m.
In my mind this entire issue is a states rights issue.
The Constitution, at least the copy that I have, has no clause that allows the federal government to intervene in intra-state activities such as the state-approved use of medical marijuana.
As long as there is no inter-state commerce, i.e. selling or shipping across state lines, what part of the Constitution allows this?
On Dispensary Raided
Posted on January 24 at 10:12 a.m.
The uproar over one person misinterpreting "Jewel" as "Jew" reminds me of the Washington bureaucrat that was fired a few years ago for using the word "niggardly" in public. Apparently people were too ignorant to know what it meant and too lazy to look it up in a dictionary. So he was fired.
Heck of a world that we live in these days...
On Peet's Removes Local Art Following Complaint
Posted on November 18 at 9:45 a.m.
Part of the challenge is that the State has sent the County a mandate for how many housing units must be planned for as the State's process calls for every 5 years. The rest of the County decided to stick it to Santa Barbara this cycle and mandated the majority of the new housing units must be planned for the City. In spite of protests by the City to the SBCAG Board it was not changed. So the City has to find a way, at least on paper, to accommodate the increased housing numbers or face issues with the State.
On Council Reaches 'Cranky Point'
Posted on May 15 at 11:27 a.m.
Maybe Obama should invite them both to the White House for a beer... That worked the last time. ;-))
On Touchy ‘Turban’ Talk
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