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Posted on July 30 at 10:52 a.m.

RHS wrote, "Districts allow voters much greater input and knowledge and direction for their interests." -- districts will allow each voter one vote, one choice every four years instead of the now three every two years. This will be much less input!

Santa Barbara is small enough that there are not different interests depending on where one lives. There may need to be a sidewalk here or there, but most of us travel throughout the city and care for all of it, not just our immediate.

I hope there will be a discussion of how being Latino/a or/and Hispanic is a "race", as in African-American or Asian-American. A discussion about what is "race" as in "racially-polarized" would be very interesting.

On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

Posted on July 30 at 8:11 a.m.

Botany: according to the Census, approximately 19% of the potential voters are Latino.

Who are the other two plaintiffs? Only Banales, Cruz, and Aldana are listed.

(at_large before at-large became the term de jour)

On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

Posted on July 29 at 7:45 a.m.

Not helping Israel enough? The best that the US could do would be to back away from Israel on this ill-advised war of choice; Mitchum should read this in the CSM for a greater understanding: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Securi...

On Meeting Congressional Candidate Chris Mitchum

Posted on July 28 at 9:17 a.m.

From the photos of the dog Kitti on Edhat, equus_, she looks much more like a boxer. She was 12-years-old and, apparently, had cancer.

Santa Barbara should follow California law on euthanasia rather than the draconian Santa Barbara requirement. Dogs will bite other dogs - and the one this large one bit weighed 3lbs. Having a small dog myself, I am too aware how quite a few large dogs dislike some small dogs. (I won't go into the county dog parks when I see that certain dogs that have gone after my very friendly dog are there.) People take unreasoned dislike of some others but, hopefully, are socialized to prevent action; often dogs are not so socialized and too often the owners are paying no attention.

Eckermann: I politely suggest that you get some perspective. For many dog owners, their pets are their family. That a county _shelter_ should be so poorly run as to allow an old, sick dog to be killed by two others is outrageous. Whether the employee should lose his publicly-funded job is another question; if something similar were to happen in a jail, what would be the appropriate response? The owner of Kitti has written in support of the employee's qualities - dog rescue is a rather small world where the participants and the county employees know each other.

What's important is not this particular employee but that the County facility, for pets what the jail is to humans, should be so lax that this happens, that three dogs will probably lose their lives, Kitti and the two that killed her. As for the employee, there needs to be an intensive review of his his work AND this death.

On Dog Mauled to Death at County Shelter

Posted on July 23 at 10:50 a.m.

None of my neighbors would testify in favor of the injunction, and some said they supported it, because of fear. Having had my fence spray painted twice with gang insignia and Mexican mafia insignia (according to the paint store), and knowing of people around here stabbed, no way would I testify. ...Why take such a risk when you don't know whether it would have helped or not?!

On Judge Strikes Down Gang Injunction

Posted on July 23 at 7:52 a.m.

Those urging "Freeway!" for what should be local travel have probably not taken the freeway at rush hours. It is often stop and go from Turnpike and a little beyond. Not the entire way, but in patches, slowings, pauses to look at accidents.

StrongSilence - probably only Perotte could be considered moderate growth. Aceves, especially, and Bennett, too, are full speed ahead, build-build-build; Farr swings; Vallejo, newcomer replacement of slower growth Easton, coming from the Chamber of C., probably will also be "fill-that-danged-open-space-with-stucco!"

On Traffic in Goleta

Posted on July 23 at 7:02 a.m.

EastBeach: thanks for the reminder of some of the past articles; the site is still up and I hope it will remain so. I don't recall that series; when was it and what was the title?

On Mission & State Closes Down

Posted on July 22 at 6:47 p.m.

I agree with K_V. There was some excellent research and writing there, including by Donnelly, Slovik and, especially, Kacik. And I thought the Homeless in SB blog was valuable.

On Plug Pulled on <em>Mission & State</em>

Posted on July 20 at 11:16 a.m.

Tax Locally, Serve Globally, as your accompanying story says, http://www.independent.com/news/2014/...

On Do you support Measure S? (for SBCC)

Posted on July 19 at 12:44 p.m.

It looks as though it is the same person: http://lldf.org/?s=Short&x=22&y=12

and the Noozhawk story: http://www.noozhawk.com/article/life_...

On Anti-Abortion Group Threatens to Sue City

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