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Posted on December 13 at 6:39 a.m.

Very funny column, written in the best of ALB's Joissey style. In blaming the SB mayor for all sorts of potential havoc, notably the encouragement of lawsuits, she neglects to mention that the linked letter was also by councilmember, fellow moderate White. (The Council has 3 divisions, right, Francisco-Hotchkiss-Rowse; moderate, Schneider, White; rabid left, Hart, Murillo.) The mayor, rightly, imo, is in the center, which is where most of the SB populace is.

As for the freeway widening, there's, for example, an important and serious issue of the Cabrillo widening at the underpass. And those commuting, yes, it is a problem, as it is in all cities that have outlying suburban areas, attractive to young families but wanting city-generated paychecks.

But it is hard to feel sympathy for the well-paid public employees, receiving SB public monies and CHOOSING to live out of area and then crying about how long it takes them to drive to work, usually in their single-occupancy vehicles. ...Anyway, it was a fun read and a grin is a great way to start the weekend.

On Bare-Knuckle Politics — Santa Barbara-Style

Posted on December 12 at 1:01 p.m.

What's the rainfall total at Cachuma and any runoff into the reservoir?

On Rain, Wind Pound Santa Barbara

Posted on December 12 at 6:21 a.m.

I completely agree with Noletaman. Using desal, activating that plant, should be the absolutely last resource. History shows there is no way that the proposed rates will do anything but increase. We can thank the water gurus of the recent past, Stan Hatch and associates, for the $millions and millions wasted on state water (for, just as then predicted, little water.) Then, too, there was hysteria, played upon by those planners demanding more to forestall doomsday.

More water = more growth, with the burdens falling more and more on those who can less afford it. We cut back on usage so are charged more. Restaurants, hotels can easily pass on increases; have lawn police, assessing a minimal surcharge for what is/should be a luxury; think outside of the bureaucratic box for a change; live within the existing supply in this semi-arid area.

On Big Jump in Water Bills?

Posted on December 12 at 5:50 a.m.

Wonderful story, except for the wham at the end. The best of wishes, thoughts and luck to Greg Hummel.

On Sports: Hiking the PCT

Posted on December 6 at 7:32 p.m.

Well, if there was any doubt about what Cappello, representing these 5/6 plaintiffs, wants, it is dispelled: " At that meeting, councilmembers were vehement in their assertion that the public should weigh in on so significant a change. Cappello disagreed, stating that the matter should be decided by a judge..." It simply does not matter what the people of this city think or, more importantly, want.

How can DrDan say the westside is "long-ignored" with one councilmember and a mayor, who before being mayor was a councilmember!

I hope this city does not roll over and play dead, settling. No matter what the court says, the election should go on, even if the question will be purely advisory. It is important that all of us who live here have the opportunity to say how we want to be governed. I suspect that most of us would prefer a city government that worked for the city as a whole, not one of ward systems.

It seems to me a conflict: on the one hand, by state and federal law districts have to be drawn NOT based on ethnicity (or "races") but on populatoin; on the other, the proponents of this argue that the city is racially polarized and district elections are the panacea.

On District Election Case Set for April Trial

Posted on December 4 at 12:14 a.m.

Good luck to him. He's done a fine job at the Fund and will certainly be missed.

The SBCC Foundation may give out $3.5m to needy students, a commendable effort and in line with its mission and what donors expect. It also threw away approximately 10% of that amount to promote Measure S and in the process ran afoul of FPPC rules for openness. And such politicking was probably not where donors expected their money to go.

What a waste of $365,000, something that has cost it the support of some long term donors -- and hopefully will not be repeated for its next bond measure demand.

On Geoff Green Takes City College Post

Posted on November 24 at 7:09 a.m.

Maybe those trustees did warn Gaskin, although Croninger has zero credibility, perhaps less than zero given her work as Treasurer of the S campaign.

What's so clear is that Gaskin either doesn't know how to listen or just simply doesn't want to hear anyone but her pal Lanny and Cathy Murillo. Especially a student of fluvial geomorphology should have been able to read the torrents of hostility to this insult to voters' intelligence.

Indeed, little Cuesta College is for the locals while SBCC, sneering at Allen Hancock and Cuesta, lusts for world class aura, luring students and recruiting athletes nationwide, while expecting locals to pay the SBCC piper.

Thanks, JJ, for finding that analysis that shows the existing facilities are under-utilized. If the trustees are worth what they're paid, they'd begin to represent the electors not the college.

On Run Spot Run: The ABCs of Do-Re-Mi

Posted on November 24 at 6:33 a.m.

"Wilson, who said he has fished in the area for 34 years, stopped by The Independent office after his sentencing to apologize for his actions, but said such activity is common among fishermen. " Wow, that is some apology!

I guess he can't be banned from fishing but no one again ever needs to buy anything from him.

On Fish Scammer Sentenced to Jail and Felony Probation

Posted on November 22 at 6:55 a.m.

Stop lawns, yes, but just as important is to stop issuing building permits. Have the waterfront department cut back or eliminate those free showers where the water just runs and runs. Stop watering the grass at Chase Palm Park or any of the city parks until the recycled water comes online. ... Have this very expensive desal plant be absolutely last in priority.

The water department with its "acting czar" has not been a good steward; if they're now saying $40,000,000 plus $5,000,000 operating costs on the backs of the residents, then we can be sure it will be actually much more.

On Cost Creep Lurks Over Desal Plant

Posted on November 22 at 6:41 a.m.

All "No RV" signs to be removed - was the City Attorney arguing to have the Cabrillo Boulevard signs removed?

On RV Ordinance Revision Hits the Skids

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