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Posted on November 24 at 3:49 a.m.

Jarvis, why do you assume Holly lives in your neck of the woods? You really don't get it.

On RV Ordinance Revision Hits the Skids

Posted on November 23 at 5:18 a.m.

Herschel: I would make less money, be in a less stable work environment, and lose my health benefits.

On RV Ordinance Revision Hits the Skids

Posted on November 23 at 5:05 a.m.

Herschel, you're on a roll. You see, back in 1984 I worked for a now-defunct cleaning service and I remember taking one of the guys home and there were a couple of other guys crammed into a small room at the tiny dwelling in he lived and they were sleeping on the floor. They were immigrants. Note: That was 1984, and even back then prices were way out of reach for the blue collar folks but nowhere near as bad as it is today.

Yes, these people live in cheek-by-jowl in their Dario Pini slumlord shacks so jammed in together that you can sit on the toilet in your house and be able to shake hands with your next-door neighbor. Of course, people wonder why we have a gang problem when there is no open space for these people to live, but this is the amalgamation of apologetic Leftist thought that tells us how lazy we Americans are and how we refuse to do any labor jobs mixed in with the Right Wing mentality of the Chamber Of Commerce who can only see their own bottom line being supported on the backs of taxpayer subsidized cheap labor working in conditions that the labor movement of the early 20th Century worked so hard to reform.

Yes Herschel, the chickens are coming home to roost, the Santa Barbara is imploding, and the unpleasant sight of people in campers is only going to make your eyesore even worse because clearly the eugenic philosophy that now even drives the supposedly "Progressive" (hardly in the sense of Eugene V. Debs) movement in Santa Barbara has incorporated the bottom line interests of the tourist industry.

Yup, the Untouchables/Vermin/Untermenschen/bums/vagrants/transients that so freak people out are the result of good ol' Santa Barbara politics that has resulted in the tearing down of affordable housing, single room occupancy hotels, as well as criminalizing people for daring to provide themselves with alternative methods of shelter. Meanwhile, the leaders of the countries south of the border laugh at the U.S. while they dump their poor and desperate people into our sinking lifeboat.

As for immigration laws: What is the point of having them at all if one can just walk into the U.S. and eventually be able to stay here? Ask that of our politicians and watch them squirm.

As I say the chickens have come home to roost, and to borrow an idea from Nativeson, there may be some eggs hatching in your front yard shortly.

On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform

Posted on November 22 at 8:04 p.m.

It's interesting that capitalism is being raised. Perhaps if Santa Barbara and San Francisco were more inclined toward capitalism, the homeless problems in these places (throw in New York, New York as well) would be nowhere near as prevalent.

With layer upon layer of permit fees, zoning restrictions, and other measures you find so rife in "Blue" political demographics, you find a lot of homeless folks.

On The Homeless Bill of Rights

Posted on November 22 at 7:32 p.m.

I have to agree; the Democrats have brought this upon themselves. I used to support them, but they've made it clear I'm not welcome in their shrinking tent.

On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform

Posted on November 22 at 6:30 p.m.

OK then Herschel, I will sit down and shut up and keep my opinions to myself, even though I spend $$$ in S.B. when I go shopping down there.

On RV Ordinance Revision Hits the Skids

Posted on November 22 at 6:27 p.m.

Did I mention the fact that the conservatives who are criticizing Obama for this fail to point out that their idol, Ronald Reagan granted amnesty in 1986?

I remember that happening, but I guess history is written by those who came afterward.

On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform

Posted on November 22 at 6:11 p.m.

(part two of two)

Santa Barbara is steadily achieving it's goal of economic cleansing, and all I can say--in solidarity with those who face the slings and arrows of those more fortunate than them who want them out, is to take the advice of the iconic street Salsipuedes which translates to "Get out if you can". I did, because I'm one working person among many who finally got the message he's not welcome in "paradise".

Living on the American Riviera may be nice, but I'd rather not have to spend my life being a persona non grata fighting for the right to have a place live where I'm not welcome.

May God be kinder to those who persecute the least among us than they've been to what will continue to be a growing population as the powers-that-be once again refuse to address the causes of the economic dystopia driving this nightmare.

Peter Marin is fighting the good fight, and win or lose, at least he's on the right side.

On RV Ordinance Revision Hits the Skids

Posted on November 22 at 6:10 p.m.

(Part one of two)

"Likewise, the committee voted to ban any RVs from parking at any time within 500 feet of a school. Marin said he shared concerns about “anonymous” RVs lurking by school ground"

Ah, playing "the children" card, as in the inference that these people might be child molesters.

Let's address the overall issue: Santa Barbara has gentrified itself to the point where the working-class is either being driven out, or forced to live in RV's. The numbers don't lie, and they are right here for you to see. http://www.sbhousingtrust.org/aboutht...

There also is the fact that many neighborhoods have their residents who have nothing better to do than get worked up over anyone they see who they don't want sharing their planet. I remember a job I worked at years ago where my boss had a next-door neighbor who used to have fits about any of us employees parking in front of her house, even though it was a public street.

There is also the "Faux-liberal" element such as Herschel_Greenspan who jump on the left-wing causes but when it comes to the least among us, tells them to get out. Mr. Greenspan, since you have indicated your sensitivity to antisemitism in previous posts, do you see the irony of your statement? This is what they used to tell Jews: "Move on, get out of town, you're not welcome here". We read about homeless people getting attacked all the time, and of course there was the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, who was beaten to death by cops a couple of years ago, but hey, what's a few "transients" here and there, right?

Clearly, people such as Herschel, and the many, many, who think as he does, are scared, and refuse to address the greater issue that Santa Barbara is creating it's Master Race of those who somehow jump through the ridiculous economic hoops in order to survive. It doesn't matter if you work two, or three jobs, you're still a bum looking for a handout in the eyes of those sitting comfortably on the economic ladder if you dare to protest the high price of staying in Santa Barbara--even if you were born and raised here, and perhaps find yourself middle aged, with no family support system left since your family has either died or moved away, and caught in the catch-22 of not being able to afford to stay here, or reestablish yourself in another area, or are disabled. Also Herschel, like the parents of your historical namesake, these people get kicked out of one area, flee to another, and find they are not welcome there, either.

On RV Ordinance Revision Hits the Skids

Posted on November 21 at 10:56 p.m.

And then there is the pay raise the chancellors got. There it is folks, the gap between the rich and poor getting worse.

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