Comments by blackpoodles

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Posted on March 31 at 10:53 a.m.

If he indeed was following GPS recommendations, it confirms my opinion that maps are a far superior way to navigate.

On Horses Die in Crash Near Highway 154

Posted on March 25 at 9:44 a.m.

We are experiencing the logical outcome of our societal behavior: parents too busy to raise children who grow up without a moral compass from their elders, corporations too greedy and stupid to pay a living wage, banks that cheated their clients out of their homes, a for profit medical industry for which pseudo "healthcare" is just the means to a financial end, school bureaucracies too ensconced to actually educate kids and universities too expensive for most, "celebrities" who endorse a reckless and irresponsible lifestyle, a corrupt government that has lost the faith of the people, and the disappearance of a free and independent press.
There is no reason to tolerate antisocial behavior from these "travelers", but why are we quietly acquiescing to all the other crap going on? These out of control kids are just the very tip of a very ugly iceberg.

On Cops Take on ‘Urban Travelers’

Posted on February 26 at 9:16 p.m.

SIMA is known for charging exorbitant rents. No wonder the investors are happy. No wonder either that our downtown has become so bland and boring.

On Cappello Disqualified for Conflict of Interest

Posted on February 26 at 9:07 p.m.

I often drive 154 to work, and returning toward SB there is a long curve above San Antonio Creek, that is posted at a recommended 50MPH, but really ought to be posted at 40MPH. With most of the recommended speed signs, you have a safe margin of 10 miles above, but not with that one. On that curve, 50MPH really is the upper limit of safety, even in a low center of gravity sedan. I wonder if that is where this accident happened.

On Fatal Accident on Highway 154

Posted on February 19 at 9:37 a.m.

Dogs don't understand handguns. If threatened by a dangerous dog, a stick is much more effective.

On Man with Gun Arrested on De La Vina Street

Posted on December 6 at 9:47 p.m.

BC, please get off your tea-totaling high horse, we tried prohibition before. It didn't work. "...annual holiday party hosted by The Santa Barbara Independent ... had a NO-HOST BAR (emphasis mine), ended at 9:30 p.m." No-host bar means the guests order and pay for their own drinks - which can be alcoholic or not. This is where personal responsibility enters.
Morua has no one to blame but himself for his bad choices. If you drink, don't drive. If you hit someone, get out and help them, don't leave them to bleed while you try to evade the consequences of your actions.
Oh, and if you are a pedestrian walking in the dark of night, watch for oncoming traffic before you enter the roadway, even if you are in a crosswalk. Even a sober driver can fail to see you if you are wearing dark clothing on one of our poorly lit streets. You may have the right of way, but that won't help you much against a SUV.

On Lois Capps Representative Arrested for DUI Hit-and-Run

Posted on December 6 at 9:46 a.m.

When the average 2 bedroom apartment rents for $2,000 a month while close to 50% of households earn less than $50,000 a year, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that we have a housing affordability issue.
However, story poles should be a standard part of the review process.
Also, what about affordable business rents as part of the mix? Might just generate jobs and reduce the need for subsidized housing.

On 'Height Shock' for Haley Street?

Posted on December 6 at 9:24 a.m.

Sure sounds like our local Sheriff deputies have their own notion of what "To protect and to serve" means. Shoot first, assert the facts later. The guy may have been drunk or high, but he also could be a diabetic having screwed up his insulin levels and become disoriented, or had a cardiac episode. Hopefully there will be a full investigation, and it won't end with another multimillion dollar award against the County.

On Wrong-Way Driver Shot in Goleta

Posted on December 6 at 9:10 a.m.

$25,000??? Are you kidding me? Add 3 zeros, you'll be a little closer. Oh, and don't forget to fire the idiots who sent these men to their death, and revise your Incident Command Procedures.

On Arizona Firemen Deaths Blamed on Agency Incompetence

Posted on December 1 at 9:30 p.m.

I don't really like Hungry Cat very much, but as Suzanne says, "That's David's place." The fact that she will be cooking on Monday is enough to make me want to attend. She is not only a very talented chef, she is also a wonderful person.

On Chef Suzanne Goin Comes to Town

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