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Posted on October 1 at 3:29 p.m.

Oh, yes. And I forgot to say "Thank You!" to Ms. Miles, for stating publicly that she did not want the bear to be killed. Thank you, Emily Miles.

On Hunt for Bear Called Off

Posted on October 1 at 2 p.m.

The U.S. Humane Society states that there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a bear-----ever. I am ecstatically happy that Fish & Game called off the hunt. Good for the bear, thank gawd, that it managed to avoid being caught.

I hope my email (and emails of others) to Fish & Wildlife urging that the bear, if caught, not be euthanized, was/were of some influence.

It is interesting to note that one report stated the bear had "taken a chunk" out of Ms. Miles' thigh. I knew this could not be true, as we all saw the photos of her standing, and she wouldn't have been standing with a chunk out of her leg. The fact that she was made to wait at the ER is egregious and, yet, I suppose, somehow indicates what the staff there thought of the severity of her injuries.

As for dogs being off-leash, dog walkers and their dogs need exercise. I don't allow my dogs to chase after anything: neither birds on the beach nor wildlife in the hills. When Ms. Miles saw that bear scat, she knew to skedaddle and call back her dogs, but she decided to take a photograph of the scat instead. (I find it curious that she didn't mention her dogs barking wildly, which is what they must have done, upon seeing that bear.)

There's a great (true) story about a man who left his wife in their camper and said he was going off to try and get a pic of the Grizzly bear they knew was in the vicinity. The man never came back. They found him later and the last photo on his roll of film was of the Grizzly coming toward him.

Grizzlies are known to be much more dangerous to humans than are Black bears, true. But I think it's an interesting tale, nonetheless, of how our curiosity and hubris, what with thinking we're at the top of the food chain, can often get us into trouble.

On Hunt for Bear Called Off

Posted on September 19 at 1:14 a.m.

The rules are there for a reason. Get the permit or paint it over. This silly "Ask forgiveness later" attitude is deplorable. I thought Cajun Kitchen was better than this.

On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'

Posted on September 4 at 3:51 p.m.

Georgy: You're right on the money (ha!).

loonpt: Those studies must be conducted by alcoholic cretins. I have known more than a dozen Santa Barbarans who never drank alcohol and all lived into their late 80s, early 90s. All healthy as horses, until the last few years of their lives. Those are just a sampling of people I know. There must be legions of octogenarian and nonagenarian teetotalers across the globe to prove that study wrong.

Who needs the sulfites in wine? I don't drink and as Steven Wright said, "I intend to live forever. So far, so good." Wine shops will go the way of the dinosaur when the climate puts paid to those grapevines.

Bring back the Diver's Den, too.

On Developer to Save Funk Zone

Posted on August 25 at 7:27 p.m.

How does one make an "anonymous" complaint to the City Building Dept.? I know for a fact that one's name and address are demanded and the complaint is made public record.

Is there anyone who doubts the complaining party has an eye on obtaining that property? I, for one, am sad to see the Funk Zone being "revitalized" into gentrified, lackluster, monotonous crap.

My sympathies with the artists and craftsman already displaced in other areas of the F.Z and now those on this property. What a damn shame.

On Funk Zone Funny Business Leads to Evictions

Posted on August 10 at 12:14 a.m.

So what happens with the 300 thou Mary (or is it Marry?) Belle Snow gave Lack? Will she ever see a dime of that dough?

On No Slack for David Lack

Posted on June 23 at 4:39 p.m.

Huh. I just came across my photo of that S & M couple, taken at the Solstice Parade many, many years ago. I love how people still remember that man and his female friend/wife. Those were some outré outfits, no doubt about it. The man ended up getting busted for running a whore house on Canon Perdido, between Chapala and De La Vina (I think that was the location). Talk about "local color."

I never go to see the Parade anymore, but I think loads of people enjoy it and I love to see the photos. So much hard work goes into those costumes. My particular favorite this year has to be the "Orca" guys in their "budgie smugglers" (speedos). Hooray for Solstice Parade!

On 2014 Solstice Parade

Posted on June 17 at 1:48 p.m.

Is this the guy that whacked a friend of mine (Kiosk worker) in the head, using a sock filled with batteries (or some such)? Happened years ago and completely ruined her life. Her brain will never be the same.

I hope this guy, whether or not it's the same dude, gets just what he deserves, over and over and over again, in prison. Good riddance, creep.

On 28 Years for Parking Kiosk Robber

Posted on May 30 at 11:44 p.m.

A real shame. This guy performed a lot of good works on our behalf, in order to keep open space available to the public. I hope he gets his domestic whatever it is straightened out.

On Michael Feeney Resigns from Land Trust

Posted on May 27 at 11:24 a.m.

Blame? If there are any stones to be cast, they should be cast at Rodger's parents. They knew their son was severely mentally disturbed. They pretended it was okay to send this extremely neurotic boy off to school, to try and cope on his own. At the very least, they should have sent along a "minder" to keep an eye on him. Someone should have been monitoring his behavior.

If you watch his videos, they are all cries for help. Yet his parents deemed him fit for college life, which is stressful for even the most normal of kids. Why send him so far from home? They were paying for his education, right? They could have kept him closer to home, where they could have kept a better eye on him. Instead, they (or his grandparents?) gave him a fancy new car and shipped him off to fend for himself. Egregious.

When they received his emailed manifesto, that was the time for his parents to call UCSB police and the SB County Sheriffs. He said he was going to slaughter sorority girls, for Chrissakes! Instead, they wasted time dialing 911 and then hopped into their vehicle to drive the 90+ minutes up to I.V. to check on their son. Who knows how long it took that 911 call to work its way through channels to our local LE?

It's all too incredible that his parents seemingly saw his threats as potentially empty threats and made the highly regrettable decision to delay in alerting the proper authorities. Authorities who could have checked on Rodger within minutes.

Obviously, Elliot Rodger had already slain his two housemates and their friend. But the parents, acting swiftly and logically, considering their son's state of mental health, may have prevented more murders and injuries from taking place. If only they had alerted immediately UCSB police and SB Sheriffs and relayed that their son was threatening to kill sorority girls and young men. The parents could have prevented the entire horrific killing spree, by monitoring their son more closely. Their son who so obviously wasn't fit to be on his own in the first place.

I lay NO blame on the Sheriffs or Bill Brown. None. Perhaps now such "welfare checks" as were performed on Rodger (over and over) will include the presence of a licensed mental health professional, too, for the mentally ill.

And, yes, I do think the Sheriffs should have asked Rodger if he had any weapons----but do they usually ask that on these "routine" welfare checks? Were the Sheriffs warned of his severe mental illness? And if only one Sheriff had thought to check to see if Rodger had purchased any guns. If, if, if.

He owned the guns legally, by the way. Bought and registered in his name. We need stricter gun control laws-----now.

On UCSB Plans Memorial Service for Tuesday

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