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Posted on March 20 at 10:25 a.m.
Constructing things that are unnecessary and dreadful looking seems to be an obsession with our local institutions. Take a drive through the hodge podge of buildings, halls and research centers on the UCSB campus. No master plan, no uniformity, no charm whatsoever, just a collection of architectural styles and fads conjured up by high priced designers. The horribly over-sized looking and yet claustrophobic new airport terminal building is another sad example. Why would anyone design a public space with a very low ceiling and then paint it a dark color to magnify the problem? Oh, and let's hide away a public restaurant on the second floor so nobody without a boarding pass can enjoy it and then seal all the windows so we don't capitalize on the weather and beauty of the area. Are half-baked plans like this the best this profession can achieve?
On Leave It Be
Posted on March 4 at 5:12 p.m.
It turns out that "anchors gone wild" is an Internet news meme that spans the globe! At least Paula DIDN'T resign on air, DIDN'T simiulate an infant soothing gum pain with a vibrating toothbursh, DIDN'T appear to be a little buzzed from a late afternoon cocktail while anchoring the news.... well, okay, so nobody's perfect.
On Weekend Poodle: Silence of the Dogs
Posted on June 26 at 4:15 p.m.
What hasn't been mentioned in ANY of the local news coverage of the demise of Make It Worse (sorry, couldn't help it) is the substantial amount of investor money that went down the drain with it. One dot com tycoon put $1,000,000 in back in 2004 and another $1,000,000 was raised in 2005 from the Tech Coast Angels. If they were lucky they took proceeds out of follow on capital. At the time the money was slated for "expansion" into the LA and San Diego markets, at least in part because repeat business was almost non-existent with the exception of a very small percentage of loyal customers. Despite the spin given the crash of MIW, it was a business model doomed to failure from the beginning based on the mathematics alone.
On Make It Work Stops Working
Posted on April 16 at 11:34 a.m.
The city and the county and our community business organizations do ZERO economic development, unlike San Luis Obispo, City of Santa Maria, Ventura city and county, so therefore we need higher taxes. Instead, we could attract more employers with high paying jobs, but apparently that is out of reach for the custodians of Disneyland-By-The-Sea.
On Taxing downtown bars and restaurants more to defray law enforcement costs
Posted on January 19 at 10:13 a.m.
As Bill Kristol, the GOP's prissy, churlish and always spiteful titular head once averred, "Americans don't deserve health care."
That's it in a nutshell, really. Republicans can't imagine their country being capable of enjoying the societal benefits that most of the rest of the civilized world takes for granted. Any nation that will gladly drive themselves into the poorhouse with trillions of dollars in war debt and willfully allow bloated corpses to float merrily down the streets of a major metropolitan city has truly lost its soul and has no claim to greatness.
On Obama vs. the Republicans?
Posted on October 11 at 6:50 p.m.
Wasn't this event TWO WEEKS ago? And the dateline is just yesterday. Did the field reporter take a detour by way of the Panama Canal?
On Dispatches from AvoFest 2010
Posted on October 8 at 3:01 p.m.
I have personally been complaining about irresponsible dog owners for many years. The poop of their pets all over the place is just one symptom of a community with a surprisingly high percentage of thoughtless dog walkers. As a beach runner I've been bitten twice, jumped up at aggressively too many times to count and seen hundreds of neatly tied off "doggie bags" left in the sand, never to be picked up on the dog owner's return trip. All dogs should be "on leash" all the time, especially - gosh! - at leash only beaches, which means virtually all of them with the exception of Hendry's Beach at the foot of the Wilcox Property. Many dogs in this town are not trained well and they do not know better than to bother strangers and chase wildlife. The point is, their owners should know better and take responsibility. Heavens knows, very few dog owners will apologize when their dog disturbs an innocent passerby or if they are asked politely to put their dog on a leash. A glare and cold silence is too often the response. Disagree with me dog lovers? Then prove it with your behavior and ask other dog owners to avoid giving all of you a bad name!
On The Mystery of Arroyo Burro
Posted on October 2 at 8:18 p.m.
Here we go with the right wingers pushing back again anyone honestly trying to improve our crummy, exclusionary health care "system". Wah! they wail, we don't want VALUE for our money. We don't want guaranteed ACCESS to health care. We don't want to have what EVERY OTHER industrialized nation on the planet has already proven works better than what we have. Fine, let them continue to pay their premiums in a health care "bubble" that is separate from what all others will benefit from with a public option, single payer system.
On Mad as Hell Doctors March in Santa Barbara
Posted on September 30 at 9:57 p.m.
Then there's the wonderful work being done by Anthony Carroccio and his team of volunteers at the Organic Soup Kitchen. After over a year of feeding dozens, and sometimes hundreds, weekly, they had to move out of the Veteran's Memorial Building and now provide, healthy, nutritious hot meals to all comers at the Moreton Bay Fig Tree every Sunday. The work of all of these underfunded (if not UNfunded) volunteer operations is literally changing and saving lives. If you haven't visited any of them, stop by, lend a hand and write a check or give an inkind donation of whatever you can spare. You will feel good for a week, I guarantee it.
On Bark Less, Bite More
Posted on September 28 at 8:04 p.m.
How will this all play out? Just go ask all the homeowners and residents that have to inhale the big rig fumes and listen to the cooling units atop tractor trailers in the parking lot of the Trader Joe's barely a block away on upper De la Vina. Quite rightly consumers want great stores, fantastic selection and competitive prices but if the cost to the neighborhood is too high, perhaps its not worth it. For one thing, without a turning lane on State in front of BevMO!, expect a lot of brakes squealing and horns honking as people insist on turning left across two lanes into the parking lot even at peak traffic times. I love TJ's and am glad for the uptown location but I could easily live without a booze warehouse. What's next, a Liquor Barn and Hustler store bookending the Presidio?
On BevMo! Already Pushing Buttons
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