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Posted on August 23 at 10:55 p.m.

We've just moved another imperceptible baby-step in our morph to become Waikiki & Cabo. Unfortunate.

On Hell Yeah for Heli Tours

Posted on August 23 at 11:15 p.m.

Horses spook—people (and horses) get hurt. It's been happening since horses were domesticated. Best wishes to the injured. I wish everyone a speedy recovery.

The red flag here is Circle Bar-B's initial denial of the incident. Perhaps the employee who answered the phone was not in a position of sufficiant authority to comment publicly. Fair enough. But issuing a flat denial of the event 15 minutes after the paramedics hauled the injured away and declining to give your name is unacceptable. Better to say "No comment for now, please call back."

I admit not knowing much about horses, but it makes me wonder if Circle Bar-B's management does such a crappy job of training their employees on phone protocol, maybe their rider safety briefing needs retooling too.

On Six People Injured During Horse Ride

Posted on July 6 at 3:48 p.m.

Smart meters? Sign me up! RF interference? If the meter's RF signal interfered with cell phones, WiFi, garage door openers etc., wouldn't those industries be way ahead of this and launch their own anti-smart meter campaigns? Seems to me they would.

PG&E, the Goleta Water District and SoCal Gas all send meter readers (and their vehicles) into my neighborhood each month. Am I the only one who sees a wasteful and costly duplicity of service here?

Verizon doesn't send an employee to my home to record my telephone usage, it's transmitted over the wire AND by microwave. Seems to work fine.

Relax and put away your tin foil hats—no big conspiracy here. Smart meters are not a threat to our community, just 21st century technology put to good use.

On Smart Meter Smack Down

Posted on July 6 at 2:28 p.m.

Smart meters? Sign me up! RF interference? If the meter's RF signal interfered with cell phones, WiFi, garage door openers etc., wouldn't those industries be way ahead of this and launch their own anti-smart meter campaigns? Seems to me they would.

PG&E, the Goleta Water District and SoCal Gas all send meter readers (and their vehicles) into my neighborhood each month. Am I the only one who sees a wasteful and costly duplicity of service here?

Verizon doesn't send an employee to my home to record my telephone usage, it's transmitted over the wire AND by microwave. Seems to work fine.

Relax and put away your tin foil hats—no big conspiracy here. Smart meters are not a threat to our community, just 21st century technology put to good use.

On Are you concerned with SCE installing ‘Smart Meters?’

Posted on July 5 at 5:38 p.m.

Jukin writes:

"There is a proven method that stops recidivism and Sheriff Joe Arpaio knows how it is done. Not only is the recidivism zero, Sheriff Joe does it on about $5/day/prisoner."

Whew! Proven method? Junkin is about as wrong as he/she could be...

1) Arizona has the sixth highest incarceration rate among the 50 states and where one in 33 adults is under correctional control. <http://www.azcorrections.gov>

2) In FY 2007-08, the average cost-per-day to house an Arizona Dept. of Corrections inmate is $61.74. <http://www.azcorrections.gov>

3) Sheriff Arpaio says "...the recidivism rate for his prison facility, located in the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona, is about the national average, or, 60-70%." <http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/1...>

4) "... [Arizona state inmates] who participated in work and education programs, vocational education, and substance abuse treatment had recidivism reduced by an
average of 25%. <http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publ...>

Our founding fathers knew that an educated populous is necessary if our young and fragile democracy was to survive; one of many justifications for free and compulsory education.

Today our ability to access information is beyond anything our founders could have imagination, yet I grow less optimistic for our nation's survival each day. Thanks for nothing GOP, FOX News et al.

On Parolees First to Graduate Re-entry Program

Posted on February 13 at 11:27 a.m.

"He was also responsible for the complete reorganization of the Fire Department, which includes over 1,115 personnel, in order to reduce service call response time."

Wow! The SBFD has certainly grown since I retired in '02.

On City Fire Chief Announces Retirement

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