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Posted on December 18 at 10:41 a.m.

Back in the early 1970s I was driving home on Milpas to de la Guerra around midnight. I was not exceeding the speed limit and had not been drinking so was not weaving. A police car came up behind me about 1/2 a block away and just followed. A few blocks from my turn at de la Guerra a cat ran across the street in front of me but since I was going the speed limit I was able to brake while it ran safely to the other side. I proceeded to de la Guerra where I turned and then turned with a few apartment buildings into my apartment drive. The police car followed me onto de la Guerra and into the parking lot where I had parked in my allotted space. I was out of my car when he called to me to come over. I asked what was wrong and he proceeded to berate me for having almost hit the cat, telling me he could arrest me for hit and run, even though I did not hit the cat. Since the cat incident occurred a few blocks from my turn at de la Guerra I asked him why he didn't turn on his lights and indicate that he wanted me to stop rather than follow me into the parking lot sans lights or siren. He then said, rather sarcastically, "You want lights? Here they are." He then turned them on in the lot. He then turned them off and after another arrest threat for a non-existent vehicular accident drove away. I was in my late 20's, female, and white. He was Hispanic. Was he racially profiling or just bored at midnight and wanting to harass someone and show off his cop power?

On Racial Profiling on the Westside

Posted on August 8 at 10:56 a.m.

There sure are an awful lot of bright green lawns around!

On Water Conservation Crawl

Posted on July 5 at 12:04 p.m.

All veterinarians who will declaw cats for ignorant owners must have their licenses revoked permanently. This is a vile practice that is equivalent to cutting off a human finger at the first knuckle and calling it a manicure. That Santa Barbara still permits this cruel procedure is not surprising considering that they like to call themselves enlightened but prove over and over again how backward they are.

On Worst Pedicure

Posted on May 2 at 3:05 p.m.

I lived and shopped in several foreign countries throughout my lifetime, long before the advent of the disposable plastic bags that are in common use now. We always did our shopping using reusable cloth or woven (string) bags and never suffered from bacterial contamination of our food. I was happy when US stores introduced reusable bags and I use those now that the ones I brought back from France have worn out. My landfill contribution is significantly reduced.

On What's the Harm?

Posted on October 13 at 11:08 a.m.

Use cameras to identify and catch the taggers. Then prosecute them and place them on permanent community service cleaning up the graffiti every day of their miserable lives instead of punishing property owners by fining them if the mess is not cleaned up promptly.

On Let Cameras Catch Taggers

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