Archive | April, 2010

Friday Lites… Another 3-Day Weekend

Santa Barbara City offices will be CLOSED today/ Friday, April 30, 2010.


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Phone Books Continue to Arrive…

Phone books, which should already be extinct in this digital age, continue to arrive on Santa Barbara doorsteps. Nearly 1,000 pages of paper waste per household.

And, does anybody still use a phone book?

If you are looking for tickets, restaurants, or want to find a Realtor, check out the Directories on the Santa Barbara View… and help put an end to phone books.


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Saving the EVR Eucalyptus Trees

cuttreeAfter being featured on the Santa Barbara View, the eucalyptus trees which have been inappropriately cut down along East Valley Road, now have a legal defense fund. According to the group which has set up the Tree Legal Defense Fund… “this is a complicated, high-stakes situation, but our goal is simple:  to save the trees through community action, historical designation and through the court system, if necessary.”

“We are raising a legal defense fund to protect the East Valley Road eucalyptus trees.  We only need pledges for now.  If they begin to destroy any more of these century-old trees without having participated in a multi-agency review and permit process, we will try to stop them in the courts. The goal is $10,000. We have our first pledge of $1,000.  If you can help in this manner, please call 805-451-7440 or send an email to .

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No Drilling Off the Santa Barbara Coast

If there was any question as to why there should be no drilling off the Santa Barbara coast, the recent oil spill, less than 30 miles from the Louisiana gulf coast, should answer those doubts. Yes, technology has improved, but 1,000 barrels — or 42,000 gallons — of leaking oil each day off the Louisiana’s Gulf proves that accidents can happen… even in this day and age.

“Environmental leaders” who recently gathered to promote a revised PXP deal that would allow new offshore oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara County in exchange for a handful of financial concessions from a Texas oil company should be ashamed. The local coastline is too important to risk another disaster.


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Newspaper Circulation Plummets

Circulation at the nation’s daily newspapers dropped another 8.7 percent for the six-month period which ended on March 31st. The completed six-month period was another painful one for yesterday’s news, as Sunday circulation took the biggest hit.

Circulation for the Santa Barbara News-Press dropped 16%, Monday through Friday.

While newspaper circulation continues to plummet, Citizen Journalism is alive and well on the Santa Barbara View. If you haven’t read the most recent Public Posts, Abortion. Homosexuality. Football. and Contempt for Journalistic Ethics, click over.

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Lois Capps on Wall Street Reform

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Vendata Temple Sunset Panorama 3D

Santa Barbara Photo of the week… by renowned local photographer Bill Heller.

One of the many beautiful images I can thank a blog reader for. I found out about this spot about a year ago and I have been there several times, but the evening I took this shot was the best by far. In fact it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

If you have a spot around Santa Barbara County you would love to see I would love to hear about it. Just post it here or contact my via my website and I’ll do my best to bring it to you!

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-Bill Heller

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On the Docket… Dispensary Locations

The Medical Marijuana Storefront Collective Ordinance will be back on the docket for the Santa Barbara City Council today. After spending an inordinate amount of time on an issue which could be moot after the November elections, the Ordinance Committee has identified, and will present, seven locations in the City where medical marijuana dispensaries can operate: (listed below the fold)

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Bowl Season in Santa Barbara

With fog rolling through the foothills, Sugarland kicked Santa Barbara Bowl Season into high gear Sunday night. Jennifer Nettles (lead vocals) belted out their hits, new music, and covers – Michael Jackson, Blondie, and Neil Diamond – to a sold-out Bowl. Vonda Shepard opened for Sugarland, an award-winning American country music duo composed of singer–songwriters Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.

Jennifer’s spectacular voice, the sound quality coming from the refurbished stage, and an energized crowd got Santa Barbara Bowl Season off on the right note.

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Christie Stanley Passes Away

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Christie Stanley passed away at her home Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 61. Christie is survived by her husband Gary; her daughters, Renee Edman and Dawn Wright; her stepchildren, Mark Stanley, Ryan Stanley and Tami Millican; her mother, Jeanette Claycamp and her grandchildren. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Christie Stanley was elected to the position of District Attorney in 2006 by a vote of nearly 70 percent of the people. Stanley retired in January because of her illness, after nearly 30 years in the district attorney’s office. She was named the 2009 Woman of the Year, as chosen by the California State Senate. Mrs. Stanley was the first woman elected as District Attorney in the history of Santa Barbara County.

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buttercup 72Buttercup is a two-year old spayed female Chihuahua (mix?), seven pounds. A dainty but playful little girl whose favorite place would be in your lap. Good with other little dogs, good with children who are familiar with dogs.

She is available through DAWG, 5480 Overpass Rd, Goleta, 805-681-0561.  She is off site in foster care, please call for more information.  Visit DAWG’s website for other dogs awaiting homes.

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Abortion. Homosexuality. Football.

What, you ask, do abortion, homosexuality and football have to do with each other? The answer is Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback drafted by the Denver Broncos (my team) and who formerly played for the Florida Gators.

Tebow is really, really dedicated to Jesus Christ. His parents were missionaries, and he was home-schooled. He is known for wearing Bible verses on his eye black (those black stripes under football players’ eyes to keep the sun out of their eyes). He’s a walking (or throwing) Christian cliché.

His selection by the Denver Broncos in the recent draft lit up my Facebook page with comments — pro and con. People were happy and unhappy about Denver picking him in the first round. But more people seemed concerned about his affiliation with Focus on the Family, specifically the pro-life television commercial he made (with his mom) for FOtF that was aired during the Super Bowl.

Focus on the Family stands for everything I detest: religious fundamentalism, homophobia, anti-women’s right to choose, no premarital sex and torturing puppies. OK. Maybe not the puppy thing, but you get what I’m saying.

I missed the Tebow Super Bowl commercial. I think I was up getting another beer. And while I read the commercial wasn’t overtly pro-life, I preferred the game when those types of commercials weren’t allowed. The Super Bowl had always eschewed airing commercials that had an “advocacy slant,” but this year was different. CBS (wrongly, in my opinion) opted to run the FOtF ad, but refused to run one for a gay dating site. I don’t think either ad is appropriate for the Super Bowl. Let’s stick to those beer commercials that make fun of men. I really like those.

Tebow’s work with Focus on the Family has branded him an undesirable, not only to many football fans, but to some would-be endorsement partners, as well. Tebow doesn’t seem to care. At least it’s refreshing to get a pro athlete that’s in it for something other than money.

I have no expectations that Tebow will fill John Elway’s shoes, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and wait and see what happens.

If he starts throwing his religious beliefs around more often than the football, I will join the anti-Tebow team. But until then, I don’t want to become just like the Christian fundamentalists — detesting people because they don’t have my same beliefs.

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EcoFacts: Tipping our Hats to the Planet‏

Column by Barbara Hirsch:

In case you still need an Earth Day gesture, some options follow:

Choose not to drive somewhere.

Go to a farmer’s market, or buy some seeds and plant something.

Gather stuff to bring to your local hazardous waste center – old solvents, paints, bug spray, drano, etc. you know, poisons, out of the house.

Put together or purchase a little portable utensils kit to keep with you or in your car so you don’t have to use that plastic stuff next time.

Get a leaky faucet fixed.

Replace your pvc vinyl shower curtain with a cloth one. As the old one cannot be recycled, wash it and keep it for use as a tarp or rain poncho.

Read some Rachel Carson, or another great nature lover’s work.

Turn off the electronics and go for a walk.

Write an ecofact-ish thing on something you care about to send to friends (and me.)

Have a FULL OF LIFE weekend!

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Straw Poll: District Attorney

With their campaigns signs littering Santa Barbara, nearly $200,000 raised, and with a one debate already under the belt… it’s time for a straw poll:

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Waterfront Hotel at a Standstill

While the website for Fess Parker’s new Waterfront Hotel says, “we are pleased to report that our new Five Star Fess Parker’s Santa Barbara Waterfront Hotel continues on schedule,” pictures paint a different story. This project started in 1993.


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