Letter to the Editor
At last, something has happened to give me a great big laugh. Yesterday, the Santa Barbara News-Press has a front page A-1 story entitled “Going Underground.” It is about a long, expensive attempt by upper Chapala Street residents to have the existing ugly utility poles placed underground. Apparently the campaign described in the story involved creating an assessment district funded solely by the property owners.
Scott Steepleton’s story contains the following paragraph: “The undulating streets provide none of the residents with a primary view of the Pacific Ocean or the Sierra Padre Mountains, according to the report, so improvements to the viewshed are not a factor.”
Now, have we ever heard of the Sierra Padre Mountains? I’ve heard of a Madre, but not a Padre. In any event, the mountains seen by S.B. residents as our gorgeous backdrop are the Santa Ynez Mountains. Hah, I wonder if Steepleton himself made this gaffe, or was it the report he referred to. Did the consultant or City staff write it? Scary, but I laughed out loud.
A week ago Sunday there was a story about Danish Days and some entertainers featured. The reporter referred several times to Danes as “the Dutch.” Those of you who don’t subscribe to the N-P do not know what you are missing, or maybe you do and you obtain your laughs elsewhere.