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Discovering Santa Barbara
updated: Jun 25, 2013, 9:18 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

What are you curious about in Santa Barbara and haven't made time or effort for more information to discover? What would you like to know more about in Santa Barbara? Something behind the curtain, in the closets, or just something on Saturday or that someone has rarely discussed?

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 COMMENT 424234 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 09:28 AM

When is the Target opening


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 09:41 AM

Why there's not many public restrooms so people pee and poo all over the place and the city does nothing about cleaning it all up. That is what I'm curious about.


 COMMENT 424248 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 09:45 AM

Seems I remember the "tea garden" or Montecito bowls as we used to call it,had a name like "Piranhurst" or something like that. Was that actually the same place? Anybody know the real story behind the estate? Been 35 years since we used to skate it and I was stoked to see the UH group had done a hike up to the top with pics. Many good memories up at the tea house at the top.


 COMMENT 424249 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 09:45 AM

I am curious why people people (citizens and LEO alike) seem to believe that you can't go on a beach after sundown...is this not America? Why does the beach close at sundown? It doesn't just shut down and go home. Why is it a municipal code that you can't be on the beach after sundown?


 COMMENT 424250 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 09:46 AM

How many (exact numbers please) of subsidized housing units are there in our City of 95,000 residents. The SB Housing Authority will not give a direct answer...


 COMMENT 424257 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 09:57 AM

why cheesecake factory has not brought that shrimp blt here.


 COMMENT 424262 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:12 AM

why we elected a Mayor who is not from Santa Barbara?
why 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica is clean and State Street in Santa Barbara is a bum haven?


 COMMENT 424263P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:19 AM

Why are there no Target, Costco gas station, Sprouts grocery stores in the county?


 COMMENT 424266 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:23 AM

According to their website The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara manages over 3,000 units.


 COMMENT 424268 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:33 AM

Why people get away with having roosters in old town Goleta?


 COMMENT 424272 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:39 AM

How come there are so many people who seemingly dont work yet live in $1m homes.


How people can afford to buy these avg $1.2 - $2m homes while making normal salaries (<100k a year).


 COMMENT 424274 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:46 AM

Why does the stoplight on Turnpike & Calle Real going toward the freeway from the mountains turn green and then red after only two cars get through, yet there's a line of five or more cars... ? Ugh.


 COMMENT 424275 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:46 AM

Why do people come here and then complain about how expensive it is and does not have all the shopping they want?


 COMMENT 424279 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:50 AM

@272... To live in my LITTLE 3/2, here in a quasi-lame SB neighborhood, I bought my first house in Santa Maria, and turned a few in the N County over a 20 year period, all the while commuting to SB. Then, I finally had a 20% down on a crummy house here... Now I pay $7000 to the county in property tax each year and a large mortgage. I guess I could have just bought an RV and parked in your neighborhood and had 3 free hots at Casa Esparanza, as handouts and living on the dole is acceptable in this town.


 COMMENT 424280 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:52 AM

It never snows and I get no sympathy!


 COMMENT 424281 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:55 AM

why is lower state st such a long urinal.


 COMMENT 424287 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 10:59 AM

why are people so bitter on ED HAT SB?


 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:01 AM

I want to know how anyone can complain about a place that is so darn gorgeous. Weather and geography that is the envy of the world, tons of natural beauty, amazing architecture, lively arts scene, great restaurants, cultural events...if you choose to live here, in this amazing place and still complain, you must never get out from behind your computer or T.V.

If you still find fault, get out there and volunteer, help make SB a better place (if that's possible!) :-)


 COMMENT 424290 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:05 AM

I am curious as to whether this web site could screen questions that could be answered by googleing the question themselves?


 COMMENT 424294 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:10 AM

Why is the restaurant scene in SB so dismal? It's embarrassing with the amount of local year-around produce and local products that are available. Cities of far smaller populations have much better offerings on the culinary front.


 COMMENT 424298 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:20 AM

why is there so much trash on the 101 highway medians in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area and why don't Caltrans crews pick up the bags that are collected by the volunteers on the roadsides. Why don't the SB and Goleta government officials demand that Caltrans do a better job in our area?


 COMMENT 424299 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:26 AM

No Roger, but then again I don't live right next to the homeless shelter. If you're gonna live in the pool you gotta swim in the water.


 COMMENT 424300 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:29 AM

Why are people so darned upset about Naples when nearly every canyon along the Gaviota coast has ongoing development? I'd love a map with details about each Gaviota-coast project's development status, the owner, and the expected occupancy dates.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:41 AM

Yea thats what I thought you live in the Beautiful Part of Santa Barbara not all of us can afford the Beautiful part of Santa Barbara now you know how people can complain about a place that is so darn gorgeous!


 COMMENT 424304 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:48 AM

300-Locals are upset because no one except developers are interested in seeing more housing of what ever kind. We rationed water in the early seventies. There really isn't enough fresh water to go around. Oh, and tourists probably waste it a lot more than locals. Do you think out of towners really care much about our infrastructure problems and take short showers for example?. And no, state water does not help one bit. So to develop it they need the water. Where is it going to come from? Every one likes to see steams with water and fish in them. Just look at how polluted SB creeks are when they run in the winter. The water to rinse them out the rest of the year from the springs, is going in your tap instead. Sorry, were all filled up with water users. Maybe they could set an example and use some of their money to put in their own de-sal plant. Just sayin'.


 COMMENT 424306 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 11:55 AM

272 nailed it. We are very open to explanations, tips on how to do the same, absent ancestral assistance.


 COMMENT 424313 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 12:20 PM

i agree with roger....nothing in his post warranted deletion.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 12:57 PM

It does on Edhat because everything is pretty in Santa Barbara it may be ugly underneath but not on Edhat. Denial runs right thru the center of Santa Barbara. Anyway I answered someones curious question but they really did not want an answer. I think they just wanted to make people feel bad about complaining. I don't feel bad about complaining I feel bad about all those people walking around in town with their loved ones and barefoot kids stepping in human waste while nothing is done about it. This is an election year too..Everything else is talked about but this subject is skiped Why? Human waste is a fact of life we all have to dump it somewhere.


 COMMENT 424329 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 01:18 PM

Why, since we are a tourist town and depend on their money, don't we do more to enhance the tourist perception of our city. I would LOVE to see our police riding horseback on the beach and up State St. where we need more police presence. This would be such a nice way to do it.

Why aren't the merchants responsible for keeping the sidewalks in front of their businesses clean like in days past. You used to see them out washing the sidewalks every morning with a hose and broom. Now that it is REALLY needed it's no longer anyone's responsibility.


 COMMENT 424344 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 01:51 PM

Santa Barbara is a GREAT place to live...IF you live on the upper eastside from Arrellaga to the Mission or above APS or some pockets of San Roque, or the Mesa (ALL Million $ plus neighborhoods). The rest of us in the SUB-million $ hoods (but still crazy expensive to be a homeowner), are plagued with neighbors who are gang banging, RV's camping out, our street don't get resurfaced like the Riveria or the Tourist zones, we have RxR tracks, Freeway pollution, vagrant vehicle parking, etc.


 COMMENT 424348P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 01:56 PM

What I would like to know more about is who owns the properties up and down the business district of State Street.


 COMMENT 424350P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 01:59 PM

In the early days of Santa Barbara, where was the Red Light district? Brothels, saloons, etc. Are there any photos or memorabilia from that time?


 COMMENT 424352 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 02:00 PM

@304, I'm curious why you entirely missed the point of 300. There is 10x the development occurring right now in the canyons versus what is proposed for Naples. Since it's out of sight, no one complains. Why the double standard? And your complaint doesn't hold much water: when there is a scarce resource prices should increase until a market equilibrium exists. You should be upset that new water meters don't cost a million dollars.


 COMMENT 424364 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 02:32 PM

I'm curious why New Cuyuma can't have an above-ground pool for the kids to enjoy during the summer, instead of a long bus ride to Santa Maria and back. So hot and sad.


 COMMENT 424370 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 02:47 PM

That sounds good to me 352, lets make it a million a meter.

The double standard exists because its easier to get support to block projects that are visible, and because the greedy developers do everything they can to keep those that are out of sight as low key as possible.


 COMMENT 424380 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 03:03 PM

I am curious why SB keeps electing Lois Capps. A nice lady, but really doesn't represent her constituents well. Very loyal to her Dem handlers, and looks after the careers of her kids. But she's done nothing to support or promote the interests of my family, my neighbors, or my employees. What does the local Dem machine have planned post-Lois?


 COMMENT 424389 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 03:17 PM

I am curious why someone would make up such a pack of lies about Lois Capps, who is an excellent representative, sponsors a lot of legislation, and is very active in bringing Federal funds to the South Coast (which is exactly what she's elected to do). She keeps getting re-elected because she does a great job. What is the local GOP machine going to do about the fact that their party has no future?


 COMMENT 424397 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 03:26 PM

I'm curious how Santa Barbarans can be vehemently opposed to development, and then wonder where the middle class went?


 COMMENT 424400 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 03:32 PM

Why doesn't the city government do anything about our many comments saying our town is ruined by crazy and drug addled Lower State St.
I won't even consider any of the restaurants below Carillo or movies at the theaters. I drive through downtown, that's it.


 COMMENT 424403 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 03:36 PM

397 - As you can see we have limited resources here, we can't build enough to accomodate everyone that would come. Sliippling out of the middle class as I type ...


 COMMENT 424408 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 03:48 PM

Is the La Cumbre Junior High School Auditorium haunted? Do someone really die from being hit by a sandbag years ago?


 COMMENT 424412 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 03:53 PM

I wonder why people need to change lanes on the freeway just to get one car ahead and then jump back over into the lane they were just in? All that lane changing slows traffic way down and causes the problem those crazy drivers are trying to avoid.

Can't we all just drive the same speed in one lane and get to work a bit faster and less stressed?


 COMMENT 424430 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 04:29 PM

@389, thank you for the clarification. No longer curious about Dem party plans: clearly Beloved Lois will be re-elected until she can no longer raise her hand to vote as told. But we're still curious why you think every one of her constituents grades her with such rose colored glasses.


 COMMENT 424500P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 06:38 PM

A partial answer to Aquaholic and my own question...

It is impossible to beat the physical beauty of this place. Every day, I am in awe at how utopian this climate and physical environment is. However, having lived here for over 40 years, I am sad every day at how dysfunctional and broken the political and economic climate has become. It isn't sustainable. California government at all levels seems to specialize in driving away business with expensive, petty, duplicate licensing, regulations, rules, and other impediments to profitability.

We can't all be government employees, big business employees, or on the dole, and only big businesses can comply with the costs of doing business in California. Thus, we are losing much of our productive citizens and tax base as small businesses close or move out of state.

So, my question is, How many city employees per 1000 citizens do SB City, Goleta City, and SB County have? How does that compare with state-wide and national averages? I'm also curious about how the benefits compare to average benefits for public versus private employees in the rest of the country, percentage-wise.


 BECKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 06:41 PM

How could we get re-publication of Goleta The Good Land and similar Santa Barbara history books, so that we all would know more about this fascinating area? When will the Urban Hikers notes be put into a book?


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 07:16 PM

Yes When will the Urban Hikers write a book? I'm really very curious about this...


 COMMENT 424534P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-25 08:13 PM

What exactly is "Layne" drilling for right off of Cathedral Oaks in Goleta? I've seen their discrete directional signs for months and wonder.


 COMMENT 424592 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 07:13 AM

Why are there so many turtles in the Alice Keck park pond? It's downright scary.


 COMMENT 424619 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 08:09 AM

Why is there so much interest in having a Target move to Santa Barbara?


 COMMENT 424686P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 09:59 AM

272, ordinary people with $1 million houses -- took on huge mortgages, and also worked hard many years so they're high in their life-arc income-earning abilities, or are retired with that golden parachute.


 COMMENT 424693 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 10:13 AM

I'd like to know how it got so expensive to live here. I'm a native, born and raised here, but not born to rich parents and I will never be able to afford a home in my home land. It sickens and disgusts me. I'd also like to know why there isn't more family friendly businesses. We need a Target and a skating rink.


 COMMENT 424702 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 10:23 AM

That the powers to be, like the Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Downtown Organization, Board of Realtors, etc. have all successfully advertised and marketed Santa Barbara to the world using tax monies, to coax so many people to come here, not to just to visit and enjoy the natural beauty and climate, but rather to make a lot of money from them any way possible. (except the transient bums who just engender the non-profit do gooder entrepeneurs making money off of them) That is the puzzle, why so many current residents don't see that the short term, greedy and self centered outlook of the money maker class has been slowly destroying the things that made Santa Barbara what is is over the decades. This is the sad story that has unfolded in front of those who have lived here for decades.


 COMMENT 424785 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 12:58 PM

Absolutely nothing


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 01:06 PM



 COMMENT 424811P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 02:10 PM

Am very curious to know the story behind the scenes which could not be written on Edhat or most other publications/sites. Am sure there's all kinds of stories and skeletons that can not be unveiled. Famous crooks who got away with it. Famous philanderers - men and women. Very rich people who are very tight with their money. Alcoholism and substance abuse stories that cannot be disclosed.


 COMMENT 424875 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 04:12 PM

Typically lame responses with no answers. Brother.


 COMMENT 424908 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-26 05:55 PM

693, 702, et al: I'm a early 40s born and raised Goleta boy that is blessed to own locally and didn't have help from mommy and daddy. For decades there has been a method to the madness on living here but few want to hear it: keep your nose clean when young, work your butt off, get a good education and study hard, choose a high paying career that is in demand in Goleta/SB, stay married to a nice hard working girl, save every penny, buy a fixer home, keep a simple lifestyle, don't burn bridges, and work your way up the career and pay ladder. Yes, crap happens to derail life's Grand Plans but every local I know that is doing well of their own volition has followed the approach above. Every sour local with envy has not followed such a plan.


 COMMENT 433985P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-07-21 12:47 PM

Excellent advice 908. Thanks.


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