Will the real 227P please stand up?
I am the one who made the third comment here, "Since when is Fess Parker a location?" (NOT 291.)
Born & raised, Cottage hospital. In the 50s. I spent hours and hours of my life at City Council meetings, watching good ole boy Fess in action. Did you know he handed out autographed photos of himself as Davy Crockett ---to get people to vote for his Red Lion Inn/hotel project? (Eyewitness to that.)
He owned the property and let it go to rack and ruin, hence the myth that he "cleaned up" that area. Mysteriously, even wrecks of autos began showing up on the land, just as people were in the throes of debate re: allowing him to build such a big hotel/conference center and take over that part of the waterfront.
We have that hotel to thank for the installation of extra stop lights. Thanks to the hotel there are catered events on the beach, with polluting generators hooked up to power cords running across the bike path. Is the City paid for this use of the beach, I wonder?
I am not the least bit impressed that Fess could remember peoples' names or figuratively/literally pat them on the back. He was a developer, first and foremost. It was mother's milk to him to schmooze and act the BMOC. It was all about the money and need to be known. Look what he tried to build in the Santa Ynez Valley, w/ the Chumash. Shameful.
None of you were at the Council meeting where he proposed that his Red Lion Inn (now the Fess Parker Santa Barbara- DoubleTree by Hilton Resort) should be built right next to the beach, with Cabrillo Blvd rerouted to the north of the hotel.
He was the one who paid people to gather signatures using misinformation (a.k.a. lies), trying to get Santa Barbarans to sign and then vote for his other hotel, east of the DoubleTree. A hotel he wanted to build that would block views of the mountains. (Happy day when SB voted that down by ----65%?)
Yeah. What a great guy.... [ more ]