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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Go Tell Mommy!

UPDATE on 11/4: Towle has resigned as President of the Sheriff's Council and has been sentenced to 12 hours of anger management classes and 80 hours of community service, $1,000 fine andthree years probation.
Interesting story in the News-Press about a "fracas" involving former Sheriff's Council President James Towle and Chris Edgecomb. In the report, Towle is reported to be a major philanthropist -- this puzzles me as many people I've asked have never heard of him and apparently, he owns the Toyota delearship in Goleta -- jabbed his finger in Edgecomb's chest during an argument and then accused him of leaving to "go tell Mommy" and then "telling Daddy" when Edgecomb reported the incident to Sheriff Jim Anderson. Edgecomb who fell over some chairs and lost his glasses in the incident did not initially press charges over a year ago when this happened.

Is this related to Granatelli's retirement from the Council? Why do law enforcement related charities bring out the worst in people? I'm, of course, referring to the verbal "fracas" surrounding the Secord Roast last year where the Slugger was roasted more than the council member...

In any event, it's a must read....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re the Secord Event: The Mayor's alleged ignorance of the details of an event she had attended once as a comped guest, and was invited to again, as a comped guest, and had included her name on both years invitations as a committee member, remain in character. She threw some shots at the event in the News Press and took some in return. So what? A whole bunch of people did, including the Evil Doctor. That's what a roast is all about. Get it???? Contrast her behavior with that of Pedro Nava who took a lot worse in the days following the Super Bowl and, showing some character, rolled with the punches, didn't whine and picked up some admiration. Don't you get tired of rationalizing this constant stream of missteps? You must wish that, just once, she would just say, " Boy, I really blew that one". I mean, just once, could it be her fault?

Syd Camore Canyon

10/28/2005 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comparing a public friendly roast used to raise funds to send children to college to a fight in a conference room illustrates an ablitity to spin an issue beyond belief.

Mayor Blum, a commitee member of the roast who attended and spoke at the roast the year before but says she did not know what is was about and could not afford to go had an issue with the roast because it was not about her.

The thing is Santa Barbara is so not about her. She is mayor in name but represents a generation that has left or now hides in their homes in Santa Barbara.

10/29/2005 12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems with the recent mailers and radio spots Das Williams is betting his political power on Channing for city council. When she wins - we will all realized who is ther real power in city hall is - Das. So on 11/8 Iya eat your heart out as Das now has two votes and all the power.

10/29/2005 12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a wierd one! I wonder if Diane knows she's Das's hand puppet?

10/29/2005 7:16 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

There's no rationalization here -- Mayor Blum can either take responsibility for her missteps or not and anyone of us can make decisions based on that. Also, please don't make the mistake of assuming that I am an apologist for someone who clearly has made some verbal mistakes in the public spotlight.

Still, her point was that the event was expensive for the typical city worker to be able to attend and honor an outgoing council member. There wasn't any quote in the News Press taking a shot at the charity itself -- that's how it showed up to the organizers because of the 'your're either with us or against us' mentality that's so prevalent in groups like political parties and interest groups today. It's a sense of entitlement on the group level. There probably should have been a little deeper reporting here than 'he said, she said' as well.

The Das Williams active endorsement of Channing is an interesting matter as he has done it more cleverly than the Slugger -- and the poster may be right. I wouldn't, however, expect Falcone to lose. The power of incumbency may be too strong here, no?

10/29/2005 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Das's hand puppet?

He has bet his future on Channing. Marty, Roger and Grant are sure bets. Das wants a puppet and Channing is it.

If Channing wins - he has power and if she loses - he has lost. It is like Bush in the 06 elections - he has coat tails or no coat tails

So Das - do your coat tails work?

10/29/2005 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Das has coat tails. Chaning will win and prove that Williams is the real power and the future power of the city. Unlike others he is at least willing to put his power and good name behind someone he believes in - this time Channing over Iya. Talking puppets, Iya is everyone's puppet.

10/29/2005 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could not agree. Thanks to Das for getting Dianne elected. He has staked his political future for all of us to get her elected. Dianne gets elected we have city hall back, without Dianne and if the Iya wins Das loses and is done.

10/29/2005 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dianne and Das will win. It is a done deal. Das has done everything for us to make sure she wins. This will prove that Das is the real leader in city hall. Go Das and Dianne.

10/29/2005 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tails or no tails Das has done something no one else has ever done. I repeat, no one has ever done. Going out on a limb to remove a sitting council member from the same party to create a power base for himself. It is like DeLay moving Frist out of the way. Bold move. Iya Falcone is the real power in city hall today, not Marty, not Das. So Das needs to get Iya out and get a puppet and Dianne is perfect. It is clear she cannot speak a word (makes Cynthia Brock in Goleta look articulate), she knee jerks on every issue and cannot answer unless Das writes her material. It is so clear in the forums that Channings limited IQ is borrowed from Das.

If Dianne does not win as I expect she will not, Das loses very very big time. It is goodnight Das you backed a empty vessel and she crashed.

Das is badly damaged and his gamble to leverage what he thinks is his support will fail - hard lesson for a young man.

And may mean the end of the second district race.

Where is Gregg Hart?

10/29/2005 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This election has always, always, always, been about Marty's paranoia and Das's ambition. In a race where Marty was unchallenged, she managed to create a boogeyman or woman and a race where there wasn't one. Why? Das doesn't even plan on working with any of his endorsed candidates. He plans on being a County Supervisor. How has that helped add any votes on Council to the issues he is supposedly passionate about? He was willing alienate allies he thought might be future rivals for his ambitions. I guess Progessive has turned out to mean " How can I progress my career." I much rather be proud of being a Liberal Democrat than swallow what passes for being "progressive" in this bullshit town.

Syd Camore Canyon

10/29/2005 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. Be proud of who you are and what you believe. Das is all about Das and what he wants to be in the true tradition of ambition. Yet, if Das is interested in a further carrer why bet the house on Dianne Channing? Big bet for Das - she loses and he loses. Makes him vulnerable to Secord in the second and he will become Iya's toy in city hall. Oh to be a fly if Channing loses and Iya wins - she will spank him like the little boy he is.

10/29/2005 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I don't get it. Maybe I just much too simple. Das wants to move up big time. His goals for higher office are written all over his face. So why risk it all on Dianne Channing. Unless he is sure Channing is solid to win, why take on Falcone and all her supporters. Big risk - big gain. Maybe the end of a promising carrer.

10/30/2005 9:45 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I'm not sure it's such a risk for Das -- he wants someone he can work with at City Hall -- and like the Mayor, thinks he can find that with Channing and House, but not Falcone whose support has dwindled considerably in recent years since she took office. He can't be sure Channing is a solid win at all -- but it's a good test of influence that won't cost him that much in the end.

10/31/2005 6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Das found out just how much it can cost him at City Council today. Everybody on that Council should hang their head in shame at how bad their behavior has become.

11/01/2005 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday we learned for certain that Das is toxic in city hall - better hope for Channing or the party is over for Das.

11/02/2005 11:24 PM  

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