Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Das Does What He's Gotta Do, Too

Is The Guzz right? Is $25,000 from one person 'obscene'? That's a big chunka change! As the Slugger said -- you gotta do what you gotta do.

Is it so early in the campaign the voters won't remember this? Do they care? Does this give Das a boost?

The surreal nature of the second district race continues to rear it's ugly head...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are so many ironies in the juxtaposition of the two articles this morning---

as for Das' receiving $25,000 from a wealthy Montecito heir......will that help his profile in the 2nd District race? not so sure. it does speak volumes about where his supporters come from----and for the most part, that is not the second district; its from the "old guard" lefties in the 3rd District--Buttny, Marshall, et al; and from the armchair lefties in the first district. the biggest irony is that these folks are supporting a candidate who, during the CSP debate---- sounded more like a nimby moderate than Loretta Redd. funny what a difference a race makes.

2/07/2006 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be curious if that $25,000.00 funded Das's City Council race flyer? You know the one, with him posed heroically over the Las Positas Valley? It was his kickoff piece for the 2nd District had anyone been paying attention. The 4 candidates posed with him were window dressing.


2/07/2006 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you will about Das, but please don't call peter sperling and armchair lefty, he has done more good for this community than most and if you need any proof of that just walk through ellwood mesa.

2/07/2006 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

his monetary donation to ellwood is great-----again, a 3rd district jewel-----but please let's not confuse inheritance and environmental good will with the ability to determine who would make an effective elected official for the second district.

2/07/2006 9:24 AM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Really, SO WHAT if Sperling contributed that much to Das? Sperling has more money than he knows what to do with. He is NOT a political operator, land developer, contractor with the government, or otherwise has anything to gain personally and directly from the future votes of a City councilmember or County Supervisor.

Das just wanted to show a phat campaign coffers early, and it worked. We all know, just like Falcone did in the City, the real test of influence peddling is the contributors who have a personal financial gain for the investment in a candidate. That will be Secord, and Dr. Dan is welcome to pledge NOT to accept contributions from any person or group that will gain by his actions on the Board of Supervisors.

2/07/2006 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey lets compare das and dan

das' largest contributor: Peter and Stephanie Sperling

dan's largest contributor: John and Hazel Blankenship

I wonder which couple stands to profit more financially if their respective candidate wins?

2/07/2006 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City Council race is over 1st District Wanker. Accusing Ms. Falcone of influence peddling is pretty ballsy. Prove it. Watch your step though, the blowback could get mud on your White Knight.

2/07/2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grass roots or tap root? The Sperling money begs the question.

2/07/2006 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Das took Sperling's money openly in the public spotlight as the system was designed.

Unlike some lower state street developers who funnel their large contributions through their mother, family members, and partners.

2/07/2006 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that Das's supporters bring up the Blankenships. How on earth can he not recuse himself from todays vote on their condo project? How can his vote be anything but conflicted due to his involvement in the 2nd District race? I guess inherited wealth is all clean money because the distance between where it was made and where it is spent is harder to trace.

2/07/2006 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also---Sperling has appealed a County Planning Commission decision, and it goes before the Board of Supes this month; so he needs all the supervisor friends he can get, as I'm sure his development plans will surface repeatedly in the years ahead; pure? not so much.

2/07/2006 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the operators of San Roque School and the new owners of St. Anthony's how can the Sperlings not have business with the City and/or County? Am I off base here?

2/07/2006 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the deal here is folks is the system works. the Sperlings gave Das $25,000 - it was in the paper and all the players now know who is Das' mentor. And when Sperlings want something we will know and watch - open reportable and legal contributions - it is their first ammendment right to give and Das's right to take it.

Trust me this is not the end of big contributions - Das and maybe even others will get big bucks for people and as long as it is reported and we can see what it means - that is good open government.

If the Sperlings have an issue before the city that they need that is one thing - if they like Das that is another. If I was Das I would worry a bit about Sperlings support for legalizing pot and other drugs - will not sit well with the golden triangle in the city and noleta family types.

2/07/2006 11:50 PM  
Anonymous carpman said...

Joe G's starting to early in the campaign, too! Would one dollar from 25000 santa barbians be less obscene? Legalizing and regulating drugs would reduce black market trade and cut crime in California in half!As a taxpayer,that would be fine by me BEsides, alot of Noleta folks are probably closet tokers... All those anti-gov types!

2/08/2006 6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real story is not that Das took 25,000 from the Sperlings, although that is pretty glaring,it's that he only got 3,000 from all other sources. Watch the money, like in his council race a ton will come in from out of the County. People locally are getting tired of funding his ambition. Wait until he has to raise 75,000 again for his Council re-election.

2/08/2006 7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 703am you're right, and the other glaring fact will be that, like Sperling, very little of Das' significant contributions or endorsements will be from the 2nd District

2/08/2006 9:17 AM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

It seems that the most important issue surrounding the $25,000 contribution to young Mr. Das is that it came from someone (Peter Sperling) who has also poured massive amounts of money into efforts to legalize marijuana. One has to wonder how THAT will play with Santa Barbara's "Golden Triangle" which makes up a large portion of the Second District.

2/08/2006 11:29 AM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Yes, we need to explore how a rich benefactor, who supports legalization of marijuana, is very, very relevant to his donation to Das Williams, a candidate for County Supervisor.

This is very IMPORTANT!

Or, raising that as an issue is a symptom of how supporters of The Guzz have nothing to say or promote any more. Joe Guzz is just jealous that HE did not receive a phat contribution like that.

2/08/2006 4:20 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

fds...come up for some fresh air. Your judgement seems a bit impaired, dude.

2/08/2006 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one in those two tips of the Golden Triangle smokes marijuana, everyone knows that. Obviously, that is why Guzzardi is the best candidate.

2/08/2006 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI: most of the last several posts challenging Das' contributions and sources of support have not come from Guzzardi supporters------or Secord supporters. Just from folks concerned about the Das factor.

2/08/2006 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"folks concerned about the Das factor" means Janet Wolf supporters

the more that stupid schism continues, the sooner Secord will win

2/08/2006 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stupid schism? Das has alienated and turned off so many people, the concern has nothing to do with Secord, Wolf, Guzzardi or anyone but Das.

2/08/2006 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe its Guzzardi who has been smoking a few, without any endorsements or money how does he pretend to be a viable candidate.

2/08/2006 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right here we see why Das is not the right candidate to go against Secord. Wolf is the one who can pull our side together after the primary. Das is a great guy but he is a divider - he plays too hard for local politics and it always backfires on him and gets all over everyone near him or shares his world view - people like me.

As I supported Das in the past and would like to see him move up he acts like the boys in the Sheriffs Council - who will do anything for their own ego even kill the thing they are fighting about.

Das will kill our cause, Janet Wolf can pull is together.

Joe is a flash until he steps in it. Travis and Gary cannot elect Joe no matter what they do.

2/08/2006 10:22 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

It is mind boggling that anyone in their right mind could consider Janet Wolf anywhere close to being qualified to become a county supervisor. Please people...wake up!

2/08/2006 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Carson - why not Janet. What is wrong with her. She is smart, has experience and the backing to beat Secord. Das will implode the entire liberal side of the campaign. i know you like Joe, so do I but he cannot and will not win - just a fact.

So what is wrong with Wolf?

2/08/2006 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to agree with post about the pot. Maybe I live in a different world of Santa Barbara where not one of my neighbors if they used or use pot want it legalized and would be concerned about a candidate that took that much money from one who has a serious issue with legalizing drugs and running a high school - call that an interesting combination,

2/08/2006 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only people Joe seems to be resonating with are a lot of voters and homeowners who should expect Das to vacate the 2nd District when Nava's seat becomes available in a couple of years. They might learn from City voters similarly burned. As far as the money, when 95% of of it comes from one person, not too impressive Das. As far as the pot thing, who really cares. Ego is the offensive and dangerous drug in this race.


2/08/2006 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what does a little pot have to do with any thing - Das, pot $25,000 contribution - not the issue - who can get elected and get the job done and stop all new growth - it is not Wolfe - she cannot get out of her own way

2/08/2006 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sara - how about a posting on this:

Santa Barbara Airport has had an approved plan by the Coastal Commission to create a runway safety area but the City of Goleta filed suit to stop the creation of a safer runway - i believe Das has agreed with Goleta on this -

now in that light read this and wonder what the three year delay by Das and his buddies could have resulted in - -

Plane lands safely after brake alert
Rob Kuznia
February 9, 2006 12:00 AM
Emergency crews on hand

at S.B. airport
Emergency crews scrambled at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport Wednesday night as a jet carrying 38 passengers came in for a landing with potential brake problems, but the plane touched down safely and no one was injured.
At 8:45 p.m., the crew of the descending America West plane radioed in its troubles while about two miles from the airport. A light in the console had indicated that the engine's reverse thrusters were inoperative, meaning the 90-seater would have to rely solely on its wheel brakes.
But the plane landed about five minutes later without needing much more of the runway than normal, officials said.
Emergency crews from the Santa Barbara Fire Department followed the plane as it came to a stop, and checked the tires with infrared scanners for overheating, said Battalion Chief John Ahlman.
He said the passengers were most likely alerted.
"I don't think (the pilots) felt like it was a great danger, but they're trained for those events," he said.
Officials gave differing accounts about whether the reverse thruster didn't work, or whether there was just a problem with the indicator light on the console. Airport authorities said the flight came from Phoenix.

2/09/2006 12:07 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I'm not clear whether a longer runway mattered here -- and it was for environmental reasons if I remember correctly that the the City of Goleta asked that the runway be kept shorter. If more info comes out on this saying otherwise, I'll do a post -- in any event, Das' support (I don't think he was around for the vote) didn't have anything to do with this flight incident.

2/09/2006 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just for the record--the Sperlings have a long history of pursuing the decriminalization of ALL drugs, not just pot. just a few moments of internet research will confirm.

2/09/2006 8:31 AM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Let's be clear:

Does anyone really think Secord will NOT raise way more money than Das Williams will, and from land developers and others with a direct, for-profit gain by what the County does or does not do?

Das obviously tried to show a phat campaign warchest early, but the majority of the contributions, AS OF DECEMBER 2005, were from Sperling.

The airport runway project is a desperate distraction from the conflicts of interest by Secord. And the advocacy of Sperling for decriminalization of certain drugs, like marajuana, is a pathetic red herring to distract from clean campaigning and conflicts of interest by Secord.

How much perceptioneering will stick here?

What is next? "Why does Das hate America?"

This County has some real issues, and totally resolved issues from the airport are not them.

2/09/2006 9:42 AM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Marijuana politics and totally resolved airport issues decided by City of Goleta: more perceptioneering, anyone?

2/09/2006 9:47 AM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

FDS...your blind adoration of Young Mr. Williams is nauseating. Criticism about him is based on facts, not perceptioneering.

Young Mr. Williams, only 2 years into his first term on City Council, shirks his commitment to City supporter and voters: Unreliable/Untrustworthy.
Young Mr. Willimas is a recent transplant into the 2nd District: Carpetbagger.
Young Mr. Williams has been caught telling PUEPLO/SBCAN one thing, and Neighborhoods/CSP the opposite: Con Artist.
Young Mr. Williams is cozy with big developers and friends of big developers: Jeff Bermant, John Davies.
Young Mr. Williams is characterized as a "young man in a hurry" by the high-profiles for a good reason: Immature.

FDS...get act like a former David Koresh follower looking around for a new guru.

2/09/2006 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

Das also hates America.

Anything else?

Negative campaigning is a bit shallow here. Seems like "FDS" is on to something about this effort for distraction from the real issues. Anyone with half a political brain knows that the funds in the last half of the campaign are what really mean something.

Dan Secord is the one to watch on that one.

2/09/2006 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valerio still way out in front in the Das apologist Classic. Oooooh the paranoia, the distraction from real issues. Somebody tell Secord quick that he is not supposed to raise money or compete against the Das. Classic Das, out front in money, only with pure money of course, still painting himself as the little guy.

2/09/2006 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, Valerio.......your Das at any cost feelings are showing......and increasingly not so compelling

2/09/2006 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we all have learned is that Mr. Slick Das will say whatever it takes to win, He says one thing to me and to those who disagree with me he says the opposite. Janet Wolf is honest.

2/09/2006 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And honest she will be as Secord walks into office

2/09/2006 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sad commentary above-- equating honesty and integrity with the inability to win. Is that the 'young turk' attitude?

2/10/2006 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Rose should name the Noleta group after the Santa Ynez group - they are called Valley Planning Advisory Group. The Noleta group should be called NOPAC.

2/11/2006 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhhh sure. those CSP boys sure are funny....

2/12/2006 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must continue to die in laughter that Das now faces his worse nightmare - - some one more average Joe than he - - someone who is the fighter for the little guy. Every vote for Joe is a vote loss by Das.

2/12/2006 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:44 couldn't agree more. Guzzardi is a cranky one issue candidate but compared to Das, who has a bigger wardrobe than Cher and changes his look just as often, he comes off as a Frank Capra, lunch pail, type of regular guy. He is bad news for the Das.

2/12/2006 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's all the world needs -- more poorly constructed Blankenship condos....

7/21/2006 1:37 PM  

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