Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Supe Websites and The Flag

There's been some chatter in the comments of late about Das Williams having a flag behind him on the blog his father made for him -- so I decided to check out all the Supervisor candidates websites for myself. See The Das Blog and you'll notice it's not like the flag takes up the whole site. Williams' Dad also seems to be a master at meta tags -- try Googling (unless you think the Bush Administration will find out) Guzzardi's or Wolf's name and Williams' site link is the top spot.

Joe Guzzardi has a flag behind him too on his website and it's pretty much the whole banner. Here's the website for The Guzz.

Best campaign site? By far, it's Dr. Dan Secord's which is replete with sweeping vistas and at least 5 different volunteer forms. It's the only site where you can donate online, too.

Wolf and Zandona do not seem to have sites as of yet.


Anonymous Sheila said...

I can't even read DAS's website..too dark. Guzz's smile too phony..Secord's site...goood!Nice 'n bright. If we're voting by websites, then Secord is the a knockout

2/19/2006 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

Secord has Davies Perceptioneering doing all his advertising and web site, so one should expect a lavish and expensive production. Especially amusing there is every little time Secord voted YES on environmental issues is touted as some big and complex initiative that he really did little to support.

Somehow, national flags evoke a desirable image. We all will see if Wolf repeats that, as she is not much of a panderer.

Zandona will not run.

And yes, Malcolm (the Das dad) needs to adjust the overly dark background color. But kudos to Team Das for making the web site in blog format, so comments can be posted (although also deleted by the host, too).

2/19/2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

Actually, no flags of any kind at Secord's web site. Dr. Dan is running to the Left, while Das is running to the Right, where Guzz already is.

Janet Wolf still is missing, but no one should doubt that her campaign manager has a bigger strategy in play, but one wonders how catching up in name recognition is a good strategy.

2/19/2006 9:54 AM  
Anonymous second district watch said...

it wasn't so long ago that candidates used methods other than websites and flag color coordinates to define themselves;

could it be that Janet is quietly and deliberately doing such odd things as racking up endorsements, crafting meaningful position papers (as opposed to sound bites) and building solid relationships with second district voters?

keep your eye on the ball, folks; the filing deadline hasn't even passed.

2/19/2006 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ideal would be a web site like Secord's with a blog incorporated. Guzzardi's is nothing more than an online flyer. It will be interesting to see if the "the DAs Blog" is listed as a contribution and how it is valued. To me, it is a tie: Secord's for best site (but do people really contribute $ via the web? - and the blog is good, except for the legibility.

Amusing quote by Firestone in the Nexus (2/3 - came up on a search)
Williams, who received his Masters in environmental science from UCSB in 2005 ( is that correct ), said the environment is one of the most important issues to him. Williams said he thinks the current Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors makes decisions that hurt the environment and threaten the quality of life in Santa Barbara and Goleta. He said he believes current 3rd District Supervisor Brooks Firestone favors developers over environmentalists.

Firestone said he would not comment about the 2nd District election, but he said he disagrees with Williams.

“I don’t like the environment being used as a political issue in itself,” Firestone said. “People should look at the outcomes and specific policies, not make inaccurate generalizations for political purposes.”

2/19/2006 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Das' blog boasts a photo of Lane Lane Farms endorsing Das? Are they aware their name is used on his campaign site?

2/19/2006 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Valerio said...


Let's keep up in class, shall we?

The owner of Lane Farms announced during the Vizunn Thing meeting on Feb. 15th that they want to change zoning and convert to high density housing to meet the County's needs. Thus, the issue and that property in particular are the crux of the issue for much of the Supervisorial race.

2/19/2006 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm...that makes it even more inappropriate for Das to include the Lane Farm sign on his site, given his professed positions

2/19/2006 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

Obviously, anytime a political issue exists on the ground and can be shown in a photo taken from the public street nearby, an obvious conflict of interest exists. Everybody knows that.

2/19/2006 9:17 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Wow. Seems that this series of posts should be called "The World According to Valerio". Maybe all posters should step aside and just let Valerio tell us all how to think....or maybe that's what's been going on for the last twelve hours.

2/19/2006 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, Valerio only steps in when anything resembling criticism approaches Das man

2/19/2006 11:26 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

That's an understatement!

2/19/2006 11:43 PM  
Anonymous Sheila said...

Whassa matter, jealous of Valerio??

2/20/2006 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: dan secord's web site - John Davies didn't have much to do with it. Dan comissioned the site from a family friend who is a hot shot at that kind of thing. The whole Secord family colaborated on it along with the designer friend. I think its a clean effective site.

2/20/2006 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about Secord's site: if web sites are effective, his should be, although it is a bit wordy. Both Williams and Guzzardi should take note. Guzzardi's doesn't seem as though it would be effective for anything and Williams has only his father's blog. It will be interesting to see what Wolf chooses.

2/20/2006 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To have an effective web site you have to stand for something consistent. That is the main reason Secord's site works. With Das unless he can target different sites to different people it will never work as he says one thing to one person and something else to others. With Joe being opposed does not make someone like you even if they agree - voters want ideas not anti everything who accomplish nothing while what they opposed goes forward. Janet will have a great site - she has a record and stands for something.

2/20/2006 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valerio still way out in front in the Das apologist classic! Going for the trifecta! I think John Davies must get a kick out of his boogeyman status in the Das camp. Hell, he might even be funding it with his contributions to Das.

2/20/2006 11:27 AM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

We've gone from partisanship to gender to CPR stories to wardrobe to web site graphics. NONE of this stuff matters. What matters is who has the experience and ability to represent the 2nd Dist. and make sound decisions.

No matter how you package Das, he still acts like a kid. You don't "spin" your way into having earn it over time. He's way out-classed by the other three.

Dr. Dan's site is pretty, but as the saying goes, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. As a candidate, he's a rough around the edges, pro-development, Republican who doesn't listen to the people, and who doesn't represent the 2nd Dist. demographic.

The Guzz has a site that reflects his campaign...grass roots. No frills, just facts. If the voters, and some of these posters, can wean themselves away from logos and lables, they just might find that he makes the most sense for the 2nd Dist. (Don't hold your breath on the weaning thing).

And Janet seems to be behind the curve, just like her knowledge of county issues. County govt. is a far cry from a floundering school district. Just like Das can't wish himself to be mature, Janet cannot wish herself to have the experience. (P.S. Shame on Susan, Naomi and Lois for trying to push someone soooo inexperienced onto the 2nd District).

See....Valerio's not the only one who can have an opinion.

Have at it posters!

2/20/2006 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

Feel free to wank away criticizing me instead of the substance or point of the actual comment. Some comments by me here even were slightly critical of Das, in the context of a political analysis, which still is much of the point of this whole Blogabarbara.

Good tip here, if true, that the Secord web site was designed by someone else besides Davies. Davies perceptioneering would have included a flag and been smarter not to puff up the resume of Secord "accomplishments" that actually bring attention that he did not do much on most of them, except vote with the majority on City Council. Too many claims on a resume just invites a question about what actually happened.

2/20/2006 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Can you explain why Joe favors hotel developers but dislikes affordable housing developers? Joe was a big supporter of Fess Parkers massive hotel expansion and all the jobs, traffic and workers in need of housing that would have come with it...

2/20/2006 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting how Valerio has deep insights into what Davies would have done had Davies, in fact, had been in charge of what Valerio initially said they were in charge of. So does that mean you were full of baloney to begin with?

2/21/2006 9:26 AM  
Anonymous 8:30 Anon said...

Looking at the Das blog, I see the new post: "The Goleta Valley should have the same protections that other areas of the county possess. First, a comprehensive community plan should be prepared before any rezonings...." Good point --- and it will be worth watching the City Council hearing on Tuesday at 6 to see if Das will apply the same reasoning, if that is his reasoning and not just his father's, to the need for a plan, to the appeal brought against the Berkus project on 3885-7 State Street by civic groups.

That project will have 55 units and 9K sq ft of commercial space where there is now the Plaza so-called Motel, home to about 17 disabled, more or less without cars, and the somewhat run-down Mirasol commercial building. Excluding the public access lane, the will be a density of 44 units per acre. The developer, Barry Berkus, sought and was given zoning modifications for parking spaces, setback from State Street, and allowed by the Planning Commission because of the 17 affordable units. The developers's hired consultant says that the new usage will result in no more traffic!

This is the start of major changes on that section of State STreet, with Sandman Motel, CircuitCity lot all scheduled for demolition and rebuilding.It will be a good opportunity for city types, such as Secord, Guzzardi and, especially, Williams to speak out on these issues and to demand planning for that whole area. ...Or not, which will also speak as to how they would perform on a County level.

2/26/2006 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent Joshua Molina story in today's N-P, laying out the issues on the important question of upper state street.

Best quote, though, is from Joe Guzzardi. It would be good to have someone speaking out so openly on the Board of Supes! He said,
"My opinion of Berkus is, he is like a wolf," said Joe Guzzardi, a Samarkand resident, candidate for supervisor, and vice president of the Allied Neighborhood Association, which opposes the project. "You know how they mark their territory. He is just going around Santa Barbara and urinating on different pieces of property with his monstrosity architecture that doesn't fit and is too big."

2/27/2006 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Urinating" wonder Joe can't win an election. It is hard to take someone seriously when they conduct themselves that way in public.

2/27/2006 11:11 AM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

And I suppose Barry Berkus should be recognized as "Citizen of the Year" for making a career of ruining our community?

C'mon 11:11am...are you THAT delicate? The Guzz hit the mark. He shows more spine than all local politicans combined.

2/27/2006 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Showing spine or talking about other body parts in a immature manner does not make a leader.

Being a leader means getting others with votes to follow - there is not one vote that will follow Joe, making him a side show rather than a board member. That is not what we need right now.

Bill are you Joe?

2/28/2006 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Showing spine or talking about other body parts in a immature manner does not make a leader.

Being a leader means getting others with votes to follow - there is not one vote that will follow Joe, making him a side show rather than a board member. That is not what we need right now.

Bill are you Joe?

2/28/2006 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am new to Santa Barbara but this Das guy scares me. He seems so far away from what I believe...and I am a liberal Democrat. I guess the right wing has Pat Robertson and we have Das.

2/28/2006 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Das a voice for environmental protection scares you. Must be from one of those red states.

3/01/2006 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me or do others think Das can be POTUS?

3/04/2006 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhhh 5:53.....I think its just you. Sorry dude. oh, you and maybe das. unless you're das.

3/04/2006 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe you fools don 't see Das as a future president in the making. WAKE UP!

3/07/2006 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secords site looks old, like him.

3/07/2006 1:46 PM  

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