Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, February 27, 2006

Wilshire Blvd, Jr. is a Much Better Sound Bite

I got to hand it to Joe Guzzardi for participating on the blog yesterday. We've now had Das and he post here and I think that is a good thing. One of our Anons beat me to it but I got to give Joe a hard time about his quote today -- this has got to be the quote of the week from The Guzz on the Berkus project:

"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."

Not a great quote for someone running for supervisor...especially in conjunction with the wolf pun. Naomi Kavacs from CPA had a better one -- Joe should take notes and maybe she should run instead:

"Why not try to ascertain what the public thinks of the uptown business district's potential for becoming a well-designed northern gateway to Santa Barbara, marked by reasonably sized buildings, unobstructed mountain views, pedestrian-friendly open spaces, and manageable traffic patterns?" asked Naomi Kovacs, executive director of the Citizens Planning Association. "The alternative is for outer State Street to become a plugged-up arterial -- Wilshire Boulevard Jr., as it were, without comparable cultural attractions."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Guzzardi is good at what he does as a neighborhood activist. He is passionate, opinionated, uneffected by facts, fairness, fair play or any socal graces.

Just imagine the north county trio responding to qoutes like:

" . . . urinating on different pieces of property with his monstrosity architecture that doesn't fit and is too big."

As a member of the board Joe Guzzardi would leave our district totally unrepresented as no one, not other board members, not the staff, not the county counsel, and not the public would respect his behavior.

What we have read here over the past few days from his announcement which offered nothing except attacks to this qoute which was disgusting and answered the question why Joe was rejected twice by city of Santa Barbara residents for city council.

Why Joe attacks Berkus, he loves Fess or is it that Fess pays and Berkus does not?

2/28/2006 12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa there annon above -

The Guzz has a loose mouth yes but is tough on issues.

I agree that the Guzz would have no support from the North and with Salud solid with Wolf (not the one urinating on different pieces of property) but the candidate - Guzz would have no support at all with fellow board members.

He would be a novel qoute machine reduced to out of control attack machine with no following.

Das is smoother but would not be much better.

But Janet Wolf at least has Salud and would make other friends.

And Secord would have friends but I still not sure if what he says and others say about him is true - if they are he or Wolf are the best choices.

2/28/2006 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great letter today in the News-Press. My mother taught me better too...

2/28/2006 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeoowwww! Is the fur flying out there today or what.....

2/28/2006 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me they protest too much. As the late Johnny Cochrane said, if the glove doesn't fit...— or, here, if the analogy of spraying the area isn't accurate, why all the outrage! Seems to me that Guzzardi hit the mark, pun intended, with his comment about "monstrosity architecture."

Whether or not that should be said by a candidate for the BOS is another question.

The point is does Santa Barbara like the Galleria, the thing at the end of Chapala, and other Berkus landmarks — and the hell with accurate traffic studies, city zoning requirements - including sidewalk setbacks? We'll find out tonight at the council hearing.

Let the fur fly, better than being pi.., er, urinated on.

2/28/2006 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the record Joe is a three time loser. 1995, 1997 and 1999....(he claims he didn't really try the first time though).

2/28/2006 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

something about odd-numbered years???

2/28/2006 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark my word, if Das is not Governor of California within ten years we can kiss our state goodbye. Get with the program, for once we have a real winner with statewide potential in Das Williams. If he cant look in the mirror each day and see the future governor than who can? Who are you to stand in his way.Once in a generation a leader comes along like this. Dont pass it up.

2/28/2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Aaaack! Ugggh! I'm laughing so hard I can't catch my breath! Das for Governor? Holy cow anon 3:41, you've GOT TO BE KIDDING.

2/28/2006 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well shoot......I think there's still time for Das to file now for the Governor's race....why mess with the silly Second District, City Council when he can just go for the gusto now.....hey would there be time for him to be a running mate on the Dem ticket in '08?????

Spare us. Please.

2/28/2006 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's what we need. A Supervisor with "statewide potential." Geez.

2/28/2006 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's better for the 2nd district? Someone who wants to be Supervisor or someone who wants to be Governor?

2/28/2006 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not blame Das Williams for the rantings of a few fanatics. I've never heard him say he wanted to be Governor, let alone in ten years. Silliness.

More silly is Joe Guzzardi sliming the race already with his comments trying to tie Janet Wolf to Berkus and developers. Juvenile and bound to backfire.

2/28/2006 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is better for supervisor someone who wants to be governor or someone who wants to be second district supervisor?

ANSWER: Neither.

How about someone who has a passion to serve and not selfserve? Dan Secord.

2/28/2006 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The contrast between Das and Dr. Dan " I can't believe I just said that" Secord will be stark. I mean, what new idea does Secord have. How can he relate to the average person when he lives in a $8 million dollar home? Oh, I can hear Reps. saying" Don't blame him for working hard". I don't but let's face it, he doesnt play with a full deck. I don't know about Das running for Governor but he will make a great supervisor.

3/04/2006 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Das can't win in the 2nd District. The more they learn about him the less they will like him. He is too extreme.

3/04/2006 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I watch the West Wing I envision Das as President Bartlett someday. A progressive and proud of it. Let's everyone at least agree that Das is a qualified candidate who can be POTUS someday.

3/07/2006 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can envision him as an actor, fer sure. he's good at that.

3/07/2006 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

das = Bartlett? thats enought to make me choke on my bran muffin! The way he tries to pander to the NIMBY's? Please!!!

Das is a young HOYNES
JOE = TOBY without the liberal principles
SECORD and WOLF are hard to peg

3/07/2006 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secord is the old dude that fell asleep during candidate barlett's first debate.

3/09/2006 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

joe, joe, go away, go away and lose another day.

3/14/2006 3:24 PM  

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