Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Students to Blame?

An article from the Santa Maria Times, posted by DD in the recent sheriff post, has a quote from Anderson campaign manager Richard Cochrane:
The mostly north-south split in voting for Anderson and Brown “was anticipated,” Anderson's campaign manager, Richard Cochrane, said late Wednesday afternoon.

“Unfortunately, we have reason to believe that many South Coast voters were denied critical information” about Anderson's endorsements by liberal politicians including Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum and county supervisors Salud Carbajal and Susan Rose, Cochrane added, though he declined to elaborate.

He suggested that Anderson's poor showing in Isla Vista and at UCSB may stem from Halloween weekend arrests by sheriff's deputies of hundreds of partyers in Isla Vista.

“I would imagine that would affect student attitudes” about which sheriff's candidate to vote for, Cochrane said.

Considering Anderson won few precincts in the South County -- that must have been one huge party Halloween weekend. Maybe he could elaborate on the consipracy as well....


Anonymous Blaming I.V. is unattractive (and wrong) said...

Anderson is doing us all a favor by demonstrating the lack of leadership ability or maturity that caused him to lose. By not graciously conceding, by blaming Halloween arrests [could anything be more ludicrous??] for his loss, he is reaffirming the wisdom of the decision to oust him. He is a big baby and not fit to be the Sheriff of a diverse, high profile County.

Brown won my vote and the vote of lots of my friends [in the North AND the South] by demonstrating over and over again--in forums and in person--- his capacity to see the big picture, to have a "big tent', to be articulate and thoughtful in approaching difficult problems---to being willing to listen to those "outside" of the insular good ol boy cabal of the Sheriff's department.

That's why Brown is Sheriff.

11/09/2006 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anderson should consider moving into a retirement community.

11/09/2006 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if, why should students not vote what's in their best interest?

11/09/2006 9:13 AM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Nice topic for local politics by Blogabarbara, lest we forget the cynical reality how local politics can be despicable.

As usual, Richard Cochrane is pathetically desperate; he is hurting his client and severely narrowing his future options to work in politics. Did he work for Desperate Developer Dan as well with that pathetic pitch?

Most Isla vista residents welcome the enhanced law enforcement coverage during Halloween weekend. Nearly all of the arrests were of outsiders, not locals.

This is the same patently undemocratic, unAmerican attempt to disenfranchise voters because a certain political faction does not like how they would vote. COLAB and friends tried that tune a few years ago, arguing that Isla Vistans are all students, and all students are thus transient (as if four or five years in the County is still transient), so thus all Isla Vistans should be required to vote in their prior residence supposedly in another county.

If Cochrane and his clueless client do not get that, they can try to become a separate county. How did that work?

11/09/2006 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blaming IV is an ingrained reaction in this County... Ed Maschke did it when John Buttny lost, now Cochrane is doing it.

Tom Sneddon blamed IV on a delay in raiding Michael Jackson's ranch.

Bill Brown worked really hard in IV. Good old American boots on the ground politicking.

On the night before the election, Anderson supporters defaced many Brown signs in IV. Wish I'd caught a deputy doing that... the deputies in IV have a really negative and nasty disprespect for the IV community.

11/09/2006 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 11:21 no deputy in their right mind would risk their job by defacing a political sign. Get real. The defacement of political signs is as old as political signage itself.

11/09/2006 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anderson's loss is as much to do with Brown's strong democrat support and strong anti-incumbant emotions as anything else. Not rocket science, just electoral politics/ aka: voodoo.

11/09/2006 1:39 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

Anon 11:21 - I think you are waaaaaaaaaaaaay out of line inferring that deputies defaced Brown signs in I.V. on election night. Every single deputy knows that is against the law and every one of them knows that committing stupid acts of vandalism are not worth their job. Election signs are vandalized all the time by different people for different reasons: 2 teachers in Santa Maria/Orcutt were caught, arrested and sucessfully prosecuted for stealing and vandalizing election signs of a candidate (school board related I believe) in the last election. It simply isn't worth the risk for officers.

Regarding Cochrane; FDS is right, Cochrane as usual, is sacrificing up his candidate's good name (or bad, take your pick), pointing fingers in every direction except himself, never taking personal responsibility. He was outmaneuvered, outclassed and blindsided by the challenger's impressive strategy machine. dd

11/09/2006 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What else would you expect from an over-the-hill white male?

11/09/2006 3:38 PM  
Blogger Dominatrikes said...

That whole students-are-transient argument is so silly. On average, Americans move every 5 years. So the students are about average.

11/09/2006 6:08 PM  
Anonymous das williams said...

I think when the precinct analysis comes out, it will show that IV is partially to blame for Brown's victory, to IV's credit! I spent time campaigning for Brown in IV and Isla Vistans chose Brown for very rational reasons:

Brown spent time campaigning in IV, he said he'd listen, he offered crime prevention strategies, he was endorsed by the Daily Nexus, and many Campus Democrats campaigned for him.

11/09/2006 9:45 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Sounds like Das is running for 3rd District Supe now. Back up the moving van....again.

11/09/2006 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either way, Brown won. How sweet it is!

What I don't understand is why the SB Police Officers' Assn and the firefighters still have their wagons hitched to that tired old horse Cochrane.

11/10/2006 4:43 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Bill...come on! At least have a little respect for the man for posting here under his own name! He's been active with UCSB and students for quite some time....

11/10/2006 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha Ha. Since when is respect required on this blog?

BTW, I think Bill was just making a joke (yes at Das' expense) while using his own name, so consider that respect.

Many people think that Das's ambition muddies his judgement. Take note, Das. Consider it constructive criticism.

11/10/2006 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Das wouldn't be subject to such instant skepticism if he could at least once post about something without tooting his own horn---he couldn't just comment about the IV students, he had to add that he was campaigning for Brown. Remember a couple weeks ago he was touting his campaigning in Ventura against Prop 90 and walmart.

11/10/2006 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On sign defacement... the County's waste ordinance, under which IV residents are cited and fined for regularly when they pee in public places (which is good), is never enforced on the horses of the deputies in IV... after Halloween there are giant piles of horse poop on the streets.

If someone saw and complained about deputies defacing signs, tell me, who would they report the action to? Other deputies? In IV they would just berate you and tell you to shut up and go home (or face arrest for assaulting an officer). That is life in IV... we have learned just to live with it.

People take cameras with them now, and the deputies regularly threaten seizure of the cameras, and force people to delete pictures.

11/10/2006 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 8:13: many other people think Das's judgement is DEFINED by his ambition. Without his ambition he would have no judgement.

11/10/2006 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why blame someone for helping your win?

11/10/2006 11:43 AM  
Anonymous nitpicker said...

"Anonymous said...

Anderson's loss is as much to do with Brown's strong democrat support and strong anti-incumbant emotions as anything else. Not rocket science, just electoral politics/ aka: voodoo.

11/09/2006 1:39 PM"
But Anderson was endorsed by Mayor Blum, Councilmembers Falcone and Horton and former councilmember Folayemi, good Democrats all.

And someone should tell Das to use the word "blame" correctly — what is it, blame or credit to IV?
eg: "das williams said...

I think when the precinct analysis comes out, it will show that IV is partially to blame for Brown's victory, to IV's credit! I spent time campaigning ...11/09/2006 9:45 PM"

11/10/2006 1:47 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Thanks anon 8:13. At least you have a sense of humor.

My, my Sara. You let some pretty nasty stuff get posted here, but sure are quick to jump up and protect your favorites. Das opened himself up for the jokes, er criticism, when he oh so obviously started moving, er carpetbagging, around the south coast.

There's a saying that many jokes include a bit of the truth. I for one wouldn't be a bit surprised to see Das move to the 3rd in preparation for another run at the BOS.

11/10/2006 3:18 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

Das - It caught my attention when you said, "I think when the precinct analysis comes out, it will show that IV is partially to blame for Brown's victory, to IV's credit". I looked up the tallies and you are partly right.

There are 8,214 registered voters in IV & UCSB, and only 2,772 voted, which meant only 33% participated.

1,898 voted for Brown = 68%. 874 voted for Anderson = 32%. Brown won by 5,579 votes.

If you subtract the IV/UC totals, Brown still leads by 4,535 votes. I'm not sure of the breakdown of the 20,000+ absentee ballots left to count, but you are correct that those extra 1,000+ votes do give Brown an unbeatable, comfortable cushion. dd

11/10/2006 4:16 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

To Anon 10:43 regarding "deputies" defacing signs, etc. I think this article from the Daily Nexus ought to put that rumor to rest:

"Within the past two weeks, campus residence halls have seen two hate incidents involving graffiti, causing anger and alarm among students and hall staff members.

San Nicolas Hall has experienced 12 cases of vandalism this fall, the most recent of which occurred on Oct. 31 when the words “Fuck Niggers” were found written on a stairwell between the fourth and fifth floors. Meanwhile, drawings of swastikas were found on walls and doors this weekend in Francisco Torres Residence Hall. No suspects have been found...."

You can read the rest of the story @

It's pretty obvious a bunch of kooks (NOT deputies) were running around IV/UCSB creating vulgar mayhem at the expense of our community. dd

11/11/2006 10:17 AM  
Blogger QuarBy said...

anderson is CLEARLY right about this one!

11/11/2006 10:39 AM  

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