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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Carbajal Attends State of the Union

I received a community post from an anonymous reader related to County Supervisor Salud Carbajal's attendance at the State of the Union on Monday night. The reader called it the "State of the Lame Duck" and wondered about Carbajal's recent right wing associations including a recent award from the Building and Industry Association County of SB Industrial Association as Public Servant of the Year and his apparent cozy relationship with News-Press Editor Travis Armstrong. "Does Salud Carbajal have any principles and scruples left?" is the question anonymous wanted to pose.

I don't agree with Anon's assessment. Why? I'd go to the State of the Union if I had a chance -- whether or not I agreed with who was President. There is something about the office and the once in a lifetime opportunity that would call any of us to action.

What I could almost have an issue with is the fact that the County's Communications Director sent the following email with a very fancy ASCI signature.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Santa Barbara County Board Chair attends President's State of
Union speech tonight/ Santa Barbara County Communications Director
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:07:35 -0800
From: Boyer, William

Here is a great news tip for you. Salud Carbajal, Chair of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors (and First District Supervisor), will be “under the dome” tonight in the U.S. Capitol to attend, and hear live, in person, the President of the United States give his annual State of the Union address. This is a great opportunity to localize a national story. Should you want comment from Supervisor Carbajal, call him on his cell phone (after the speech, of course,) at (805) YABBA-DABBA.

Supervisor Carbajal is back in Washington, D.C. on County business meeting with government and elected officials on County issues and was invited to attend the State of the Union speech, one of the most important events to attend in Washington.

/*/W/*//*/illiam H. /*//*/B/*//*/oyer/*/
Communications Director
County Executive Office
Santa Barbara County

Perhaps a bit on the political side considering it is a non-County related event before an upcoming reelection bid for Carbajal? Careful to say Carbajal was on County business anyway, I guess you have to give /*//*/B/*//*/oyer/*/ the benefit of the doubt. ASCI-man should be more careful though as we get towards election season.

As for Salud -- again, I don't blame him for going. I'd give anything to see Obama ignore and turn away from Hillary live and in person. More power to him.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on Sara! What an opportunity to witness government in action instead of watching it on tv.

1/29/2008 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether you agree with the policies of the President or not, personally attending a speech mandated by the founders of the Constitution more than 200 years ago has got to be special. To criticize Salud for his attendance has no more substance than a City Council vote against the war in Iraq, or a blue line painted on the pavement. We are all Americans.

1/30/2008 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God save us from the holier than thou. If you care about American politics, who wouldn't want to witness one of it's longstanding rituals? Will all this talk about change and unity, I am also very comfortable with a politician who can talk to anyone in our community, even the currently shunned. One person's cozy just might be another's civil. Thanks for your service Salud.

1/30/2008 6:35 AM  
Anonymous puzzled by anonymous media person said...

what a creepy community post from someone who obviously is exploiting his/her "media" designation.....principles and scruples? that person might look inside to see if he/she has any of his/her own even attempt to draw a connection between Salud--whose Democratic contacts in D.C. are numerous---attending the State of the Union and his relationship with Travis is truly bordering on the delusional. Must not be a very sophisticated "media" person who sent you this, Sara.

1/30/2008 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Salud a guest of Lois Capps? Could he be getting groomed to take over her House of Reps seat, if her daughter does not want to run? We could do worse. A lot worse.

Having lunch with Travis Armstrong was a smart move and does not mean Salud was cozy with him; only pragmatic. I salute him for keeping all doors open, while still making up his own mind when it counts.

Salud represents a unique county supervisor district (Carp-Montecito-Lower Eastside-Downtown SB) and he has served all with dignity.

Salud gets my nod for higher offices rather than Nava who sold out so soon to the unions. Nava is a one-trick pony. Salud is a man for all seasons.

1/30/2008 7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boyer's ASCII signature looks like misinterpreted hypertext to me. I'm guessing he's using a uncommon font for his name, with the first letter of his first and last name in a larger size. All of this is a guess, of course.

It's a prefect example of why one shouldn't include those kinds of things in official e-mails.

1/30/2008 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The broad issue here is that Carbajal keeps creeping towards the Right and hopes that his constituents on the Left do not notice or care, especially as he accrues so much money he will scare off any credible election challenge from the Left.

According to the SB Independent event listings, Carbajal was scheduled to speak at a health care reform event last Sunday. He blew it off so he could stay in Washington and party with Bush.

1/30/2008 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give us 10 more Saluds!

1/30/2008 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a sell out to me!

1/30/2008 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salud going to Washington is fine, but Salud OK-ing our precious tax dollars for an inept county public information officer, who spends his time promoting Salud is obscene!

I hope when the budget come up in February, the PIO office is the first thing to go! Does anybody know how much we taxpayers pay this flack to bring us these travelog?

1/30/2008 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone please provide me a single example of Salud "creeping towards the Right"?

1/31/2008 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to like Salud, but my one direct experience with him was very bad.

It involved the apartment house on Picasso in Isla Vista. Because that thing sold for about 3 times its original assessed value, the County Redevelopment Agency (Salud is a board member of that) got a huge bonus in property tax.

But when it came to helping the displaced residents, the RDA was MIA. Salud still did a lot of grandstanding, but when it came to the rational and reasonable thing, of using new RDA profits to help the displaced poor, he didn't lift a finger, and enjoyed the hot potato searing Firestone's lap.

In the end I donated a bunch of money to help the displaced residents. It was simply the right thing to do. But the County RDA took its new profits and just dumped them into stoking the boiler of comfortable County paychecks and pensions.

Not that I'm any great fan of Firestone, but Salud was really two-faced on 6626 Picasso. He's also made some pretty weird statements about IV during Board of Supes meetings.

Sure hope he doesn't need any votes from IV in the future.

1/31/2008 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salude is a totally ineffective leader. In fact he is not a leader art all. (the same goes for Obama) .

There is no way that he is worthy of higher office. ( the same goes for Obama)

In fact he has no business even being where he is. I can't imagine how in the world this loser got elected.

I suddenly realized that Salude and Obama have a lot in common---both losers.

1/31/2008 1:07 PM  
Blogger Santa Barbarans for Hillary said...

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton is appearing tomorrow, Friday February 1st at 2:15pm at Santa Barbara City College. The appearance is part of her Our Voice, Our Future Tour of college campuses across the country.

The forum will be held at SBCC on the main campus.

For more information please contact William Bairamian at 818-632-2250 or send an email to

1/31/2008 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who paid for Salud's trip? And where oh where can major donor forms for Santa Barbara supes be found online?

2/05/2008 9:18 PM  

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