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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mayor Pro Tem Francisco Proclamation

I ran across this proclamation the other day and had to wonder whether the Mayor would have done has to do with Port Hueneme but was heavily covered in the News-Press because of the Navy League. She was out of town....hmmm. Not sure if this is that relevant to Santa Barbara. Is this similar to an Iraq War resolution?


Anonymous How can we miss you if you won't go away said...

No, the Mayor would have done her usual blathering and then shown up for every event, comped, that the Navy League threw. That is what she has always done. The Navy League is a Santa Barbara based organization and these kids, and believe me they are kids, that were hosted here all week really enjoyed our town and the people that welcomed them. They are a long way from home and whether you like it or not, they are serving you. Is everybody here so blinded by our common distaste for the News Press that we are really this petty about a meaningless piece of paper given to every organization with three members and a logo?

4/19/2009 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Red, white and bluehoo said...

Looks good to me. Proud event and glad we support those who still exhibit personal responsibility and commitment to greater purpose. Instead of celebrating slackers and vagrants who do nothing for us. Wish Dale was our mayor.

Were you expecting we would all froth and rant just because this is an event associated with the military? It is Obama's army now. And he is showing no signs he is cutting back meddling around the world.

What a surprise for all those who actually believed he was a 100% peacenik. He is 100% pro-Obama and has taken down anyone who does not agree with him.

4/19/2009 8:37 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Nothing against the Navy league or the military...but proclamations should be based at home, not 40 minutes down the road. The reason why I brought up the Iraq War resolution is that I feel the same way about that -- council ha no place commenting on policy or the efforts of city governments far south of us.

4/19/2009 9:50 AM  
Anonymous What about Das? said...

hmmm.....since you're focused on the Council, how about the comments Jerry Roberts published in his Indy column the other day---about Das' not-s0-truthful accusation that Susan and Pedro "intimidated" him.

4/19/2009 9:53 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Patience is a virtue....

4/19/2009 10:29 AM  
Anonymous yaaaarrrrrh said...

Actually the Stockdale has been adopted by the Santa Barbara Navy League and fundraising in Santa Barbara, by Santa Barbarans, is helping the crew out while they are away from home. The crew was here all week, playing softball with the firefighters, being hosted on State Street, having dinners in private homes, local restaurants and fire stations. Nice try Sara, but no cigar.

4/19/2009 11:04 AM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

Sorry S but I think you missed the mark on this one. Stockdale earned every bit of praise and honor we choose to render unto him...

Additionally, this is a Federal ship and we own it. The men and women who crew this ship will be asked to put their lives in danger at sometime against foes with really nasty weapons, not just a switchblade or pellet pistol.

You know things could pop in the Gulf any time now and they'll be a fast ship moving in harms way...The least we can do is respect them properly and wish them well.

4/19/2009 5:00 PM  
Anonymous silly season said...

I believe there were many people who serve on the ship in Santa Barbara for the day on at least Friday--and there was a softball game between some service members from the ship vs. SB's finest firefighters. Where's the story here? And no, it's in no way similar to an Iraq War resolution--but it does appear to be some sort of negative innuendo about Council Member Francisco--just doing his job on behalf of the mayor. With all that's going on around here worthy of debate and investigation, you can do better than this, dear Sara.

4/19/2009 5:20 PM  
Anonymous the chupacabra said...

I believe the SB Navy League was a sponsor of the ship and entertaining the crew which would give it the local angle. As such personally it would seem to be something that fits in with a council proclamation in my opinion.

I do agree with you though when the council attempts to comment on national issues it oversteps its bounds.

4/19/2009 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Snarfy said...

Good point, SDLG, yes, this was a bit far afield for a local proclamation.

When red meat gets dangled here for comments, hard to know what growls they will trigger, revealing our own biases since we cannot read your own.

Dang it. Your patience is a virtue. It is appreciated.

4/19/2009 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Cptn Hooked said...

This is the same kind of ship that fought off the pirates recently. These small, nimble ships with deadly fire power (spent uranium) protecting shipping lanes and coastlines from failed nation threats to global commercial stability need to be recognized and celebrated by all, including the pirates who need to be forced into another line of work.

Right now failed nation pirates are responding to a crime of opportunity and some legitimate greivances about foreign toxic waste dumping and ruinous fishing operations off their own domestic coasts.

4/20/2009 8:23 AM  
Blogger Don McDermott said...

So, if the question is did Mayor Pro Temore Dale Francisco add this proclamation to his Pro Tempore duties as an opportunistic political message? It is plausible.

The Navy League is a local USO type organization but also is a politically charged organization. The League appeals to the politically opportunistic and the far right notion that everything should be "adopted" by special interest boards and operated as a non-profit, because the government is inept.

The League is probably supported by donations or "gifting" or like other Bacarra entertainment, dancing and dinning style representation (please recall the similar Sheriff's Council.)

Many league supporters are political operatives and it was most noticeable when, due to SOP, this organization could not be granted a fee waiver for the visiting USS Ronald Reagan. On appeal, the city council public hearing was fairly charged with the usual right wing rhetoric. As I recall the League's was represented by whiners and were disrespectful of city policy and process. No one from the organization attempted to reign in the far right opportunists.

4/20/2009 1:32 PM  
Anonymous the chupacabra said...

Another good question to ask is Das spends a lot of time in Ventura "organizing" and making himself known while drawing a salary there. Its also known that while he represents his group/other employer he also let everyone know he was a elected official of the Santa Barbara City Council.

If the council proclamation is even worthy of a question why hasn't Das Williams activities been of concern?

4/21/2009 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Dan Seibert said...

Mayor Blum began today's meeting by reading a proclamation to remember the Holocaust.

4/21/2009 8:44 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

The President of Iran did not read that proclamation, that's for sure....

4/21/2009 10:02 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Sara: You are most certainly right. With the likes of Pres. A. of Iran, it's a good thing we have a strong and supported Navy in the region, e.g Somalia. With regards to Mr. McDermott's comments, the Navy League is a national, non-partisan organization designed and started by Pres. Teddy Roosevelt in 1902, as a way to support our Navy. Aside from Mr.McDermott's speculations, Navy League councils are chosen to provide, by donations, needed items and simple support to a ship, its crew, and its crew's families. As indicated by another poster, The Santa Barbara Navy League Council was chosen to adopt the USS Stockdale. The nearest Navy deep water port is VCNB Pt. Huenmene. Perhaps one day the ship will anchor here. Kevin

4/21/2009 11:29 PM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

Yet the council and Villaraigosa recently cut back on such basics as city paramedic captains and library books, even as they continued to burn through a cool $1 million a year by ordering up a mountain of scrolls — 27,978 of them in the 2007-08 fiscal year alone. They are on track to repeat that feat this year. The elaborate scrolls often depict a glowing image of City Hall set among garlands and highlighted with gold inking of the sort associated with illuminated manuscripts.

4/22/2009 7:11 AM  

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