Wednesday, September 19, 2018
A madman went on a killing spree that lasted over a week. By Saturday afternoon, we learned that four people had been executed by a pyscho living among us.
One of the victims was the sister of a good friend. I can't imagine what the family is going through. Claudine Anne Luera got addicted to drugs and lived dangerously on the streets of this forsaken city. Her loved ones will now have to live with the added insult of her life being take away so tragically.
(Image via New York Times)
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Local taxing entities have been following each other's lead in lowering their tax rates. That may be because it's an election year (midterms) and because property valuations have skyrocketed in the last couple of cycles, leaving taxpayers stunned at their new property tax amounts.
Lowering the tax rate is admirable; it counters the rising property valuations. BUT them lowering their rates to where we get a whole $3-per-year savings, per taxing entity, is sad. They can brag that they are helping us out, but the end result is pitiful.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
A side-by-side comparison of what the Santa Maria terminus, at the River Drive Mall, looked like (on the left) and how it looks now with the Outlet Shoppes in place. Same thoroughfare, different surroundings.
Demolition of the old River Drive Mall started 3 years ago.