Tecumseh

25 Jun 19
Windsor Star

The Town of Tecumseh has opted for the second-most costly option for its new multi-use sportsplex, choosing a $54-million version with a FIFA-size indoor soccer field. The cost of construction and the facility’s square footage had increased since the preliminary estimate in 2016 of $24 million. “It came to us as a bit of a […]

25 Jun 19
Windsor Star

Sandwich Sabres senior Alessandra Pontoni showed she’s more than just a great athlete. On Friday, the 18-year-old Pontini won the Royal Arcanum Award as the area’s top high school female athlete for large schools. On Monday, Pontini claimed the Repko Cup as the top female student-athlete for large schools. “To win both is mind blowing […]

24 Jun 19
The Santa Barbara Independent
This story first appeared on Newsmakers with Jerry Roberts on June 21, 2019. Community conflict over cannabis remains Topic A in Santa Barbara’s political whirl, more than a week after the L.A. Times dropped its epic take on how the county came to be California’s capital of cultivation. The story fueled a political narrative, pushed by a posse of outraged citizens, galvanized by Carpinteria-based national journalist Ann Louise Bardach, that casts Supervisor Das Williams as the villain of the piece — an alleged Rasputin of Reefer responsible for passage of a county pot ordinance heavily weighted toward growers that, among other features, has yielded the two largest weed tracts on the planet. No surprise, Das takes great issue with this baleful characterization, and defended the equity of the ordinance, not to mention his pure and blameless heart, in an appearance last week before the Carpinteria City Council, which unanimously passed a measure condemning the county for ignoring local concerns on Monday night before multitudes. As the two sides of the story clashed at the event, ably chronicled by no less a figure than the Angry Poodle, Mr. Cranky Pants cast his failing eyesight upon the political landscape, in an effort to map its latest contours amid the fog of war and the haze of herb. JOE SAYS NO: Attorney Joe Cole, former chair of the Montecito Planning Commission, knocks down speculation that he’s plotting a challenge to Das, who’s running for reelection in the 1st District, which includes Carp, Montecito, and much of the city. As the anti-Das forces actively seek to recruit a worthy contender into the race, Joltin’ Joe told us his campaign timetable is “never in a million years” and cited William Tecumseh Sherman’s iconic quote: “’If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.’” LAURA SAYS MAYBE. Laura Capps, nonprofit consultant and veep of the S.B. school board, is being heavily importuned to launch an insurgent, if decidedly uphill, bid against Das, so it seemed noteworthy that she was sitting in the front row at the big Carp meeting. “I’m considering it,” is all Laura, a frequent panelist on Newsmakers TV, would say about the matter; for a reporter who’s frittered away decades interpreting the carefully calibrated words of politicians, the comment seemed an intriguing, if slight, advance over “I haven’t ruled it out,” which she’s uttered as her stock comment in recent weeks.  INSTANT ANALYSIS:  Laura would enjoy significant assets in a campaign against Das, starting with her last name, not to mention skill for political messaging, policy chops, born-and-raised community connections, and enough campaign angels to counter-balance, if not overcome, the natural fundraising advantage of the incumbent.  Despite a bad news cycle, Das remains formidable, however, and make no mistake: Her candidacy would set off a brawl that would test and strain Democratic alliances, friendships, and factions. Das, who made his bones building and running field operations for Dem candidates, would start with a considerable edge in campaign organization, buttressed by ideological support mustered and rallied by, among others, behind-the-scenes partisan bigwig Daraka Larimore-Hall, for whom trying to take out a true-blue progressive like Das would amount to heresy. TIMES A-WASTIN’: Don’t forget that the Legislature and ex-Governor Jerry Brown advanced the date of the 2020 statewide primary, when the 1st District seat will be on the ballot, from its traditional perch in June to next March 3, in a bid to make California more relevant in the presidential race. This means that the legal deadline for filing candidacy papers is December 6, with the filing period officially opening on November 12. As a practical matter, Capps would have to make her choice long before that; for starters, the local Dem central committee is scheduled to hold its endorsement meeting for the seat on July 11. Stay tuned. GOOD GOLLY MS. MOLLIE:  It seems to have escaped notice that the single biggest winner amid all the sturm und drang stirred up by the Times pot piece is S.B.überpolitical consultant Mollie Culver, who benefited simply by the fact that her name never appeared in reporter Joe Mozingo’s yarn; instead he noted merely that Supervisor Gregg Hart had hired an unnamed “marijuana lobbyist as his chief of staff.”  An old-school consultant who believes that keeping a low-profile is good business, Mollie played a key behind-the-scenes role as an advocate for the industry during the drafting of the county’s cannabis ordinance; during the same period, she managed campaigns for Rep. Salud Carbajal, S.B. Mayor Cathy Murillo, S.B. Councilmember Eric Friedman, and Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte, among others. In 2017 she also worked on behalf of Gregg, who won a walkover council victory in the city’s District 6, before he promptly turned around and won election to the Board of Supes in 2018, whereupon he made Mollie his top aide at the county. Perched on the public payroll, Mollie recently added two new, Democratic-endorsed clients to her city council stable — appointed incumbent Meagan Harmon in District 6 and Planning Commissioner Mike Jordan, an early favorite in District 2 — and now sits atop the local consultant heap.  THIS JUST IN:  All that said, Newsmakers has learned that Mollie no longer is Salud’s campaign consultant — our man in Washington has hired on the steadfast veteran Ben Romo for that gig. News you’ll read nowhere else. PIC TELLS 1,000 WORDS:  Amid its Proustian-length verbiage, the Times piece also was notable for superb art — don’t miss the one-minute, drone’s eye video of 30 acres of pot hoop houses in the Santa Rita Hills — which included a droll image of deputy County Executive Officer Dennis Bozanich. Bozanich, aka “The Pot Czar,” is pictured with his schnoz buried in a ganja plant, copping a big ole snuffle of weed as if inhaling a fine chardonnay. “The picture of Czar Bozanich speaks acres and acres of words,” writes one loyal reader. “He should be sniffing his own fingers.” It’s worth noting that while Bozanich’s policy acumen shaped a local law that led to an outbreak of political hostilities, the city of Santa Barbara has rolled out its own ordinance with little outcry over similar issues. A Newsmakers‘ tip-o-the-hat for that to Anthony Wagner, civilian PIO for the S.B. Police Department, who did much of the heavy lifting on it. 
24 Jun 19
Harmony Books & Films, LLC

CURRENT EVENTS (Well Not Always So Current) Alimony By Weird Al Yankovic Mony Mony By Tommy James & The Shondells BOOK OF THE WEEK I’ve read about half this book so far and I have learned so many things about the civil war in a very readable and entertaining way. Plus, the book has plenty […]

24 Jun 19
Windsor Star

The Town of Tecumseh is hosting a free Canada Day celebration at Lakewood Park. The annual event runs July 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Canada Day is a day where we celebrate diversity, acceptance of cultures, freedom, prosperity, and peace and this celebration represents the strong sense of community we have here in […]

24 Jun 19
The Malik Report

The annual Bob Probert Ride took place on Sunday in Windsor, Ontario, and the Blackburn News’s Adelle Loiselle reports that the charitable endeavor surpassed a significant financial marker: A popular event that helps cardiac patients in Windsor-Essex get the treatment they need close to home has raised more than $1-million. The Bob Probert Ride has […]

24 Jun 19
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William Tecumseh Sherman, in one of history’s great ironic pairings of person and sentiment, famously said that “war is Hell.”  Military action, by it’s nature, tends to be a nasty, messy business with serious consequences. Which is why the decision to take military action involves opposite sides of the same coin.  In the original decision […]

24 Jun 19
Elana's Fabulous Farewell to My 50's Tour

The weather has finally been beautiful and we’ve been busy with yard work and cleaning the boat. Of course, when your boat is clean it’s mandatory to take it out for a spin, because, why wouldn’t you? In addition to the chores and pleasures that come along with the nice weather, the bathroom renovation continues […]

24 Jun 19
True North News

Once again this summer, the Trudeau government’s funding is raising eyebrows.

23 Jun 19
WrittenCasey

via Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813

23 Jun 19
OCG

The Permanent Memorial to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, in New York City, acknowledges a tragic chapter in the nation’s history. Some have argued that reparations for slavery would help heal long-festering racial strife. EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS ” In 1865, toward the end of the Civil War, Union Army […]

23 Jun 19
Windsor Star

Widely regarded as the “father” of Canada’s Naval Reserve, the late Rear-Admiral Walter Hose was honoured as a “Hometown Hero” Saturday afternoon. The late Windsor local World War I veteran was celebrated as part of Parks Canada’s “Hometown Heroes” initiative. The Royal Canadian Navy and Parks Canada honoured the Admiral with a ceremony at Heavenly […]

23 Jun 19

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morning don’t know if ill be going to the gym because mom just said there is a big fire at a garage on the way to my gym. ill have to check on it and see. I may have to go up to Tecumseh and around. I bet you the cops had nothing real to […]

23 Jun 19
Windsor Star

Re: There’s a whole life out in the city on the Streets; Death of homeless man at just 24 opens door into a caring if troubled community, by Anne Jarvis, May 9. At Windsor Residence for Young Men, we have been deeply saddened by Anne Jarvis’s Windsor Star account of the tragic life and death […]

22 Jun 19
Little Acorns & Mighty Oaks

When I was nine we moved to the fire station and dad became the full-time truck driver and station manager. We lived in a large apartment above the station. Bob and I loved all the activity of living down town. It was a great adventure. Especially for Bob as the train tracks were just outside […]