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Peter Lance DUI-Series Part Twelve

Peter Lance DUI-Series Part Twelve

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Part Twelve in Peter Lance's investigative series exposing alleged corruption by the Santa Barbara PD's award-winning DUI officer Kasi Beutel
Part Twelve in Peter Lance's investigative series exposing alleged corruption by the Santa Barbara PD's award-winning DUI officer Kasi Beutel

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FORESTERS
BLANK 
KENAI
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3RD
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SERIES
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Brown to
seek 
changes
to
fire
fee
By
DON
THOMPSON
ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO
— 
Gov. JerryBrown'sadministration plans
to
seek changes to fix problems
with
a contentious
wildfire
fee on ruralresidents
because
it
could
end
up
drainingmoney from
the
state's
firefighting
budget,
a
spokesman
said
Thursday.The move by
Mr.
Brown
cameabout
a
month after 
the fee was
approved
as
part
of the new
state
 budget.It had been intended to providemoney for 
the
California
Depart-ment
of 
Forestry and
Fire
Protec¬
tion
to
battle wildfires
and to
replace money the
state
took fromthe department to help balance its budget.However,TheAssociatedPressreported Wednesday
that
money
from
the$150annual fee must go to
local
fire-prevention programs.
Using
the money for prevention
rather 
than bolstering the
depart¬
ment budget
could
leave
it
with
a
$50
million
budget hole next year and
a
gap of up to $200
million
infuture years.
H.D.
Palmer, spokesman for thegovernor's Department
of 
Finance,said
Mr.
Brown
will
seek to amend the law when the
Legis¬
lature
returns
from
its
summer 
recess
next week.
Republican
lawmakers
and
local
fire
officials
said the
law
was
 poorly
written
and
should
be
changed or repealed.They said it
unfairly
taxes
ruralresidents twice for fire protection
 because
many
of 
them alreadysupport
local
districts.John
Vigna,
a
spokesman
for 
Assembly
Speaker John Perez,
D-Los
Angeles, said
lawmakers areconsulting
with
the administrationand hope to
fix
the problems whenthey return to the
state
Capitol
for the
final
four weeks
of 
their 
legis¬
lativesession.
''We
knew
there
that
would
be
some cleanup required,''
Mr.
Vigna
said.
''We
felt at the time
that
it
wasmore important to get the budgetdone
on
time
and
have
the new
spending plan
in
place
by the
 beginning
of 
the
fiscal
year.''The problems surfaced
publicly
Wednesday
as the
Board
of 
For¬
estry and
Fire
Protection
told
its
executive officer to begin drafting
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see
 
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By
JOSEF
WOODARD
 NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT
Kicking off 
the first
of 
a two-night stand at the Santa Barbara
Bowl,
pop
superstar 
Katy
Perry
put on a
magnificent
and
dynamic show before a sold-out house
on
Saturday night, capping
off 
one
of 
the most highly-praised and
commercially
successful pop tours
of 
the summer.The
bowl
was also, notcoincidentally,the smallest venue onher 41-city tour,
California
Dreams 2011,
due to
Ms. Perry'ssentimental
attachment
to Santa Barbara.
Specifically,
Ms.
Perry, who just recently achieved
the
rare
honor 
of 
havingscored
five
No.
1
hits from her now two albums,
is
a proud Goletan, born at
Goleta
Valley
Hospital
and a
graduate
of 
Dos Pueblos
High
School,
where she put on
a
surprise showlate last year.
A
packed house at the
bowl,
possiblythe most age-diverse
crowd
ofthe season so far and one speckled
with
audience members
in
 blue wigs and
Perry-like
getups, eagerly soaked up
a
two-hour concert
which told
the
remarkable story
of 
Perry's
pop
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see
 
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Warrantied
felines up for adoption
Numberneeding
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By
MICHAL ELSETH
 NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER 
The
Animal
Shelter AssistanceProgram hopes
to
find
homes for 
as
many "certified pre-owned"
cats
as
 possible Saturday and
Aug.
21,
when it
will
hold
its first-ever free adoption
in
22 years
of 
working
with
the
SantaBarbara County
Animal
Shelter.
ASAPwill
waive
the
usual
$65
adoption
fee
and help pair 
cats
with
the perfect potential owner.
Like
a
used-car 
tent
sale,
the
group
is
advertising
"all
makes and models"
of 
cats
at
0 percent down and 0 percent
financing.
"All
cats
and
kittens come
with
a
Standard 4-Paw
Drive,
100,000 Purr Warranty
and a
Multi-Point
Inspec¬
tion,
including
a vet
exam, spay/
neuter,
age appropriate vaccinations,
FeLV
and
FlV
screening, deworming,
flea
treatment,
and
microchip,"
said anews release.The shelter has been "flooded
with
cats
and
kittens,"
ASAP
President
Angela
Rockwell
told
the News-Press.The
past
several years have seenincreased numbers ofcats and kittensat the shelter, and the overcrowding
is
worsened
by
"kitten season," Maythrough November, when the shelter 
is
inundated
with
kittens
who are
often adopted
quickly
and
leaveadoptable adult
cats
behind.The Santa Barbara shelter, wherethe event
will
take place, has about 100adult
cats
and between 20 and 30
kit¬
tens that
will
be
ready for adoption.
Almost
100 more kittens
are
in foster homes."It's more kittens than we can keeptrack 
of 
and count sometimes," joked
Ms.
Rockwell.
All
potential
adopters
must
meet
ASAP's
adoption standards,
including
home ownership verification
or 
landlord
approval,
and
possess
a
driver's license.
By
adopting out
as
many
cats
and
kittens
as
possible,
ASAP
hopes
to
help other felines throughout
the
county
by
bringing them
in
fromovercrowded Santa
Maria
and
Lompoc
shelters
to the
Goleta
loca¬tion, which
has an
adoption
rate
of 
more than 90 percent.
Having
room
at the
shelter 
to
increase the chances of adoption for 
 North
County
cats
is one
of 
ASAP's
 biggest goals for the adoption event.
"We
take
our 
commitment reallyseriously
to
work countywide," Ms.
Rockwell
told
the News-Press.
Until
recently, conventional
wis¬
dom
said
free adoptions
attract
peoplewho might not show their 
pets
asmuchcare
as
someone who
has to
pay
for 
their furry friend, but
Ms.
Rockwell
said
a new study disproves
that
theory,and more shelters have been tryingfree adoptions.
To
speed up the adoption process,interested
adopters
should bring
a
 property tax receipt
or 
rental
agree¬
ment
with
pet
policy,
as
well
as a
completed adoption
agreement,
availableonline.
ASAP will
host
the
event from
10
a.m. to 4
p.m.
Saturday and
Aug.
21
at
the Santa Barbara
Animal
Shelter,5473 Overpass
Road.
http://www.asapcats.org.
For 
more information
and an
adoption
agreement,
visit
email:
melseth@newspress.com
SUNDAY
Dismayed
 by
police
chief's
jobsearch
By
PETER LANCE
SPECIALTOTHENEWS-PRESS
The story, first reported by
the
 News-Press,
that
Police
Chief 
Cam
Sanchez is among two finalists for the top cop job in San Bernardinohas ignited
a
small firestorm
of 
reaction among Santa Barbara
cityofficials
and
members
of the
department.
"I didn't learn about
it
until
Wednesday," Councilman DaleFrancisco
told
me
Friday. "Thiswas extremely disappointing. Camreports to
(City
Administrator)
Jim
Armstrongand by not letting Jimknowahead
of 
time
that
he was intalks
for 
this job andtakingthe risk 
that that
would
come out
in
public,it
puts
the
city
in a bad light and
it
reflects badly on Cam's judgment.Other than the
city
administrator,the position of police
chief 
is
the
most important leadership role inthe
city
hierarchy."
Mr.
Francisco,
who
spoke
to
Chief 
Sanchez Friday morning,
said
the chief"admitted to me
that
he had made
a
mistake."
Along
withMayor 
HeleneSchneider,
Mr.
Francisco and
the
other members ofthe
City
Council
learned
of Chief 
Sanchez's discusions
with
San Bernardino for the
first
time Wednesday afternoon,when
I
copied them
on an
email
sent
to the
chief following
my
dis¬
covery
that
his
name
had
beenwhittled down from
a
list
of 30
candidates to the
final
two for theInland
Empire
job.
 Please
see
 
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Passenger
countdown
at airportbut
revenues
up
By
MICHAL ELSETH
 NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER 
Santa Barbara
Airport
saw a
12 percent
decrease
in
passenger 
traffic
in
June compared
to the
 previous June and
the
drop con¬tinued
in
July.
The airport is
feeling
the effects
of 
losing Delta
Airlines
at the end
of 
2010.Delta provided nonstop
ser¬
vice
to Salt
Lake
City,
Sacramentoand
San
Jose,
Airport
Director 
Karen
Ramsdell
told
the
News-Press."So what
that
tells
me is
we'reseeing
that
passengers
at
sometimes of the day
aren't
able to
get
seats
on
the aircraft,"
Ms.
Ramsdelltold
the News-Press.Despite fewer 
passengers,
reve¬
nues
for the airport were actuallyhigher 
in
July
than
in
July
2010.
 Please
see
 
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