Customers’ responsibility

Abandoned shopping carts are the result, while people taking them are the issue.

As a retailer I provide shopping carts as a convenience to transport items to the parking lot. If customers need to transport their items beyond the parking lot, they need to bring their own cart.

Consumers are becoming accustomed to bringing their own bags, so bringing your own cart is the next logical step, but society has become too irresponsible.

Increased store cost for providing a service to customers, through permits, fines or jail time, will just be passed on to customers. A few will ruin a service meant for many.

I'm not surprised retailers did not show up for a meeting at which the city wants to punish retailers for their customers’ lack of responsibility.

Some people are lazy and there is no quick fix for lazy. So. try a survey of your readers. Should stores stop providing shopping carts, prevent all shopping carts from leaving the store, add an electronic fence around the parking lot to prevent the carts from leaving the parking lot and passing the cost to all their customers, for the actions of few customers?

After what we saw regarding district elections, some will complain about how to get many items to the bus or home since they don't have a car? Will the retailer or city or some other organization provide them with a cart, be it free or somehow subsidized if they can't afford a cart?

Retailers need to choose from one of the above options and be done with this issue, so local government can focus on balancing the budget and stay out of petty issues like shopping carts.

Steve Milne

Santa Maria

Bait and switch ploy

A recent article referenced language contained in HR 1491 that "would prohibit gaming" on Camp 4. However, it is important to keep in mind that notwithstanding this language, gambling could eventually occur on Camp 4 if this parcel is annexed into the Chumash reservation.

Congress at any point in the future could remove this prohibition as has been done in other instances for Tribes elsewhere. And if this bill becomes law, it will allow the Chumash to build massive commercial developments such as big-box retail stores and other incompatible development.

Imagine a Walmart or a Best Buy near the traffic circle on Highway 154 entering the Valley. An entirely possible outcome if HR 1491 becomes law. Some would view a new Casino as a natural progression from an outlet mall.

But those points aside, what is most offensive about this bill is that it would, if enacted, deny citizens the ability to appeal to a federal judge the illegal annexation of Camp 4 into the Chumash Reservation. We believe it is unconstitutional and an unacceptable denial of due process and justice. That is why we are committed to defeating this bill.

We fully support the tribe addressing the housing and community facility needs for its members. However, we also believe that development on Camp 4 should meet the same land use standards as every other property owner in the valley.

Bill Krauch


Santa Ynez Valley Coalition