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It’s on. The 2011 Santa Barbara City Council election officially kicked off on Monday when seven candidates pulled papers for a run at City Hall. Those seeking office include candidates: Iya Falcone, Cathy Murillo, Deborah Schwartz, Cruzito Cruz and Jerry Matteo. Two incumbents, Michael Self and Randy DAILY SOUND EDITOR

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Rowse also pulled papers on Monday. Incumbent Dale Francisco is also planning a run for office. Candidates have until Aug. 12 to pull papers and gather 100 signatures to be included on the ballot. This year’s race is shaping up to be one of the most dramatic in recent City Hall memory. For the first time in decades, a conservative majority has the power on the council. When voters elected two-term City


Councilman Das Williams to the state Assembly last November, the council appointed Paradise Café owner Randy Rowse to take his seat. Conservative council members Dale Francisco, Michael Self, Frank Hotchkiss and Rowse have successfully steered the agenda from affordable housing and green building, to erasing homelessness downtown and eliminating bulbouts in the neigh-

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Council tackles budget reserves BY NICK C. TONKIN


With budget shortfalls forcing them to slash services, the Santa Barbara City Council is considering new budget rules. “We’re taking the next baby step forward,” City Council member Bendy White said. “But it’s something I’ve been thinking about since I started participating in council matters.” Since 1995, the city has made a policy of setting aside 25 percent of the city’s general fund to go to reserves to be used for emergencies and unexpected expenses. But after having the reserves eaten away over the last few years, some council members are calling for explicit guidelines on when reserves can be used. The city, faced with a $3 million deficit last year, made major service cuts, cuts White said didn’t have to be so deep if the city had held stronger reserves. White, who sits on the finance committee, said tightening reserve policies has been something the committee wanted to bring before the full council. While the council isn’t ready to make sweeping policy changes, White said he and other members would like stricter guidelines on what constitutes a “rainy day.” “I believe there needs to be some policies in place which talk about how you would use that money so that it’s not used in sunny weather,” White said. City Finance Director Robert Samario said current policy has 15 percent of the general fund set aside for disasters and 10 percent for unexpected expenses, often referred to as a “rainy day” fund.

Enterprise funds, such as water, trash, and other utilities, must also account for capital projects such as pipeline maintenance. Samario said staff is looking to get some direction from the council on what policy changes, if any, to look at. “It’s just kind of a conceptual discussion from the interest expressed by council members of where they would like to see some changes and how they would like to see them made,” Samario said. Council member Randy Rowse said he couldn’t comment yet about what he’d look at during the meeting, but given the performance of reserve funds recently, it’s a discussion worth having. “These last few years have been rather chastening in terms of our ability to replenish our reserves,” Rowse said. Filling those reserves took some time. Though the city set the 25 percent reserve goal in 1995, White said it took several years to build up the reserves. Once they had been filled, the council began dipping into them around 2004—2005 when the city had a robust budget. He pointed to a $2 million loan to Plan Santa Barbara that came out of the “Rainy Day” fund as an example of an expenditure that shouldn’t have been taken out of the reserves. White said draws like that during “sunny” economic times forced the city to make steeper cuts to services such as the library and parks when things went sour. “When the rain did come, we didn’t have that money to soften the blow,” White said.


borhoods. Liberals are looking to seize power again at City Hall. The Santa Barbara County Democratic Party backed three candidates, Falcone, Murillo and Schwartz earlier this year, in an attempt to present a united front to voters. The three have also locked up several high-profile endorsements FROM PAGE 1



including that of State Assemblyman Das Williams, and County Supervisors Salud Carbajal, Doreen Farr and Janet Wolf. Santa Barbara Mayor Helene

Schneider has not yet made any endorsements in the council races. For the candidates, this year’s election is likely to center on public safety, battling homelessness and the city’s budget priorities. Much of the intrigue in the race centers on candidate Falcone who is looking to return to glory at City Hall after taking a two-year absence. Falcone served two terms on the council, from 2003 to 2009, before she stepped down because of term limits.

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High above the bustle of city traffic, the silence on the Riviera is rarely punctuated by more than bird calls. But since February, Tom and Barbara Sanborn, who live at 1233 Mission Ridge Road, have been embroiled with their neighbors in a noisy battle over the future of their property. The Sanborns want to make changes to their residence. It seems to them that their neighbors, Judy and David Denenholz, would rather see no changes made at all. The City Council today is expected to decide whether the concerns of the Denenholzs outweigh the Sanborns’ dream. “I'm just looking forward to the day when this is all over,” said Tom Sanborn. “We just want our house.” The city's Planning Commission in January approved the Sanborns’ plans to double the size of their home, rebuild their guest house, and make other additions and improvements. A week later the Denenholzs appealed that decision, months of tug of war with the city and repeat trips to the drawing board for the Sanborns ensued. The proposed height of the home's roof line has been reduced four times. They have made several adjustments to slim the bulk of the estate. They plan to

lower their house and have included a view window in the roof line to further accommodate their neighbors. At this point Tom Sanborn said he is stumped as to what else he might do. He suspects that nothing will satisfy his neighbors. “This situation reminds me of that old adage, 'It's the last farmer that's always punished,’” said Sanborn. He explained that other houses around his have been built up. His current home is a rare one-story find. It was originally part of a larger estate during prohibition and served as a drinking lounge. He suspects the neighbors fear the blight on their view from the loss of his lawn rather than a reduction in cityscape. “'That's my park, I like looking out at my park,” said Tom Sanborn imagining his neighbors thoughts. “But we're not in the park business.” Marc Chytilo, environmental attorney, is representing the Denenholzs. In addition to tarnishing the look of the neighborhood and obstructing the view from surrounding locations, he said that the Sanborns are sidestepping restrictions to building second dwellings on lots susceptible to fires. “(The council) cannot make the finding to have that second house,” said Chytilo. “The biggest issue is the public safety hazard ... we wanted to alert the City Council and the community to this.”

The house is situated at the end of a narrow lane that slims to 14 feet in one portion; 20 feet is the minimum width requirement for new roads. Chytilo said that adding an additional residence in an area that is prone to wildfires would compromise the safety of the entire neighborhood. There are already two structures on the lot, but Chytilo said that this should not make it right. Judy Denenholz echoed Chytilo's concerns. “It doesn't make sense,” she said. “The community should be concerned about increasing density in a high-risk fire area.” Allowing a second dwelling would not comply with the city’s General Plan, she said. Chytilo said he fears the project will set a dangerous precedent. “It's a project that could lead to a number of additional homes in our fire hazard area,” he said. He is arguing that an environmental review be conducted. But the City Fire Department agrees with the Sanborns. Officials drove equipment up the lane and determined that they could safely respond to an emergency. Because sprinkler systems are being added to both buildings, and because the guest house would be moved closer to the road, the Fire Marshal has determined that the proposed project would actually be safer. Tom Sanborn said he does not think fire safety is the real issue. He

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(Reuters) – Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt The league's attorneys said MLB's "clearly superior" loan argued in court papers filed on Monday that taking a loan would save $10 million in loan fees. from Major League Baseball would be akin to a "deal with They asked the court to deny approval of the Highbridge the devil." loan and sign off on the "clearly superior MLB" offer. The filing came in advance of a hearing set for Wednesday The court battle between McCourt and the league repreToday sents a potential conflict between the broad powers the A sunny and very warm day for most areas as the in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, where McCourt's league often exercises over its teams and the obligations and marine influence continues to weaken. Highs today will lawyers are expected to argue that they should be allowed to range from the 70ʼs near the coast, to the upper 80ʼs accept a loan from a hedge fund, Highbridge Capital protections for debtors under U.S. bankruptcy law. and 90ʼs inland. Slightly cooler weather is expected for McCourt is seeking court approval for a $150 million loan Sunny & Warm Thursday and Friday and then a gradual return of Management, instead of the one offered by Major League warmer temperatures for the weekend. Baseball. from Highbridge, a unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co, to keep 85° Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who took over day-to- the Dodgers operating. Wednesday Thursday Saturday Friday day control of the Dodgers in April amid what he said were His attorneys said in their court papers that nothing in the concerns over the teams finances, has offered McCourt a bankruptcy code requires the Dodgers to accept the league's loan that could save him millions of dollars in interest and loan offer. fees. "To the contrary, it is clear that a debtor need not (and McCourt, who has blamed Selig for sending the team into should not) be forced to borrow from a lender whose interMostly Sunny, bankruptcy last month by rejecting a $3 billion cable TV ests ultimately are detrimental to the interests of the debtor Sunny & AM Fog, AM Fog, Mild Warm Mild Mild deal, said in the filing that Selig's offer was a "pretext" for and its estate, and that it is well within a debtor's business 59/74° 60/79° 61/75° 60/73° exerting more control over the franchise. judgment to decline such a 'deal with the devil,'" McCourt's Attorneys for Selig's office, in their court filing, asked the attorneys said in the court papers. NEWS IN BRIEF judge to reject the Highbridge loan, arguing that it would McCourt is fighting with his ex-wife, Jamie, in divorce come with a higher interest rate than the one offered by court in Los Angeles over her contention that she has an Major League Baseball. ownership stake in the team. (Reuters) – The U.S. military has essentially the same size, force structure and capabilities as it did a decade ago but costs 35 percent more, an independent public policy think tank said on Monday in an analysis of the 2012 defense budget. The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, in a 75(Reuters) – Inc in the state capital of Sacramento, taxes significant decrease in sales," said page report, also said the Defense Department had spent some $46 billion over the past decade developing weapons systems (AMZN.O), the world's largest on-line sales by out-of-state retailers like Lauren Lundsten, owner of Swanberg's that were ultimately never fielded, either due to cost overruns or retailer, will learn by Monday if a pro- Amazon based on orders routed to for Men, a store in Sacramento. "They posed measure to roll back a new them through so-called affiliate Web should play by the same rules as everytechnical challenges. As a result, a significant portion of the Pentagon's effort to California law taxing sales over the sites in California. one else." modernize its weapons systems did not result in force modern- Internet moves on to its next step in Merchants affected by the new law Amazon and other online retailers ization, a task that will now have to be undertaken at a time of seeking a place on the state's ballot. have responded to the law by cutting say they have been suffering. shrinking defense budgets. Keith Posehn said 74 merchants cut California's attorney general is ties to their affiliates in California, cre"This was the opportunity of the decade, to really recapitalties with his Zorz LLC online marketating widespread uncertainty among reviewing initial paperwork on the ize and modernize the military's equipment and that has been squandered," said Todd Harrison, who authored the report. measure and will decide no later than them over how to replace lost revenue. ing company in San Diego because of Supporters of the law, including the new law, costing him several tens of "We're looking at the prospect of a declining defense budget Monday whether it may move forward, small businesses and the California thousands of dollars in revenue. over the next decade and we're not going to have the opportuni- a spokeswoman said on Friday. ty to do that again." Posehn said the new law also affects If the attorney general's office pro- Retailers Association, say it closes a With the United States facing unsustainable trillion-dollar vides a ballot title and summary for the tax loophole that has given out-of-state his spin-off AppZorz, a mobile applicabudget deficits, President Barack Obama has asked the Defense measure -- which was proposed by a online retailers an edge with shoppers tion company, and he may move it to Department to cut some $400 billion in spending over the next another state. lobbyist for Amazon -- a campaign may over stores in California. dozen years. Some defense officials fear there may be a further "We're actively investigating movbegin to collect the more 500,000 vot"I've been in business for 16 years request for additional cuts. At the same time, the military faces significant capital equip- ers' signatures needed to qualify it for and because I compete with online- ing out of California," Posehn said. only companies like Amazon that have "I'm going to do what's best for the ment requirements in the coming years, from replacing aging the next statewide election. aircraft carriers and building a new generation of submarines to The law, dubbed the "Amazon tax" an unfair tax advantage, I have seen a business wherever that takes us." fielding the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and funding a new line of aerial refueling tankers. "We still have all these needs, all of these things we were Drinking more, supposed to modernize over the last decade. We haven't done it, and now the funding is going to get tighter," Harrison said. Thinking about divorce? 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Washington crafts fall-back debt plan as clock ticks

(Reuters) – With time running short, the White House said on Monday it was pursuing a last-ditch plan with Congress to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and avert a default that could plunge global financial markets into chaos. While President Barack Obama insists he is focused on a comprehensive longterm deficit reduction deal, debt talks are stalled and there are just two weeks left until the United States runs out of money to pay its bills. The vast ideological divide between Obama's Democrats and Republicans over tax increases and spending on popular social programs has driven a shift in focus in Washington to a backup plan that would give Obama responsibility, and potentially blame, for raising the $14.3 trillion limit on U.S. borrowing. In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans are working on the fall-back plan proposed by Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the chamber, that would authorize Obama to raise the debt ceiling in three stages through the November 2012 election. "We must pursue a fall back or last ditch option if you will and conversations

about that have been ongoing," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "We don't have the luxury anymore of pursuing one (option) only. We have to make sure there is a mechanism in place to be sure that no matter what happens the United States does not default," he said. The stalemate on debt talks in Washington, along with debt problems in Europe, is unnerving financial markets worldwide amid fears of a descent into a global crisis. World stocks dipped and gold prices hit record highs above $1,600 an ounce as investors sought a safe haven. Obama met House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and his deputy Eric Cantor for private talks over the weekend but their offices said no progress was made toward a deal. Instead, Republicans said they will push for a measure to cut and cap government spending and amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget even though Obama has already promised to veto it should Congress send it to his desk. The symbolic vote on Tuesday gives conservative Republicans a chance to argue their position on the need for deep

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spending cuts. That could give Boehner the political cover to pursue a compromise that includes less dramatic cuts to spending that Republicans have so far sought. The United States will default on its financial obligations by August 2 if Congress does not allow the U.S. Treasury to sell more debt by then. That would increase interest rates and could force the U.S. economy back into recession.


The proposal by McConnell, who has said he wants to make Obama a one-term president, could shift any political blame for increasing the debt burden to the president ahead of an election in which U.S. deficits will be a key issue. But many conservative Republicans in the House oppose McConnell's plan, saying it does not offer deep enough spending cuts. It could also backfire by giving Obama the opportunity to show voters leadership in crisis. Carney said Obama and administration officials were working closely with both parties in the Senate to ensure the fail-safe

plan could pass Congress. The White House insists that talks are continuing with congressional leaders in pursuit of a long-term deficit reduction deal but there has been little evidence of discussions of anything beyond the "Plan B" alternatives. Obama has set a Friday deadline for congressional leaders to agree on a budget deal. The White House says the July 22 deadline would give Congress enough leeway to write and pass legislation before August 2. Credit rating agencies have signaled they may cut the top-notch AAA U.S. rating if the borrowing limit is not raised. Even if Congress increases the borrowing limit in time, without serious deficit reduction measures in place, the United States would still be under pressure, the agencies have said. Fitch Ratings said on Monday if the debt ceiling was not raised before August 2 it would place the AAA rating on "watch negative," which means it could downgrade it within a three-to-six-month period. This echoed similar warnings last week from the other two big rating agencies, Moody's and S&P.

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To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of MICHAEL J. CAMBERN.

A Petition for Probate has been filed by FRANCOISE Y. CAMBERN the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara.

The Petition for Probate requests that FRANCOISE Y. CAMBERN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.

The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will


the personal allow representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain important actions, very however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.

A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: AUG 25, 2011 9:00 A.M. Dept.:5


Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara 1100 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney.

If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filling claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filling of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.

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A hearing to consider the introduction of “An Ordinance Repealing and Reenacting Article II of Chapter 2 of the Santa Barbara County Code to Adjust the Boundaries of All of the Supervisorial Districts of the County of Santa Barbara”. [11-01073]

Please see the posted agenda, available on Thursday prior to the meeting for a more specific time for this item. However, the order of the agenda may be rearranged or the item may be continued. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (805) 568-2240. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Clerk of the Board to make reasonable arrangements. If you challenge this project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence to the Board of Supervisors at, or prior to, the public hearing. G.C. Section 65009, 6066, and 6062a. Witness my hand and seal this 15th day of July, 2011. Michael H. Allen CLERK OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Lisa Frances Carlson, Deputy Clerk

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(Reuters) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Former chief astronaut Steve Lindsey announced his retirement on Thursday, the latest in a series of departures from the ranks of NASA's elite corps spurred by the end of the space shuttle program. For the U.S. space agency's newest astronaut recruits, however, the departure of veteran fliers means less competition for a dwindling number of assignments on the International Space Station. Instead of about 30 astronauts flying on shuttle missions each year, only about four will be needed to fill U.S.-allotted posts on the station now that the U.S. space shuttle fleet is being retired. The 30-year shuttle program will end when the crew of NASA's final space shuttle, Atlantis, returns to Earth for a planned landing on July 21. The space station, an orbital research outpost, is a $100 billion project of 16 nations that was finished this year after more than a decade of construction. "We knew as we were going through the interview process that there was no suggestion any of us would fly on the shuttle. We knew we were being hired to work on the space station, to do long-duration spaceflight," said Kjell Lindgren, 38, one of nine U.S. members of NASA's newest class of astronauts. Instead of learning shuttle systems, Lindgren and his colleagues are taking Russian and robotics classes. If and when he gets a flight assignment, Lindgren, a 38-yearold former NASA flight surgeon, can look forward to at least 2-1/2 years of training spanning five countries. He doesn't mind flying on Russian rockets, the astronauts' only ride to the station until

fledgling U.S. commercial carriers are ready to launch. NASA is investing a total of $269 million in four prospective space taxis, including designs from Boeing, Space Exploration Technologies and Sierra Nevada Corp. "If those folks back in the '60s could see where we're at now, I think they'd be very surprised that our main competitors would be major partners in an endeavor like the space station," Lindgren said. "I think that's really a natural progression and an important one," he added. The astronaut corps, which had about 140 members a decade ago, probably will be down to about 50 or 55 by year's end, said chief astronaut Peggy Whitson. She hopes to make small additions to the corps over the next several years to bring staffing up to as many as 60 astronauts. In addition to six-month postings on the station, astronauts will be assigned a variety of technical jobs, including working with the aspiring commercial space transportation companies. They'll find more than a few familiar faces. Former NASA astronauts Ken Bowersox and Garrett Reisman now work for Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which is owned by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk. And Lindsey, 50, a veteran of four shuttle flights, has a new job at Sierra Nevada. "I think it's a testament to American ingenuity and drive that we have a private sector that can even take on a task like this, to transport humans to space and back," said Lindgren. "I can only hope we get to a point where we can have the success that we've seen in civil aviation, but I don't think spaceflight will ever become easy," he said.

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Happy Birthday: Put what you have learned to good use. Your ambition must be kept in the background while you work diligently to put your plans into play. Once you have a secure hold on what you are trying to achieve, you can step into the spotlight and share your accomplishment. Love and romance are highlighted this year and can lead to a better relationship with your current partner or someone new if you are single. Your numbers are 5, 14, 22, 26, 31, 36, 44.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You can make wise money moves if you invest in something innovative. A job that interests you may not turn out to be as good as it sounds. Love and romance will bring you good fortune. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don't give in to treats or bribery. You have to make it clear what you can and cannot contribute. Problems with friends, relatives or neighbors can be expected. Taking care of your health will be important and can change the outcome of a pending problem. 2 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don't let your emotions cause you to do or say something foolish at work. You don't want to upset anyone who can influence your position. Good fortune regarding real estate and investments is evident. 4 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You have the strength, courage and discipline to make a commitment and to change your life. An honest assessment will help you realize what you want to do next and how you can go about making it happen. Don't try to do everything at once. 3 stars

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51 Backside 53 Parachute, as supplies 56 Two or more eras, in geology 57 Double helix 58 Catkinbearing tree 64 Augment 66 Polished off 67 Plains Native American 68 Certain runner 69 “Put another ___ on the fire’’ 70 Extension on the main building 71 “___ of a Woman’’ (Pacino film) 72 It’s higher on the hwy. 73 In sorry shape DOWN 1 Take for every penny 2 Not a prettysounding fruit 3 It might thicken 4 Flat occupant 5 Diamond designs 6 Popular name for Holy Roman emperors 7 Place for a big caboose 8 Thin pancakes 9 Zoo attraction 10 Clerical gown

11 Biggest portion 12 Sundance entrant 13 Rome’s Spanish ___ 21 “The Trolley Song’’ word 22 He was quite attached to his brother 26 Descendant of Fatima, to Shiites 27 Be a gadabout 28 Creamy shade 29 Simple string game 30 Indian flatbread 31 Hardly outgoing 35 Olympic sled 37 Bygone despot 38 Type of terrier 40 Immature herring

42 Confused, informally 45 Automotive shelter 47 Russian vehicles 50 “___ and Me Against the World’’ 52 Waiting to buy tickets, say 53 Monroe’s successor 54 Sanskrit’s language group 55 Scriptural song 59 Instruction at many a corner 60 Safecracker, slangily 61 Kind of wolf 62 Not yet forked over 63 Like paraffin 65 Bedtime, for some


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Borders Group will liquidate

(Reuters) – Borders Group Inc, the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain, said it has canceled an upcoming bankruptcy auction and will close its doors for good. The company said in a statement Monday it was unable to find a buyer willing to keep it in operation and will sell itself to a group of liquidators led by Hilco Merchant Resources. Borders' roughly 400 remaining stores will close, and nearly 11,000 jobs will be lost, according to the company. "We are saddened by this development," Borders President Mike Edwards said in the statement. "We were all working hard toward a different outcome, but the headwinds we have been facing for quite some time ... have brought us to where we are now." Borders was unable to overcome competition from larger rival Barnes & Noble Inc and from Inc, which began to dominate book retail when the industry shifted largely online. Borders,


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for which online sales represented only a small fraction of revenue, never caught up to its rivals' e-reader sales, namely Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook. Borders had hoped to sell itself to buyout firm Najafi Cos, which owns the Book-ofthe-Month Club. While Najafi was willing to pay $215 million in cash and take on another $220 million in liabilities to acquire the assets, the deal fell apart last week after creditors objected to terms that would have allowed Najafi to liquidate after completing the sale. "We are saddened by today's news announcing the imminent liquidation of Borders, as we had hoped for a different outcome," said Najafi in an emailed statement. "However, last week the debtor selected the liquidators' bid over our proposed plan to keep Borders operating as a going concern, a decision that is a detriment to Borders' employees, suppliers and customers," Najafi added. Earlier Monday, Reuters reported that Books-A-Million

described the reaction of the fire officials as shocked. “They said ‘really, they’re going to be concerned about that?’” Sanborn recounted. He also said that the bottle-necked section of road is actually in front of the Denenholz residence where their landscape sags into the lane. The Sanborns last spoke with the Denenholzs last Friday.


Inc, the nation's third-largest bookstore chain, was in talks to acquire a small number of Borders stores, citing sources close to Borders' bankruptcy. Representatives for Borders did not address the report when contacted by Reuters, and the company's statement did not say whether formal talks had taken place. Founded in 1971 by Tom and Louis Borders in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Borders had just 21 stores when it was purchased in 1992 by Kmart. By 1997, its store count had ballooned to 203, and the company was setting its sights even higher with plans to expand to 1,000 locations. But a money-losing e-commerce website and mounting competition from online retailers forced Borders to try unsuccessfully to sell itself in 2008. The company finally declared bankruptcy in February 2011 after delaying payments to landlords and publishers. It conducted going-out-of-business sales at about 200 of the 642 stores it operated prior to bankruptcy.

“It was a little bit of whack-a-mole,” said Sanborn. “It's never ending. I've thought, 'what is behind all this,' and the bottom line is 'we don't want you to build at all.” Barbara Sanborn said she and her husband have been looking forward to rebuilding their home for 15 years. If the council gives her and her husband the go-ahead, she said she looks forward to finally feeling settled. “What I look forward to is having our friends over and feeling settled,” she said. “You can never feel settled until you have your house right.”


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