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Monday, August 18, 2014
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It’s offensive to hear that someone who owns a home in Santa Barbara does so by being lucky. Most homeowners have worked hard for many years, some at more than one job, in order to afford their homes. Many of them have a wide range of financial obligations that are constantly increasing (new water rate hikes, for example) and to add one more can in fact be burdensome for many. I suspect the majority don’t have unlimited resources, as you seem to suggest. Also, renters in S.B. will have this property tax increase passed along to them in the form of higher rents.

Enough is enough in constantly expecting homeowners to shoulder these financial burdens. City College president Lori Gaskin needs to look elsewhere for the money to fund her SBCC dreams.

And speaking of winning the lottery, weren’t voters told that it was going to produce revenue for education? So, whatever happened there?

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Here you can find all the homes that are currently up for sale, foreclosed and even rented out, there prices and what Zillow believes their worth. Great site for Sh!t's and Giggles...

dou4now (anonymous profile)
August 18, 2014 at 6:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hear you about the proposed half-billion dollar SBCC bond measure..

Cant understand why Ms Gaskin, who is brand new to our community, demands as her first official greeting we give her the largest bond issue in the history of Santa Barbara county.

Consequently this SBCC mega-monster bond if sitting on our property tax bills for the next 30 years will suck the oxygen out for everyone else. Bury this bond issue fast. Come back smaller and more focused on local needs, not just your own empire-building Ms Gaskin.

BTW: everyone who thought home prices would go lower and put off buying a house missed out on the best real estate market with the lowest prices this town has seen in years. Prices and that means property taxes are going to only go up. It is all about timing. SBCC don't gouge new buyers even more.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
August 18, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Life itself is luck-of-the-draw. The fact that I can type at a computer means I was lucky enough to not end up paralyzed. Some people are born with horrific physical/mental handicaps, into poverty, and abuse, while others are born smart, athletic, good looking, and talented into wealthy loving families.
It's all a matter of degree.

As for the main issue at hand, let's talk about how SBCC has brought in all these people who have displaced those who were already living here. Same thing with UCSB. Take a look at the illegal rentals in Mission Canyon for example, and all the parking congestion it has caused. Too many people/the gentrification of S.B. Hardly the local "hang ten" mentality any more.

As for the lottery, it's like the other education related measures in that it promises "This is it, this is the one, vote for this and our problems will go away" then once its passed guess what, they are demanding more money again.

Education is needed for the well being of any society, but the ability to discern between what will actually go to education, as opposed the funding of pet projects, has been sorely missing.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
August 19, 2014 at 4:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I think there is a very good chance that "money for schools" was just a way of selling the lottery to an unsuspecting public. It is more likely that making gambling in California a regulated activity rather than keeping it under criminal law was necessary before Indian reservations could be used for casino gambling.

dewdly (anonymous profile)
August 19, 2014 at 5:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The bond measure is a bad idea because SBCC is serving a population of vacationing privileged teens that didn't make it into college.

However, the price of real estate in SB is supported by the FHA which increased it's loan guarantees to $730K during the bailouts, not to mention the 3 trillion in MBS the Fed bought. On average, the poor and working class of the country are subsidizing the price of million dollar homes on the coasts.

Yes it takes some people hard work to afford a home in SB, but it also takes a corrupt financial system.

random_kook (anonymous profile)
August 20, 2014 at 9:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Alan Hancock College serves north Santa Barbara County. Ventura's three community colleges server those students to the south of us.

SBCC does not need a half billion dollar bond issue exclusviely paid by south county property owners to serve the few remaining highschool graduates located in south SB county.

SBCC serves only Dos Pueblos, San Marcos, Santa Barbara HS, Carpinteria and Bishop Diego. Explain why they all the sudden need this half billion dollar blank check made out to SBCC.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
August 20, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe they should just build another campus altogether in Goleta or Lompoc.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 20, 2014 at 10:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Measure S is building another campus in Goleta. It proposes to tear down the entire Wake Center and build a brand new second SBCC credit campus on that site. Plus build additional classrooms on the main SBCC campus.

Expanding the Wake campus for more credit students puts even more pressure on Isla Vista housing for these additional SBCC students. IV landlords losing renters to the new UCSB dorms will naturally support expansion of SBCC.

Lompoc is in the Alan Hancock district. Carpinteria however gets short-changed by Measure S yet again, even though it is in the SBCC district. They have the longest commute to SBCC and nothing is being done for them.

SBCC is obviously preparing for a major expansion of student enrollments, at the exact same time local highschool graduation rates are going down. Do the math.

BTW: What ever happened to recycle, repurpose and reuse when Measure S proposes major building tear-downs at both Wake and the main campus? Reminds me of the infamous line when making Apocalpse Now: we had too much money and slowly went crazy.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
August 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"BTW: everyone who thought home prices would go lower and put off buying a house missed out on the best real estate market with the lowest prices this town has seen in years. Prices and that means property taxes are going to only go up. It is all about timing. SBCC don't gouge new buyers even more."

Disagree: Real estate bubbles are currently popping in China and the UK. The re-bubble, in it's initial stages was fueled by the Fed. In it's final stages, it's fueled by foreign investment. As interest rates begin to rise, so will the dollar and the tide will tip it the other way. Ultimately, monetary policy will drive up food and gas rather than wages. House payments will get increasingly strained.

random_kook (anonymous profile)
August 20, 2014 at 6:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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