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Do we have any objective data showing neighborhoods dominated by Latino residents are being under-served more than any other neighborhood? I've read about street lights being needed but would assume other areas have been asking as well. Is there a pattern of neglect or favoritism?
If there are signs of apparent favoritism, could there be other factors at play? I know Mesa residents are extremely well organized. They have their own neighborhood paper and community meetings. Mesa residents also have a relatively high median income & education level. I suspect factors like that could makes a difference in terms of how effectively a neighborhood's lobbying efforts at City Hall might be - although in many ways it shouldn't.
And what are voting patterns like? Neighborhoods that "get the vote out" would presumably get a little more attention - but again, that ideally shouldn't be the case.
So I have no idea whether district elections are a good idea. Need more data.
EastBeach (anonymous profile)August 8, 2014 at 12:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It's not "Latino neighborhoods" that are being underserved. It's any neighborhood that's not a tourist area.
Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)August 8, 2014 at 1:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I think as a whole, there would be NO discrimination but if you are throwing the Race Card into the ring, then the reason maybe for special sanctions, favors and benefits. Since the Latin Community is complaining and wants to be an individual entity then when they don't get their way they will throw that race card (like always) and demand that they be heard over everyone else and that their community needs get taken care of before everyone else, then the District Elections sounds more favorable to those who cry foul when bad things happen in their neck of the woods.Remember, every time a Gang Affiliated crime occurs, the Latin Community clams up and says nothing to the Police, the other Communities white, black, asian (Pacific Islander), talk to the Police but the Latin Community that's wants favoritism, fails every time to work and play with others in the scheme of politics; why is that.This, I believe is the reason the Latin Community wants District's rather than working as a Community to promote a leader and those Gangs they hold on to is the main reason...
dou4now (anonymous profile)August 9, 2014 at 10:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Data? To paraphrase the movie Three Amigos, "we don't need no stinking data"; we got our preconceived notions and religiously held convictions.
JohnLocke (anonymous profile)August 11, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)
good comments, JL, and I agree with you, Ken. My Westside, below the Mesa,isn't well organized, doesn't have a community paper... elsewhere I've listed some of our deficiencies... I have lots of friends in more affluent areas, their streets are better, some of them have underground utilities (promised for the Westside for decades!, they are safer)... yes, it's a lower median income over here but still. For these and many other reasons, I'm voting YES... Nick Welsh has pointed out in earlier columns that in cities where they moved to district elections Latino voters often voted in anglo reps... go figure.
DrDan (anonymous profile)August 11, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The Golden Triangle is badly underserved and dares not ask for anything because all they get is a bad case of class warfare attitude in return. So their infrastructure and continues to crumble too, while city staff looking for make-work continues to harrass them at every turn - hedge height ordiances anyone?.
District elections won't change that. Only a backlash against the Democrat machine in this town will change anything. Voters it is up to you. City of Santa Barbara is over-staffed and over-paid so there is no money left in the city for anything.
JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)August 11, 2014 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)
define "Golden Triangle" -- isn't that in Myanmar?
DrDan (anonymous profile)August 11, 2014 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)
District elections will solve ALL our problems, actual and imagined.
Bonus for gerrymandering!
John_Adams (anonymous profile)August 11, 2014 at 11:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Presently the "majority" outvotes every other interest group in every city council election. Therefore only one view is present and that view has been that of the State Street business community married with some urban plan "progressives" which works out just fine for the tourism industry. Lower state gets bricks and bulbouts and tourist zones while neighborhoods do without sidewalks, parks, street cleaning and such. Districts would allow the folks in these areas to be heard and would result in some attention being paid to their community. Simple democracy. Elected representatives work best when they are known and accountable to their constituents and this works better when the constituency is smaller.
RHS (anonymous profile)September 29, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)