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Aceves might be a nice guy but he is a government employee who has worked for government his entire life and now gets at least 2 paychecks from the government (City of Goleta and retirement). It is disingenuous for him to speak about pension reform when he now collects at least one pension and would be eligible for another one for the time he was employed by Goleta if he were elected to the Board of Supervisors. (a future third pension?) Aceves does not appear to be a person who will protect the quality of life in Santa Barbara, especially in light of the significant financial contributions he received from energy, Chumash & other development interests. The bottom line is that I doubt he would represent the bests interests of the South Coast. How do you think he would vote when Caruso or the Chumash ask for more? We know that Wolf cannot be bought as she demonstrated with Miramar & on other votes!
Independent (anonymous profile)May 1, 2014 at 5:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It is not "disingenuous for him to speak about pension reform when he now collects at least one pension and would be eligible for another one for the time he was employed by Goleta if he were elected to the Board of Supervisors". Any individual, acting in their own self-interest, would and should collect what they are legally owed. On the other hand, every elected official should act and vote in the public interest. Pensions need reform. Aceves, in the public interest, states that he is in favor.
Wolf "can't be bought"? Puleez. She is bought and paid for by her SEIU union "family" and would give public employees even more than they already get at the expense of everything else in the budget.
Vote against Wolf.
JohnLocke (anonymous profile)May 2, 2014 at 9:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)
It comes down to: Follow The Money.Roger has Big Energy money, Big Developer money, Big Chumash money and so on.Too much union money isn't wonderful, but Janet is much more interested in her constituents than Roger. He's interested in them for their votes, but has a much more narrow background and scope of interest than Janet. He's also got a snide, grumpy side to him.Janet is definitely a better choice.
mangomamma (anonymous profile)May 2, 2014 at 9:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Right, follow the money. From the SEIU to Wolf and right back to more unaffordable compensation increases.
JohnLocke (anonymous profile)May 3, 2014 at 8:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I just voted for Ms. Wolf. The vote count before I voted for her was 133. It remained at 133. I reloaded the page and got a message saying that either I had, or someone with my screen name had, already voted.
FirewindII (anonymous profile)May 4, 2014 at 12:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I just voted for Ms. Wolf. The vote count before I voted for her was 133. It remained at 133. I reloaded the page and got a message saying that either I, or someone with my screen name, had already voted.
or maybe since you just posted twice, you tried to vote twice???
JohnLocke (anonymous profile)May 4, 2014 at 9:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Ms Wolf inherited a massive employee pension debt from her liberal predecessors: Rose, Marshall and Schwartz.
Under Ms Wolf's stewardship that employee pension liability has grown to one billion dollars.
County claims they have only $200 million in discretionary spending after paying fixed and personnel costs.
Not only did Wolf not start paying down the billion dollar debt, she stonewalled any employee pension reform to never put the county into this position again.
Until the pension hole is plugged, nothing else matters because every year the county will have even fewer discretionary funds to spend. That is Ms Wolf's legacy.
Her only statement on this matter was to be proud to get the public employee unions endorsement and thousands of dollars of campaign cash from these very same people.
You decide how you want to vote, now that you have the facts.
Aceves carries his own baggage, but Wolf has a clear track record of failure. Go with the new guy.
foofighter (anonymous profile)May 4, 2014 at 11:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)
vote for Wolf, and foo's his typical record with the needle stuck in the "pension liability mess" groove...
DrDan (anonymous profile)May 4, 2014 at 12:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)
There are none so blind as those who will not see. The pension liability mess is real and growing every year, caused by Wolf and her type.
JohnLocke (anonymous profile)May 5, 2014 at 9:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
for those interested in facts about when county pensions were raised - go to the 2004-05 Board of Supervisors archives . under the conservative Firestone-Gray Board, pensions were raised to the tune of millions per year-here is a link to an actual board action https://santabarbara.legistar.com/Vie...
whosecityisthis2012 (anonymous profile)May 5, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)
you're the blind one here, JL, please answer whosecity's query...it's facile to blame Wolf for the entire pension mess, and why would Aceves do much about it, either?? As you ought to know, I have weighed in here in these threads about the City of SB pension problem, excoriating the Mayor for dropping her 4 point Sept. '12 plan which included pension reform. Employees need to pay into their pensions, of course! The pension mess grew with help from ALL of us, and politicians of all stripes have supported the growing issue.
DrDan (anonymous profile)May 5, 2014 at 12:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It does not matter which one you vote for, the results will all be the same.
Pension Reform by Judge, read Bankruptcy, is the only Reset that will be seen in the future. People are not smart enough to turn this around, it will go until it is absolutely broken and then the Judge will attempt to fix it.
This is starting to happen in other Counties and Cities across the Nation.
howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)May 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Dr. Dan, I clearly wrote "Wolf and her type", i.e. the big spender lefties who are owned by the SEIU and pay up accordingly. Wolf didn't start the mess, but she added to it and did nothing to fix it.
JohnLocke (anonymous profile)May 6, 2014 at 11:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
If Aceves gets 47% of Indy readers, I'd say he's won the election.
JohnLocke (anonymous profile)May 7, 2014 at 5:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)
If you look at the EdHat poll, Wolf has a huge lead.
Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)May 7, 2014 at 5:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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