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Posted on April 15 at 2:32 p.m.
Gov. Brown has only 4 of 12 appointments to the Coastal Commission, which generally provides them sufficient independence to avoid the usual Sacto. political influence. This time it took not only the Gub's appointments but significant efforts by the Assembly appointments and even 2 Senate appointments to give the field away to the Orange County based Brooks Street partners developers. In general the entire Commission failed badly in voting to refuse to hear the appeal.... And while it may have been approved later anyway, they could have at least addressed the most blatantly half baked aspects of the project: illusory and largely unfunded public access, dangerous turnoff (for both residents and the public) from Hwy 101, overly large water lines that will induce future development, public access routed directly thru the seal colony etc. Those could easily have been dealt with.
Anyway.... author is correct that this has a very big precedent for future of development along the Gaviota coast. It was incredibly stupid not to use park bond funds to purchase this property when the golf course failed, and now coastal mansion sprawl is all but certain.
On CA Coastal Commission Approves Paradiso del Mare Project
Posted on April 9 at 4:04 p.m.
Its the cops. Amazing how they whine about having a rock tossed at them while their decked out in Homeland security militia night time goggle and assault gear with armored vehicles. Does anyone serious want these jack boots attacking our children? Its like taking the guys who failed in high school and letting them beat up on our best and brightest!
On The Death of Isla Vista?
Posted on January 4 at 10:15 a.m.
Here's an idea: Put a drive thru Taco Bell in the Haskell's Landing project. That development is an ugly dump and totally defiles the Gaviota Coast -- all while advertising with pictures of the Bacara & Naples Beach area as if some unsuspecting dupe will buy one of those puny tacky units thinking they'll get special access to local surf spots upcoast! Ha... what a joke.
On Good Land for Development
Posted on September 21 at 4:25 p.m.
Oh gosh.... Nick you've ruined it for me. Are you saying our only choice for this ripe Senate seat is one candidate who represents Greka and one who represents PXP ?? We're doomed......
And Ken Volok please refrain from attacking the other commenters.....
On Dog Tired
Posted on May 18 at 9:29 a.m.
Way to accurately state the facts Ethan. I don't know what planet BeachFan lives on, but here in California that pile of illegal junk on Goleta Beach most certainly IS a Coastal Act violation and most certainly IS subject to fines and penalties of up to $15k per day.... Let's face it, the only reason someone, anyone hasn't prosecuted this case already is that SB enviros have been trying in good faith to work this out for over a decade. Instead, SB Co. and people like BeachFan proposed installing lame ugly useless poles and piles alongside the pier, which would not have addressed erosion but sure would have been ugly and enriched the coastal engineering firm of Moffat & Nichols over $10 million bucks. Let's hope 2.0 saves SB taxpayers some money and gets it right under the Coastal Act.
On Goleta Beach 2.0 Report on the Way
Posted on April 27 at 11:28 a.m.
Can't agree more with fivedolphins. Great guy with honor and integrity and a life well lived.
On Things to Know with Jean-Michel Cousteau
Posted on April 27 at 11:19 a.m.
How do you say.... Hypocrite? Out one side of his mouth Caruso keeps telling SB how much money he'll bring in with his way too big unbuilt eyesore resort while out the other side he continually seeks public subsidies. How dumb does he think SB is? How dumb is SB willing to be?
On Caruso Gets Reduction in Miramar Property Value
Posted on April 19 at 9:36 a.m.
Sure would be nice if this story (and perhaps the trail) weren't so incredibly vague and ambiguous.... Sort of begs the question as to whether the trail is simply an illusion.
On Trailblazing Gaviota the Slow Way
Posted on March 7 at 4:15 p.m.
Oh super. What next. If Caruso tells the Sups they need to set up a big fan and blow $100 dollar bills at him, then maybe, perhaps, perchance, weather permitting..... if enough millions come his way someday if he feels like it he might begin to deal with his giant ugly hole in the ground? Caruso really has stumbled onto an amazing new development model. He doesn't actually build anything. Instead he threatens NOT to develop! He threatens merely to maintain a public nuisance. And we respond by throwing public money at him. At this rate he'll never build anything, but all that money sure will finance a great run for LA Mayor. Gosh, with leaders like these, SB is in really good hands.... right?
On Hotel Tax Rebate Moves Forward
Posted on September 29 at 1:06 p.m.
Bravo Mr. Richard Foster. Thank you for your analysis.
On Goleta City Council's unanimous vote against even studying whether to develop Bishop Ranch shows that the city is