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Posted on March 13 at 2:25 p.m.
One more thing...they consider "expanding" being using the area where there is currently parking. That loss would result in less parking aka "access". It's no net new increase. Just changing the topography of existing areas, which, based on their own science, would show submersion of this area (loss to the sea) in 10-15 years.
On Protect and Restore Goleta Beach
Posted on March 13 at 2:22 p.m.
Without that wall, that entire section would have been washed away permanently. The EDC's biggest arguement is the that the sand downcoast is lost, thereby endangering the beaches beneath the bluff, which ironically, would vanish first with sea level rise. At least protection of Goleta beach currently there has saved beach areas and access. It's a joke for them to say they want to protect Goleta Beach. Where oh where Bryan/Lynda/Steve would the greenspace, that is currently very popular with seniors, families and people with disabilities be relocated to?
Many of those rocks at that end were placed there decades ago legally under an emergency permit. Those rocks saved that section of the beach and park. Again with the half truths implying someone dropped them there in the middle of the night in an effort to destroy the beach. The "residents" favor keeping the beach as is. This is public record and obvious to anyone who has attended the many public meetings like I have. Those opposed? Members of or linked directly to EDC, Surfriders (who oppose and and all protection measures up and down the coast). As I have attended many of these meetings can attest to.
Look folks, you don't have to take my word on it. Look at the plan, it shows the beach now with protection and what it would look like with rocks removed and see for yourself the areas of existing Goleta Beach would be lost forever. No room for many of the amenities that they say can be relocated.
Posted on March 13 at 2:05 p.m.
John Adams, do your math. 40,000 from unions is a lot bigger buy that $6,000 for "oil and energy" combined. discoboy, you are correct, Janet is predictable. You know she will make poor financial decisions and you can predict she would not take a stand against EDC nor ever try to put the unions in their place. Not with $40,000 donation.
On Wolf Receives $40,000 Donation from Service Union
Posted on March 13 at 9:49 a.m.
"Good news, including making it through the recession relatively unscathed" What universe do you reside in? Our County Parks are in terrible condition. During the recession, for example, Parks department budget was cut by close to 25% in 3 years. Department across the board had literally over 100 positions cut in social services, maintenance and support. Deferred Maintenance for roads, public facilities, parks increased to the levels now that Measure M doesn't sound like a bad idea. Especially when you go on East Camino Cielo, or some of the roads in North County that remind me of driving in Tijuana. And in some cases, the roads are actually better down there.
On Budget Talk Centers on Jail, Maintenance Measure
Posted on March 11 at 4:45 p.m.
Fact. Janet's top contributers are the Unions. EDC is a huge supporter. EDC drove the agenda related to Managed Retreat. She has never taken a stand against them. The County budget was destroyed during her first term with departments like Parks taking hits of over 25% in 3 years. Current General Fund reserves are pennies compared to what an agency this size should have. Fact. Numerous quality department heads have left because of the micro management of this board majority. The CAO structure is a joke that is antiquated, but favored by those elected that want to micro manage, and Janet, Salud and Doreen pushed it through. Tell me one fiscal policy of substance she has supported apart from continued spending on pet projects at the expense of the greater good? Now, under their watch, we are building a jail and no one has even talked about the on going maintenance and ops cost to run it. Competent???
On Janet Wolf Opens Campaign Headquarters
Posted on March 10 at 12:04 p.m.
Apart from Managed Retreat. Janet is a micro manager and her style has led to the loss of some high caliber professionals from the executive ranks. Add to that her budget history or incompetent fiscal management policies (and a general fund reserve the size of one that would be acceptable for a city of 60,000, not a county of 250,000+) and no long term plan for operations and maintenance of a new jail coming on line, which is millions, and SB should RUN to any other candidate.
Posted on February 20 at 11:20 a.m.
Mr. Aceves should definitely be pushing the benefits issues and Janet's cozy relationship with the employees union. He should push hard on the two tier benefits (for new employees), how poorly the budgets have been run since Janet's been on the board, and her micro management style that has resulted in the mass exodus of very talented government professionals with only the "yes people" left. The only exception would be Mr. Parker, who probably get's beat up by Janet on a daily basis.
On County Workers Union Granted New Contract
Posted on February 20 at 11:16 a.m.
Sea walls similar to levy's like in Louisiana and Denmark. Goleta Beach will wash away (well, what's left after managed retreat). Mr. Revell is also tightly aligned with EDC from the permeable pier proposal that they were against back in 2009. Oh, and one little detail.....who is going to pay for the raising of runways and roads? Sorry, just trying to be 'proactive' on project costs.
On Goleta's Slough of Problems
Posted on February 13 at 1:36 p.m.
It is interesting no one is talking about the $17 million per year it's going to cost to run the jail. That money isn't goin go magically appear. It will come from cuts to social services, parks, public works, fire, probation. This board majority has a track record of poor fiscal management to begin with. Brown is elected and even though the BOS adopts his budget, there is no mechanism to cut off his cash from if he exceeds his alloted budget. We may need a jail, but if we cut people off from assistance, there will be more crime...period.
On Sheriff Bill Brown Announces Reelection Bid
Posted on January 21 at 4:59 p.m.
This is real simple. Wolf supports continued raiding of revenue dollars from an incorporated city. Aceves does not. Goleta money should stay in Goleta, just in the exact same manner that funds from the Cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton all stay in those jurisdictions. This agreement treats Goleta like a County ATM. Any Goleta elected that favors this agreement should be ashamed of themselves. By the way, what a woman chooses to do with her body is her damn business only!
On Goleta Gets Down and Dirty
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