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Posted on May 8 at 11:57 a.m.
Sell the bowl to the Foundation. They operate and keep all the profits from it anyways. They are the ones responsible for all the improvements that have taken place there. The County just gets in the way.
On The Battle for Santa Barbara's 2nd District
Posted on May 8 at 9:17 a.m.
Nothing. This County has a reputation of ignoring those incompetent ones and trying to eliminate hard workers who may have professionalism and ethics, but don't play the politics game.
On Fired Jail Manager to be Reinstated
Posted on May 5 at 9:04 a.m.
Another example of the "new directors" being more political lackeys than true professionals. This guy replaced Bob Nisbet, long time "effective" General Services Director. Great example of a top notch administrator forced to leave so that a lackey could replace him. We are full of "yes men/women", just as this BOS majority wants.
On Jail Manager Fired for Cancer or Just Cause?
Posted on May 5 at 9 a.m.
Just as with Goleta Beach, Janet has, for political gain, changed her tune. She was well aware of this pension obligation deficit years ago, 5 at least that were presented as part of the annual budget presentations by Dr. Jason Stillwell, and did nothing. Goleta Beach, she was on the same side as EDC when this issue first came to the Coastal Commission about 6 years ago. She never is quoted as supporting the 'status quo' until this year. I challenge anyone to find such a quote.More people really do need to pay attention.
Posted on May 1 at 9:22 a.m.
Involved? A better term would be "over the top micro manager". You can also add poor fiscal policy maker. John A., you do know that Aceves is a Dem as well right? Comparing to Slick Willy shows you don't have a clue as to how the two compare.
Now back to Janet. To date, with the exception of our former CAO, too many quality executives have left the County faster than rats on a sinking ship. Were they good? Dr. Stilwell is a City Manager in a high profile community (Carmel by the Sea), Mr. McGinnis and Mr. Matson at Goleta Water, Mr. Baker to an accomplished consulting firm, Mr. Hernandez to Culver City, Mr. Nisbet to East Bay Regional Parks District.......all quality people hired by top notch agencies that care more about professionalism and ethics than SB County has under the current BOS majority. Who is left in the CAO office? A deputy who pushed for the hiring of her bff's hubby for a position that didn't exist in Parks and quickly moved him up the ranks and in less than two years, ruined the department before another quality Director, Mr. Herman Parker came in to try to salvage the place until he was also fed up with micro managers. Fortunately, he also move on to a successful agency in San Diego. Yet there she still is......her job? Do whatever Janet and the current BOS majority want. Oh yeah, Janet has been a peach in building the executive team of the County. Not knowing the new CAO, I wish her the best of luck. She is going to need it.Hold your nose and vote for Aceves, it's time for a change...ANY change.
Posted on April 21 at 3:51 p.m.
Wolf was financed by a big time loan/gift by Salud the last time around.
On Wolf Collects Another $20,000 From Labor Union
Posted on April 21 at 3:49 p.m.
Maybe Janet should have been asked why, when presented with problems with staffing and resources at Hendry's Beach and told that alcohol consumption was becomming a problem, she not only ignored staff, but admonished them for proposing an alcohol ban on the beach. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Robert Simpson was stabbed in an "alcohol related" incident. Shortly after that, senior staff was let go, demoted and Mr. Roney was hired as a Manager (a position not being recruited) promoted to Deputy and then appointed Director. We all know how that turned out. All under the BOS jurisdiction. So this type of micro management is good how???
On Wolf, Aceves Square Off During First Candidates' Forum
Posted on April 17 at 8:56 a.m.
Janet has been a disaster for this County. Aceves is not a perfect candidate, but it's time for a change. A billion (with a B) dollars in unfunded pension liabilities and no solutions EVER offered by Woeful Wolf. When is enough enough?
Posted on April 14 at 3:04 p.m.
Hiring external isn't nepotism. Most of those brought in had no prior working relationship with Mr. Brown. He just hired the best people. That's how the real world works. Closed systems mean limited knowledge base, (i.e. how do others solve the problem?) In many instances, people moved to department heads in a closed system have no experience in the departments, just happen to be good lackeys.
On Community Services Director Leaving
Posted on April 11 at 11:36 a.m.
Oh poor Irene. You also don't have a clue about how SEIU compensatioin is negotiate. They are full time municipal employees with medical benefits paid for by the County. There is a small additional cost for families to be added to the policies These aren't cops. These are clerks, maintenance workers, engineers, social workersaccountants, etc. They get paid better than most counties .... they have to to be in SB CO. Which has exactly what to do with unions giving $60,000 to one candidate in an election cycle? And Mr. Aceves? Wasn't the amount less than $10,000? Pension obligations for current retirees and current employees show a disparity in 20 years of tens of millions of dollars. Check out the previous budget presentation on the long term forecast of the county budget.
On Aceves Accuses Wolf of Donation Conflict