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Posted on March 14 at 12:21 a.m.
It's worse than most imagine, even County employee's themselves are forced into this fraud:1. county employees MUST be in the union2. county employees MUST pay union dues3. county employees have no control or say on which political candidates or parties the union gives money to.4. Thus, it is possible and common for a county employee that may have a strong preference for a certain political candidate to literally be giving money out of his own pocket to back the opposition of the employees choice.Ridiculous and difficult to believe? Absolutely!Acceptable? Of course not!Dirty politics? Absolutely?Illegal? How can it possibly be not?The only question is why this crystal CLEAR fraud continues to occur year after year. We all know Janet MUST support the union when they come before the Board of Supervisors for more money, more staff positions, more, more, more.THIS IS TEXT BOOK CONFLICT OF INTEREST
On Wolf Receives $40,000 Donation from Service Union
Posted on March 13 at 6:27 p.m.
I think it's time to add a special law enforcement fee to the property taxes on all the Isla Vista Property Owners, say an extra 10%.
On Charges Reduced for Man Accused of Isla Vista Stabbing
Posted on March 13 at 6:19 p.m.
Mark these words, as the GWD asks for a 20% reduction in water usage their going to come back and ask for another large increase on the meter rate and a large water rate increase to cover the losses - another City of Bell!!!
On Goleta Declares Stage 1 Water Shortage
Posted on March 13 at 2:55 p.m.
@discoboy , since your going to quote 3 year old articles please refernece mine form 04/08/2011 when the GWD raised their rates:There's more to this story, then whats posted. There's a 'City of Bell" scandal brewing at the GWD and every customer needs top be outraged.
General Manager John McInnes makes $196,789 a year,former County Long Range Planning employee
Assistant General Manager George Eowan makes $171,125 a year.
Administration Manager/CFO Matthew Anderson makes $130,798 a year.
Chris Rich - estimated at $140,000 per year former County Long Range Planning employee
David Matson - about $150,000 year former County Long Range Planning employee
Why did McInnes hire another administrator at $150,000 when the district is struggling pay its bills? Why does a small district require 5 administrators each making $150,000 or more per year?
Matson, McInnes, and Rich all together at County Planning and now all together at the Goleta Water District with huge salaries, this does not smell right.
Why should we pay $800,000 a year for "management", that's more than many small Cities and Counties.
Rumor has it that Matson's girlfriend, with no planning experience, has taken over Matson's interim position at County Housing development, how did this get under the radar?
It's time to expose this fraud ,as dslproductions states, and get a full accounting.
Posted on March 13 at 11:32 a.m.
Doesn't it seem ironic that County Supervisors negotiate contracts with the same unions that are donating money to their campaigns ?
Posted on March 13 at 11:28 a.m.
I blame Max Fleischmann , this harbor never should have been built in it's current location. They knew it back then when they started bringing rocks over from the Channel Islands that this location would silt up every winter.
On Imperfect Storm Seals Harbor
Posted on March 13 at 11:19 a.m.
If this is such good news, then why am I still paying for a SBCC Bond on my property taxes?
On SBCC Announces Good Money News
Posted on March 13 at 11:14 a.m.
I really think it's time someone investigates the GWD, customers haven't received bills in months. But more importantly this is another City of Bell with huge expensive senior management staff. The District has somewhere between 6 and 8 employees in senior management positions making somewhere between $250,000 and $350,000 per year each, exact figures should be determined. This is unacceptable on many levels independent of the hapless operation noted above. A million dollars plus in management salaries is absolutely unacceptable for a small and simple operation as the District, what exactly do all these managers do all day? They are certainly not fixing the billing or water problem described above as it has gone on for over six months now. The customers of the District are paying these salaries with increased water bills (when we can actually get a bill) and receive nothing in return. Where is the accountability for these outrageous salaries and top heavy management structure? This is exactly the same as the City of Bell fiasco whereas the public was blindly unaware of the issue until it was finally exposed years later.
Posted on February 20 at 12:28 a.m.
Very forward thinking to be planning 80 years in advance for the year 2100. But the question remains while we're in a drought and all the creeks are dry, why is the Goleta Slough at it's highest water level? Why is this stagnant water allowed to sit there and breed mosquitoes?
On Goleta's Slough of Problems
Posted on February 5 at 12:47 p.m.
So why does an issue that concerns Goleta residents have a hearing in Pismo Beach? Take a look at the area from Google Earth, this place is massive. with all those cubic feet of natural gas has any question been raised about safety. It's funny riding along the bike trail it looks like a nature preserve.
On Appealing Goleta Gas Storage Project