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Posted on May 14 at 3:30 p.m.

I’m a retired economist that depends on Social Security for most of my income. I've been a strong supporter of Rep. Lois Capps, and have volunteered in and contributed to her campaigns. And I support the Chained-CPI, if it can lead to a compromise with Republicans on raising taxes on the wealthy and funding infrastructure projects to curb unemployment. I read the LA Times and NY Times daily and have not seen any arguments by economists against the logic of the Chained-CPI. I believe it’s an accurate observation that the typical basket of goods on which the CPI is based is different for seniors than for the general population. Further, the Chained-CPI does not cut social security benefits; it minutely lowers annual increases scheduled under the current system. Finally, a senior earning the average social security benefit of $13,000-per-year qualifies for Medicaid, meaning their medical expenses are practically zero. While I will continue to be a strong supporter of Rep. Capps, I’m hoping she’ll reconsider her position on this issue based on further input from her constituents. The real problem here is that the Republican Congress is forcing us to discuss this option.

On Cutting Social Security Benefits Not the Way to Go

Posted on May 9 at 8:08 p.m.

Back when I had a newspaper in Isla Vista, I interviewed (and published) comments from Foot Patrol folks that I.V. was a much easier place to police when marijuana was the drug of choice vs. alcohol. But let's get back to the topic of street lighting.

What's wrong with using County Service Area 31 (created for street lighting) to light up the town, especially the 6600 block of Del Playa? I mean, that's what it's for. If there is a public safety need to have more street lighting, then use the damn thing instead of waiting on "grants", which primarily upgrade to more efficient light bulbs. Gees.

On Lighting Isla Vista

Posted on May 7 at 3:06 a.m.

It's the Isla Vista Recreation and Park DISTRICT, not department. Gees.

On Lighting Isla Vista

Posted on April 29 at 6:17 a.m.

BC, I agree with your comment: "some people are going to fall off cliffs, . . . because some people simply don't have the judgement to do otherwise."

And I like your suggestion of "posting the names of the maimed and killed on the area where these tragedies are happening. . ."

And please, no sound alarms.

On The Deadly Cliffs

Posted on April 10 at 9:01 p.m.

Gees. Don't you get it? "Deputies were breaking up a party, the newspaper said, and the “environment apparently became chaotic as the party disbanded and authorities suspect that as everyone quickly scattered in the dark, Ayala fell from a cliff.” So it was the police who caused this death!

The continuing question is whether things would be safer if Isla Vista had become a city in the '70s and '80s and its police controlled such events. My belief is that there would be trash barrels and porto-potties on the beach, CSOs urging constraint, etc. -- just like Santa Barbara does for Fiesta! Years of repression by the County and U has shown it doesn't work for Isla Vista; when will the "authorities" wake up?

On County Mulls Ways to Deal with Next Deltopia

Posted on March 16 at 6:38 a.m.


I thought Attias's parents were well off at the time of his attack, but now he qualifies for a public defender? What's up?

On David Attias Release Trial Set

Posted on January 12 at 10:43 a.m.

With redevelopment agencies going dark at the end of the month, it's important to know what's happening with the IVRDA's buildings in the Loop area -- the former Isla Vista Clinic building and the former St. Athanasius building. Plus the plans for a community center. Addressing these issues would be a helpful Eye on IV.

On Isla Vista’s Brand New Bag

Posted on December 30 at 10:33 a.m.

What will happen now in the Isla Vista RDA? The RDA owns the old medical clinic building (the perfect spot to have a "community center" vs. building a new one out on Estero Rd.) and the old St. Athanasius Church building (a good spot for the Park District offices to move to). What happens to them and the hideous multi-story parking garages that are under construction to accomodate over-flow parking from the UCSB campus?

On Bye-Bye to Redevelopment Agencies

Posted on May 2 at 6:07 a.m.

Nice column, with some good advice. Because 96% of Isla Vista residents are renters, knowledge of both the rights and responsibilities of tenants is critical to the quality of life. It would be helpful if the Community Housing Office was cited in a high-profile storefront in the center of town.

Carmen Lodise
Author, "Isla Vista: A Citizen's History" (2008)

On School for Renters

Posted on December 24 at 10:37 a.m.

Dear John Locke:

RE your comment: “BTW, for all you who hate (i.e. envy) the rich types, the extension of cuts for middle and lower income taxpayers and the extension of unemployment benefits are about 3 times the cost of extending the tax cuts on the higher incomes.”

Doing the math here, 3 times the amount spent on tax cuts and unemployment insurance going to 98% of the people, still means the richest 2% benefit disproportionately -- something like 16 to 1.

Further, the experience of the tax cuts under Bush II – even with the horrendous year-after-year deficits they created – demonstrates that cutting taxes on the rich does NOT produce jobs in abundance as compared with the Clinton tax increases that, for example, generated ten times as many jobs over a similar time period.

So, let’s lower the volume and try to keep our eye on the ball because Osama Bin Laden is still out there despite Bush II’s assertion of “Mission Accomplished”.

On Capps Loses $13.8 Million in Earmarks

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