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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 LodiseAuthor, "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
Posted on November 21 at 8:25 p.m.
Dah! How can you write about the availability of organic produce & food locally without mentioning the Isla Vista Food Co-op, now in its 36th year? And you don't need to raise $5,000 to buy it there.
On Better Food Ahead
Posted on October 29 at 2:23 p.m.
Granted that North County has reached or even surpassed the population of South County, would a new jail be necessary if Prop. 19 passes?
On Jail Fate Debate
Posted on September 25 at 1:52 p.m.
"Another reason to love I.V. is the fact that you can survive without a car. Students can bike to class, the supermarket, wherever."
A great observation. Too bad UCSB doesn't get it and limit students' ability to bring cars as many other 21st Century campuses have done. And too bad I.V.'s business interests were able to block a plan to eliminate cars in the downtown area as part of the so-called "Isla Vista Master Plan" recently adopted by the County.
With most of its residents being among the smartest young people the State turns out, Isla Vista’s half-square has an enormous potential as a laboratory to show how people can live more ecologically -- if only the University and the County would get out of the way!
On Move-In Weekend
Posted on August 15 at 4:46 p.m.
Please. Isla Vista is only a 0.54 square mile, that is, a half-square mile, not a full one square mile.
On Keeping It Clean
Posted on July 21 at 8:43 a.m.
I was fortunate to be a one of Bob Potter’s many friends. For years I watched him find the light in dark moments, provide clarity amid complexity, and express courage when threatened with violence. As a man of letters and action, he was truly a man for all seasons and those he touched will miss him forever. His 2003 speech at the dedication of the Monument to the Anti-War Movement in Isla Vista’s Perfect Park says it all (http://islavistahistory.com/downloads...). Carmen Lodise
On Obituary for Bob Potter
Posted on April 3 at 6:41 a.m.
What David was too modest to say directly is that the story is a bit lop-sided because the Isla Vista Rec. & Park District did the original vernal pool enhancement and preservation project on the 11-acre Del Sol property a decade before the County started the Camino Corto project. In fact, the Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve was the first of its kind in the entire state. Further, Isla Vista residents bought the Del Sol property -- and a dozen others -- on their own by voting in a bond measure in 1975. These properties would now all be apartment complexes without the foresight of Isla Vista voters -- Isla Vista's real environmentalists.
Carmen Lodise, author"Isla Vista: A Citizen's History" (2008)
On Protectors v. Trashers
Posted on December 20 at 10:31 a.m.
Not mentioned above was Roger's early career as a community organizer in Guadalupe and as the executive director of the Community Action Commission in the '70s. Despite his stutter, Roger could give 'em hell with the best of them. We'll miss you, dear friend.
On Roger Heroux Has Died
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