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Posted on March 24 at 6:26 p.m.
Battle of Yucca Mountain
On Barking Dogs of Diablo Canyon
Posted on March 24 at 6:17 p.m.
Another voting and representation system is "seats" instead of the usual concept of Districts. A representative can represent the geographic Seat but not have to reside in that district-like area. City of Sunnyvale does that.
On Open Season on Pedestrians
Posted on March 24 at 4:14 p.m.
"Santa Monica has a tax base more than twice the size of Santa Barbara’s. City voters there endorsed a half-cent sales tax increase to fund human services. Santa Monica gives out $7.2 million every year to nonprofits dealing with the poor; Santa Barbara distributes $1.2 million."
On Paradigms Lost and Found
Posted on March 18 at 4:19 p.m.
As Barney wrote:"...consider district elections, which we need anyway because our neighborhoods are so different from one another."
Ethnic makeup of the Council might follow as a result a geographic, neighborhood basis of Districts.
I propose a hybrid approach to the issue, with 3 zones each having with 2 Council members representing each. Mayor elected at-large, of course. Start the proposal by using State Street as the zonal boundary extending from the tip of Stearns Wharf up to Las Positas Road, then the boundary would be north and south down the middle of Las Positas Rd.
Those 3 zones may not be equal population, but that design is a start to add or subtract distinct Census Tracts to equalize the populations for the final boundaries. Benefits: each Council zone has a stake in the economic and transportative engines as frontage along State Street and Las Positas Rd, plus a beach gets included in each zone along with wide multi-member stakes in watershed planning and water quality issues.
Of course, how to form the exact boundaries for Councilmemberic Districts (or Zones) can be fraught with gerrymandered shenanigans, picking and choosing reliable voting bases, the same way that led to the current State and Congressional legislative Districts. An independent, unbiased commission would need to set up the boundaries.
The price to run a competitive election campaign would plummet with any form of District elections, and voter contacts would boost tremendously.
Posted on March 17 at 5:09 p.m.
These are not 'hoods but entire cities or their unincorporated equivalent. Got hand gestures for each of these?
On Best South Coast ’hood?
Posted on March 12 at 1:41 p.m.
This game of pitting or playing some employee unions against other employee unions is exactly what the corporate-backed politicians want.
A unionized public employee, a tea party voter, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, then looks at the tea partier and says "Watch out for that union guy -- he wants a piece of your cookie!"
On Public Employee Rope-A-Dope
Posted on March 12 at 1:29 p.m.
Have you ever seen the Bakersfieldectomy of Republican Congressional District 22?
See page 4 of the maps here:http://www.calvoter.org/voter/maps/st...
On Republicans Eye Capps's District
Posted on March 12 at 1:23 p.m.
The census no doubt still missed a lot of people who did not want to be counted for their own reasons, but those trends would have been parallel with the population trends of those who were counted. I still believe at the economic peak in 2006-2007, the number of true residents of Santa Barbara was more than 100K.
Far more interesting, is that the Great Recession dropped the population precipitously from just mid 2008 to present, not any gradual trend since the last census in 2000.
What has gone down will go up, gradually, again. Considering that the SB City General Plan housing policies are intended to be more like for 30 years of planning vision instead of a decadal census or a 7-year economic cycle, that will test the political will of the City Deciders despite the clever spin by Michael Self. Nice try, though....
On Case of the Incredible Shrinking City
Posted on March 10 at 6:41 p.m.
bigt, I saw those movies about the end of government and privatization of everything, The Postman and Robocop.
Posted on March 7 at 6:48 p.m.
Al-Qua-Daffy-Duck, however, is in no danger of becoming a Rock Star from Mars.
On What a Wacko!