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Posted on June 18 at 4:19 p.m.
"They want to manage their apartments on the backs of county taxpayers by having law enforcement take care of it. It’s a form of corporate welfare"
OMG how misguided is that statement? Really? blame it on the ones who actually pay property tax? FYI: All of the private land owners in IV pay taxes and are entitled to have police service.
The real financial problem is all UCSB owned IV property and old/new off campus housing do not pay property taxes. That is a huge amount of taxes not collected for IV. Some UCSB owned properties like Francisco Torres were privately owned now pay no property taxes to support local county fire or police.
The 2003 sale of the Francisco Torres off-campus residence hall from College Park Communities to UCSB has cost Santa Barbara County an estimated half million dollars in property tax revenue per year since then. Simply put: That is 2 or 3 police positions and that is just one property!
Another cash flow problem the county has is the City of Goleta spends nothing on IV but loves IV to shop in City of Goleta so they can keep 1/2 of the tax generated. Taxiation for 50% representation for IV shopping in Goleta.
All this means less and less money the county has to provide services in IV despite more and more residents. Please don't blame those who pay taxes, put pressure on UCSB to pay more of their fare share or offer more police to IV for example.
Note: I am not an IV property owner. Perhaps the INDI can make a chart of all UCSB owned off campus and IV housing and calc how much less property tax is collected by the county that could be going to IV services.
On Isla Vista: Investor's Paradise
Posted on October 20 at 3:44 p.m.
City of Goleta planning department actually thinks traffic will improve at storke n Hollister after all this construction. So sad our City cannot balance the budget without approving so much new development so fast. The general plan was never intended to be built out in 5 years. Goleta would be a much better balanced City poltically and reflect the whole Goleta Valley if Isla Vista and Noleta were all included. Current city of Goleta feels like a branch of the Goleta chamber of Commerce where they care little about quality life and more about how much money the city will give them to court Santa Barbara tourists to Goleta hotels. Best hope is the Goleta Water District will force the City to slow down by not allowing water meters.
On Westar/Hollister Roadwork Continues
Posted on August 22 at 4:46 p.m.
Perhaps time to vote to pay a reasonable wage like SB city council and the board of sups.. How about pay the Goleta city council 75K per year each unless you are on a government pension already? I think that would get some challengers to apply. It is sad no one is able to run against these three who have approved all these huge projects before we absorb, and learn from, the impacts of each.
Just keep in mind the city of goleta is small, at 28K of the 75K people in the real Goleta Valley. Even Goleta Beach is not in the city, thank goodness! The group we have now will build out the general plan before their 4 year term is up.
On Goleta Re-Appoints Four City Councilmembers
Posted on August 16 at 2:25 p.m.
Great news if true! Sure helps balance out the other disappointing news our current "build all you can, as fast as you can" Goleta City Management & Council will remain 4 more years since no one will run against them in fall 2014.
SB County was a much better steward for the 75K folks of all Goleta Valley than this small 28K City of Goleta. Lets make sure City of Goleta never expands when they run out of open space to approve more building on.
On Goleta Goes Off Target?
Posted on June 6 at 12:41 a.m.
Aceves hopefully got a clear message, over-development in Goleta is not popular and he should re-think his love of developer money. Wow I am impressed, it turns out our neighbors in Noleta and SB, were not to be fooled and have been watching and do not like what they see Roger Aceves has allowed in Goleta. Lets hope he will not run for City of Goleta again, he has already done too much damage in our small City.
On Janet and Bill Win Big; M Loses Small
Posted on June 2 at 11:11 a.m.
"Hang in there Michael, Go on at a steady pace ! "
I have no idea what issues he is dealing with. I do know he has earned A+ good karma credit in this community from people and nature. Perhaps it is time he gets rewarded with some goodness in life.
On Michael Feeney Resigns from Land Trust
Posted on April 11 at 1:57 p.m.
Feels like Aceves is really struggling to get a campaign started, even with a big bank account funded by pro-fast-growthers. His campaign is placing those red signs on any open space his crew can find in 2nd District. His track record shows Aceves will work hards to approve more high density buildings and hotels to fill those open spaces in Noleta like he has done in the City of Goleta. Just look at all the high-density development Aceves has approved and is proud of in the City of Goleta with more each time you drive to Costco. Noleta just imagine looking like Hollister in West Goleta, bye bye open space, farms, small town feeling and mountain views, hello too much too fast soon after electing Aceves!
Give your vote to Janet Wolf she has a better understanding of quality of life issues than Aceves. Keep Goleta Beach Park and the County out of the hands of Aceves.
On Aceves Accuses Wolf of Donation Conflict
Posted on April 11 at 11:43 a.m.
Is that how to judge a City based on fiscal health and a growing government bureaucracy and too many permanent City jobs? What about quality of life and living within our resources and pacing growth accordingly? Goleta needs to resist the fast cash flow that comes with over-development, high density and more traffic Singer has promoted. Such a short sighted City Manager who is part of the group that weakened the General Plan and helped eliminate the growth management ordinance, GGMO, our original City of Goleta founders had set up to protect Goleta from over-development. Goleta is "safe" because 75% of the real Goleta Valley including IV and Goleta Beach are not in the City. Some call that denial! So sad to say the other 75% of Goleta Valley will never want to be part of the City of Goleta Singer helped create! Bright side: Now the City of Goleta has a chance to find a manager who will not depend on so much new development to fund bigger government and work to reduce City government and the need to build build build to feed the "fiscal health". We can do better here in Goleta!
On Goleta City Manager Dan Singer Stepping Down
Posted on March 28 at 10:58 p.m.
Goleta Chamber of Commerce is trying to salvage Aceves campaign and create more waves at Goleta Beach out of a now non issue. Janet Wolf pulled the rug from under Aceves and the build as much as possible Goleta Chamber by voting to keep the rocks. Shame on the Goleta Chamber and CEO Miller.
On Goleta Chamber of Commerce Lobbies to Annex Goleta Beach
Posted on March 26 at 8:09 p.m.
Another VIP leaving the City of Goleta?, whats up at Goleta City Hall? Is the City Manager any good? or is it too much approved development wearing down the staff? or what?
Best of luck to Tina, she is a class act and always explains the cash flow well at meetings :)
On Goleta Finance Director Stepping Down