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Posted on March 25 at 10 p.m.
Aceves is indeed one of the reasons we now see way too much development to soon in the City of Goleta. No way should this man get to be on the board of supervisors. Look out Noleta this guy will team up with two north county sups and start approving too much in Noleta as soon as 2015. Please do not support Aceves and allow him to weaken the county like he has done in Goleta. Thank godness the City of Goleta is so small and limits the damage Aceves can do. Lets also keep Goleta Beach away from Aceves by keeping him off the board of supervisors.
On Aceves Opens Campaign Office
Posted on March 25 at 9:29 p.m.
WALMART is the best at privatizing profits and socializing costs. I think the oil companies do pay into a super fund that is used by the state for this kind of cleanup. Always a good time when sand is low and more old pipes and I beams are exposed to cut more off and remove the bits. Those burried I beams can slice a surfer or swimmer if exposed.
On Crews Work to Remove Storm Debris From Goleta Beaches
Posted on March 14 at 7:29 p.m.
I mean the term "Green" is not about conservation, as in was invented. This term "Green" has been hi-jacked and "spin" as good news by developers when seeking approvals to build more and more despite the social impacts too many people will bring.
Did you know Donald Bren, is/was a big Orange County Developer? Bren School grads designed and built that aweful 4 story building in IV at the top of the Embarcadero loop. You can dis-agree, but I say that building is way out of place, belongs in a big City, is too big for that small site and for laid back small IV. No setbacks, the size bulk and scale would never get an approval under past conservation guidelines where we cared about quality of life by limiting density and cared about the mountain and ocean views of surrounding neighbors. That building has a Leeds cert.
Leeds is a building standard that rates the amount of solar panels, low flow shower heads, double pain glass or energy efficiency, for example in a building design. People confuse this as always good for a community and forget about all the social impacts of cramming more and more people, concrete, less open space, fewer space for trees and plant to grow, blocking views, more traffic etc, into the limited space.
"Its green so it must be good mentality" is what Bren teaches IMHO. Of course building energy efficient buildings can be good for the future, but we should rate the long term social impacts at the same time. The money to fund Bren School in part comes from developer interests. Fox guarding the hen house? Follow the money.
On What in the world is happening to Isla Vista?
Posted on March 13 at 7:45 p.m.
Problem with IV is UCSB enrollment increasing another 5K and building so more housing in and around IV. The carrying capacity of IV was exceeded years ago, but some keep adding to the problem.
News Flash those new multi-story housing / buildings at the top of the loop and behind the six-pac shop are "Green Buildings" yeah!.
Go figure, green building means too much density, more crime, less and less open space for all the residents. You go Bren School keep teaching the students how to build green even in places that already cannot sustain so they can come back and further cram IV with beneficial buildings. Please somebody correct me if I am wrong about IV, love to be wrong here!
Posted on March 13 at 6:55 p.m.
Those all important "Can and Will Serve Letters" from the Goleta Water District to developers need to slow way down, to a trickle if you will, especially in the the City of Goleta. With all the planning and management experience on the Goleta water board, why did they "plan" to reduce water use sooner by allowing less water to new development the last few years?
On Goleta Declares Stage 1 Water Shortage
Posted on March 13 at 6:36 p.m.
I recall back in the 80's locals cut water use by 30% or so. Then the local water districts had cash flow issues.
Das, how about a state wide building limit or housing growth rules to cut the use of new water instead of forcing the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA), aka must build 3500 new housing units, for example, on communities like Goleta that are already on State Water and do not have enough locally without it? If we do have a real severe drought will those communities get state water deliveries? "Save water shower with a friend"
Update 13 March: Last few rain storms put off the real water shortage trouble for another year at least.
On We Must All Conserve Water
Posted on March 13 at 6:04 p.m.
Wagner knows as a local just how pro-development and reckless the City of Goleta has become. Hard to do the right thing under current city management. Good time to get away before all the new development traffic hits the streets of Goleta. Good luck Steve!
On Wagner Hired as Assistant General Manager/Assistant District Engineer at Goleta Sanitary District; Leaves City of Goleta After 11 Years
Posted on March 13 at 5:49 p.m.
Well said DADof3!
The more water "saved" on paper the more Goleta Water district can justify "can and will serve letters" required for new construction projects.
But I will defend Meg West and say she is not a pro "over" development type like a couple others on the commission, namely: Eric Onnen & Brent Daniels. Those two are the worst pro-over-build, get it while you can, planners Goleta has seen in 10 its year life. Eric actually feels sorry for developers because they have to apply via the city of Goleta and process applications. Eric, when on the city council, helped gut the general plan, and now says "the process works" to protect our quality of life. The gutted general plan protects Eric's biz interests but not our quality of life.
Water was primary growth control back in the 70 and 80's and before State Water passed.
On Goleta Planning Commissioner Announces Run for Water District
Posted on March 13 at 4:30 p.m.
You go Fire Chief McCoy!.
Lyrics from a fitting Grateful Dead Song/Poem for the Chief:
"Fire on the Mountain"
"Long distance runner, what you standin there for? Get up, get out, get out of the doorYour playin cold music on the barroom floorDrowned in your laughter and dead to the core.There's a dragon with matches that's loose on the townTakes a whole pail of water just to cool him down.
Fire! fire on the mountain!
Almost ablaze still you don't feel the heatIt takes all you got just to stay on the beat.You say it's a livin, we all gotta eatBut you're here alone, there's no one to compete.If mercys a business, I wish it for youMore than just ashes when your dreams come true.
Long distance runner, what you holdin out for? Caught in slow motion in a dash for the door.The flame from your stage has now spread to the floorYou gave all you had. why you wanna give more? The more that you give, the more it will takeTo the thin line beyond which you really can't fake"
On The Real McElroy
Posted on March 10 at 6:04 p.m.
Yup, blame it on the Hamburgler! That beast stole the drive thru at Camino Real Mall McD, but did not steal the one at Fairview or the one on the Mesa.
Is "Nanny State" a new more sensitive, common sense term, to describe a Nimby?
Fairview and Calle Real is likely the worst traffic at the moment, different than Fairview and Hollister where the McD drive thru is located. By next year Storke and Hollister will be the worst traffic spot when all the newly approved Goleta City projects are built, plus the new UCSB buildings at Fransisco Torres and more student housing is built on the old driving range at Storke and El Coleigo.
Nobody is taking the 90's man or his peers choice to enjoy a happy meal at McD drive thru or not. Bring back the hard working man !
On Drive-Through View