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Posted on June 20 at 3:36 p.m.

There's also been no shrift given in the article or discussion to the subsidized housing - that seems to be a part of the county's solution to other problems - that has been a significant part of previous discussions. Where is it in the graphs? (Not meant as a challenge, but if it were on an overlay to the graphs?) Either it's another unreported aspect here, or maybe it's just not significant after all. But the pipe dreams so far expressed sure wouldn't fit with it. Perhaps others might say if it merits some shrift here?

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Posted on June 19 at 3:38 p.m.

...meaning except for the never happening part.

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Posted on June 19 at 3:36 p.m.

The pipe dream/miracle would be for the university to do what Disney did for/to its surrounds in Anaheim a few years ago. Right - fantasy. But the parallels are so many, from the university causing the problem, right up to, well, it never happening.

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Posted on June 19 at 3:27 p.m.

On further thought, I'd like to retreat re endorsing UCSB taking over IV. It's too much of a mess. All the things they'd need to bring up to their standards are daunting. Plus the liability. Plus the housing that's slum.

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Posted on June 19 at 9:56 a.m.

@Simpleton - Thank you. I also have said - and in this context, until your recommendation happens - that Ms. Napolitano should embrace Isla Vista as an official, integral project of the university (and give Dr. Yang the credit etc. etc., though for whatever reason he hasn't been able to bring it off). This was back after the massacre. I was shouted down here on the tangential ideological account by people who already didn't like her. We agree in principle ... I think.

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Posted on June 19 at 7:27 a.m.

@pardallchewinggumspot - Just saying that there is a lot of precedent and established patterns if one looks more broadly than locally. And of course government agencies don't pay rent in any form. And, while in cases where non-profits and semi-public agencies do, they really don't do it willingly, though they're ceremoniously thanked. The philosophy prevails that it's a legitimate quid pro quo, and in the category of being a good neighbor. (Part of the quid pro quo is the photographed handshake.)

I did neglect to mention that UCSB negotiated what to pay for fire protection as a discrete item when the UCSB Fire Department became "17S", and continues to do so.

I've suggested before that the university gets off very cheaply - from thematically down to ground level.

A tangent: A big example of the community's influence on this relationship is the university's legendary salary constraints vis a vis other UC and even state university campuses, right up to the chancellor's.

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Posted on June 18 at 6:57 p.m.

@pardallchewinggumspot - Right you are re the code work.

About the property tax, I worked for a large non-profit that owned considerable property. Each year, they negotiated with the local governments that surround them about what "in lieu" sum they would pay.

Now, about the "J-1" program: Independent, this is made for you. Your move.

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Posted on June 17 at 1:17 p.m.

The Independent should go after this with everything you've got. And isn't there a (satirical) journalism award for just such a situation?

It would be surprising that this generates so few comments if one didn't remember the direction that they usually come from here. One could say that the silence is deafening. But sometimes the silence says as much as a diatribe, especially when such diatribes are so regular from the regulars.

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Posted on June 16 at 8:06 p.m.

Independent: Please see the last paragraphs of this story...

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Posted on June 16 at 7:38 p.m.

Apologies for saying "two" when there are three. Had a struggle with the plug-in needed for posting the "first draft" and added the third point while trying again.

Oh dear. Something's gone wrong on our end. We've been notified and we'll look into it right away."]

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