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Posted on November 17 at 1:40 p.m.
Billclausen: It seems to me sometime in the late 1980's and early 1990's is when the shift came from the left. It used to be the Pearl Chase crowd and the early environmentalists worked to protect Santa Barbara from what was happening in Los Angeles. Limiting development was considered good for public health and protecting the environment protected childrens development. Kids could ride their bike anywhere, and most kids walked or rode their bike to school. It was safe. The public was protected from most density developments like the 9 story apartments proposed at Alice Keck park.I think what happened was the California Builders Association (CBIA) took over the democratic party at the State level and forced unwanted developments onto Santa Barbara via the beefed up housing elements. When Santa Barbara ran out of space they were forced to build upward to satisfy these draconian State housing element developments. Currently State Sen. Darrell Steinberg and the CBIA have forged an unholy financial alliance to keep the corruption going. Darrell Steinberg collects millions from all the special interests who benefit from these developments. They don't care about the families or children who grow up in these environments, they know as long as they have access to expensive real estate markets they will profit.
On Development Near Freeway to be Curbed
Posted on November 15 at 9:36 a.m.
It's ironic to me that the city council spends so much money on the proposed gang injunction while at the same time spends community develop money for the physical environment that creates so many mental health problems.
Having access to parks and park maintenance would be money well spent to reduce crime and gang activity. The community development money should be going to parks and rec.
Like in the prison system, disconnecting people from nature and the outside world creates developmental dysfunction.
I don't have the data but Ill bet money that a majority of the gang kids in Santa Barbara live or grew up in high-density type apartment housing.
Posted on November 14 at 9:06 p.m.
"High-density advocates seem most oblivious to the needs of children. Living in high-density restricts children’s physical activity, independent mobility and active play. Many studies find that child development, mental health and physical health are affected. They also find a likely association of high-rise living with behavioural problems."
Posted on November 14 at 2:46 p.m.
The progressive new testament on infill housing along transportation corridors was false.
Next they should see the physical and mental health effects on children who grow up in such environments.
Posted on November 14 at 10:01 a.m.
When Obama caved into the insurance companies he should have known they would screw him over. They did.
ObamaCare is a nice idea but will only work as a single-payer system IMO.
Some people say it's a step in the right direction, but Obamacare institutionalizes using insurance companies.
Keeping insurance companies in the loop just rearranged the deck chairs in a sinking ship.
On States' Rites
Posted on November 10 at 4:51 p.m.
SB 1 hurts the environment. The planning behind this bill is poor. Ignores regional planning and hurts small citys.
On JACKSON SCORES A PERFECT RECORD ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Posted on November 6 at 3:01 p.m.
The top money raisers won, except for Landecker who won't recover from his shoplifting incident.
I've refined my winners picks formula. The top fundraisers win but if you are an incumbent you get an extra boost. That's what pushed Hotchkiss past Wiscomb.
The reason money wins elections is the same reason parents buy Oreo's and Frosted Flakes for their kids.
You're basically selling a product, and advertising your product makes people feel safer with that product.
On 2013 City Council Election Results
Posted on November 4 at 6:19 p.m.
The name is Georgy.
Get it right right Foo.
So why don't you tell me before the election is over who you predict will win, place, and show? For the non-gamblers in the house that means 1rst, 2nd, and 3rd.
And while your at it, give your theory why you think the candidates will place 1rst, 2nd, and 3rd?
After the election you can tell me all about why I'm wrong.
On City Council Donations Flying In
Posted on November 4 at 10:19 a.m.
I'm betting the top money raisers all win, except for Landecker, who won't get past his shoplifting incident 20 or so years ago.
My bet is
1. Hart. Raised the most $$$ and will get the most votes2. White Raised the most $$$ after Landecker3. Wiscomb This one is close between Hotchkiss and Wiscomb but it looks like she raised a little more.
That's my bet. Win, place, and show. Remember candidates, it's not what you believe that matters, it's how much $$$ you have and how many baby's you kissed. Voters don't care what you do in office and the three story high-density apartment you put next to their backyard won't even be associated with you since the people who don't vote usually get all the development anyway. Remember it's the cash that wins elections.
Posted on November 3 at 11:34 a.m.
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