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Posted on December 4 at 4:54 p.m.
Ben's depiction of this issue seems to be a bit biased and a tad too cute with the wordplay.
This issue is complicated and both sides have admitted that rates will be going up eventually. The question is whether Goleta needs two sanitary districts with one of them siphoning off tax money that could and should be used for all of Goleta and the County's public purposes. Special services like sewer services and water are normally paid for by inclusive fees as is done in the eastern part of Goleta and the Goleta Valley.
This issue needs a decent presentation, maybe even a both sides presentation. Life and Government are too complicated already to let oversimplifications and brief accusatory quotations be how we make important decisions.
On Goleta Eyes Cash Stockpile
Posted on November 19 at 8:59 a.m.
When is the County going to ding Mr. Peters for all the grading work he has done on his ranch without permits? It's about time we stop letting out of towners get away with murder, especially on the Gaviota Coast.
On Producer Must Pay Landscaper
Posted on July 27 at 9:16 a.m.
Goleta West is going to raise their rates whether Goleta detaches or not. It's inefficient to have two sanitary districts doing the same job.
I think the Board of Goleta West just likes having their own little thing to manage.
On Saving for a Rainy Day
Posted on July 20 at 7 p.m.
And so it goes forever. Restrict the other guy, but let me harvest the sea's resources.
Reserves hold the promise of helping to restore viable fisheries. The big old fish are the truly productive reproducing members. As fishery populations decline I have yet to hear any harvesting group say anything good about a Reserves program that just might let the ocean recover from man's unlimited harvesting and by-catch destruction, commercial, sport commercial or individual .
On Divers Deplore Marine Life Protection Act
Posted on January 2 at 8:21 a.m.
The comparisons between the Tea Fire and the Gap fire are useful. While wind, or the lack of it, was crucial, the land use pattern north of town was Goleta's buffer. The agricultural use north of Goleta is a massive insurance policy which Santa Barbara has lost.
Subdivision and changes in land use north of Goleta must be avoided at all costs lest we invite disaster.
Posted on July 23 at 10:48 a.m.
It will be a different world, and by our standards, a far lesser one. I suspect every generation has thought that as they passed along. But global population growth does not impact Santa Barbara negatively. Continual growth of employment and in-migration seems to me to eventually be what will.
If our discussions are not about the realities of how the area will be changing (see the UCSB study about the change in demographics as the world's rich retire here) we will keep trying to add everything everybody wants and never realize that the change that will happen here cannot be more people, but slowly changing our economics from what is now to what will be later.
That is planning, as opposed to reacting. We can and must plan to get what we want. I don't think we want to continue to grow incrementally until what makes this place good vanishes slowly under the crowds.
Posted on July 21 at 7:25 a.m.
If we want City Council to pull back from approving every project that comes down the road, electing Easton and Connell makes a lot of sense. Jean Blois just approves everything Bennett, Onnen and the Chamber of Commerce tell her to.
On Goleta Planner to Run for City Council Seat
Posted on July 7 at 7:37 a.m.
Clearly the City of Goleta needs new negotiators. Maybe even a new majority that is prepared to be, and capable of being, reasonable.
Are those crow feathers sticking out of Michael Bennett's mouth?
On Ballot Measures: Not To Be
Posted on May 9 at 7:13 a.m.
Right on Ray!
On The Hidden Costs of Mountain Biking
Posted on April 11 at 5:13 a.m.
Take a look at Smyser's contributors. Big money from outside the County always knows where to go for the answers it likes. Watch this process in the Goleta City Council as well. Big talk but shady deals.
On Candidates for 3rd District Talk Bacara, Naples