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Posted on March 21 at 4:40 a.m.
Back to water...
Why are well-sucking landowners and their lawyers and other toadies so afraid of well metering? The first step to mitigating and-or avoiding a crisis is knowing all of the facts about the subject; with groundwater, that means how much is being pumped, where, if and how water levels are rising or falling, and how fast.
The Montecito solution otherwise seems to be Goleta's: adjudication of the basin.
On Well Moratorium Dead on Arrival
Posted on March 20 at 4:50 a.m.
Agreed. And, wouldn't Hanson be right at home with a group like COLAB? ☺
On Percy Heckendorf: Prosecuted Chief of Police for Corruption
Posted on March 20 at 4:43 a.m.
I'm so glad that JJ raised the "affordable housing" analogy; I hesitated to do it myself.
Back in the late 1980s, the county finally and all-too-belatedly established a program whereby the developers of new commercial and industrial buildings either built or partnered for new housing, or paid a per-square-foot in-lieu fee to go toward providing housing opportunities for the workers occupying those new buildings. Then, in the recession of the early '90s, that program was scrapped.
Do you see the same exact type of thing going on here?
On Every Dog for Himself
Posted on March 20 at 4:31 a.m.
First World problems... ☺
On Gibraltar Road Closing for Major Repairs
Posted on March 20 at 4:28 a.m.
-sigh- This all is treading old ground[water].
The county (actually, the Flood Control & Water Conservation District and Water Agency, but it's the same people on each Board of Directors--the five supervisors) periodically have proposed various forms of "groundwater management lite" by requiring things like reporting of private well pumpage. This started at least as far back as the drought of the late '70s, and each time such efforts have been smacked down with foaming-at-the-mouth reactions.
One day, maybe soon, enough wells will go dry that people instead will start saying, "Why didn't you do something?" Then a new round of online rants will start.
Posted on March 20 at 4:13 a.m.
What beautiful work.
On Photog Richard Salas Takes Us On an Underwater Adventure
Posted on March 17 at 5:26 a.m.
Yes, a good article. The Realtors (C-R-Marca Registrada-et al.) and developers have been running CA HCD for many years, and force high-density planning-zoning and permit approvals upon every city and county, regardless of the local costs in terms of resource depletion and overall quality of life. It's a sorry situation but, then again, so is the fact that rents are based upon "the market" and not upon the actual business costs of the landlords, and the selling prices of new units are based upon "the market" rather than upon the actual costs of development. If they can build a condo for $700k and sell it for $900k, well, hey...hey hey hey! It's Fat Albert time!
Does anyone remember Eddie Murphy's neo-beat poetry?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ0up... .
On Housing and Growth in Goleta
Posted on March 17 at 5:11 a.m.
The whole thing reeks worse that the skunk outside. We voted on this most recently just a few years ago, and the legal fees are outrageous. I'm a "progressive," but this all stinks!
On District Election Deal Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
Posted on March 17 at 5:02 a.m.
Hooray for the foxes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpFNC... .
On Island Fox Recovery Could Mean Delisting
Posted on March 2 at 1:53 p.m.
Jeez JJ, you can turn ANYthing into a bash on public pensions, just like Rudy G can turn anything into "a noun, a verb, and '9/11'." Amazing!
On The Crushing Problem of Ocean Plastics