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Posted on February 25 at 2:34 p.m.

As the article states, the buses were purchased with state funds and Measure A, half cent sales tax collected in SB County. Operations revenue comes from ? Ask local MTD officials for that information.

On SBCC Students Stoked on Bigger Buses

Posted on February 16 at 4:17 p.m.

Most county road funding comes from gas tax. The state controls the amount of gas tax collected and not the counties and not the cities. The half cent sales tax was added for all jurisdictions within the county about 15 years ago and approved by voters and then again maybe 7 or 8 years ago. So blame the voters. Blame the state or whomever you wish. Works for me.

On A Plague of Potholes

Posted on February 16 at 8:17 a.m.

Measure A is mentioned in the article. It was extended by a vote. It is a 1/2 cent sales tax. It started its life as Measure D and has to go to vote to be extended. The voters approved it twice.
The projects are approved by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and not by Scott McG nor the Board of Sups. The PW Dept. does put forth proposals for SBCAG. Google Measure A and you can see what projects are funded with the Measure A money.

On A Plague of Potholes

Posted on February 15 at 7:53 p.m.

Caltrans is state. This issue is about county roads. Road repairs in SB County go out to bid to contractors who are not county employees and these employees do not get county pensions. Lowest bid gets the contract. Road fixes are funded by the county road fund which is funded by gas taxes.
Public works budget can be seen on line and anyone can see the funding sources and the funding expenditures.

On A Plague of Potholes

Posted on February 15 at 3:19 p.m.

Gas taxes pay for roads. Gas taxes do not pay for pensions. The Road Fund and the General Fund are two separate pots of money. Most General Fund revenue comes from property taxes and sales tax.
Salaries and pensions may or may not be too high but that has nothing to do with gas tax revenue available for fixing roads.

On A Plague of Potholes

Posted on January 29 at 10:10 a.m.

The County used to fund a position in the Social Services Department for tracking SB'S homeless. Ken Williams filled that position for many years. Many homeless are dual diagnosis; mentally ill and alcohol or drug users.
The tragedy in IV demonstrates that we need to have more funding to help intervene prior to folks dying. If we can't do it for the right reasons, let's do it for the wrong reasons. Sending out first- responders is very expensive. Prevention is the key.

On Children of a Lesser Dog

Posted on January 14 at 7:27 p.m.

Awesome, Rich. So good to hear from you. Still love it here on Whidbey.

On Eric Peterson Named New County Fire Chief

Posted on January 14 at 9:36 a.m.

Is he related to the former chief Rich Peterson?

On Eric Peterson Named New County Fire Chief

Posted on November 5 at 2:34 p.m.

I have had cancer twice. Chemo, radiation and chemo caused me great suffering. I had great and caring treatment at Sansum and the Cancer Center but my odds were good and I am 6 years out from cancer, a survivor. If my diagnosis was terminal, I would want the option of ending the suffering. Fortunately, I have that option. I live in Washington state now. Some Californians are moving to Oregon to be able to end their suffering. It's time for California to put the issue on the ballot.

On Should California allow 'death with dignity'?

Posted on November 4 at 9:18 a.m.

Good job, Nick. I hung up the phone on him twice because I didn't want to listen to his tantrums when he didn't get what he wanted. I told him to call back when he felt better. Nevertheless, he was a good manager and a good prosecutor.

On Former DA Tom Sneddon Dies

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