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Posted on June 28 at 9:53 p.m.
I just clicked Chester's link from last year. The Independent really does seem to enjoy publicly embarrassing this guy. But what I find the most interesting is this posting which came a couple months after the May 2011 Independent article was published:
Hi. I am a renter of a DPI apartment. I hear and understand the complaints, with the most sympathy for people who probalby pay alot of money for their homes and then have to put up with some of the crowds that are seemingly in a completely different world - a lower income world specifically. (ie: on Valerio). I am a single mother of 4 children who found myself having to start over. I had no credit in my name (thought I would be married forever ;-p). Did the Transition house for a few months and saved up money - NO ONE would rent an apartment to me, even private owners! because I had no credit and 4 children. Dario Pini was the only one. He offered me furniture. I was able to move from one apartment to another complex with the same deposit. I work full time and have been at the same job and in this same apartment for a year now. Yeah, it's like pulling teeth to get things fixed. Yeah our complexes aren't all pristine, and I understand there's probably even criminals harboring in some of these places! But they're just the low income criminals, the higher income criminals have the nice houses. It's like in the days when the people would say 'there goes the nieghborhood, they let a ____________ (insert racial/ethnic slur here) in!' There's no perfect world, no perfect neighborhood, unless you wanna try for the Stepford Wives culture...Dario Pini may be a douchebag, I don't know. But theres good with the bad.
On Toga Party for Dario Pini?
Posted on June 28 at 2:35 p.m.
It actually does matter that Ms. Toga is asking $2500/mo for a one bedroom rental. She's claiming that here tenants won't stay because of the noise, but the high rent, "conveniently" not mentioned in the article, is also a likely factor for attrition. I know for a fact that nice two bedroom apartments in that same area of town peak out at around $2500/mo unless they're very luxurious.
That said, Mr. Pini would be wise to hire a professional property manager and make it his or her job to police his properties. I'm in real estate myself, and life has been a million times easier since I hired outside help.
Posted on April 28 at 11:12 p.m.
This is really sad news. It's important for a small historic town like Santa Barbara to have a historic post office.
It's interesting the article didn't speculate on what it would sell for. I imagine around five or six million is possible, though the landmark, seismic retrofitting, parking issues will keep the price somewhat in check.
I predict a foolish non-profit will overpay and the building will end up a couple years from now being rented to a sandwich shop called Five Sardines.
On Downtown Post Office May Be Sold
Posted on April 18 at 11:35 a.m.
The government is no different from the mafia. This is just another shake down. These bars and restaurants already pay taxes, not to mention they employ a lot of people.
Government can't solve the problem. It is the problem.
On Taxing downtown bars and restaurants more to defray law enforcement costs
Posted on April 16 at 5:32 a.m.
The Biltmore was built years ago when construction (and permitting) was much cheaper. The Biltmore can command rates twice as high as the Miramar will. There's no comparison.
On Caruso Pays Off Miramar Loan
Posted on November 29 at 1:10 a.m.
Best case is SB gets the museum and Bock and Kamsler are kicked to the curb. Most likely her distant family members can be bought off. Otherwise, the wills will be perpetually contested until the end of time.
On Clark Estate Art Museum in Question
Posted on November 29 at 1:06 a.m.
Stocks are one of several important hedges against inflation. If there's massive inflation, by extrapolation of this article's premise, stock prices will increase as profits increase. Of course, real estate is another good hedge, as are commodities like gold and oil.
Since none of us can predict the future, it clearly pays to be diversified. Holding all cash is the most risky position you can take. One day big inflation hits and "boom," you can't afford anything anymore.
On The Stock Market and Faith
Posted on November 21 at 9:14 a.m.
If Madison's can't make it on State Street, how in the world do they expect to make it on Hollister near the 101? What other popular bars are near there? I can't think of any.
On El Encanto Gets $45 Million
Posted on November 12 at 8:09 p.m.
I like the name and plan to try their burger. I hope the buns are toasted, and they offer sharp cheddar.
On Fat Mo’s Burgers And Car Wash
Posted on October 30 at 2:36 p.m.
All these protestors voted for Obama, yet they're not protesting against him. It's absurd. Instead they blame "greedy" rich people. Too bad Hilary didn't win. She would have found a way to work with Congress like Bill did.
On This Is Not Your Daddy’s Protest
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