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Posted on September 20 at 8:15 p.m.
If you have a bad landlord, move.
If you kind can't find nice, affordable housing in Santa Barbara, move.
There are literally thousands of other cities in California alone -- hundreds of thousands of landlords to choose from.
Stop the complaining, people. It's your fault alone, nobody else's, if you're not happy.
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on September 20 at 6:41 p.m.
There's plenty of affordable housing in Santa Barbara if you have either a either a good, high paying job, or a nice fat bank account.
SB is a small, exclusive beach town. What the hell do you people expect?
Posted on September 19 at 11:57 a.m.
The fact that you think landlords are evil and greedy sums you up. You live in your own deluded world. Landlords are business people just like any others.
Again, if you have a problem with legal ownership of private property, there are other countries (Cuba comes to mind) you might wish to explore.
Posted on September 19 at 11:54 a.m.
"Everyone knows that the working class gives the most to charity as a percentage of income." -- Noletalady
Ummm. No. Everybody does not know that. But even if it were true, it doesn't matter. The big shots in SB personally support all the big charities. It's a fact.
Posted on September 19 at 11:17 a.m.
And Noletalady, the rich in SB certainly do not ignore the lower classes in SB. They give up the wazoo. Who do you think pays for all the homeless to be fed and sheltered, Santa Claus?
Posted on September 19 at 11:14 a.m.
It's also funny how folks like NoletaLady describe the wealthy as if they're somehow less human than the poor. People are people. How much money you've got in your checking account makes you no more or less human.
Economic diversity would be great, but not everybody can afford to live in an idyllic beach town nestled against the mountains in Southern California.
Only making SB less desirable, perhaps by increasing pollution, or perhaps by building ugly massive housing projects like in NYC, could the cost of housing be reduced substantially longterm.
Stop the whining. Crossing guards in Alaska make $30/hr. Where there's a will, there's a way, right?
Posted on September 19 at 11:08 a.m.
Everybody should read Simpleton's post. He explains things clearly.
Posted on September 19 at 10:53 a.m.
"If you want middle class out of SB who you think will serve you at the local restaurants or coffee shops, who will teach your kids, who will take care of your yard, pool, elderly?"
Capitan (anonymous profile)September 18, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It's so funny how little most people understand about basic economics. Wages will go up as high as they need to in order to keep the working class in Santa Barbara. Name one wealthy town in the country that has no restaurants or stores? It's an oxymoron. Wealthy towns have the most restaurants and stores!
Who do you people think foots the lion's share of the taxes in Santa Barbara that pay to keep everything so pretty? It's the folks with the high property taxes! It's the folks doing all the shopping! It's the tourists staying in our hotels! It's the millionaires donating to every good cause that comes their way! It's the local investors and business owners who live here because they're rich who do the hiring!
Santa Barbara is a beautiful town because wealthy folks live here and watch over it, and it's been this way since the Chumash were driven out.
Nobody is volunteering to wash the urine soaked sidewalks of State Street every morning. Rich folk's taxes are paying those guys to wash our sidewalks. Lower and middle class folks lucky enough to live in Santa Barbara should be thankfull so many rich people share their love for our little slice of paradise.
Posted on September 18 at 9:02 p.m.
People "need" food. They "need" housing. The do not "need" to live in Santa Barbara. What's wrong with Lompoc or Oxnard?
You folks who desire a more socialist government should move to Cuba or Venezuela, countries whose governments espouse your egalitarian values.
Posted on September 18 at 7:10 p.m.
Ventura, Oxnard, Lompoc, and even Santa Maria are all affordable and within driving distance of Santa Barbara.
There's no logical reason to destroy Santa Barbara by filling it with high density housing projects when plenty of affordable housing is nearby.
Santa Barbara is one of the nicest small towns in the USA. Unless we fill the ocean with garbage, it will never become a cheap place to call home.