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Posted on November 5 at 7:50 a.m.
My take on the overall results regarding S, P and even the TOT is that we don't trust our local and regional government with big tasks or big money. Both Yes camps were well funded compared to the opposition so I'm not convinced that oil bought the vote. I'm all for drilling restrictions, but think this needs to be addressed at the State level. Look at our neighboring counties with oil production. I guess contamination just magically halts when it sees the county road sign. We just don't have the brain power nor the resources to inact, enforce and monitor a project of this scope. Noticeably absent on P was a plan to mitagate the financial impact on revenue and on S the total cost because they just don't have any idea. Even the Increase in the TOT which has little impact for people on a personal level went down. Props 1 and 2 passed because they were about future savings and everyone knows that Jerry is a tightwad. Future planning that will be important long after he has left office. The take home message to our politicians is this: think beyond the next election cycle and show us what you are doing to mitigate our potentially bankrupting future debt obligations and what you are doing to save money, before asking for more. Demonstrating the ability to spend does not make a good politician, just a electable one.
On Santa Barbara Votes: 2014 General Election
Posted on October 27 at 9:48 a.m.
The Citiizens Oversight Committee is another hollow gesture as a last ditch effort to gain support for the grotesque amount of money they are seeking which will end up costing everyone, not just property owners. A good idea that should have been included initially and not used as a pacifier in the 11th hour. The committee will have no power, just look to LAUSD to see how that works. Thanks for the placebo.
On Measure S: SBCC Needs Lots of Work
Posted on October 23 at 2:46 p.m.
Processed urchin? Wonder why they didn't go to the harbor and get them live. The taste is complete different from the processed, plus no preservatives
On Uni with Sweet Corn, Tortilla–Lime Salt, Abalone, Finger Limes, and Avocado
Posted on October 10 at 9:58 a.m.
The increasing imbalance of local and out of area students is not isolated to SBCC and mimics what is already problematic higher up the academic food chain in the UC system. Maybe the board needs to follow their example and evaluate how many is too many. At some point we need to reach a maximum capacity and what that is no one has a clue and of that unknown number how many will be out of area? SBCC needs to be transparent regarding their long term projections and goals and if they cannot provide that, they have no business asking us to fund their building spree.
On City College's Sprawling Impact
Posted on September 18 at 11:54 a.m.
Ok z28racergirl. If you bought a ounce of gold in 1999 at the going price of about $270 and the going price today is over $1,200 at what price do you sell to not be "greedy"? The initial purchase price is only one factor in the costs associated with rental properties and the majority of them are not low or mortgage free properties. A apartment complexby by SBCC just sold for 33 million dollars and they are getting a facelift. Do you really think rents are going to drop?Buying or renting the cost per sqft is high
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on September 18 at 8:08 a.m.
Maybe renters should consider the cost of housing when voting on property tax increases. The combination of this one coming up and the big increase in water costs is definitely going to be passed on to the renters. The foreign student market is starting to look pretty good.
Posted on July 18 at 2:12 p.m.
The question is, would the supporters vote for it if it was coming out of their pocket for the next 25 years? No, that's why local sales tax increases fail. It's all good when someone else is paying. I'll have the lobster please.
On City College: Tax Locally, Serve Globally?
Posted on July 17 at 10:51 a.m.
They already have the money spent and have some pretty grand plan. they If you think the traffic and crowding in the neighborhood near the West Campus is bad now, just wait. Link below for a full description.
Posted on May 1 at 3:36 p.m.
The comment that sticks out is that 60% of the budget is spent on public safety. Maybe if there was some comprise on the departments side to address the unsustainable pension benefits, and if our elected representatives were not so indebted to them for their seat, they could have some balls and push for real reform and we could have both safety and infrastructure. Future pension cost is the biggest unfunded mandate and the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. Look at the authors of this piece and connect the dots. The only thing that is transparent is government electing government.
On Vote No on Measure M
Posted on March 6 at 8:30 a.m.
Explains the reasons there are so many for sale on craigslist.
On The Fixie Phenomenon