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Posted on December 17 at 9:19 a.m.
Congratulations, Goleta! This is great news. The health and safety risks associated with this oil processing facility are too great to have within the city. The facility is in close proximity to the Ellwood neighborhood, the Ellwood Bluffs open space and nature preserve, the Bacara resort, and Sandpiper Golf Course. It is also in the midst of an intertidal zone near two Marine Protected Areas and designated Critical Habitat, and hosts several endangered and threatened species. Thank you to the Goleta City Council for taking steps to protect its residents, businesses, and natural resources.
On Goleta Moves to Shut Down Venoco’s Oil Plant
Posted on December 4 at 9:16 a.m.
I voted no on the tax, but I probably would have voted yes if they had gone with the 12% rate (consistent with other municipalities in the county) instead of upping the ante to 12.5%.
On County Again Eyes Bed Tax Increase
Posted on November 25 at 2:39 p.m.
I am doubtful that this ice rink will serve the needs of the larger community, beyond the well-to-do who will be able to afford the fees. I don't see the working families of Goleta benefiting from this. Further, it sure seems like a large investment (ie, waste) of resources -- water and power.
If Goleta can have an ice rink to the tune of $15 million, why not a skate park, which is near the top of the list in Goleta's "Recreation Needs Assessment" surveys? I can't see a few skating plazas around town costing nearly this much.
On Ice Rink in Goleta Breaks Ground
Posted on November 6 at 7:50 a.m.
What a magnificent open space / park that land would make! There are much better uses than a golf course that would far better serve the community.
On Privatizing the Muni Links?
Posted on October 29 at 7:46 a.m.
Energy-neutral? As in, the University wishes to produce all of its own energy? Shouldn't the article read "carbon-neutral", as in it strives to release zero net carbon emissions? I think the Indy editors should re-check this.
On UC System Working to Become Energy-Neutral
Posted on October 20 at 12:07 p.m.
A few facts about UCSB and housing: In 2013-14, 38% of UCSB students were living in University housing (dorms and apartments). The total number of students was 8,443.
Compare this to 10 years ago. In 2003-04, 27% of UCSB students lived in University housing (5,580).
During this time, enrollment has increased from 20,847 to 22,225.
So while UCSB has increased its enrollment over the last decade, it has supplied housing for all of the increase, and more.
(All of this information is available online, through the UCSB Office of Budget & Planning.)
On No Vacancy in Isla Vista
Posted on October 20 at 10:03 a.m.
With so many reasonable options available to us, why waste our time with this fanciful thought exercise? Instead, let's talk about putting pedestrian/bike pathways along the creeks that currently cross the path of the 101 (e.g. San Jose Creek), or perhaps look at more pedestrian overcrossings, like Santa Barbara has done. There are feasible things that Goleta is exploring to bring together the divided community. Let's not be distracted by this folly.
On Goleta of the Future
Posted on September 23 at 10:14 a.m.
Glad to see such positive strides forward! As the roads become safer for cyclists, more people are opting to use their bicycles. I'm heartened to see our elected officials finally responding to the needs of our community. Thanks to the work of Ralph Fertig, the Bicycle Coalition, and all those who made this possible. (Would it be appropriate to name this the Ralph Fertig memorial bikeway?)
On Pedaling Safely in Our Communities
Posted on August 20 at 5:24 p.m.
What's up, Goleta!?! We need some good people to step up and put the brakes on the uncontrolled development!
On Goleta Re-Appoints Four City Councilmembers
Posted on August 14 at 11:41 a.m.
Keep Target out of Goleta! Most of the people I talk to who want a Target live in Santa Barbara or Noleta. Let them have it, so they can deal with all the associated problems with infrastructure, traffic, etc. Goleta does not need or want any more BIG BOX stores! Keep it local.
On Goleta Goes Off Target?