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Posted on July 30 at 1:51 p.m.
Having three votes does not give one more input if everyone else has three votes! This is a foolish argument. Having one vote in a small electorate is much more effective. And the biggest lie that has been bandied about for the last couple of decades is the claim that all people in SB have the same interests! This has allowed the tourist zone property owners and businesses to dominate the expenditure of tax money and public action to the detriment of neighborhoods on the north, east and west sides that can't get a sidewalk installed or even one repaired while bulbouts and traffic calming devices are dumped into the downtown.
On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed
Posted on July 30 at 10:33 a.m.
No, it is real nonsense I think.
Posted on July 30 at 9:48 a.m.
JarvisJarvis--I don't think you get to set priorities alone. Democracy will do this. You can have your one vote.
Posted on July 30 at 8:57 a.m.
We should have district elections for the simple reason that small is better when it comes to democracy. Districts allow voters much greater input and knowledge and direction for their interests. Larger districts allow the elected officials to ignore, dismiss ordinary folks and to pander to the large contributors and those who have machines which "get out the vote" for a special interest. Probably district elections would result in more diversity on the council as well.
Posted on July 17 at 8:41 a.m.
We were lied to about the use of Measure V bonds and now we face Measure S to do what Measure V promised. Don't be fooled again.
On City College: Tax Locally, Serve Globally?
Posted on July 7 at 9:45 a.m.
SBCC "caps" its foreign student population at 8%? And how was that determined? One suspects that is pretty much anyone who applies. SBCC wants another bond approved for the purpose of improving the campus. I am not inclined to support this in order to cater to rich foreign student tourism.
On Skewed Distribution in Transfers to UC
Posted on July 3 at 8:51 a.m.
Disneyland version of reality is what so much of our community is about. The Presidio being the most blatant example or artifice and nonsense, adulation of a military barracks that suppressed locals and only existed for a few decades. Can we tear it down?
On A Muddy Affair: Historic Home Spared Demolition
Posted on June 26 at 9:36 a.m.
Bendy White apparently has trouble with the real world. Maybe people are already doing well and there is no reasonable way to squeeze what he thinks we should squeeze from ordinary people. Of course the idea of hitting businesses is pretty low on the priority list since they cater to tourism and taxes. Loosing landscaping is just a cost regular folks should accept. Losing business is not so acceptable.
On City Customers Not Saving Water During Drought
Posted on June 16 at 8:49 a.m.
Scientists cannot make ethical decisions based on their training! Nor are they better than us at making political decisions. Each fracked well requires 1 million to 5 million gallons of water a year. This water is contaminated with about 20% of chemicals that cannot be removed. About 20% of this contaminated water remains in the ground. What is the scientific analysis of these facts? My personal analysis as a person who lives in this community is that this sort of destruction and waste for the profit of a corporation is obscene. Don't let it start here.
On High-Intensity Oil-Extraction Ban Headed to Ballot
Posted on June 5 at 8:20 a.m.
While it inherently will divide the city into districts with less homogenous populations than the city as a whole, this is not the purpose of district elections per se. The idea is to bring democracy closer to the voters. Fewer electors can know the candidates better and will become more involved. In return the candidates will be more responsive to those voters and will not be able to hide behind a wider demographic. A major failure of the city for decades has been its ignoring of communities outside of the tourist zone on lower State. This is not just about Westside, Eastside. The Northside is equally forgotten. For example, some streets have no sidewalks and have had none for decades while bulbouts and other "improvements" are lavished in central core State Street. A local rep would advocate for some funding for these areas--this is offensive to the historic "liberal" coalition that has run the city in cooperation with the Downtown Organization for many years. They get aesthetic fun and the merchants get money. Let's stop this and return to a simple idea--local control.
On District Elections: Placebo or Panacea?