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Posted on September 14 at 8:12 a.m.
Um, consider this. You buy a house expecting it will have RESIDENTIAL uses. That includes having non-paying guests to your parties, not every weekend, perhaps with an occasional fundraiser.
Next you find out that the owner has turned the party into a commercial venture, with the accompanying non-residential impacts - loud music, unusual parking and traffic needs into the night, virtually every weekend.
In the words of Leslie Gore, "You would cry too, if it happened to you..."
On Neighbors Mad at 'Party Houses'
Posted on September 14 at 8:03 a.m.
Here's another theory: there is finite amount of fundraising you can do in a community. In hard times, that amount is even more limited.
So just up the road from this club our community has been fundraising about $5 million for an ice rink (for kids who have "nothing to do" in Goleta and Santa Barbara, despite having an ocean, skateboard parks, bike paths, public tennis courts, etc.)
Just imagine how much of that ice rink fundraising chipped away at fundraising for the boys and girls club. I'm just sayin'
On Layoffs Hit Boys and Girls Clubs
Posted on September 10 at 10:18 a.m.
This is yet another reason Goletans need to vote YES on Measure G2012 this fall. See http://goletaheritagefarmland.org/
All our open space and agriculture are giving way to development, creating impacts such as traffic that we just can't mitigate. And we can't afford the additional key services such as police, fire, schools, libraries and parks.
Let's give Goleta voters the final word on which of the few remaining large agricultural tracts should get rezoned for development.
On Goleta Planners, Area Residents Critique Development Proposal
Posted on August 2 at 8:30 a.m.
Yes, good idea. But the "Santa Barbara" in the name should refer to the COUNTY not the far away CITY of Santa Barbara. And accordingly, like airports across the country, it should be governed by a REGIONAL or at least SOUTH COAST regional board, since the airport's impacts are on the entire region.
Especially people in the Goleta Valley (unincorporated and in the City of Goleta) are more than a little miffed that the faraway City of Santa Barbara holds dominion over the airport. In the words of Edith Ann, "...and that's the truth..."
On Name It Santa Barbara Airport
Posted on August 1 at 12:14 p.m.
For what it's worth, the farmland initiative is not just about Bishop Ranch. The other 5 areas covered are pretty important too.
Plus, the initiative covers 2 other big parcels not currently in the City of Goleta if they are ever annexed to the City. One is the Glen Annie Golf Course, which the county zoned as ag but gave a memo of understanding to let them have a golf course.
The second is some farmland just outside the urban limit line along the Gaviota Coast.
So really, the initiative is important for far more than Bishop Ranch. I'm sure it was an honest error on Farr's part.
On Jim Farr Running for Goleta Council
Posted on July 11 at 2:54 p.m.
And while we're at it, we'd like to hear Jim Farr's views on the Goleta's Farmland Protection initiative that we'll be voting on in November. Anyone against it is basically saying they support rezoning Bishop Ranch and other farms, before the end of Goleta's General Plan that has them zoned for agriculture.
This issue is a hard stop for many of us in Goleta, sick of the traffic and the high costs of supporting all this development.
On Ed Easton Running for Reelection
Posted on July 4 at 8:54 a.m.
Rosen along with Lauren Hanson deserves a lot of credit for "righting the ship", the Goleta Water District. They have made the tough decisions to get professional management and good financial practices.
Most of all, they hired Fran Farina as GWD's lawyer. She is sharp, experienced in water matters, and most of all, independent.
Hope voters appreciate all that the GWD has done under Rosen's and Hanson's leadership.
On Bill Rosen Runs for Re-election
Posted on May 23 at 12:13 p.m.
Steve Pappas = loser
On Voter Fraud or Voter-Fraud Fantasy?
Posted on May 23 at 8:30 a.m.
All the projects recently completed or in the pipeline underscore the beauty of Goleta's General Plan to protect big Goleta's last remaining farmland.
That's why people should strongly support the farmland initiative that will be up for a vote this fall. We have enough housing and commercial development for the next 20 years. We don't need to be rezoning farmland like the Goleta Chamber wanted to do just last fall. Check it out: http://goletaheritagefarmland.org/
On The State of the Good Land Is Great
Posted on May 17 at 8:33 a.m.
The sad fact is that Mr. Ruhge has a long record of activism and independent thought. For years he has weighed in on a number of issues. I don't often agree with his views but in the past, it seemed like his thoughts were his own.
But sadly, this particular letter to the editor shows that Mr. Ruhge has succumbed to being a puppet for the Republican right wing. The letter shows no original thought. It just parrots form letters Republican spin masters have sent to their loyal subjects, asking them to submit these pretty silly ideas to newspapers. It is a transparent attempt to convince Jewish voters to vote Republican, when most Jewish values favor the middle class, not the rich, the latter so carefully courted but the right.
Mr. Ruhge would do much better to go back to his own agenda, not be a robot for the wing that is so far to the right of the Republican party.
On Hating on Democrats