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Posted on September 18 at 3:43 p.m.
Betty, sadly it's you that's the a big part of the problem... ignorance is not bliss.
Granada Books is fantastic but that's neither here nor there... You really should leave town and move. You're taking up a job and a home that would be filled in a heartbeat by someone willing to contribute to the town. You seem to despise the place... leave, you'll be happier and someone more appropriate will gladly take your place. Go on, hurry up now...
I've never lived anywhere where the locals feel as entitled as they do here...(well maybe on Maui, but that's a little different) And yet so few of these Nth generation locals are productive, successful, happy people. Most seem to live off the investments of their relatives many years ago and cling to some strange sense of entitlement...while living in Grandma's house and working some overpaid city gig. As if I care that your great grandfather moved here in 1912 or that you pronounce Refugio with an Ph.
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on September 18 at 2:16 p.m.
Jarvis, we get it. You're a staunch Ayn Rand libertarian with a thing for mobile homes... odd but OK.
And you're right about the middle class if you remove the huge % of folks who work for the city and county, but you cant remove those folks now can you? They’re here and they’re real.
It’s all basic supply and demand. They didnt build apartments for many years and the meteoric rise in housing prices fueled by easy credit put many people out of the ownership market. And yes, it’s their fault for not saving, buying or planning better but that's not something you need to rub into their faces. Especially if they dont see it that way. Jarvis, I am talking to you!
Do most of you realize that it’s about $400-500 a sq ft to build in this town? That's without the added costs of the land and the plethora of fees, taxes and other costs the city extracts from you. The idea of affordable housing is just a fantasy like unicorns and safe oil. It can’t happen besides, the wages are the problem, not the cost of housing.
And that’s a matter of there being more people willing and able to do your job than not... If you can’t afford to live here you need to make more money. It's not the cost of the rent, it’s your lack of income.
Don’t believe me? Look at how expensive London, Moscow, Hong Kong, NYC are and yet, amazingly, millions of people live there... somehow.
Rent Control is bad. It raises the rents for many to subsidize a few. Good for Granny, bad for everyone else. And with 20% of the inventory already locked by the city with its failed housing programs. It would only make the entire problem worse.
Posted on September 18 at 10:06 a.m.
Jarvis sure is confused. He seems to think that that his party of choice is better and/or different than the other one... What a tool who has been played as a fool.
Both sides have sucked us dry. The only difference is that the left is more honest about their thievery...
On Theodore Roosevelt Visits Santa Barbara
Posted on September 18 at 10:03 a.m.
Pini is a slum lord. He makes his living off of renting to illegal immigrants and miscreants and other deadbeats. The man has some serious issues but has somehow accumulated a huge number of rental units and wealth. People like him show clearly that wealth unto itself is not something to be admired.
The movie The Super comes to mind... This guy should be forced to live out his life in one of his decrepit old piles of junk and feces that he currently rents to drug addicts, illegal immigrants and otherwise dead beat members of our society.
On Pini Sues Carpinteria
Posted on September 18 at 9:43 a.m.
Two major factors drive this issue1) illegal immigrants 2) subsidized housing
1) The first takes up a large portion of the rental market, units that would normally be rented to students and to young professionals are instead rented to multiple families, for cash. There are thousands of people living in these units in our town.
2) Subsidized housing is a major issue that gets very little attention. Why is the City involved in providing housing anyhow? Why are so many units / land or otherwise taken off the market all together and worse, given to people at deep discounts? Why is this the cities job to care for people who dont have the means or the where with all to make enough money to afford to live here? We are a small city, I for the life of me do not understand why the city supplies housing to the poor. Many of which drive nice cars and most of which have cable TV and smartphones.
And to anyone who says its better here than SF or LA. Jobs in San Francisco and LA pay twice what they pay here. To compare a major metro area with SB is neither accurate or fair as the jobs here do not match the cost of living. Santa Barbara employers know they can pay less and they do as there is a constant stream of young, willing workers who will take what ever they can get.
Posted on September 17 at 12:45 p.m.
Let the jokes begin!
On Negligence Lawsuit Proceeds Against City
Posted on September 13 at 9:21 a.m.
I always find it amazing that conspiracy theorists cling to a single "what if" over actual, factual evidence. Just an example of how people bend the world to suit their view.
On Anti-Vaxxers on the Rise
Posted on September 11 at 12:45 p.m.
At least the illegals can plead ignorance. The others (neo-hippies) are simply stupid people and should have their children taken from them and be sterilized to assure no more offspring.
Some people are simply too stupid to be allowed children... too bad we cant take care of that problem and reduce the population at the same time.
Posted on September 9 at 9:36 a.m.
Jarvis, you're absolutely correct on this one.
In SB its best to be either poor or rich. Anyone in between gets screwed.
The city should not be in the business of housing. Period! The fact that 20% is off the market and subsidized by the 20% of the population that actually works (remove all govt employees and you have about 20% who actually produce net taxes).
How and why a city the size of this one needs or should care to provide housing is beyond me... most of the people living in those units can afford market rent and if they cant, move. Its not my job to pay for your shortcomings...
On Developer to Save Funk Zone
Posted on September 9 at 9:31 a.m.
Jack, I love your tunes but you put on the most boring shows I have ever seen. I know people still pay to see you stand there motionless and strum, but can you please play some smaller, intimate venues instead of the big ones?
The most boring show in history... yawn.
You know you're bad when the crowd gets more excited for the two cover songs you played. Just sayin!
On Animal Liberation Orchestra open for Jack Johnson at the Santa Barbara Bowl (Sept. 2, 2014)