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Posted on June 30 at 10:37 a.m.
While a total waste to use the RDA funds for the police station, it seems it would be better than to continue using them for the SB Housing Authority to buy housing for the homeless. The real problem is the RDA funds aren't being spent on anything that in any way improves blight in SB or results in a higher tax base down the road, which is the underlying justification for RDA funds.
On Police Station Public Enemy #1
Posted on March 25 at 2:27 p.m.
Crazy thing is most of the business owners who cry foul when Dickson lists their places as for sale are quietly going around letting people know their business is for sale. Just because they don't put up a big "For Sale" sign in the front yard doesn't mean they aren't desperately trying to get someone/anyone to make an offer to take their restaurant off their hands. They just don't want it publicized because of the potential loss in sales if customers think you're going out of business. Understandble they'd be concerned but not acceptable to trash Dixon's efforts in an attempt to maintain the charade.
Somehow I doubt Ronchietto will be calling Dixon to apologize for accurately reporting: the restaurant was sold, who bought it and the end date for Cafe Buenos Aires
On Cafe Buenos Aires <em>Not</em> Sold, Says Owner
Posted on March 4 at 1:33 p.m.
If there was a time the RDA funds were being used wisely in Santa Barbara, it surely isn't still going on now. Now the housing authority is using that money to purchase housing for the homeless. How does that improve the property values in the surrounding areas? After all, that is how the use of RDA funds is justified......they remove the blight which ultimately increases property taxes, which is why its justified to spend tax dollars to benefit private and non-profit businesses.
Das is right to ask the local mayors to tone down the rhetoric. Are the mayors going to complain when the other services suffer additional cuts because they refused to cooperate in the budget process or will they acknowledge that their refusal to do away with the RDAs only contributed to the problem?
And no, it is not a waste of time to discuss the corruption. All of the social services agencies and non-profits in town that elected Schneider are the very ones with their hands out asking for money to purchase buildings so their programs can operate with artificially low office/space expenses and inflated salaries. All the while not benefiting a single taxpayer in the process. The people who don't want to look under those rocks are most likely in on it or ignorantly furthering that agenda.
On How Now Bow-Wow?
Posted on March 4 at 10:31 a.m.
I get the feeling at some point someone was kicked out of Elings Park or his was dog denied a license or something like that. Can't wait to hear about all the drunk driving arrests that have come from people who were at the Park. Probably shouldn't hold my breath waiting for something from someone with zero credibility.
On Bikes and Brides
Posted on January 14 at 12:05 p.m.
Anyone whose ever had to dumpster dive for a kids toy can definitely feel for your husband. Once you're in the dumpster, there is no way you're leaving without what you went in there for in the first place. Only bigger disappointment than the look on a kid's face when they realize their beloved toy/stuffed animal has been tossed away is the look on their face if you come out of the dumpster unvictorious.
Great article...thanks for sharing.
On Memories of the Miramar
Posted on January 14 at 11:07 a.m.
Glad to see people had the good sense to point out the real problem here. While the "sand in the fountain" claim may have been a bit of a stretch, the bottom line is this guy is a pretty surly panhandler who feels its his right to use public property for his own benefit.
Can't wait to see him there in a six months still trying to "sort out" his class schedule. No way this guy leaves town. I'm also guessing he doesn't stop dipping his bucket into the fountain.
On Sandman Leaving Town After Citation
Posted on December 15 at 1:49 p.m.
Despite all the speculation, Rowse's own comments appear to put him somewhere in the middle of the spectrum and able to jump party lines to support individual candidates or issues.
And Pritchett's belief that he's entitled to know Rowse's future intentions regarding the next election is absurd. Hopefully neither Rowse nor the rest of the council will make decisions based on who is running in the next election. We need to address our problems now, not wait until the future.
On Rowse in the House
Posted on December 9 at 11:43 a.m.
UCSB Men's Soccer Team is a great asset to the community and I wish them the best of luck in the future.
On At the Gates of Soccer Heaven
Posted on December 3 at 10:21 a.m.
Can only assume the 1 vote for Jostes came from himself. Highly unlikely anyone on the Council votes for him since it seems the cat is out of the bag in terms of his stability.
On The next city councilmember should be:
Posted on November 11 at 12:49 p.m.
How can this be? Didn't Janet Wolf just tell us what a wonderful job she did pushing through a balanced budget? The fact that the County's actuary recommended a steeper drop than the 7.75 accepted by the Board of Retirement is very telling. They didn't go lower because it would have required the County to put even more money away. Of course, does anyone really think the County is earning 7.75% on its investments right now? Of course not. Instead, this is a political attempt to kick the can down the road rather than having to deal with the real pension problem now. Great strategy. That's how the State of California was able to get its budget into the shining example it is today.
On $30 Million Budget Bump