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Posted on November 14 at 5:53 a.m.
If Alley had not run, it is probable that Hotchkiss would have lost. Thanks, Megan! And it is true that mayor Schneider's victory was lop-sided - she's done a very good job! But it is also true that her per vote cost was likely the highest in SB history, while Scoles's was probably among the lowest, getting more than 4,000 votes, truly grassroots, spending practically nothing,
On Final Election Results Released
Posted on November 6 at 7:33 p.m.
I agree also about the neighborhood polling places. Having worked at some of them for quite a few years, I recall how important it was to some to show up and vote. (People still could vote by mail but a surprising number just liked going to 'their' polling place.) I hope there's an analysis provided of how much money this by mail election saved --- and is it worth it when the numbers are so down. Otoh, 3000 voted on the last day so maybe the idea of vote by mail just needs a little more time.
DrDan: Landecker has been saying to just about everyone for years how much he wanted to run for Council --- he wasn't pushed at all to run by either Blum or Schneider, both of whom he credits with encouraging him. And probably both of whom got tired of hearing him speak of it. As for Hart v. Schneider, you don't give her enough credit — she'll work very smoothly with him. He's a rather middle-of-the-road Democrat, as Murillo will figure out quickly enough, one not wanting to antagonize those who might help him with his next step. If it's Capps's seat, it is not likely he could beat Carbajal.
Seems to me the Dems should be pretty pleased with themselves, not mixed up at all: two of three got elected last night with a Dem. mayor. To win the third seat, they would have done better to run someone who knew rather more about city policies and issues than the newcomer one they chose. Two years from now is not that far off: Dale Francisco will be termed out and Randy Rowse will be up for re-election, as will Cathy.
On 2013 City Council Election Results
Posted on November 6 at 9:58 a.m.
The big loser in this was Murillo who promoted Alley as though she were her clone. Interesting picture featuring a sad-looking, beaten David Landecker and the other David, Pritchett, mourning, probably his candidate's failure. Hart is no way similar to Grant House, except that both are Democrats.
Congrats to all three winners.
Posted on October 30 at 1:15 p.m.
Mars: The reason there is not space for two cars/unit is because the high density people, including Bendy, fought to have only one space, saying that that way the units could be built cheaper and therefore have lower rents. It's now part of the city zoning. When asked about what would happen if a couple had two cars, they shrugged. Obviously, the answer will be on street parking. Or paid garage parking for this development at approx. $150/month, not even chicken feed to Bendy et al but substantial to some renters.
This may not be a problem in this area since the Granada Garage remains not full most of the time. It is going to be a serious problem on Milpas, when they begin implementing higher density developments there. ...If you don't like it, then you know whom to vote for - or at least whom not to vote for: Landecker, Alley, White, Hart all favor high density housing with the one car/unit parking standard.
On Rental Housing Project Survives Challenge
Posted on October 30 at 1:04 p.m.
That is really, really too bad about the one at Hendry's. It's a great service. As for Waller Park, it has a wonderful dog park there, much better than any of the two in Goleta — why doesn't Santa Barbara have an offleash, fenced dog park? — but why would it need a washing station?
On Pet Wash Stations To Be Removed
Posted on October 30 at 11:06 a.m.
SBthinkso: Because Mr. Corwin owns the land, as he owns all the movie theaters in this town and many elsewhere - and what he says goes. He didn't want to wait longer (and he has been waiting to do this for a while.) Too bad he didn't choose an architect who does more interesting designs than the trademark and unimaginative Peikert stucco.
Very accurate story of yesterday's meeting --- except a better headline would have been "'Village' trumps 'Alma'". It was very clear once he began speaking that Corwin's smoothness, the longtime business owner who loves Santa Barbara so much he doesn't live here, would prevail over the sharp-elbowed San Franciscan, Cafarelli, who will live here part-time. It didn't hurt that Corwin hired Amerikaner to present his case and rounded up Conklin, Marshall Rose and other 'notables' to speak for him.
What was clear from the video clips is that it is a thankless job being on the HLC.
Posted on October 29 at 9:43 a.m.
I think quite a few said at the time that dissolving the RDA would not help the local SB schools; it would succeed in hurting local efforts to provide affordable housing, however. Both of those turn out to be true.
On School District Owes State $7.9 Million
Posted on October 29 at 9:37 a.m.
Hopefully, those arguing that a gang injunction is illegal, unconstitutional, that is, will encourage people in those jurisdictions where it exists to challenge their laws so that we here don't have to pay the costs. (The model of the EIR for the plastic bag ban is a good one: joining with other jurisdictions shares the costs.)
There are many such injunctions in California and so far, despite arguments about the legality, they have not been found to be unconstitutional in all aspects. Those interested, hello, Jason Nelson!, might read this Daily Journal article: http://tinyurl.com/qcteqcd. It's so that a USDC has ruled against an Orange County injunction on due process bases but the devil is always in the details. Where they have been ruled against, as recently, in Utah, it's been on procedural grounds, rather than constitutional. So far.
Whether an injunction is the right tool for Santa Barbara is another question which I hope will be discussed in depth after the election.
On Republican Liberty Caucus Speaks Against Gang Injunction
Posted on October 29 at 9:15 a.m.
This is great! I hope there is planned to be a way to retrofit existing vehicles!
As noted, deer are not usually much of an issue in California but even one can do serious damage - to both person and deer --- and there most certainly are issues here in this now heavily populated state with persons staggering or wandering on the streets.
On Car Safety Company Debuts Deer Detection System
Posted on October 25 at 10:24 p.m.
Windows - it is just amazing that Hart has all that Democratic support; not only did he have the worst environmental record when he was on the Coastal Commission (and the Ventana Sierra Club urged Gov. Davis to not reappoint him), but when he was on the city council in 2002, he was the only council member to oppose the Resolution against launching a preventive war in Iraq and about a year later opposed, along with councilmembers Secord and Fairly, the Santa Barbara citizens resolution against the Patriot Act (it passed 4-3.)
And now those same Democratic organizations that promoted those measures, groups and individuals that used to care about conservationist efforts on the Coastal Commission, are supporting him for his rerun on the city council. ...Just amazing.
On Getting to Four
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