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Posted on February 28 at 5:05 p.m.

Why does it matter if your parents or your grandparents or even your great grandparents came from Argentina, Mexico, and points in between including Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic (but not Haiti sharing the same island), or Spain, Portugal (but not Russia, which had a foothold in part of California for a while)? Why should so much attention be given to those whose surnames end in a vowel as opposed to those whose names end in a consonant?

Residents now choose where they live in good part on the basis of economics. If you delineate poor areas, then by definition the other sections will be affluent and there will be 4-3 or 5-2 votes regularly for those areas, since they will represent their areas, not the city as a whole, as now.

If people want representation, let them run and vote. What is really needed is campaign finance reform, which, thanks to the Supremes, has to be voluntary. As for odd year or even year, didn't we just decide we wanted odd year elections because more attention would be paid to city elections when they are not full of state and national issues?

It may make sense in Long Beach (I don't think SB is at all like Long Beach except for being on the ocean) and it may have made some sense back in 70's, 80's, but it does not now.

On Activists Call for District Elections

Posted on February 28 at 7:05 a.m.

Not sure what J_A's point is: we always get the council people we elect, although soon not Easton who's decided to move away from Old Town Goleta to Noleta.

What Farr and Bennett are asking is what is very much on Goletans' minds, "Where's the fairness?" Geis should come up with numbers, not just assertions and those numbers should be compared with costs for similar services provided by other similar-sized California cities.

Seems to me to very patronizing of the county to say that the County gave what Goleta wanted; that's like saying that England gave the US what it wanted, independence. Those who lived in the unincorporated area of Goleta wanted their own city. They got it.

It' s time Goletans undertake all the duties of a city (and pay all the costs) in return for the independence they want.

On Revenue Deal Debated

Posted on February 24 at 1:37 p.m.

Very interesting interview; most are fluff - this is thoughtful. Thank you for it and thanks to Mr. Green. I was particularly interested in his comments on tribalism.

He and the Fund have seemed to epitomize that, but maybe there's hope for a broadening. There are more ways to work with, to help others than the polarizing ways of Mickey Flacks and the far left, the off-putting noise that doesn't even try to be conversation, that exchange of ideas that is increasingly rare in Santa Barbara public discourse.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Geoff Green

Posted on February 21 at 11:43 a.m.

Discoboy, you're right, without the water rights, they could not prevent it and I wrote rashly, but those private home wells are known and regulated. Or at least some of them are known. The aquiver belongs to all; I wonder if there isn't some way of protecting what is the common good? I think there is no statewide protection, as there is for the coast, but otherwise, is there any county regulation of county aquifers? Or can one just suck one's neighbor dry?

If Montecito wants more water, why not build its own desal plant? Miramar Desal?

On Love Me, Love My Dog

Posted on February 20 at 3:54 p.m.

Nope, it is not the first time. Even as recently as 2005, they had a Water Supply Optimization Plan, by Bachman and Ahlroth (google for the pdf) -- and it would seem that they did not do what was recommended. Interestingly, one of the options then was not telling SB to restart its desal plant, as Gregg Hart was agitating for at the last SB City Council meeting.

As the Indy wrote on Simmons's death: "While the rest of the South Coast was parched and under strict conservation rules, Simmons was willing to spend $25,500 in Montecito Water District surcharges so he could dump almost 10 million gallons in one year on his 23-acre estate. After much wrangling, he agreed to drill his own well."

The MWD should not have allowed so many private wells to drain down the relatively shallow water table, especially since groundwater was the MWD's important fall back option.

This is not a new problem and it is hard to feel any sympathy for them, except for the ag users. See the Indy's 2008: http://www.independent.com/news/2008/...

On Love Me, Love My Dog

Posted on February 16 at 10:44 p.m.

Wow, so there's life still in Goleta's General Plan!?! I thought it was dead, eviscerated by a not so-loving council, itself the face of a citizenry that didn't care to put up more than two candidates for two seats.

But it's promising a return to health! We can barely wait. There's little time remaining:
"To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”

On Where Did All This Growth Come From?

Posted on February 14 at 8:18 p.m.

Thanks for this report - and research. Can you point to where these campaign $ reportings are available for the public? I searched the County Elections office site and did not find a link.

On It's the Money, Honey

Posted on February 13 at 10:22 a.m.

Living in an area where there have been several stabbings, seen blood on the sidewalk, I think it would be helpful to market our house as being in a gang-free zone.

But I don't think real estate values should be the important factor: public safety is; alternatives for young people are. Perhaps there can be a combination, an injunction that targets only the worst of the bad AND an increased reach-out to youth with healthy (for them and for the city) options. For instance, there's a program in LA of working with teens and shelter dogs, teaching compassion. Another was shown on PBS last night, PAW (Pups and Wards) working with teenage probationers, former gang members, through the Orange County Probation Department.

It's not an either-or, at least not for many.

On Gang Injunction Trial Slated for Cinco de Mayo

Posted on February 11 at 10:16 a.m.

Wonderful conversation! I, too, benefitted greatly from studying French and Latin in high school, wishing now (but not then!) to have started in elementary school. Having both French and Latin helped me later learn Russian. ...Using none of them now, they're mostly forgotten but helpful in beginning a study of Spanish.

It will be interesting to see if the Adelante students do better than their one-language counterparts. That 87% of SB City College students are below college level in English is shocking: http://www.thechannels.org/news/2014/...

On The Bilingual Advantage

Posted on February 11 at 9:46 a.m.

Sounds great, but if you don't have a shuttle, don't know anyone who would want to share the walk, anyone know if there is any bus service? Or maybe it would have to be done in two stages.

On Walking the Santa Barbara Coast

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