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Posted on October 25 at 11:52 a.m.
LOL, dolphinpod14 - swimmingly great comments~ and right on, too, dogsnsand!
On Getting to Four
Posted on October 25 at 11:40 a.m.
It's absolutely meaningless that the bill says no gambling facilities — how would it be enforced? Nation-to-nation agreements are known as treaties and there are serious issues of enforcement. Usually, public opinion is effective, but we've seen how the Chumash Nation government responds to the pubic opinion of their neighbors in the County and the County itself - with the proverbial and figurative finger.
Jurisdiction and law enforcement, including civil law issues on tribal lands are complicated issues. The whole point of the Chumash effort to bring the land into the reservation is to have jurisdiction over it, including what they will do on it. Mr. Armenta may ask now to have a statement in the legislation about no gambling and be serious in that intent, but he knows well that is not binding on future tribal leadership.
On Chumash Call on Congress for Camp 4
Posted on October 24 at 11:24 a.m.
Great round-up of the candidates; thanks for it! It's helped me decide on my council choices and it most certainly will not be Gregg "Widen 101" Hart who vows to reopen the General Plan process.
From what I remember of the years of Gen. Plan Update work and the many meetings, he was not in active/participating attendance at any of the workshops or planning commission or council meetings. I wonder what he wants to change, probably something to do with transportation. As it is, the change of parking requirements to just one parking place will mean more cars parked on the streets for all but single person occupants. And it remains a puzzle why it is that the Sierra Club endorsed him since he had such a terrible Coastal Commission record and he aims to widen the freeway, not put the money into alternative transportation.
Of the also-rans, Kramer sounds very interesting. Good for him (and us) for putting himself and his ideas out there. He seems to be the only one talking about the need for structural changes in the city's electoral processes.
Posted on October 20 at 6:19 p.m.
If this is the slate that voted to endorse Gregg Hart in this election, then, no, I, a Sierra Club member, do not support them. Back when Gray Davis appointed him to the Coastal Commission, the Ventana branch of the Sierra Club urged that he not be reappointed, that he had the worst environmental/conservation record. (Davis reappointed him but before recalled.)
I am generally opposed to the local group, many of whom do not live in Santa Barbara City, for instance, making endorsements in local elections, but this endorsement was outrageous.
On Dear Sierra Club Members
Posted on October 17 at 9:43 p.m.
Noletaman is right: Hart's record on the Coastal Commission was so bad that the Ventana Sierra Club urged Gov. Gray Davis to not reappoint him. He had the lowest pro-conservation voting record in 2001, more pro-development than any Deukemejian or Wilson appointee. ...The local Sierra Club is apparently so in the pocket of the Democrats that they pay no attention to the actual voting records.
On The Mayor Just Wants to Have Fun
Posted on October 17 at 12:07 p.m.
The one who is really creepy and scary in her city ignorance is Alley who answered the question of the SBView, "What new revenue sources do you envision for the City of Santa Barbara?, with this non-answer:“As the economy improves, the City continues to see an increase in revenue from property taxes, sales taxes and transient occupancy (bed) tax. I support expanding enforcement of existing tax collections, including business license fees and transient occupancy tax collections for short-term rentals.” – Megan Alley - See more questions/answers at: http://www.santabarbaraview.com/#stha... . Probably even the most hostile to the city would not be in favor of city spies poking around, peering in windows for the illegal rentals so as to collect TOT, even if possible.
If there are but two electoral evils in this race, Alley and Hotchkiss, (and there are more) Hotchkiss is the lesser. This election calls out for a none-of-the-above vote. Only Wiscomb and Landecker seem to have a grasp of the financial issues, with thoughtful ways of tackling them but both of those have baggage, the former's relatively recent, although longer than Alley's, local residence; and the latter has an overweening self-regard which seems to deafen him to other viewpoints.
As for the others, Harwood-Bendy seems to have retreated to his above-it-all aerie and doesn't answer questions - probably safer that way, although it says a lot about what he says about the SB electorate; Hart already is drawing one public salary from the County, and is greedy for an additional city salary (nice double public pension he'll get if he gets elected!) — anyone who supported term limits for Council, as we in the city did, should have a hard time voting for someone fast-talking, wiggling away from the spirit of the law.
It's been a very disappointing campaign with few newer ideas (Nelson has some) and even fewer sparkings of voter interest.
On Why the S.B. City Election Matters
Posted on October 11 at 8:08 a.m.
I agree with John Locke in that there should be no censorship. This, at $1,500/ticket was pretty clearly a fund-raising speech and not an educational presentation.
What's shameful about Westmont is that a recent graduate, 2011, Tahlia, had never heard of Kissinger and had to google his name! That is quite shocking.
On Open Letter to Westmont College
Posted on October 10 at 9:29 p.m.
And in the meantime, greedy Goleta is undergoing a major development cycle, with the very large Westar development beginning at Hollister/Storke, the Hilton Garden Inn also at Storke/Hollister, with more further east along Hollister.
On Dry with a Chance of Drier
Posted on October 10 at 9:21 p.m.
Endorsement of the property-owning old guys, who urge more development and increased density for the poor folks, but not for the upper east, where Mickey Flacks lives, or where Hart lives or where White lives or where Landecker lives.
Not so independent an Independent after all. Of the three independents in the race, only pro-development Jordan got a wink, while Nelson and Wiscomb were not even mentioned. Wow!
On Helene Schneider for Mayor; Bendy White, Gregg Hart, David Landecker for City Council
Posted on October 10 at 11:34 a.m.
To get Latino districts (and why wouldn't that be unconstitutional) there'd have to be serious gerrymandering. Maybe a better form of district elections, not based on presumed ethnicity as determined by the last name, would be economic gerrymandering. The lower east and the lower west, for instance, are distinguished primarily by lower incomes than are so in the hillside area inhabited by Mr Salomon.
Economics is what determines where one lives, but I doubt that economic gerrymandering would be acceptable.
On When Voting Is Illegal
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