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Posted on December 16 at 10:37 a.m.
One other thing to consider is that had the Board rejected the appeal is that the County would have been sued which would cost the County a lot of money to defend, but, more importantly, delayed the project for a significant period of time.
On Santa Maria Energy Should Thank, Not Attack, Supervisors
Posted on December 13 at 9:16 p.m.
My god, FF and I actually agree on something! Chandra cleared out some dead wood at the County and tried to bring some fiscal responsibility to the Board. Unfortunately they, or at least three of them, resented this and used the Orange County debacle as an excuse to not renew her contract.
On Chandra Wallar a Finalist for Dallas City Manager Job
Posted on December 13 at 9:26 a.m.
From the Board report:
"The agreement also implements a 2% wage increase for employees in job classifications represented by Local 721 effective on December 23, 2013, and a 1% wage increase for these employees effective on July 6, 2015. The approximate increased costs in each fiscal year based on current employee counts are estimated in the table below:
Fiscal Year 2013-14 498,000Fiscal Year 2014-15 1,416,000Fiscal Year 2015-16 791,000Total 2,705,000"
On County Approves New Union Contract
Posted on December 12 at 2:29 p.m.
The article should have noted that the County and the much larger SEIU Local 620 have yet to agree on a contract. I always find it interesting that this concern over County salaries and unfunded pension liability was not an issue until the economy tanked and the amount of incoming County revenue decreased as well. This revenue is made up of primarily property taxes, sales taxes, and service fees, so I'm not really sure how increased pay for public sector workers results in a "pay cut to the rest of us." I predict that as the economy continues to improve people will grow tired of flogging this issue and any potential backlash will fade away.
Posted on December 12 at 11:41 a.m.
So, patrickmarr, you would deny people that are disabled and not able to hike being able to visit and enjoy the Islands?
On Debate Over Fate of Channel Islands
Posted on December 5 at 10:27 a.m.
Funny, I sat in on many of the meetings of the GavPAC and didn't see that it was comprised as described above. Mayby some evidence would provide some credibiity to your arguement.
And the "major mansionization" approved by the Planning Commission (and very likely to be appealed to the Board of Supervisors and the Coastal Commission) was all of two houses on two existing lots that are both larger than 60 acres.
If you want to preserve the Gaviota Coast as open space forever then you need to buy it, because the County certainly cannot afford to.
On The Great Gaviota Compromise
Posted on November 22 at 1:58 p.m.
Foo - your statement that Santa Maria needs to increase its population until it swallows up the 3rd, 4th and 5th Districts is actually the opposite of what happens. As the Santa Maria population grows, the 4th and 5th Districts actually contract since the population of each District is required to be roughly equal. Look at the 2001 versus 2011 Supervisorsial Districts map.
Also, I believe that Rose, Schwartz and Marshall were known as the Twisted Sisters, at least according to Andy Caldwell.
Lastly, the North County had a 3 -2 majority both when Firestone and Chamberlain were the 3rd District Supervisors..
But otherwise I agree with you, depending on where they draw the dividing line.
On Considering a County Split
Posted on November 21 at 12:45 p.m.
What is so expensive about installing a roundabout in this location? Caltrans. This is State Route 225, and anytime Caltrans gets involved, costs go way up.
On Roundabout or Stoplight at Cliff and Las Positas?
Posted on November 7 at 9:26 a.m.
One translation of "rincon" is corner, which applies perfectly to the location of the new hotel.
On Goleta Approves New Rincon Palms Hotel
Posted on November 6 at 9:46 a.m.
Land use planning in Santa Barbara County is not a popularity contest so the fact that there are 2,700 petitions that oppose the project really doesn't play into the decision-making process. Also, since the vast majority of these petitions are probably just form letters that an individual signs, they have even less effect on the Planning Commissioners and the Board of Supervisors.
My prediction is that the Board will approve the project, the County will get sued on the basis of a supposedly inadequate CEQA document, and SME will have to spend $$$ defending the County. So, as always, it is the lawyers that come out on top.
On Santa Maria Energy Opposition Is 2,700 Petitions Strong
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