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Posted on January 24 at 10:09 a.m.
Agreed, disinformation seems to reign around here. From the IRS website, 501 (c)4 is a classification of non-profit for civic leagues and social welfare organizations. A (c)4 exists to "further the common good and general welfare of the people of the community (such as by bringing about civic betterment and social improvements)." Community parades, health fairs, trick or treats, pedestrian safety, and homeless outreach (per the Indy 12/24) certainly fit that bill.
Cathy, on the other hand, is a politician. Her "bestie" Jacqueline Inda, leader of PODER, suing the city for district elections hoping to become the Eastside City Council rep, is political. Grant House is a former city councilman, and must be running again this year, seeking to pull a Hart and reinstall himself on council. These are politicos.
Who is spreading all this information about the proposed business improvement district, a model used by businesses across the country? A model Latinos have started up in Salinas, Pacoima, and other cities to improve their lot as businesses? Who advocated for high-density zoning for the Eastside that allows out-of-area developers to come in and buy up property for development, as has been happening for years, and has nothing to do with the business community? Who is creating all this noise, while masking their actions that promote gentrification in the area?
On The Eastside Assessment Reaches Beyond Milpas
Posted on January 19 at 11:57 a.m.
14noscams, the intent of a BID is to improve the business environment and promote existing businesses in the area to boost their sales. More business for them means more jobs, and many eastside businesses would like more business! A cleaner district with events for families to enjoy benefits everyone in the surrounding community. You're speaking of larger economic forces shaping current city decisions. A BID lets the merchants decide the services they want to provide themselves, and how the district businesses are promoted, giving them greater control over their business's destiny. Absent a BID, they are indeed at the mercy of market and city-driven forces that may well not be to their ultimate benefit.
On Eastside Business District Gets Rocky Reception
Posted on December 13 at 12:30 a.m.
White collar = professional or executive workers, usually in private industry, but these days found in many areas of public sector. Managerial, accounting, finance, sales, etc. Also programmers, and other salaried professionals who are not compensated for overtime, though expected to put a lot of it in, thus the term 'white collar slavery'.
Blue collar: traditionally, manufacturing sector, plumbing, electrician, auto mechanic, grocery, etc. Now includes police, fire fighters, and government workers that maintain parks, repair roads, maintain light poles, etc. Traditionally meant good paying job, no college degree required.
Pink collar: secretaries and clerical. Underpaid, overworked. Traditionally female, especially in large corporations.
Black collar: film execs and the newly arising "creative class".
"White collar crime" is bilking, defrauding, and embezzling from corporations, or even wealthy individuals and funds, usually by senior executives, who then leave in disgrace but with golden parachutes intact, while producing dismal results or losses for stockholders.
In the context of this discussion, proof yet again that Indy readers are a largely insular lot, given to misappropriation of terms they don't actually understand.
On Justice Demands Accountability
Posted on December 3 at 8:37 p.m.
Cathy Murillo came to my business, to try to shoot the proposed business district down, with falsehoods. I knew the truth, but wow…that was an ugly tactic. Hey Cathy, newsflash: our sales will go up with a nice safe and clean district, which means more sales tax revenue for the city, and you. What’s the problem? I say let the businesses decide this for ourselves, without some meddling politician who clearly doesn’t understand how hard it is to be a small business in this town.
On Making Things Better on the Eastside
Posted on November 24 at 3:26 p.m.
And Cathy Murillo wraps her arms around them all!
On Palabra Keeping the Peace?
Posted on November 20 at 3:46 p.m.
"these knee jerk reactionary comments by people who aren't thinking dialectically is really a shame." nitrogen
Yeah, like yours, arguing that gangsters shouldn't have to face arrest and prosecution because it hurts their families. So why not put your energy into sending the message that gang involvement hurts families? Instead, you want to get rid of the criminal justice system that metes out the consequences for engaging in criminal gang activities.
We don't get rid of gangs by eliminating consequences for their actions.
How's that for some dialectical thinking for ya?
Posted on November 20 at 10:53 a.m.
So Palabra's main message is now gang membership = good, just don't kill each other, homies. Uhh, his #2 Macias just got convicted for collecting drug tax $ for the Mexican mafia, kidnapping, etc, and SBPD is busy busting Mexican Mafia gang members. If local gang members are working for the Mexican Mafia, and local gang membership is endorsed by Palabra, then gee Wally, guess Macias isn't the only Mexican Mafioso in Palabra. No wonder SBPD doesn't believe Palabra's pathetic attempt to disguise themselves as the good guys. Foundations stopped donating to Palabra? Duh! Who wants to be associated with furthering the activities of an enormous, brutal criminal cartel????
At this point, the rational person just has to question the obvious:
Why is Cathy Murillo so in bed with Palabra?
Posted on November 19 at 3:27 p.m.
Let me guess. You got out before Casa Esperanza moved in and the gangs cranked up. Oh happy memories of children walking gleefully full the neighborhood that experienced a 500% increase in crime from 1998 to 2010 according to SBPD. But you got out long before then, wrote your memoirs, listed them on Amazon for $9.90, and now reside in Lompoc.
On Magnificent Milpas
Posted on November 19 at 3:21 p.m.
Why does Sue Butcher, whose trust is listed as owning property behind the Montecito Country Club, care? Does the Montecito Association have staff, and how much do they pay them? How much does downtown pay theirs?
On Milpas District Includes Salary?
Posted on November 14 at 7:24 p.m.
Loonpt writes "People think they can just move anywhere they want "
Yeah, buddy, that IS the problem. There were retirees living on Oceano, and the City College kids started moving in and tearing up the neighborhood. That is the complaint being leveled here. People living in these neighborhoods were invaded by the party set, and do not like it. Get the order here, will ya?
On City College Mending Fences with Neighbors?