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Posted on May 22 at 12:06 p.m.

This article and comments within miss the point. Venoco wants to continue the treat it's raw oil and gas at Ellwood and send the product to Exxon's Las Flores Canyon Consolidated Oil and Gas Processing Facility where it would enter along with Exxon's oil the All American pipeline for shipment to refineries. The key word is "consolidated". Exxon was allowed to build it's facility in Las Flores Canyon because they agreed to share the canyon with other producers of offshore oil and gas. The County wanted one or two larger facilities rather than a proliferation of smaller facilities along the coast.

But for reasons unknown Exxon has been unwilling to share it's facility with Venoco. Or at least has been unwilling to rent the space for a fee that is economicly viable for Venoco. County policies demand that any new production from the channel be processed at a consolidated facility. So any new oil brought ashore by Venoco, oil from slant drilling, must go to Las Flores. Why this onshore pipeline is being considered separate from the Full Field proposal makes no sense at all. State Lands Commission has already made it's preference known. A full field project should transport oil and gas from Platform Holly to Las Flores via underwater pipelines and the Ellwood Onshore Facility disbanded. Any support for the current onshore pipeline is likely an effort to kill the Full Field Project. Sort of like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

On Venoco Proposes Ditching Barge

Posted on May 17 at 9:20 a.m.

County policy mandates that any new oil production from the channel waters be processed at a Consolidated Facility. The only Consolidated Facility on the South Coast is Exxon's at Las Flores Canyon. While Exxon may continue to resist sharing their facility with other oil produces in the end it must. And the pipeline to connect Venoco's platform Holly to Las Flores will not be a land pipeline but rather a sub sea pipeline. The communities highest priority should and must be the relocation of the Ellwood Onshore Facility to the Las Flores Consolidated Oil and Gas Processing Facility.

On Venoco Proposes Ditching Ellwood Barge for New Pipeline

Posted on May 16 at 11:39 a.m.

Thanks for the link Jerry Roberts. But it does not take away the risk of the camel nose in the tent at all. Nor does Linda Krop's statement make this may be a supportable project. The following from your link;

"A budget trailer bill that would allow the Director of Finance to "reconsider" an offshore deal that conformed with legislative language defining six specific circumstances which apply only to the PXP deal; the most important is that oil and gas are draining into state waters at the site, and Tranquillon is the only project that meets that criteria."

Yes it is true that only at Tranquillon is oil belonging to the State being drained by a Federal platform at this time. But the amount being drained is small and the State is compensated for it . More importantly, what is to keep the Federals from leasing in Federal waters access to oil fields that can drain State oil? The geography of oil fields is not determined by the boundary line between State and Federal waters.

EDC should be ashamed at what they started and now seem willing to push again, oil drilling in State waters. They should say that they are sorry and made an serious error in judgment. Thank god we have people like Nava and Jordan to watch our backs.

On Tranquillon Ridge Project Returns

Posted on May 15 at 9:12 a.m.

The US Forest Service back in the late 70s or so did a study on the potential of creating a series of vertical fire breaks along prominent ridges extending from Camino Cielo to the foothills. The plan was to divide the front country mountains into around 7 or 8 blocks from Gaviota to Carpenteria. Each block would be burned about once every decade or so. There would never be more than one block a year burned. The burns would take place late in the fall under weather conditions that would allow for a cool burn. An Environmental Assessment was completed and easements for the fire breaks were acquired. But then Congress pulled the plug on implementation of the program. Perhaps now is the time to resurrect this program.

On Santa Barbara Endures Its Most Threatening Natural Disaster Ever

Posted on May 15 at 8:53 a.m.

Sevendolphins, the small amount of money given to farmers to repair their groves is small change compared to the damage to Goleta if those orchards had not been there. It was the green belt provided by farmers that allowed the Gap fire to be controlled without the loss of a single home.

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Posted on May 15 at 8:38 a.m.

I don't know what EDC was motivated by to jump into this mess in the first place. Perhaps it was money. perhaps it was ego, being the *deal maker*. In any case it was utter foolishness. And now the governator is trying to piggy back on that awful deal to open up California to new drilling in hopes of balancing the budget.

On Tranquillon Ridge Project Returns

Posted on May 4 at 7:50 a.m.

Hotel Condos" Start Out on Road for Planners' Approval


The Goleta DRB is a group of architects who screen proposals to make sure that they are not butt ugly. Whether a proposal fits within the General Plan, has environmental impacts, yada yada, is up to the Planning Commission and ultimately the City Council. Should this ugly thing get approved by the City (doubtful) it must then go to the California Coastal Commission. Dworman like Osgood is throwing money away and that is just fine. Both these out of town developers can't go bankrupt fast enough for me.

On Bacara Condos Pass Go

Posted on February 27 at 7:27 a.m.

Back in the days before Proposition 13 was passed school districts individually were funded by property taxes levied within that school district boundaries. The School Board every year would approve a budget and the amount of money needed to pay for that budget was raised by applying a tax rate on property sufficient to raise that money. In many districts where there were more persons owning property that had no children (businesses, farms) than voters with children school boards would often be composed of people who tried and often succeeded in keeping property taxes low at the expense of the children. Other districts like Beverly Hills had voters who wanted the best school money could buy and got it. So did Montecito. But then came the Serrano lawsuit which claimed that unequal funding for education in California violated the Equal Protection clause on the Constitution. Eventually the California Supreme Court concurred and ordered that over a period of some years spending must be equalized.

Around that time Howard Jarvis, a mega landlord, got Proposition 13 put on the ballot. It froze property taxes at 1% of the value at the time Prop 13 passed to be increased at only 1% of the 1% rate each year. Only if property was sold could lt be re-assessed to market value. This was a drastic cut for most school districts and would have led to many closing up shop. So the State came to the rescue by *backfilling* or giving the schools enough State money to make up for the Prop 13 loses. But they did more. They used this as an opportunity to equalize school funding by not giving the schools what they had but enough to bring them to a fixed amount determined by average daily attendance (ADA). In other words so many dollars per student As this phased in over time all students got the same amount of dollars with one exception. School districts that even after Prop 13 had enough property taxes to exceed the State ADA got to keep and spend their taxes just like before Serrano. In essence these districts are in violation of the Serrano decision. They are in violation of the law. And sooner than later this will again be back in court.

But there is another dynamic at play here today. The reason that many school districts revenues now exceed the State ADA is because of the Greenspan bubble. The bubble that burst in 2007. All these sales of homes and property at artificially high values added greatly to the property tax base. These properties are now loosing value as prices deflate. Most people who bought homes in the boom now are paying property taxes greatly higher than they should be based on current property value (down 30% state wide). They can and will ask for adjustments based on current value. As these adjustments occur over the next few years property taxes will go down. Many districts like Santa Barbara and Goleta will be back to ADA status and will likely again accept, even promote, transfers.

On S.B. School District Chooses Basic Aid

Posted on February 1 at 8:08 a.m.

The idea that by turning this down the oil companies get richer is flat wrong. The Tranquilian field could hold up to 200 million recoverable barrels of oil worth about 20 billion at $100 a barrel. That oil will not be retrieved now. The platforms that would (maybe) have been removed from Federal waters are scheduled to be removed well before the negotiated EDC deal time line. The only real public benefit from this deal may have been the opportunity to acquire 2000 acres of scrub brush. But even that aspect was kept secret.

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Posted on January 31 at 4:17 p.m.

It is a sad day when EDC and local enviros line up with Andy Caldweezl and Joe the anti tax man Armendez. EDC just screwed the pouch on this one doing *deals* with an oil company behind closed doors and asking their followers to blindly trust them. When EDC and we all got the Staff Report from State Land Commission they should have pulled the plug on this turkey and gone back to the drawing board. Instead they called in all their political favors and now have split the environmental community. Shame on them. This did not have to happen this way.

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