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Posted on August 16 at 10:18 a.m.
Too big next to the Arlington. Views of the most singular building in the downtown area will be lost almost completely from Victoria Street. Look at the story poles.
Also, too pricey. IMHO, we shoujld support affordable rental development downtown but there is no market for million dollar plus condos, nor will there be even by 2018.
On New Vision for Old Vons Lot
Posted on August 14 at 10:33 a.m.
OK, JohnLocke, case made... have a great life in the midwest. You've found your place in the sun, so why do keep ranting about California?
On The Gloomiest Gloom Ever?
Posted on July 10 at 2:24 p.m.
Bob Carman was a generous, congenial, insightful man who was a great positive role model and influence on many distance runners over the past five decades.
On Obituary for Robert A. Carman
Posted on June 16 at 6:43 p.m.
Both Dudley and Lynn seem like ruthless competitors -- a trait to be valued in a criminal law attorney.
But, really, after attacking Dudley's ethics and competence so viciously during the campaign, who would expect that Lynn would continue to work in the DA's office under her leadership? And why on earth would he want to work for her? And what boss would want a bitter rival in a position of great responsibility within the organization.
Bear in mind that Bramsen is legally forbidden to go public with any specifics of a personnel matter but Lynn is free to say anything he wants without fear of contradiction. Also, since he is an at-will employee he can be let go at any moment without cause... so what possible basis could there be for a lawsuit?
Lynn is a smart guy and he knew from the get-go how this would turn out. If he were as ethical and classy as he is smart then he would have resigned on election night. Instead he decided to stick around and get a lot more media coverage to launch whatever his next career move will be.
On Josh Lynn Terminated
Posted on May 24 at 7:40 a.m.
Well, partisan sarcasm is certainly a lot easier.
But, speaking from a local perspective the cost of commercial space is crippling to small businesses. State Street is littered with empty store fronts because of rental prices that have forced dozens of employers to close or move. It is mystifying to see landlords allow commercial sites sit totally empty rather than to at least partially defray costs by lowering rents. Apparently the combination of tax laws and mortgage debt have nullified the laws of supply and demand.
Industrial space in Santa Barbara is virtually non-existent. Whole blocks that used to house small manufacturers and craftsmen have been replaced by pricey mixed-use condo developments where no one can afford to buy either the retail spaces or the residences. Sometimes the projects never even get built -- take a look at the Levy Entrada project. Now the city code crackdown seems to have doomed several small businesses in the "funk zone".
Our family used to run a small manufacturing business in buildings that have since been demolished and has been a vacant lot for many years now... there are many locals with similar stories. Even if we had stayed in business, competition from nominally American corporations using outsourced foreign labor or illegal immigrant workers would have ruined our local factory.
But one step at a time: How do we re-generate affordable commercial and industrial sites? I dunno, but I think that has to be a fundamental element in keeping businesses here in SB and in California.
On Meg Whitman Confident as Ever
Posted on May 22 at 5 p.m.
"How do we keep businesses from fleeing California?"
Hmmm, I guess we should elect someone who is in the pocket of Goldman Sachs?
They know business, and what's good for Goldman Sachs is good for California. They certainly know how to maintain good credit ratings; maybe they can bundle California's bad debts, get them rated AAA and sell them off to foreign investors so we have no responsibility anymore! Yeah, that's the ticket... run government more like business :-)
Posted on May 14 at 8:01 a.m.
NOTE: Bike Station is not a storage facility, it is a parking facility.
On Inside the Bikestation
Posted on April 5 at 7:01 a.m.
Think Ty may be a little over-extended?
Maybe he could open up his palace next to the Biltmore for high-roller hotel guests. You know, the place where he bought the big house next door just to demolish it to improve his view.
Or, maybe it might be more efficient to just build the ice rink into the mansion plans?
How much does this guy spend on landscaping the areas outside the fence of his residence? The plantings are beautiful and enhance the whole area. And yet he has a $345 million debt that he can't pay off and had to renegotiate.
Normal folks who only have a mortgage on one home and borrowed stupidly would face foreclosures and bankruptcy when they can't pay off a huge debt, but, as the story says, Ty probably will not lose the Biltmore or his personal castle. Beanie baby billionaires get to play by different rules.
On Ty Warner Loans Get Reprieve
Posted on March 4 at 7:19 a.m.
The School Board has to make brutal cuts across all programs. GATE is the least important of all these possible cuts. If parents want academic rigor and are not satisfied with Honors sections, they should put their children in AP or IB or dual-enrollment classes where high level performance is required. Get over it and move on.
On What’s in a Name?
Posted on February 12 at 12:18 p.m.
They can't cut the bean counters because the whole system is currently based on counting beans (read API scores). Outrageous $$$ is devoted to standardized testing and data analysis instead of teaching .They can't ditch the shrinks because highly organized special education activists will sue the socks off the district if they fail to provide each identified kid with indvidualized services (there are reasons why special ed administrators rotate out so frequently).All this stuff is mandated by federal and state law without funds to implement the programs. And changes the district CAN make (such as the common sense combination of GATE and Honors classes at the 9-12 level) are met with steadfast opposition from parents who have particular agendas for their children.
On The Cruelest of Cuts
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