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Posted on July 25 at 4:49 p.m.
Let's pay public pensions on the same scale at SSI .. that would solve the pension problem.
On A Day Without a Bus
Posted on July 18 at 3:06 p.m.
Does anyone really think the county is really interested in provide housing for low income people? A few years ago there was an audit of the 'for sale' affordable house, a large percentage of these were not legal (owners not living there, sublets, owners owning other market rate homes). The excuse --the county does not have enough resources to monitor!The county is interested in getting the money to build affordable house, with a big chunk goes to their administrative overhead (salaries and pensions). The county is interested in collecting rents to pay on going salaries and pensions. But sorry there is no money to do the job of monitoring!! Take a look at the housing budget, they do not pay property taxes, they need more money from the county for repairs. Their overhead is outrages compared to private property management even when taking into consideration the rents are low. Sorry, but affordable housing has nothing to do with providing for those in need, it is about revenue for the county.
On County Housing May Owe $3.5 Million
Posted on July 18 at 2:10 p.m.
I have always voted YES for school bonds, but I am not at all happy about the cost increase.
It was very clear in the 'campaign' what the cost would be -- her is a good example of the campaign message http://www.sbunified.org/districtwp/w...
Now we are being told that it will cost more -- and that was clear in the 'fine print'. Do I feel like I have been lied to? YES. Will I vote for a school bond again? At this point that would be NO
It was very clear that the voters were not in favor of high cost school bonds. The board tried to get more money, it did not pass.
On School District Approves Bond Sales
Posted on July 18 at 12:34 p.m.
What about contacting the Teamster Union and telling them to withdraw their objection. The worse possible outcome would be agreement to not include the teamster union members in the CA pension reform. The pension reform was a small step in the right direction, chipping away at it would be a wrong move.
Posted on July 12 at 11:50 a.m.
Does the 10 cents go to the county? When the city of SB was looking at charging for bags it was a TAX. Just another revenue generation for the city. If the stores get to keep the 10 cents -- that is ok but ridiculous. Forcing a private company to charge for something they would normally give away free, too much government control. I buy $200-300 of groceries at a time and use 4-5 bags. Will 40-50 cents make me want to run home and get my reusable bags when I stop at the store without them? NO. So what is the point?
On County Approves Plastic Bag Ban
Posted on July 4 at 10:11 a.m.
California, Santa Barbara county and city have lost their way. Up until the 80's 20+% of the general fund went to roads, now it is 2-3%. Our roads are crumbling and general funds going to salaries, pensions and benefits have raised from approx 50% to 70-80%. Our government entries are more about providing for 'themselves' then for the citizens the are supposed to represent. While revenue allocation is difficult I do believe the citizens vote would do a much better job than the state, city council or BOS.
On Direct Democracy
Posted on June 27 at 3:25 p.m.
The county is still facing a big budget deficit, roads and Infrastructure is a disaster and we pay for Carbajal to go to DC.
On Mr. Carbajal Goes to Washington
Posted on June 27 at 9:27 a.m.
Someday California will wake up .. Just not sure when that will be..
On Tax Bill Threatens Homes
Posted on June 26 at 9:05 a.m.
As a owner of 1 and 2 bedroom 600-800 sq feet apartments downtown I can tell you that people do have cars. I rent to people that work at Cottage, and walk to work. Yet they have cars. I rent to people that live downtown and work in Goleta and Ventura and they have cars. I rent to students and they have cars. On average 1 car to every adult. Some do not have cars, but others have more than 1. That is life in Santa Barbara as we know it today. The idea that people will live and work downtown and not have cars is nice but it is not true.
On Architecture Creates Attitude
Posted on June 25 at 3:47 p.m.
The citizen of Carp raised money to buy the bluffs .. Santa Barbara and Goleta citizens can do the same.
On Carpinteria Poised to Buy More Blufftop Land
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