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Posted on March 5 at 10:52 a.m.
The issue is the city should be budgeting for infrastructure. There should be a set % of general fund revenue for infrastructure (and it should be significant).
The current squeaky wheel method of budgeting has not and will never work. Budget x% for police, y% for fire, t% for admin z% for affordable housing, a% for infrastructure. Each department then can work within their budget if one department needs/wants more it needs to come out of another departments budget.
On New Tax for $400 Million in Repairs?
Posted on March 3 at 10:14 a.m.
I do not think we can have any worse leadership for SB so shaking it up a bit is probably not a bad thing.
Optimistically thinking, perhaps when the new district council members figure out that there is no money available to fix the roads, parks and bike paths in their districts they will start digging into where they money is being spent and make changes. Many of the current council members believe in order to get re-elected they need to support the 'family' of city union workers. This could actually break down when the district council members are trying to fix infrastructure in their district so they can re-elected.
Hopefully we will see candidates campaigning to re-focus city spending on roads, bike paths and parks.
On City Election Sea Change
Posted on February 22 at 10:51 a.m.
I agree -- Stop going to the Casino!I like to gamble but would never spend a dime at any Indian casino. The destruction it does to the local community is not worth a night of fun.Have poker parties at home and spread the money amongst friends and neighbors.
On Some Chumash Are More Equal Than Others
Posted on February 19 at 4:29 p.m.
Pay the person what they should be paid in the year they earn it. Do not leave any overhanging liabilities!
If they make $200K and fair pay says they should get another $100K into a retirement fund, pay it in the same year.
Stop kicking the can down the street.
On Average Joe Pension
Posted on February 19 at 3:50 p.m.
I am paying taxes on 6 bonds currently;1995, 1998, 2010 Elementary School2000, 2010 High School2008 SBCC
Enough! I will not vote for another bond until the current ones are retired
On School District Mulls Facilities Bond
Posted on February 15 at 5:53 p.m.
And where does the money to pay for the public works and caltrans people salaries and pensions come from?
On A Plague of Potholes
Posted on February 15 at 3:52 p.m.
There are several things I do not understand about the state's homecare worker situation. I believe disabled minors get SSI? On top of SSI we pay the parent to take care of them?
There were a couple down children in the neighborhood I grow up in. They went to group daycare facilities while the parents both worked.
As far as living in Santa Barbara, if I was struggling to get by I would move to a cheaper place to live. Bakersfield, Fresno, Arizona come to mind.
On Wage-Theft Claims Filed Against State
Posted on February 15 at 3:18 p.m.
Please everyone stop going to the casino! It is the only way we will be able to stop this craziness.
On Concert Venue Shrinking During Chumash Casino Expansion
Posted on February 14 at 12:18 p.m.
What a bunch of half truths!
The gas tax revenue to Santa Barbara has more than kept up with inflation since 1991 -- the issue is Santa Barbara spending on salaries and pensions has way outpaced inflation.
Posted on January 28 at 9:57 a.m.
I have not seen Murillo do anything that I would consider leading the city.
The city council can't even budget the golf course to break even. Cathy's statement about not wanting to outsource maintenance when we are spending nearly 2x using city workers is a good example of not doing her job.
The City should be serving the people of Santa Barbara, not providing high paying jobs for the few City workers at the expense of everyone else.
On <em>News-Press</em> Takes on Murillo