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Posted on May 21 at 4:53 p.m.

This is a great idea - the existing bike lanes are not sufficient for a roadway with that speed limit. Also, there is no sidewalk on either side, so it is unsafe to walk. I have biked in that area on my way to work, and I also used to walk along Las Positas with my child in a stroller - only walking from the Elings exit to the tennis courts was treacherous!

Would definitely make it easier for my family to walk the 2 miles to the beach.

On Paths Along Las Positas and Modoc Considered

Posted on April 22 at 10:20 a.m.

As a member of the middle class (who timed my house purchase BADLY), I can sympathize and relate.

We do have a problem with the middle class leaving.
I cannot tell you how many houses in my neighborhood walks seem to be populated by one (or two) elderly folks, who don't want to downsize. So, it's unsurprising that we have a housing crunch.

There are 4 and 5BR houses with 1-2 people. (But you know, I wouldn't want to move either!) And I'll probably be one of those 80 year old people (if I live that long) living in my house till I die.
There are many homes being converted to vacation homes, so they aren't available for rent or purchase.
There are problems with various school districts, which create a great disparity in the cost of a home.

Interestingly, as far as I can see, the elementary schools are packed to the gills. People cannot get into their home schools, or their first transfer choice, because they are all full. Was everyone busy making babies during the downturn?

On The South Coast: A Tale of Two Workforces

Posted on January 15 at 10:14 a.m.

Hm. With all the new rules on schools and the ability to transfer within the SB Elementary district - you'll note that the "School of Choice" is OAS. Meaning, if you are unhappy with your SB school, you can transfer there.

Well as badly as some of the local schools are doing, OAS is worse. Simply looking at test scores (one method of comparing schools), OAS doesn't do particularly well.

On Student Transfer Hopes Realized

Posted on October 3 at 1:25 p.m.

I don't think we can blame people in Ventura. They live there and work here because it's too expensive to work here. They certainly pay taxes here, they probably all buy their lunches and pay sales taxes.

I find the whole thing confusing, but I understand the monetary aspect. If we are paying for all of it vs. the state, and there aren't funds to keep up our own infrastructure, then that's plain wrong.

But I don't understand how people think NOT widening the freeway is going to keep the traffic under control. So if we make another lane it gets worse. Does that make sense? Assuming all other things remain the same (i.e., number of commuters).

If you aren't driving on that road every day and you aren't stuck in that traffic, then well, shut up. You don't get to sit in your SB house with your SB job and tell the guy from Ventura to take the train or the bus.

The widening that was done near Milpas several years ago made a HUGE effect on my commute. I used to get stuck at Mission or Carrillo every single day and sat in bumper to bumper traffic. Now most days I make it to Milpas north before there is traffic. (Which is convenient because it's my exit.)

On Freeway Widening All Jammed Up

Posted on September 19 at 11:01 a.m.

I have been following the craigslist comments with interest here and there. It's an interesting problem.

We don't have enough middle class housing, and I think we need to have room for the middle class. It's not a good thing when every middle class person has to come in an hour from somewhere else. What happens in a flood when your nurses are all in Ventura and the 101 is closed due to a mudslide?

On another hand, I don't necessarily think landlords are all "greedy". If you look at the cost of ownership it's STILL cheaper to rent. The typical 2BR house or 3BR condo or whatever - 20% down, then mortgage, property tax, and insurance - renting is STILL less. So someone who bought a house and has to move cannot rent at market rate to "break even" without being greedy?

As far as the infill goes (apartments, condos), the problem REALLY comes when the city allows dense apartments with one car per unit. That is just completely unrealistic in our car culture. You CANNOT get people to own fewer cars because you think it's a good idea. I have a neighbor who is single and lives alone and owns 4 vehicles!

For the same reason you cannot shut down the building of a 3rd lane through Montecito because you don't like it and say "take the train or carpool!" when YOU AREN'T THE ONE COMMUTING. Cannot have it both ways SB.

I have sympathy for all of the people who are experiencing the tight rental market. But rent control is not the answer. It hasn't worked anywhere else.

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on July 4 at 3:22 p.m.

Tourists are totally vital. They spend their money at our restaurants and hotels (which employ many many locals).

On Santa Barbara's Recovery Blues

Posted on July 4 at 3:21 p.m.

Hmm...why do the people born here have more of a right to live here? Does anyone have a right to live anywhere?

Santa Barbara is a tough place. It's beautiful. It's expensive. I'd like to see people who work here be able to afford to live here. You know, the people who work at our restaurants, our police, our firemen. How do you make that happen?

Large low-income housing creates more traffic and a reduction in quality of life. Allowing builders to fudge on the parking rules make parking too hard to come by. You can say that people should walk/ bike/ bus and only own one car until you are blue in the face - but that's not reality. Let's live in reality. (My neighbor is a single guy with one car, two SUVs, and a motorcycle.)

On Santa Barbara's Recovery Blues

Posted on May 17 at 11:03 a.m.

I can't believe people aren't taking this seriously! We dropped our usage 20% by changing our toilet and our washing machine.

On Water Conservation All Wet

Posted on August 28 at 4:31 p.m.

Looking forward to competing tomorrow in my first sprint tri! And I certainly hope most of the competitors are like Megan (and me). I certainly don't want to get kicked, scratched, or swam over.

On S.B. Triathlon

Posted on July 2 at 9:20 p.m.

This article was a little crazy.

62 units on an acre (I'm not philosophically opposed, but...)

If you make $200k a year, you can spend up to $1 million for a 2 bath condo that is 1000 to 1400 sf and comes with two parking spots. Or you can buy a smaller condo for only $800k.

But for $700k, you can buy a 2BR house in many SB neighborhoods, on 1/12 of an acre, about 1000 to 1200 sf. And two parking spots. Sometimes even a garage. You can buy an even bigger home in Goleta.

So...how is this "middle class housing" when you are paying more, but you get less? If the goal is just to create more housing, well then, okay. But shouldn't it be cheaper than a house if you are sharing an acre with 61 other condos?

On Sized to Sell in Santa Barbara

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