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Posted on June 19 at 9:53 a.m.
UCSB pays for 1/2 of IV's law enforcement costs, to the tune of about $2 million a year. No handshake for that. Not even a whit of recognition from anyone.
Loads of other IV expenditures from UCSB... the 1992 LRDP process kept track for years... support of IV youth projects, children's center, another center near IV school, lighting on Camino Corto, improvements to El Colegio (because the County made the mitigation funding from Linehan/El Camino Marketplace disappear)... etc.
So UCSB's existing supports exceed by quite a bit what the Forest Service pays for in in-lieu payments for the vast acreage of the Los Padres National Forest taken off the County tax rolls.
Still would be interesting to hear if the County pays in-lieu fees to the City of Santa Barbara for its facilities downtown... or if Vandenberg pays in-lieu at all.
As for UCSB buying IV, I'm sure if the Regents find a $4 billion federal reserve note in the street that can pay all the IV private property owners for taking their property, and then also for bringing up all the structures to current code, they'd do it. Or perhaps, Simpleton, you can support a state-wide or county-wide initiative for a new tax to purchase IV.
On Isla Vista: Investor's Paradise
Posted on June 19 at 6:30 a.m.
Salsipuedes, I guess I'm a Den, not a More.
d14, right you are. How much in-lieu of property tax does Vandenberg pay?
Actually the national forest has been paying 1.5-2.0 million a year.
Posted on June 18 at 9:33 p.m.
Firewindll, remind me how much in-lieu sums are paid by Vandenburg, the National Forest, by the Goleta Union School District, by Santa Barbara County, by the City of Santa Barbara for its airport in Goleta, etc, etc.
Government entities generally don't pay in-lieu property taxes. Actually, UCSB does pay some, which is extremely unusual.
Posted on June 18 at 4:31 p.m.
Except local politicians A. W. Robertson & C. Ward, along with Thomas Storke and Pearl Chase begged for a UC Campus here... they knew as did all locals that UC student housing would not pay property tax.
The UC regents turned down Robertson (the local Assemblymember) and Ward (the local Senator)'s bills numerous times between 1941 and 1944.Finally, after an intense lobbying effort, including Robertson & Ward traveling personally to many Regents homes, and flying the entire State Legislature to Santa Barbara for Fiesta, the Regents caved and decided to site a campus here.
Everyone knew all along that UC property pays no property tax. The locals begged for a UC campus here and got what they wished for.
Moaning about the property tax issue now is treacherous. Further, the locals beg for UCSB to build more dorms for their students.
And even more, UCSB students have far fewer public school age children than Goletans do... about a factor of 7 fewer school agers per UCSB student compared with goleta. Consequently, property taxes that are paid from Isla Vista subsidize the Goleta Union Elementary School district and the Santa Barbara High School district *big time*.
Never hear a peep of thanks for that. In fact, Goleta Union **sued** UCSB in 1992 over an amazing (and false) claim that UCSB didn't pull its weight in school support. Lost in court, and UCSB forgave all the legal costs.
Posted on June 18 at 2:55 p.m.
Gradually it looks clear that structural defects cause by poor waterproofing were responsible for the Berkeley balcony collapse; Berkeleyside has the best reporting:
and they immediately reported that the number of students on the balcony were within building code guidelines. Berkeleyside did a good reporting job.
In contrast, the New York Times jumped in with ad-hominem condemnations of Irish students, and ran into a firestorm of criticism:
The Indy and the other South Coast media, when reporting on Isla Vista, follow the New York Times template: ignorant, ad hominem condemnations of IV residents. Melinda Burns falls into the trap by calling IV's (misreported and miscalculated) funding a `subsidy'. Isla Vista is less subsidized than the rest of Santa Barbara County, but that doesn't matter. In fact, Isla Vista subsidizes the rest of the County according to her data.
The Indy reported on the April, 2013 balcony collapse in IV in the midst of an article about partying in IV, with no hint of the distinct possibility that structural defects were the true culprit:
And in the followup on the lawsuit from that IV balcony collapse, that the house is on the `party drag' leads off the paper:
Shame, Indy. Report well please... Berkeleyside proves that a good outfit can do it.
Posted on June 17 at 9:37 a.m.
A few historical articles on the Irish in IV:http://www.independent.com/news/2008/...http://dailynexus.com/2005-06-29/iris...http://dailynexus.com/2009-07-15/iv-r...
Comments on the 2008 Indy article echo the whole story of IV: a few percent of wild behaving Irish drive perceptions, not the >95% of responsible people.
The Berkeley balcony clearly had inadequate structural engineering and/or contractor's execution. The forces from a mob on the balcony are far less than would be experienced during a major earthquake. So, the tragedy points out that quality control has fallen so low you can expect a much bigger disaster during the next major earthquake.
Here in SB County, no earthquake code review/improvement happened after Northridge in 1994. And IV buildings are also woefully inadequate with respect to earthquake code. There is a big fault between IV and Goleta.
A tragedy waiting to happen.
Posted on June 16 at 7:01 a.m.
Thanks, Indy, for one of your rare positive articles about Isla Vista. The Co-op is an extraordinary place, although most of what it offers can be found at Lazy Acres for 10X the price.
The Berkeley Co-op has now been shuttered for 27 years, but Isla Vista's is going strong.
On Isla Vista Food Co-op Celebrates 40-Plus Years
Posted on June 15 at 9:04 a.m.
sbresident2 wrote ``the annual tax revenues from Isla Vista — $5.6 million in property, sales, and bed taxes — cover less than half the cost of county services. The county spends an estimated $14.4 million yearly on fire, public works, law enforcement, courts, and planning in Isla Vista."
> "Taxpayers outside the community are making up the $8.8 million difference."
We The People should be genuinely concerned about this.''
So according to Melinda Burns, IV's taxes pay 5.6/14.4 = 39% of its costs.
Sure, be concerned. And take a look at page B-10 of this year's county budget... you'll find that Santa Barbara County's taxes pay 29% of the County costs.
So IV taxes pay a larger fraction of its costs than County taxes pay for County costs.
You might wonder how the County pays for the other 71%. Fees and also transfers from State and Federal sources. The transfers are generally based on population, where once again, Isla Vista attracts more funding compared to expenditures than the rest of the County.
And Melinda Burns doesn't appear to have checked her numbers very carefully. Property tax revenue from Isla Vista is $8.6 million a year, not $3.3 million a year, as she says.
About 1/2 her claimed $4.9 million/year Sheriff's cost is actually paid for by UCSB, because its staff provide 1/2 of the foot patrol staffing.
And on and on. Not an impressive bit of work by Melinda Burns, but in line with the Indy's long record of poor reporting on Isla Vista.
Posted on June 10 at 9:53 a.m.
So renters in Isla Vista pay the property taxes on almost one billion dollars of assessed value, amounting to property taxes of $10 million a year.
Never see the conservatives in our county arguing for good value on Isla Vista renter's tax contributions. Quite the contrary, they claim that police services for IV aren't paid for (numerically untrue, policing IV costs the County about $2.5 million a year).
And UCSB & SBCC students have far fewer grade & high school age children than Goletans... Isla Vista subsidizes the local school districts for Goleta. Never Roger Aceves or any other Goletans thank Isla Vista for that.
On County Denies ExxonMobil Request to Haul Oil by Truck
Posted on June 9 at 3:11 p.m.
Wow. Just wow. She was once our County Supervisor, 3rd District. She stabbed Isla Vista in the back at the 2001 LAFCO hearing on Isla Vista municipal options. Just wow, now I see how challenged she is by statistics and facts. No wonder she couldn't see how much she hurt Isla Vista.
By and large vaccines have brought an enormous increase in health. I have scars on my face from all the chicken pox as did many of my friends. Thank goodness kids today don't have those scars. But more importantly, all the childhood diseases kill a small fraction of children who have weakened defenses. She neglects this point.
She seems to not understand that the vaccines are not 100% effective. But they don't have to be 100% effective to still be useful.
On Vaccination Bill Penalizes Schoolchidren