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Posted on May 5 at 8:37 a.m.
Kudos to the volunteers who cleaned this up!
Clearly much more trash is dumped in the Channel at the Santa Barbara Harbor than from Isla Vista. Add to that all the leaky sewage pipes from the City of Santa Barbara that leak bathroom flushes into the Channel, and the impact is one Floatopia per day, roughly. But somehow everyone is OK with that.
On Harbor Cleanup Yields Bicycles, Cell Phones, Toilet
Posted on May 4 at 11:57 a.m.
Actually neither Doreen nor Das had anything to do with the zoning requirements that allowed Icon. The zoning and impetus for projects like Icon originated in the 100's of meetings of the PAC that advised the RDA, and PAC has broad community representation on it... although the student reps usually didn't bother to show up.
Since the Isla Vista Master Plan that the PAC developed has never been formally adopted by the Supervisors, any new construction must meet *both* the old requirements *and* the new requirements. Very strong zoning, actually, 2X what anyplace else has.
It is really weird that the IV Master Plan has never been formally adopted after 15 years of work, hundreds of meetings and feedback from County Planners, huge sums of Isla Vista taxes subsidizing county planners paychecks, etc. The media (Indy, Noozhawk, News Press) is so ignorant about Isla Vista that the status of the Master Plan has gone unexamined even after all the troubles of the past year or so.
On Five Arrested for Robbery in Isla Vista
Posted on April 18 at 6:40 p.m.
And visJar maintains his perfect 0 for 20 record!!
He used to say `pay'. Now he is saying `pay and compensation', which double counts salary. Innumeracy is sad.
On top of that, to get the $27,519 per american number, **ALL CHILDREN AND NON-WAGE EARNERS ARE INCLUDED!!!***. Well, yes, a person with a job will earn more than non-workers. Did visJar say that all undocumented are included too in that `per american?' Ah visJar, had no idea you wanted to count all the undocumented as americans.
W-2 argument... ONLY USED FOR CALIFORNIA, and not for other states. visJar, you should follow your own advice and get the W-2 **FOR THE OTHER 50 STATES**.
Sorry, visJar, Jerry Brown is not covered by your original statement, ``Calif teachers unions refused federal Race to the Top dollars''. Actually there was nothing to refuse. You messed up, but we all come to expect false claims from you.
And I thought the prison guards union was the unofficial 4-th branch. Otherwise why do they get far richer pension benefits than teachers, and also have conservative republicans (often in the dead of night) voting for their huge salary increases, pension benefits, and extra pay for the time it takes to put their clothes on in the morning?
Still nothing from the old P**sJar on why Montecito warrants over $22,000 per student. Still nothing on controlling student outcomes for undocumented English learners, and also for the much larger class sizes in Calfornia!
Hey P**sJar, did a talking rainbow pony just offer you a free Breitbart subscription? ah, so cute.
On School Basics
Posted on April 18 at 5:19 p.m.
There was an EPS study in 2001 of IV Cityhood. General Fund Revenue - $4 million a year. Road Fund Revenue - $1.4 million a year.
Police Expenditures - $2.5 million a year.
The difference between 2.5 and 4 million... lots of planning expenses, city attorney expenses, etc... costs that don't exist now, and that many cities in California do cheaper than EPS said. EPS said those drove the total General Fund costs up to $7 million a year.
Road expenditures... only $0.2 million a year.
On The Fox and the Chicken Coop
Posted on April 16 at 5:18 p.m.
Anyone else spend the 1976-7 drought in Northern California? Landscaping largely died including lawns; no toilet flushing unless solids; saved all kinds of water from showers & other water heating up; took short naval showers; no car washing.
But in Socal no countermeasures were taken.
Starting to feel like the 1976-7 measures are needed now and here.
On Early Birds and Mad Dogs
Posted on April 10 at 10:03 a.m.
discoboy hits one nail on the head.... the RDA did more for IV, particularly in the past 15 years, than many cities do for their own blighted areas. Our politicians and not-so-knowledgeable reporters like Kelsey Brugger repeatedly hurt IV through ignorance.
Our media also insists on sensationalism... `Taming the Isla Vista Beast' is a sensationalist headline. A better headline would have been `LAFCO Opposes Williams' IV Legislation'.
Isla Vista is not a beast that needs taming. It is mainly a community where the majority of people don't have the foggiest idea how local government works, and where strong community attempts to make a local government have been hammered down LAFCO 10 or so times in the past 40 years. Most recently and obscenely in 2001 w/r to the Goleta city hood.
blah is clueless on how IV revenue works. IV generates a substantial surplus for the County, according to the 2001 EPS studies.
Brugger is clueless when she says, `the university — which has historically turned a blind eye to the town '''
1/3 of the IV foot patrols and 1/2 of those on foot (1/3 is the CHP) is funded by UCSB, for 45 years now. Go read the IVEC reports from the 1990 LRDP, and the monetary support for the Youth Projects, programs with the IV elementary school, IV Arts, Magic Lantern etc... that is not a `Blind Eye'.
The SB County two step is... transfer IV's tax dollars out of IV, and then point a finger at UCSB. Brugger buys into this two step, out of ignorance.
The Indy is notoriously inaccurate in its reporting on IV.
On Taming the Isla Vista Beast
Posted on April 8 at 6:32 p.m.
The indolence of Republicans with respect to Isla Vista has always shocked me... with the exception of Brooks Firestone, the Republicans abandoned the playing field to Capps and others.
Seems to me a Republican could win IV easily if they just promised to fix the street system so that future David Attiases and Elliot Rodgers could not roar around in their beamers through thickets of pedestrians on Friday or Saturday nights. IV gets nothing like its share of Measure A sales tax and its street system, without sidewalks, is utterly unsafe for a pedestrian-thick community.
But unfortunately are local Republicans feel entitled to votes without putting in the elbow grease to win those votes. They want to be on the public dole without enterprise or spirit.
On Capps Announces She Won't Seek Reelection
Posted on April 5 at 11:02 a.m.
Well, Randy Newman said it better in God's Song than Jung...
Man means nothing, he means less to meThan the lowliest cactus flowerOr the humblest Yucca tree
I burn down your cities-how blind you must beI take from you your children and you say how blessed are weYou all must be crazy to put your faith in meThat's why I love mankindYou really need meThat's why I love mankind
On County, Cops Brace for Deltopia
Posted on April 5 at 10:10 a.m.
Yes, the message of Easter is delightful, although by and large religious friction is causing enormous wastes of all sorts of peoples' lives, blood, and treasure these days. Imagine no religion, it is quite easy if you try: after all, modern science (particularly medical science) has saved billions of more lives than religion ever did.
My midnight round last night found lots of young people in the Pardall corridor, spending money and paying loads of sales tax. As Measure A sales tax for roads never gets spent in Isla Vista, that is a nice gift to the rest of the County, that as usual, will be met with an arrogant sneer by those who receive the funds.
A fair number at the Thunderdome last night, but a tiny fraction of those that were on Del Playa in the afternoon.
Hey, nomoreinsanity, sorry, young women now dress like the streetwalkers of the Oakland of my youth, except young women on DP yesterday were considerably more revealing. And the meat rack analogy is quite apt for the nature of DP yesterday. Without that dynamic it is impossible to understand why anyone was perambulating up and down DP yesterday afternoon... no beach, no booze, no tunes, just flesh and a bit too much of it.
If you want to really shut down Deltopia, pass a dress code in IV of burqas for everybody, male and female. Now that would make the public entirely safe. Or just require a $100 entry fee if you are out of burqa.
Posted on April 4 at 6:29 p.m.
The Barbara Coast festival on the UCSB campus in the 1950's degenerated into a drunken brawl, according to contemporaneous accounts. Not a panty raid, fights breaking out just like the IV of the present.
And lots of theft of construction items (lumber, nails, cement, etc) from local jobs sites to build stuff in the little 1-street town that the festival centered around. A recreation of a western town. Grand-theft level theft.
Of course, in the 1950s you could go beat up some minority students with impunity, and sexual assault was even more suppressed w/r to public reporting than today. A mail WASP heaven for JarvisJarvis.