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Posted on April 8 at 4:02 p.m.

I'm dumbfounded when I see "articles" like this. Is Mrs. Parry not paying any taxes now? Do you own a home? Then you pay property taxes. Do you ever shop? Then you pay sales taxes. Do you buy gas? Then you pay taxes that are supposed to go towards fixing the roads. Do you have a job that pays you? Then you pay state and federal income taxes. Have you ever cashed out an investment? Then possibly you paid capital gains taxes. When you die you will probably pay estate taxes. If someone who loves you dies and gives you money, then you will probably pay an inheritance tax.

I agree we need to close the corporate tax loop holes. Beyond that, we do not have a undertaxed population. We have a massive overspending problem.

Mrs. Parry-I'll make you a deal: If you want your taxes raised, you can pay my tax burden for the next year. I'm looking at today's paycheck stub and so far I've paid $7,542 in payroll taxes this year. Where do I send the bill?

On Raise My Taxes—Please!

Posted on April 7 at 2 p.m.

Continually closing the beaches due to the potential of a gathering of like-minded beach goers is overstepping. SB County Parks needs to treat this like any other busy day at the beach. Millions of people speed on the 101 everyday. Does that mean we should close the highway? No, you police it, site offenders and move on.

On Isla Vista County Beaches Closed April 9-10, 2011

Posted on March 23 at 8:51 a.m.

As a former (reformed) property manager, this sounds like either an inside job or a scam run by a locksmith. A lot of landlords have stopped keeping tenant keys for this very reason. No keys, no potential liability. It sounds like St. George wouldn't respond to emergencies anyway, so why have the keys?

On Mystery on Micheltorena

Posted on March 16 at 11:36 a.m.

I'll apologize for my flippant remark earlier. I'm not a developer. My wife and I owned a small business downtown for several years. The only piece of real property I've owned is my current condo. That said, I will always defend the personal property rights of developers so long as they operate within the confines of the laws on the books at the time their projects are submitted for approval. If the general population does not like the resulting buildings, then they can use their votes to change the laws (building height limits) or vote for local politicians with views more closely aligned with their own. As for Chapala One, if the market didn't tank and the condos all sold for listing price, I'd wager this suit would not have been filed. But when proformas aren't met, tough questions get asked and someone has to answer. The truth usually lies somewhere in the middle. Melchiori should have kept better records per the contract and the developer shouldn't have been able to demand changes on a whim. The attorneys win. Life carries on. I attended the City's community meeting regarding the Chapala corridor redevelopment guidelines several years ago and this Chapala One project fits their guidelines perfectly. If people don't like it, they can only blame their own inaction...the plans are available to the general public. The bottom line is that democracy works but it takes people being involved. I’ll leave on this point: If anyone thinks a govt. agency could put developer’s funds to better use, just remember it cost the City of SB $440,000 to build two restrooms next to Borders. The Chapala One project has 43 condos and I’m guessing each condo has two bathrooms. If the City was running the Chapala One project, they would have only completed the restrooms and nothing else for the initial estimate of $18 Million!

On Don Hughes's Nightmare House

Posted on March 14 at 10:58 a.m.

For the record, Hank is OWNING Don on this thread. It is not even close. Don, tuck your tail and pick a new battle tomorrow.

On Don Hughes's Nightmare House

Posted on February 25 at 8:16 a.m.

It is time for vigilante justice. The laws are not protecting us.

On Alleged Gang Members Launch Dual Attacks

Posted on February 24 at 3:21 p.m.

Eyewitness...if simply pointing out that a once celebrated cultural center has become little more than an architecturally pleasing backdrop to a homeless encampment is tantamount to fascism, then the crazies really have hijacked the democratic party. Congratulations on alienating your base.

On Bench Relocation Put on Back Burner

Posted on February 24 at 3:14 p.m.

These are not manufactured nightmare scenarios Chester. I owned a retail store downtown until last September and on many occasions our employees were accosted by aggressive pan-handlers and/or drunk bums. Homeless men threatening to rob the place, dropping their drawers in the middle of the store, etc. And, just three days ago my wife was downtown with our six year old daughter and had to field questions like "Mommy, why is that guy laying there? Is he sleeping?" "Why doesn't he go home to sleep?" With the amount of taxes we pay, the City should have enough money to properly deal with these issues, but instead they build themselves lavish office buildings and pay themselves lavish salaries rather than doing their freaking jobs.

On Bench Relocation Put on Back Burner

Posted on February 23 at 8:50 a.m.

Eeebs-If your posts are what pass for SIMA PR then regardless of fault their reputation will never recover.

On Who—or What—Killed Borders?

Posted on February 10 at 4:37 p.m.

I hope the new design still allows for sneaking in the side door!

On JM Holliday Associates Selected To Design New Westmont Dining Facility Project

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