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Goleta City Council Incumbents Face No Challengers


Thursday, August 14, 2014
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No candidates filed papers to challenge incumbents Roger Aceves, Michael Bennett, and Paula Perotte in their bids for reelection to the Goleta City Council in November; the deadline was 8/8. The council will meet later this month to either appoint the three or leave the decision up to voters. In June, the council appointed accountant Tony Vallejo after interviewing seven candidates to replace the seat vacated in May by Ed Easton, who moved outside city limits. Aceves and Bennett were first elected in 2006; Perotte won her spot in 2010.

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That's really too bad. Uncontested elections don't instill much confidence that our elected officials are really the best people for the job. It would be nice to replace pro-growthers like Aceves with true leaders who are committed to the preserving the interests of Goleta and its residents, and not just blindly following the $$ of new development. The out-of-control development in Goleta and the problems that it is creating will forever alter the charm and character of the community.

Nockamixon (anonymous profile)
August 14, 2014 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Democrat machine controls all elections here locally so why bother to run and why bother to vote.

Just give the money directly to the employee uniions until there is finally nothing left. People get the government they deserve and they keep voting Democrat machine even when offered excellent alterntives. Go figure.

Your votes eagerly encouraged by Indpenent endorsements has alllowed this state of affairs to continue. 25% of voters now work for the government at some level and 20% of residental units are in some form of subsidized housing so they now control the outcomes which are 100% self-serving for more of the same.

Tipping point passed for anything to the contrary as we have seen in the past few election cycles when common sense reform was soundly trounced. Unions would have none of it. .

City will be holding hearings about the now $300 million unfunded infrastructure maintennace liability, but until they put employee compensation reform on the table themselves the debt liabliities of this city will only continue to grow and swallow us up.

Thank you City Adinistrator James Amstrong who failed to stop former progressive city councils from spending us into this gaping hole. How can Helene Schneider or Gregg Hart even think about running for higher office with this irresponsible legacy of their own making.

Only because city pensions are now also at risk is the city finally starting to get serious about the mess they and the Democrat machine recklessly created for years regardless of obvious warnings.

DeeBee to DeeCee

Defined Benefits to Defined Contribution 401K pension reform has to be the first step, or else nothing else matters. This is the state of affairs your slavish devotion to the Democrat machine has harvested for you. Train wreck.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
August 14, 2014 at 9:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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