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Posted on September 24 at 9:47 a.m.
@Botany: "Last I checked, even wealthy investors pay through the nose in property tax to support the community."
Pay through the nose my ass - we're all subsidizing the huge breaks property owners get by increasing sales tax, income tax, fees, etc etc. CA property tax rates are the 32nd highest in the nation. Santa Barbara doesn't even crack the top 5 highest-paid property tax in CA. Landlords get a HUGE tax break to basically be slumlords
@Botany: "And there are many other communities throughout California that can't accommodate the people that work there. San Francisco, Palo Alto, Monterey to name a few."
And none of those communities are as geographically isolated as is Santa Barbara, or, in the terms of SF, they do have more than adequate public transportation to accommodate a middle class workforce.
@JacobLaw: "That bungalow could be worth $3000 with a decent remodel. I've got clients in LA that would take it just to use on weekends. Those people are also commuters. Important people with real money."
Blah blah blah - a whole lotta' squawking. If this were true and/or you weren't so lazy, then you'd do it and not be complaining about it in the comments section of a website.
On Not Squeezed, Strangled
Posted on September 24 at 8:39 a.m.
@JacobLaw: "You have it too good. You should see what people get for $1650 in in NYC."
Yes, let's populate Santa Barbara with wealthy foreign investors and more speculative developers that have already provided the community with so little. There are far too many predatory landlords in Santa Barbara - that's the real drive behind the outrageous rents.
NYC has a massive public transit systems that supports the working and middle class workforce. So you can make a living wage in NYC and find a decent $1600 apartment in Queens, or New Jersey, or (parts of) Brooklyn, or upstate NY, or even Long Island. I regularly travel to NYC for work, and about 15% of the folks working in that office actually live in NYC (usually the single folks right out of college who haven't figured out that Sex and the City wasn't a documentary). Hell, some folks even commute from Connecticut.
The lack of a real public transit system, coupled with the high cost of living in SB, is the only way to keep a permanent service class in place. After all, you can't have the 'wrong' people becoming successful in a town that runs on indentured servitude.
Posted on September 7 at 8:17 a.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "My advice, stay indoors on Sept 11 this year."
Why? Are the Republicans back in power? You know, like the last time this country was attacked on its own soil?
@nomoresanilty: "Overwhelmed and clueless. He is not measured, pragmatic, brilliant or cautious. Just in way over his head."
I know... and thank GOD Bush is no longer President.
On The Roots of ISIS
Posted on August 29 at 7:27 a.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "Sorry this child had to learn such a hard lesson, but how put the kid in a Mustang with no supervision."
Stay classy, Jarvis.
It's a shame that one of the lessons you have yet to learn is when to shut up.
On Teen Killed on 101
Posted on August 23 at 6:30 p.m.
@Botany: "Twisted is ETR's middle name, and it describes his personality perfectly."
And I figure 'Botany' is derived from your ability to cultivate whatever it is you're currently smoking... or maybe it's due to the fact that you're about as smart as a potted plant.
On Missing Man with Drug-Resistant TB Wanted by Health Officials, Police
Posted on August 22 at 2:04 p.m.
@Botany: "Still don't want to secure the border?"
So let's check the Botany scorecard:
White cop shoots unarmed black kid, he sides with the white cop. White Christian extremists harass African-American professor, he sides with the White Christian extremists. Someone of presumably Latin American descent gets TB, and he makes racially charged, baseless implications about that person's immigration status.
We're all learning a lot about you, and it's pretty gross...
Posted on August 22 at 1:57 p.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "I suspect tabatha has one of those old fashioned speaking tubes in her house that goes directly to the DNC, from which she gets her daily drivel and marching orders."
And I suspect you get your 'daily marching orders' from sniffing paint thinner and beating your head against cinder blocks, but now we're all just guessing...
@nativegeo: "Maybe Tabatha programs BO's teleprompters..."
If true, it's yet more proof that she's far more intelligent than any of you drips...
On Right Racist
Posted on August 22 at 11:21 a.m.
@Botany: "ETR needs a reality check on what the Miller-Young incident was all about."
I understand it perfectly fine, and if you had any sense, you'd be ashamed of the side you've taken.
On La Casa de la Raza Near Foreclosure?
Posted on August 22 at 10:34 a.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "The handling of the recent free speech zone violation by UCSB personnel shocks the conscience."
You must be referring to the incident is which a religious extremist organization baited a pregnant woman into a confrontation and the pregnant woman was the one arrested. You're right - that does shock the conscious, as do the defenders of the religious extremists.
@JarvisJarvis: "Critical thinking in today's public educaiton system is being taught to be critical of anything other than the tax and spend, big government progressive statist agenda."
A statement so removed from reality and devoid of any 'critical thinking' that I can only assume that this is your failed attempt at some form of irony or sarcasm...
Posted on August 22 at 9:21 a.m.
I see way more vehicular violations (speeding, rolling stops, not using a turn signal, not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks) then I see bicyclists on the road - so the notion that bicyclists are more of a problem than cars is just utter nonsense.
On No Cop, No Stop