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Posted on August 16 at 12:07 p.m.
INFORMATIVE FROM THE MODESTO BEE FYIPart of Editorial: Two bonds on California’s November ballot are too many bonds
By the Editorial Board MODESTO BEEAugust 11, 2014 The Natomas School District is asking local voters to pass a $129 million building bond in November, a request that relies on a match from state funds that don’t exist.
Natomas’ projections are based on developments penciling out for homebuilders. If developers must include the cost of schools into the sticker price for new homes, it’s not good for business. That explains why homebuilders, along with architects and trade unions, are supporting the bond and paying for the campaign. (This is what we are seeing here-Ernie)
In fact, school enrollment has been on a general decline statewide for more than a decade and is expected to continue to drop at least through the next four years, according to the state Department of Finance.
Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2014/08/11/3482...
On Unchained Dogs of Pokey LaFarge
Posted on August 15 at 11:47 a.m.
I would like to thank Nick for his explanation of the financial and social ramifications of the huge outside enrollment at SBCC on the students and renters of our area. I also thank those of you who are expressing your opinions about why Measure S is not in the best interest of the SBCC District's citizens and students.
As to Nicks description of me; I plead guilty, but I sincerely care about the Santa Barbara area, which has been my home for over 46 years.
Measure S needs to be defeated because Lori Gaskin & Co. is asking for too much money, over One-half BILLION dollars, which will be used on a building ego trip that will not further the education of our local people.
Do you really want to spend $100 million, including interest, for a new swimming pool and gym? Does SBCC really need a new and expensive entryway? Do you really want to spend about $46 million for temporary space as construction goes on? Do you want a new second campus where the Wake Center now stands and serves all of our people, young and old. Do you want to expand the size and scale of SBCC and have even more outside of the district students than the approximately 12,000 the school already has?
You are being asked to underwrite 100% of the cost of the almost 12,000 outside students at no cost to their home cities and parents.If you had a child in school here and were asked to also pay for a child being sent here from Eureka, would you do it? This is what Gaskin & Co. are asking you to do with Measure S!
Please-Look at your current Property Tax Bill! You are already paying hundreds of dollars a year, or more, depending on your property's assessed valuation, in two separate costs: SBCC General Assessment and you are also paying off 2008's Measure V!
This bond would be the biggest dollar amount in the history of Santa Barbara County and it would be paid only by those of us south of Gaviota!
If Measure S passes and is combined with the current repayment of Measure V, you will be on the hook for about $633 MILLION dollars, to be repaid over the next 35 years!
Measure is not about education; it is about buildings!
The true interest rates and assessment amount cannot be determined at this time. They are both a guess!
Please join Glen Mowrer and me on Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 7 PM on Channel 17 for a full hour discussion of Measure S. on Ernie Salomon-Live! Our phones will be open. Call in and express your opinions either way on Measure S.
Posted on August 4 at 11:15 a.m.
You and other thinking members of our community are educating the far too many people that have not been informed of the huge financial and social ramifications that Measure S will impose on all of us in the future.
There is a groundswell of opposition developing against Measure S. It is interesting that people are stating so many excellent reasons why this One-Half Billion Dollar monster should be defeated. It is even more interesting that the proponents of the bonds have given so few good reasons for voters to approve them.
Given true information, the voters in the SBCC District will defeat Measure S.
On City College: Tax Locally, Serve Globally?
Posted on August 3 at 5:21 p.m.
FACT SHEET FOR SBCC BONDS * The Santa Barbara Community College District is comprised of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, The City of Santa Barbara and Goleta. ("The District") and runs from the Ventura County Line to Gaviota. * The SBCC District plans to issue an additional $288,000,000 in bonds, if approved by 55% of voters in The District. The bonds will be issued over a period of 10-years and have a post issue life of 25 years. With an interest rate of only 4.5%, the total cost of the bonds will be at least over ONE-HALF BILLION DOLLARS! (The FED just announced on Aug. 1st that interest rates will rise.) The previous SBCC bonds of 2008, totaling well over ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS in principal and interest, have not been paid back yet. * Specifically what the $288,000,000 generated from the bonds will be used for has not been fully explained in detail. The entire SBCC campus is functionally obsolescent and has been so for at least 20-years! * The bonds will be financed and repaid solely by all the property owners in The SBCC District.
* The bonds will add approximately $17.00 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation to the property tax bill of The District's property owners (residential and commercial) over the 25 year life of the bonds. The exact assessment amount cannot yet be determined. * The bonds will increase the tax bills of residential and commercial property owners. Landlords of residential and commercial properties will raise their rents. * SBCC has a total enrollment of 30,000 students. Over12,000 students who are enrolled come from outside The District. They are from other areas in California and also come from outside California and from other countries.
* The over 12,000 outside SBCC students each semester take up local housing stocks and force up local rents. Both result in unaffordable housing for locals, forcing many to commute.
* 20% of the Measure S bond money has been designated for an Aquatics Facility and a Sports Pavilion! The dollar amount is about $100 million of your money, including interest!
* Should The District's residential and commercial property taxpayers and renters pay over ONE-HALF BILLION DOLLARS to finance the education of the future hundreds of thousands of students who do not come from The District?
This question will have to be answered by the voters of the District.
Posted on August 3 at 5:16 p.m.
On Do you support Measure S? (for SBCC)
Posted on January 24 at 10:43 a.m.
Firstly, I want to thank Nick Welch, The Independent and KEYT for running the local aspects of the Bishop Curry story.They, unlike other local news organizations did their jobs.
Here we have the master architect of a plan that allowed Cardinal Mahoney and the LA Archdiocese to keep Catholic priests that had and in some cases continued to rape children, as far away from the police and the courts as possible. Anything to protect the church!
Bishop Curry is still in charge of Santa Barbara area Catholic churches and their schools. Were I a parent with a child in the church or one of its schools, I would be uneasy with Curry still in charge. Who is with my child today?
This is the same man who oversaw the destruction of the convent on Nopal Street and the displacement of long-serving and loved nuns who lived there. The nuns and the public were lied to in this case.
Bishop Curry should be shunned. Every time he walks into a church service, the congregation should walk out!
On ‘Thwarting’ an Investigation
Posted on August 4 at 10:55 a.m.
I would like to thank all the good people that have emailed and phoned me, including Barney, and for the posted comments on this subject for their kind words and support.
Both the Teamsters Union and the News-Press have the right to contest each other both in court and in the arena of public opinion.
Printing an op-ed piece by Norman Jaffe, equating the Teamsters Union with the Nazis is an injustice to the millions of Jews and non-Jews murdered by the Germans under Nazi rule and an insult to all Americans, especially those who fought and died fighting Hitler'sperversion.
It would show good faith by the News-Press if the paper would print letters with opposing views on its ongoing battle with the Teamsters Union.
In fact, it would be a great surprise to me to see the News-Press print more letters opposed to its positions on any subject.
Article 1 of the Constitution is alive and well, but it seems to be on life support at the News-Press.