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Posted on September 29 at 9:32 p.m.
These are the kinds of projects that are destroying Santa Barbara.Increased cars, polution, traffic, and taxes are the result of over-development.
On Density on Upper State Will Increase
Posted on September 29 at 9:14 p.m.
@Nitz: All this time and money and politics for a 3rd lane and it will be an empty HOV lane. Ridiculous.
On Clock Ticking Down on HOV Lane Appeal
Posted on September 26 at 7:24 a.m.
Do any of these politicians have the courage to acknowledge and discuss over-population?
On Climate Change in the Air
Posted on September 24 at 9:26 a.m.
When you allow gambling into your State you allow organized crime to do their bidding. Now we have corrupt development proposal like this with no local oversight.
The California tribes caved in to temptation for all that money. Now the tribes have embraced gambling culture with alcohol and crime revolving around their casinos.
We can all thank Gray Davis for conning the voters into this. Gray Davis will make the top ten for corrupt politicians in California history.
On 12-Story Hotel by 2016?
Posted on September 19 at 11:56 a.m.
Santa Barbara is worth preserving. Santa Barbara is special. Santa Barbara is beautiful.
There's a tipping point where further development and increased population, with all the cars, environmental degradation, and shrinking open spaces it brings, kills the beauty and unique qualities that are Santa Barbara. That is why most people who live here don't believe in the so-called "smart growth" model.
There's a reason only so many get to enter Yosemite Valley each day.
Demand for housing is endless here. That doesn't mean we should cater to developers, architects, and public housing employees, who in all honesty, make a good living pushing their "more housing" agenda.
Yes, it is hard for renters. Yes, most people can't afford a home without help. But the solution offered in this articles implies that Santa Barbara is just another city that isn't special, that we should allow the same building policies that have ruined so many Cities in California with over-development.
It's a bitter pill, but until society begins to deal with human over-population, the root of the issue, it will not change. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara still has a chance to be preserved, if we resist the pressures of over-population.
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on September 11 at 3:46 p.m.
sociopath[soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-] Examples Word Originnoun, Psychiatry.1.a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
Sounds like sociopaths are mentally ill. Perhaps the question should be how do can we reach sociopaths so they do get treatment before they become violent?
On But Then There's Sociopaths
Posted on September 11 at 3:36 p.m.
We will have more available housing when the City negotiates with UCSB and SBCC to reduce its enrollment to sustainable levels.
Educational growth should not be encouraged in areas that are already overdeveloped.
Online education is picking up some of the slack, but spending 288 million on college education should go to areas that want the growth and can accommodate it. Santa Barbara is neither.
On Democrats Split on SBCC Bond
Posted on September 5 at 10:51 a.m.
A positive step towards sanity. Next lets replace prison funding with funding for a new Psychiatric Health Facility.
On Laura's Law: Treatment to Trump Tragedy?
Posted on September 4 at 11:39 a.m.
The City didn't want the funk zone because it was prime beach-front tourist real estate. The locals liked the funk zone because it had character and supported an arts community.
Now the City and developers like Dipaola have had to do a major public relations job to dismantle the funk zone. While knocking down the industrial buildings they have brought in high-density projects and called them green projects. Nobodies really fooled by this. It would be refreshing if they were just honest and said there's too much money to make and we want to make this a tourist area.
Until then we will continue getting oxymorons like "green high-density developments". Dipaola has the cash to get through the City process but let's not pretend this is environmental or an enhancement of a funk zone that no longer exists..
On Developer to Save Funk Zone
Posted on August 31 at 12:01 p.m.
You Guys Rock!!!
On Death Valley Mystery Solved