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Posted on September 1 at 12:08 p.m.
My position on Measure S is NO. Not that I don't believe we should have a thriving community college, but for the following reasons:
1. Any master plan requiring that much funding should also address housing, transportation and neighborhood impacts issues;
2. I don't think a property tax bond is a fair way to pay for improvements. Perhaps a local sales tax, or other means I could support, but it's simply unfair to burden property owners only;
3. Without a specific provision to only hire local architects, engineers and contractors, most of the money will leave the local area. I don't support that.
On Measure S: The $288 Million Question
Posted on September 1 at noon
Just curious, but why would I pay increased property taxes so a college-age person can learn to swim?
1. Any master plan requiring that much funding should also address housing, transportation and neighborhood impacts issues;2. I don't think a property tax bond is a fair way to pay for improvements. Perhaps a local sales tax, or other means I could support, but it's simply unfair to burden property owners only;3. Without a specific provision to only hire local architects, engineers and contractors, most of the money will leave the local area. I don't support that.
On City College Needs Measure S
Posted on September 1 at 11:51 a.m.
This is pure NIMBY pablum at it's finest. There will always be some minor inconvenience during construction. What's the problem? There is none.
I'd be curious to know if the author has any children? If so, she should realize all growth and development is a result of population growth. If you choose to have kids, that's fine, but then you can't be anti-growth and anti-development.
On Loss of Hollister/Glen Annie Sidewalks the Last Straw
Posted on August 28 at 5:18 p.m.
"If they are denied water, how can they build that monstrosity!?"
They will drill wells into their "nation's" aquifer, and suck dry the SYV's groundwater basin. Oh, and it will all be legal.
I'm hoping the fuscia color is only for the rendering and not the intended color of the hotel, right?
On Chumash Expansion Ignites Valley Fever
Posted on August 28 at 4:52 p.m.
drdan93109, I don't think you understand, people of great wealth aren't subject to the same rules as the proletariat. Good heavens no!
On Thirsty Montecitans Trucking in Water During Drought
Posted on August 26 at 6:57 p.m.
Nick, interesting you conflated what I see as two separate issues. One, the militarization of our national and local law enforcement agencies; and two, what to "do" about IV.
I'll leave the second one for others to discuss, but with respect to the militarization of our law enforcement agencies, I think it's a problem, and I would like to know what our elected officials (supervisors, city councils) think about this, and what controls they have on the Sheriff and city police chiefs. Not only is this an issue from the perspective of how we want our policing to be approached, but also where will the funds come from to operate and maintain all the military toys? After all, why do you think the military is giving them away to LE agencies?
350 night-vision goggles? How many LE officers are even in the county? 6 helicopters2 armored vehicles123 assault rifles (I assume with fully-automatic capabilities)
That's a LOT of hardware for SB county.
On I Bark, Therefore I Yam
Posted on August 21 at 5:59 p.m.
...or continue to make smart choices about development, not necessarily stop it.
On Goleta Re-Appoints Four City Councilmembers
Posted on August 15 at 12:53 p.m.
While I'm no fan of fracking, I would not support Measure P if you care at all about the county being able to fund public safety, public works, parks, etc. since the measure as written is so poorly done, it will certainly result in successful litigation against the county, at massive taxpayer expense.
On Measure P Lawsuits Commence
Posted on August 12 at 10:43 a.m.
Multiple-stabbing homicide. Tragic. Ban all the guns! Oh, wait...
On Multiple Murder Victims Found in Home Near Goleta
Posted on August 11 at 9:33 a.m.
Another "smoke and mirrors" Santa Barbara white collar criminal.
On No Slack for David Lack