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Posted on September 29 at 2:12 p.m.
Actually RickWorth, it looks like two viable candidates to me. I don't know Mr. Cunningham, but Mr. Bertrando should be replaced. He is terrible.
On Goleta Water District Issues Debated
Posted on September 25 at 11:07 a.m.
Wow, this got off track fast. Regardless of what you think of Mr. Thomas, the issue is Measure P, and Mr. Thomas makes concerning and valid points. In addition to the loss of tax revenue from petro operations, there will also be significant litigation that will cost us taxpayers (I suspect many of you YES on P folks aren't included in this group) potentially millions of dollars the county can ill afford to lose.
This is why you're not seeing the most liberal supervisors (Carbajal, Wolf) endorse Measure P. They know it's a train wreck in sheep's clothing.
Vote NO ON P, and after the dust settles, let's get a more transparent ban on only fracking enacted.
On Measure P Will Affect Public Safety Funding
Posted on September 25 at 11 a.m.
I agree wholeheartedly with looking at an integrated approach. One major concern I have is overall water storage for the region (and state overall, for that matter).
Every time we have rainy years, our open reservoirs (Cachuma, Jameson, Nacimiento, etc.) silt up, meaning their capacity to store water decreases significantly, resulting in our region's overall storage capacity diminishing over time. To date, I've heard nothing from our local water "leaders" on mitigating this problem.
On When It Rains, <br /> Let's Make Better Use of It
Posted on September 25 at 10:53 a.m.
This was a pretty weak effort guys. Including some obscure places that are OK at best, and ignoring many in the culinary arts community that are truly elevating local cuisine. Maybe next year...
On The Fifth Annual Foodie Awards
Posted on September 23 at 3:15 p.m.
Ridiculous way to try and govern. NO on P!
On P Is for Promotion
Posted on September 22 at 10:46 a.m.
Measure P has good intentions, but the (perhaps) unintended consequences will be dire for the local economy. I'll be voting NO on P.
I'm curious, since the current Board of Supervisors wants to highly regulate and minimize oil production, and is now attempting to do the same with the new winery ordinance, what is the economic development plan for the county? Is there one? Do the current Supervisors even care or think that's part of their responsibility or do they think it's regulation only?
On Pros and Cons of Measure P Debated
Posted on September 19 at 2:44 p.m.
Love Gator Boy and the aforementioned green house as well. Maybe in 2014, it's time for us as a community to review the usefulness and authority of many of our "government" institutions such as the HLC. What are they going to do when many of the red-tile roofs start getting covered up with solar panels (as they should be)?
On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'
Posted on September 18 at 4:48 p.m.
Nick, you seem to be a master at holding your nose and making the wrong choices over and over again.
While many of us agree that fracking sucks, and should not be part of SB County's landscape, Measure P is a poorly-written piece of drivel.
If you depend at all on any county services (hint: we all do) the only fracking you will hear will be 25% of our local economic engine being killed off by Measure P, and the remainder jeopardized by the litigation the county will be fighting for years.
As you say Nick, the oil industry has already raised $1.6 million to defeat Measure P. How much do you think they'll pour into litigation?
Vote NO ON P, and let's figure this out post-election, in a logical, reasonable manner.
On Blood-Bloated Ticks Nesting in a Dog’s Ear
Posted on September 13 at 11:41 a.m.
For the record, I'm a mostly left-leaning Democrat who lives on the south coast. I have watched Gasland and Gasland 2 documentaries on the dangers and problems associated with fracking. I think fracking is bad on many levels, and it should be banned.
That being said, Measure P is so poorly written, it will lead to a full shutdown of the oil/gas industry in the county, and will also cost the county millions of dollars in legal fees and litigation settlements. This is why none of the supposedly "liberal" south coast political leadership (Salud, Janet Wolf, Helene, etc.) have taken a position to support Measure P.
So, I'm a solid NO ON P vote, and I encourage all of you to vote NO. Then we can write a legitimate, straightforward ban on fracking that the BOS can pass without the need for ballot box government.
And to you @sensiblemolly, you've got it backwards. All the previous economic studies have shown the north county does not have enough economic development to support itself. Read the reports yourself.
On Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?
Posted on September 8 at 1:03 a.m.
The other business at stake here is the environmentalism business, which has proven most fruitful for many in the local community, including some of those named in this article.
We need to be strong stewards of the planet, no doubt, but Measure P is not going to do that. A pure fracking ban, I'm all in. This piece of drivel. No way.
On County Tightens Measure P Nuts and Bolts