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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
Posted on September 3 at 4:46 p.m.
More reactive nanny-statism legislature from our inept local legislators. The law already provides judges the opportunity to order removal of firearms, etc.
Das and HBJ would have done the state's citizenry much better service by proposing some legislation that provides more funding and treatment of mentally-ill people, instead of focusing on guns, which was not the tool employed by Eliot Roger to kill his roommates and their friends.
On ‘Elliot Rodger’ Bills Pass Legislature
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