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Posted on October 16 at 8:28 a.m.

Spoken like a true planner, any undeveloped land at all is of course, an "eyesore." Interesting how creeks matter only until they get in the way of housing projects, then the rules get bent every which way. Well, water doesn't care where it goes, or whether the proper setbacks are observed or not. In the current drought these planning people and developers must have forgotten what happened around here in the last El Nino--as water blasted through everywhere, and the entire contents of my neighbor's garage ended up in front of my house a block downstream. As usual, too much is demanded by the developer with no concern for consequences--only a sense of entitlement due to the good intentions of the project. Ms. Weiss was all too happy to bend all the environmental rules for the Century 21 building not too far from this site, and we're left with an ugly, overbuilt thing that the original builder fled and now no one wants. Let Mr. Peikert build within the rules, like the rest of us.

On Can Creek Restoration and Affordable Housing Coexist?

Posted on October 9 at 10:01 p.m.

I want to know why this community college expends so many resources recruiting athletes from other locations to play their sports here. Do they not have community colleges where they live? Isn't the quarterback from out of state?

Doesn't that take opportunity away from local students? And bring even more out-of-towners who need to be housed here. Just seems odd and inappropriate for a community college, and I'd love to see some percentages of how many locals vs. those recruited from out of town make up teams like football, baseball, and now the even the new women's water polo team, too, that's recruiting from out of the area.

On City College's Sprawling Impact

Posted on September 19 at 2:08 a.m.

The Cottage "Workforce" Housing Project at St Francis, now called "Bella Riviera" consists of 115 units: 81 for employees and 34 market rate units. No way to know how those market rate units are owner-occupied, but if they go along with a lot of the surrounding neighborhood, there are plenty of vacation rentals among them. This article totally missed consideration of the number of homes that once served as year-round rental housing and now have been turned into hotels, a la VRBO and airbandb, rented out by the weekend, or the week, no longer to local residents but to tourists who want a neighborhood experience. The city's utter failure to deal with this issue, which in most areas of town is not permitted by municipal code, is a big part of why rentals are so difficult to come by. The city pockets the TOT without enforcing zoning that once prevented this. But there is no one on City Council willing to deal with it.

On The High Price of Renting in Paradise

Posted on September 2 at 10:33 a.m.

It would have been nice if the Parks Department and Mr. Downey had been quite a bit more proactive in the protection of those City Landmark trees. Blaming their lack of stewardship of these precious resources on the weather apparently allows them to take no responsibility for the lack of an action plan for so long. They're only bothering now because there have been forced to by the efforts of some committed citizens who aren't willing to sit by and watch every one of those trees die while the staffers seem to take the approach that all trees are of equal importance. Sorry, those are pretty special, and there's plenty in the public record to indicate that the City has been very slow to care for them.

On Stone Pines Distressed by Drought

Posted on January 30 at 9:15 a.m.

It's pathetic to use our Police Department to play gotcha with people parking their cars, Way too many times I've had guests get ticketed for a bogus parking/registration violation on an evening when there's an event at the County Bowl, since officers go patrolling for dollars in the nearby neighborhood. I've heard the same thing happens around SBCC when classes first begin and students are unfamiliar with the area. But they let boats, campers, RVs, trailers, all kinds of wheeled vehicles take up parking spaces with no problem whatsoever. A study of this whole inconsistent mess is more than overdue.

On Parking Ticket System to Be Studied

Posted on January 17 at 12:03 p.m.

Thank you so much for this interview with filmmaker Harvey Hubbell about his movie, "Dislecksia: The Movie." Since 1in 5 are affected, it's a pretty big deal. We're lucky to have him coming to Santa Barbara to discuss the important and misunderstood subject of dyslexia, dislecksia, however you spell it!

On <em>Dislecksia: The Movie</em> Coming Friday to Santa Barbara High School

Posted on December 19 at 7:37 a.m.

"Cottage" conjures up such pleasant, cozy connotations. Better they change their name to more aptly reflect today's reality of the monster monopoly that ought to surprise no one. It was exactly 10 years ago yesterday that "Cottage" presented their big plans to demolish St. Francis in order to build their condo project. How very ironic, demolishing a medical building in order to keep individuals from driving too far, instead of repurposing it for something like, say a sub-acute unit... What they're doing with this sub-acute unit is completely predictable and totally despicable and in character with their Wall Street-like actions of the past decade.This was all a part of their big real estate scheme, which is their primary business, in case anyone hasn't been watching. But they got very good at playing the media, the politicians and the generous and kind-hearted people of this community, soaking up all the available donations while handing out huge salaries. Check out Werft's huge compensation package, and see if they shouldn't change the name from humble little Cottage to Mega-Mansion.

On No False Dogs Before Me

Posted on September 5 at 4:36 p.m.

Good luck on closing the SB HIgh School campus at lunchtime. The Milpas merchants would never stand for that. And doesn't it seem a bit excessive to build a kitchen capable of serving nearly twice the number of students on campus?

On Construction Underway of S.B. High School Kitchen

Posted on July 14 at 10:47 a.m.

Actually, Cottage is building 115 housing units on this property. The 81 are supposedly earmarked for their employees, leaving and additional 34 Market Rate units for sale to the general public, which many neighbors believe will end up as vacation rentals. We will see.

On Neighborhood Activists Block More Signs

Posted on May 19 at 2:23 p.m.

The article might have also included the fact that the FPPC letter points out "mitigating cirmcumstances" including the fact that Council member Self was acting in "good faith" that the project was 1,500 feet from her home, and that project funding was "tenuous." But there must be good reasons for leaving out those parts, right?

On Self Given Conflict of Interest Warning

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