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Posted on November 22 at 10:41 a.m.
I think we should take a page from the Irish immigration law. Borders open to anyone that can find employment. You can apply for permanent residence or citizenship after two years of being in Ireland as long as you can show full time employment (with a few months grace period to find a job) -- If you can not show full time employment you must leave Ireland.
On S.B. Responds to President's Executive Order on Immigration
Posted on November 21 at 8:04 p.m.
I can not understand why people do not just pack up and move to a place that they can live well on a low income, like Holly did. The cost for services will increase and those left will be able to live nicely in Santa barbara.
On Beacons of Home
Posted on November 13 at 10:16 a.m.
I like the proposed change to the noise ordinance ".. any noise emanating 50 feet beyond the property line before 10 p.m. is a violation. After 10 p.m., the limit is the property line". But what about lawn mowers an blowers -- certainly that noise emanates more than 50 feet. Even starting your car can do that!
On City College Mending Fences with Neighbors?
Posted on October 29 at 11:09 a.m.
Could we actually vote Capps out? That would be a great reason for celebration! I'm not holding my breath, but it would certainly make me smile.
On Mitchum’s Biggest Role Yet?
Posted on October 29 at 11:07 a.m.
14noscams - There are a few loopholes that should be closed, looking at the numbers I would bet the "affordable/workforce" housing scam is the biggest drain on school and community services. I have mixed fees on prop 13. When you buy a painting and pay sales tax, if the value of the painting goes up you are not asked to pay more, when you die your heirs are not asked to pay more (unless of the $5M limit). In many respects I think the prop 13 tax based on purchase price is fair. How can someone budget an expense that is tied to an unknown value of future property values.
On The High Price of Renting in Generic Terms
Posted on October 28 at 5:34 p.m.
I have no issue with "workforce housing" being sold at below market prices but I do take great issue with the properties paying property tax on below market values.The result is huge strain on our schools and community services.This goes for the city and county affordable housing as well as workforce housing such as cottage hospital and Westmont College.
Posted on October 25 at 6:20 p.m.
having been a graduate of the engineering department at UCSB and lived in IV -- somehow I did not see the party scene. I think it is the occasional halloween type party that gives it the reputation, but it certainly there is not a daily party.
On Charles Munger Donates $65 Million to UCSB
Posted on October 19 at 3:26 a.m.
Isn't anyone going to mention it is time for Capps to retire! Please...
On Endorsements 2014
Posted on October 6 at 6:06 p.m.
The whole Redevelopment argument is ridiculous! Redevelopment diverted property taxes away from schools, safety and even the general fund to spend on affordable housing and infrastructure (but only in the downtown corridor). 60%of the redevelopment funds were diverted from the schools and 40% from the city (police, fire, Health and human services, the general fund, and the executive salaries).
The city is now getting the 40% of the the approx $16m redevelopment fund (approx $4.6M a year). It seems logical that the city would now spend it on infrastructure. Add $4.6M to the $5M allocated for infrasture and we are done with $9.6M to spend.
The City has the money for infrastructure, they are spending it elsewhere and they want MORE money.
Please ask the Mayor to explain where the money from terminating the redevelopment went and how much went right back into the city coffers.
On City Faces Massive Repair Backlog
Posted on October 5 at 8:22 p.m.
Santa Barbara is not different than most cities and counties in the liberal California, they only think of the next pay raise and benefits they want to approve and not about balancing the whole budget. Balancing the budget on a cash basis is not a balanced budget, it is kicking the can down the street which is a long distance from balanced.
The SB financial situation both in both the city and county need a major overhaul and it will take a new slate of leaders to do the required work.