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Posted on September 2 at 5:07 p.m.

Let the Chumash be a separate nation -- but let's put up border control on all the entries and exits. Let's charge road fees like they do between many European countries. Let's charge duty on anything going in or out of the Chumash Nation.
Can't have it both ways.

On Chumash Reach Out to County Planning

Posted on August 17 at 8:22 a.m.

Forget the family? What did Santa Barbara have to do with Clark to deserve such a gift?
As a museum it would not pay property taxes, as a private estate that sold for around $100M it would pay $1M a year in property taxes.

Careful what you ask for.

On Clark Mansion May Be Sold

Posted on August 15 at 4:42 p.m.

Thanks Susan, I am total in agreement.

What has me very concerned is Das Williams. At the public meeting a few months ago, he indicated it was all but a done deal that camp 4 would be fee-to-trust and the citizens should stop complaining and instead spend time review the different plans the Chumash were trying to present.

Who is Das working for?

On The True Risk of Going Fee-to-Trust for Santa Barbara County

Posted on July 28 at 4:33 p.m.

Seems to me the trouble started with the MTD being subsidized by the federal government in the first place.
Why should we be paying federal taxes to subsidized local transporation?

If this needs subsidizing it should be by our local taxes.

I would vote for making it self funding and taking it out for bid. Who know we might get more qualified staff at much less cost than we are currently getting.

On Massive Cuts Looming for MTD Bus Riders

Posted on July 25 at 4:49 p.m.

Let's pay public pensions on the same scale at SSI .. that would solve the pension problem.

On A Day Without a Bus

Posted on July 18 at 3:06 p.m.

Does anyone really think the county is really interested in provide housing for low income people?
A few years ago there was an audit of the 'for sale' affordable house, a large percentage of these were not legal (owners not living there, sublets, owners owning other market rate homes). The excuse --the county does not have enough resources to monitor!
The county is interested in getting the money to build affordable house, with a big chunk goes to their administrative overhead (salaries and pensions). The county is interested in collecting rents to pay on going salaries and pensions. But sorry there is no money to do the job of monitoring!!
Take a look at the housing budget, they do not pay property taxes, they need more money from the county for repairs. Their overhead is outrages compared to private property management even when taking into consideration the rents are low.
Sorry, but affordable housing has nothing to do with providing for those in need, it is about revenue for the county.

On County Housing May Owe $3.5 Million

Posted on July 18 at 2:10 p.m.

I have always voted YES for school bonds, but I am not at all happy about the cost increase.

It was very clear in the 'campaign' what the cost would be -- her is a good example of the campaign message

Now we are being told that it will cost more -- and that was clear in the 'fine print'.
Do I feel like I have been lied to? YES. Will I vote for a school bond again? At this point that would be NO

It was very clear that the voters were not in favor of high cost school bonds. The board tried to get more money, it did not pass.

On School District Approves Bond Sales

Posted on July 18 at 12:34 p.m.

What about contacting the Teamster Union and telling them to withdraw their objection. The worse possible outcome would be agreement to not include the teamster union members in the CA pension reform.
The pension reform was a small step in the right direction, chipping away at it would be a wrong move.

On A Day Without a Bus

Posted on July 12 at 11:50 a.m.

Does the 10 cents go to the county? When the city of SB was looking at charging for bags it was a TAX. Just another revenue generation for the city.
If the stores get to keep the 10 cents -- that is ok but ridiculous. Forcing a private company to charge for something they would normally give away free, too much government control. I buy $200-300 of groceries at a time and use 4-5 bags. Will 40-50 cents make me want to run home and get my reusable bags when I stop at the store without them? NO.
So what is the point?

On County Approves Plastic Bag Ban

Posted on July 4 at 10:11 a.m.

California, Santa Barbara county and city have lost their way.
Up until the 80's 20+% of the general fund went to roads, now it is 2-3%. Our roads are crumbling and general funds going to salaries, pensions and benefits have raised from approx 50% to 70-80%.
Our government entries are more about providing for 'themselves' then for the citizens the are supposed to represent.
While revenue allocation is difficult I do believe the citizens vote would do a much better job than the state, city council or BOS.

On Direct Democracy

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