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Posted on December 9 at 6:52 p.m.
Isla Vista is a net source of tax revenue for the county; the reason is that its population drives a lot of state & federal revenue sharing.
That doesn't include the fact that IV's population cannot shop for much except liquor inside IV. Most go to Costco, Albertson's, etc out in Goleta for their shopping. And shop they do… for 20 somethings, IV's residents are quite wealthy.
Isla Vista is by no means tax exempt. I think the assessed value of its property is in the billion dollar range… so 10 or 20 million/year in property tax is paid by IV.
Santa Barbara County has a surprisingly small tax base; Los Padres National Forest and cities swallow up an awful lot of its land. Deep in the County building they know IV is a crucial part of the County revenue stream, but they know it is in the County's interest to foster the claim that IV is a financial drain. That way they kept IV out of the City of Goleta, for example, and kept the revenue stream.
As for UCSB, it is tax exempt, just like the all the County administration buildings, Sheriffs buildings, jails, Courthouse, etc. UCSB was placed on the South Coast due to an extensive lobbying campaign by Pearl Chase & Tom Storke; the Regents and UC administration resolutely opposed placing a UC campus here, and the State college system sued to keep the campus theirs.
But the locals fought tooth & nail to get the UC campus placed here; they paid for the entire State legislature to come to Fiesta for a few days of debauchery circa 1942. And so the locals got a UC campus over the near-dead bodies of the Regents, UC Administration, and what then was the CSU administration.
Always a hoot when the locals now complain about UCSB. Be careful what you wish for.
On A Dispatch from the Colonies
Posted on December 9 at 1:54 p.m.
For decades the North County supervisors have treated Isla Vista like a little colony and utterly stymied its development. 6 times or so they helped squash city hood for Isla Vista.
Now of course the concept of development in IV is not quite the same as the concept of development that Peter Adam describes. Maybe the 1970's activists would have development of IV into a haven of recycling, green energy, public transit, etc. Maybe they would have developed support for the anti-Apartheid effort in South Africa.
But the North County supervisors definitely don't have the kind of `live and let live', `local control' attitude that Adam supports in the above article. They definitely support intervention in local, non-North County issues if their politics dictate, even if the locals have entirely different political views. Their historical treatment of Isla Vista proves that point.
So, sorry, Peter Adam, your words ring hollow if saying respect of local politics and desires is your point. If your point is to get angry that the narrow self interest of your local friends was not supported by our duly constituted Board of Supervisors, you make that point well.
Posted on November 22 at 6:47 a.m.
Peter Adam is a crybaby. Doesn't get his way and wants to take his ball & go home (the South County owns the bat and all the gloves, the catcher's equipment, and the ball field).
You win some and you lose some, Peter Adam. You North County supes blocked the incorporation of IV into a city 6 or 8 times in the past 40 years. A much bigger deal than a measly million a year for rich oil folks.
On Considering a County Split
Posted on November 18 at 1:18 a.m.
“That’s the bummer: All these kids aren’t taxpayers,” Dalcerri said, “so all the people in Goleta are out of service.”
Wow, how do these `kids' avoid paying sales tax? Do they get a special card from the County and the State when they move to IV that keeps all businesses from charging them sales tax? Anyone ever seen one of those cards?
And when these `kids' buy gasoline at the pump, do they have a special code that keeps the gasoline tax from being charged? Anyone know the code?
And all those `kids' who live in privately-owned rental housing in IV, how do they avoid covering the property tax of their landlords? Do IV landlords get a special exoneration from the County Assessor? When I look in the data base I never see that, it looks like all the privately-owned rental housing gets taxed just like everywhere in Goleta and Santa Barbara County.
And how do all those `kids' avoid paying income tax? Is there a special box on 540's and 1040's for living in IV? I've never noticed it.
Please tell us Dalcerri. Or Indy, if you ever fact check claims like Dalcerri's.
On You Drink, They’ll Drive
Posted on June 11 at 7:11 a.m.
dou4now, the operative verb is `hear'. UCSB and SBCC students do an enormous amount of philanthropy, mainly through donating their time, but sometimes money too. What they lack are effective press releases, photo-ops, etc, which are standard for many philanthropic groups. So they `be positive' and `do' a huge amount of good.
Not even the Indy regards UCSB and SBCC good deeds as news though. Well, to be fair, the Indy waits for press releases to tell them good has been done. However the Indy does regard tiresome, repetitive, inaccurate stories of student misbehavior, like Floatopia, as `news'. Go figure... just like my youth in Oakland, where the only `news' that was allowed from certain minority communities was murder, theft, etc.
On Fence Isla Vista
Posted on May 29 at 4:46 p.m.
Almost on top of Platform Holly... coincidence or causation? Are they tracking? Reinjecting? Did Holly shut down gracefully?
On Moderate Earthquake Hits Santa Barbara
Posted on May 20 at 3:52 p.m.
Camino Real Marketplace has many, many positives.
But there are a few negatives...
1)Where are the bike storage boxes and showers for employees promised in the EIR?
2)Where is the bus station promised in the EIR?
3)What happened to the pedestrian/bike crossing across the 101? Storke/Glen Annie is not so great on a bike or walking, and only a few years ago a second (since 1970) young woman was killed running across the 101. Stupid, I know, but the shortest route from Dos Pueblos High to the Camino Real Marketplace goes right across the freeway, and there are far fewer pedestrian/bike crossings in Goleta (none, actually) than in downtown SB or Montecito.
4)What happened to the $1 million in mitigation that the Camino Real Marketplace developers gave to the County for widening of El Colegio? El Colegio got widened, but that money didn't contribute.
The string of broken promises is a simple and straightforward reason to turn down the Target proposal.
On Target Targets Goleta
Posted on May 16 at 6:30 a.m.
Our airport also gets fogged in... on a foggy morning, if you miss the first flights out that landed the night before, you can spend the whole day taking a nice bus trip to LAX.
It always made more sense to get the airport out of the Slough and out of the fog. The City of Santa Barbara's environmental sensibilities stop at about La Cumbre... when it comes to the Goleta Slough they are similar to Big Oil.
I remember during the hearings for the terminal expansion, City of Santa Barbara employees said pilots had no control over where they fly as they take off... about 10% of planes swoop over Isla Vista (subdivided in 1925 before the airport was there) and make a big racket. Nothing any pilot could do, the City said.
On Siphoning Off Goleta Slough
Posted on May 15 at 2:03 p.m.
Yup, huge rise in mosquito bites in the IV/UCSB area too.
Historically, Devereux and Goleta Sloughs connected... still remnants of dikes & flow control machinery near the UCSB plice station. Wonder if they could flow through there, or open the flow channel again during the dry season.
The Goleta Slough was a bird stopping point for 100's of millennia. Early settlers described the sky going dark when they all went airborne together.
To the City of Santa Barbara, those birds are now just a nuisance.
Posted on May 8 at 2:58 p.m.
I'm shocked, shocked to learn that a whole crowd of young people, in a community of 15,000 where the average age is 20, filled a balcony that overlooked the gorgeous Santa Barbara Channel. Who'd of thunk such a thing was possible?
Round up the usual suspects.
On Isla Vista Balcony Collapse Victim Files Lawsuit
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