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Posted on January 5 at 6:33 p.m.
You can thank UCSB for starting this deluge of development. They are the ones who ignored the community by increasing student population and faculty/families by 15,000 per their plan. The traffic now is nearly unbearable around Hollister/Storke and will get worse I'm sure. God forbid there will be an emergency condition requiring evacuation from the area.
What does COG plan to do with the extra revenue? Probably give themselves and all the other hired in police and fire raises and pension bumps. Don't plan on anything that actually benefits the whole community.
On Good Land for Development
Posted on May 20 at 9:43 p.m.
If you need to save a few nickels at the cost of further environmental and lifestyle degradation move to Fresno or Phoenix or Texas. You can't afford to live here to begin with.
This is your cognitive dissonance aye? In ten short years, the city has sold out the very proposition they were put in place to prevent. Corporate shills, the whole lot. At one time this was a quiet haven away from the maddening crowd. Now just another corporate mold of high density, high traffic, high pollution, low service disappointment.
Thanks for coming GCC.
Put the Target in Montecito Village or whatever they call that hole in the ground next to Hotel California. How about they build it on Caruso's Miramar property? He's obviously only looking to fleece the county for cash. Why is "The Goodland" always SB's dumping ground?
Why GCC, WHY??
On Target Targets Goleta
Posted on May 20 at 8:33 p.m.
I'm not cynical DrDan,
I'm simply pointing out the taking of our inalienable rights and the financial enslavement being perpetrated upon an entire generation.
I'd like a financially capable population to pay my SS and Medicare just like I have to pay for "The Greatest Generation's" now. The perpetrators are the usual suspects: the very rich and the government cabals that take by force...I'm sure $1000 speeding tickets and $200K cops and hose holders are right around the corner. Red light cameras and .05 BAC anyone?
"In an op-ed this week for the New York Times, Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz warned that excessive student debt is dampening economic recovery, especially in housing, as graduates curb their consumption and delay establishing a household.
“It’s a vicious cycle,” Stiglitz wrote. “Lack of demand for housing contributes to a lack of jobs, which contributes to weak household formation, which contributes to a lack of demand for housing.”
On Harding Kids Get Taste of College Education
Posted on May 20 at 7:40 p.m.
Dear Class of ’13: You’ve been scammedCommentary: How the College-Industrial Complex drove tuition so high...
In constant dollars, the price of a degree is 300% more now than 30 years ago.
Part of the answer lies in the arms race of fancy facilities being built by colleges. Part of the answer lies in escalating salaries, especially for academic “divas,” the marquee names recruited at great expense to bring in the customers ... er, students. Part of the answer lies in institutional metastasis: the expansion of bureaucracy, like any bureaucracy.
Posted on May 11 at 9:54 a.m.
My brother arranged a corporate retreat in SB. They stayed at the Red Lion. As a UCSB grad, he wanted to bring this int'l group up for some golf and wine tasting along with strategy sessions. The first night they walked out to roll down State st. for dinner and the overriding comments were how surprised and turned off they were by all the motorhomes lining Cabrillo and bums and vagrants everywhere. Needless to say SB won't be seeing their tourist dollars ever again. Sad.
On Santa Barbara's Billion-Dollar Tourism Industry
Posted on April 4 at 6:42 p.m.
On Judge Sides with Costner
Posted on December 23 at 2:04 p.m.
What does supermaterialistic mean? Do superacademians hate materialism also? Sounds like you think academian products should be free then, right? Else they be tainted by materialism. I think that would be a great way to solve Cali budget problems. All academians should provide their service for free...Be sure and press that issue as often as you can KV!
On More Mesa Sold to Saudi
Posted on December 23 at 1:12 p.m.
Maybe Michael Douglas can appeal to the inner mensch in Shobily to donate the land to UCSB for high density student housing. No reason the Hope Ranchers should be denied the joy of overcrowding and property value damage that all of Goleta has to suffer. You know, for the kids and all...
Posted on December 18 at 7:25 p.m.
What exactly are the "substantial and lasting benefits" Carla? There is no benefit to the existing neighborhood by jamming in even more housing on to scarce in city open space. The devils at UCSB have already severely impacted this area with no regard for the adverse effects of high density and general lack of resources for it's maddening crowd.
Mr. Olsen is absolutely right in that this is a windfall for the seller and the deal should be that all the property is purchased and no housing is put in. The public has spoken out every time against these developments yet they are always ignored in favor of collecting taxes from the developers to pay off those fat public pensions they all look forward to and the citizens/community be damned!
That is a lasting benefit worthy of public money.
On A History of Ocean Meadows
Posted on November 22 at 9:37 a.m.
Sorry MSSB but this is my business. I live in this area, do you? I worry about the evacuation routes and the traffic on the local streets if we ever had an emergency like the Painted Cave fire or an earthquake/tsunami.
How about all the traffic backup on the 101 off ramps. Dangerous! There is only one grocery store that is already overfilled with the students. UCSB has in mind to add 15K people already and now they want 180 more residences in the same 1 square mile? It feels like the politicians won't stop till all of Goleta is as Dense as IV!
We saw nothing of the promised mitigations from the Marketplace because they spent all the money on widening the onramp at Glen Annie that they convenietly didn't include in the original approval. Yeah Lineham...we have long memories.
Same goes for Westar and UCSB. What they promise and what they deliver are always two different things. Just ask Caruso...(Notice he just opened a luxury apt building in Bev Hills at the highest rents in LA but cant spend money to clean up the mess at Miramar?)
KV- I do appreciate the contributions of the Uni when it was sized for the available space but just like Oxycotin, too much of a good thing is deadly.
On Resident Sues Over Hollister Avenue Development