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The State Department of Finance decided to allow Santa Barba...

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 BECKY helpful negative off topic

2013-01-24 09:50 PM

Since I'm usually the first to criticize ineffective government, let me be the first to compliment good work and decisions. For 42 years, city parking lots have been a benefit to the city and the businesses in it, as an honest partnership. I am very pleased the state recognized that, and that the city leaders successfully made their case. Good job!

 

 COMMENT 367237P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 06:59 AM

Yay.

 

 COMMENT 367238 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 07:01 AM

Let me also congratulate the city for finally cracking down on its employees and ensuring that they put envelopes on car windows prior to closing the lots.

I'd like to think that my rants on Edhat about the fact that I had gone an entire year without paying one cent in a lot, even though I pulled in at 6pm and left at 11pm nightly, finally got through to the right people who made sure the youngsters that work for them did their job.

The city was losing well over half a million dollars a year because no one was putting envelopes on cars. Now, I'd say my car gets an envelope approx 90% of the time, which is very good indeed.

Job well done. I don't mind paying the $3 at all.

 

 MTNDRIVER helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 10:23 AM

Good!!

 

 COMMENT 367362 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-25 11:07 AM

Good news.

 

 COMMENT 367723P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 11:49 AM

A decision that supports SB City Hall's effective policy that local residents are tolerated solely to provide support to local government, v. a democratic government and the city charter. CC will probably be able to spend $1 million paving De la Guerra Plaza as a result of this decision.

 

 COMMENT 367726 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 11:52 AM

So you think that the state should have taken the parking lots away from the city and sold them to private management? Because that's what you are implying, and that certainly would have been worse for downtown businesses.

 

 COMMENT 367723P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-26 03:10 PM

726: You're referring to current downtown businesses, not those that were appropriated by the city through inverse condemnation to build Paseo Nuevo? "The city also handed over about $2 million in housing cash it had at the time RDAs were dissolved." (Noozhawk) The purpose of RDA loans from the state was to eliminate blight and build affordable housing.
No, I'm not advocating for downtown businesses, most of which are outlets of large chains whose owners aren't Santa Barbara residents. RDA money was a loan, and the city's perennial overspending is destructive to residents of Santa Barbara as well as downtown businesses in terms of increasing the cost of living resulting from increased taxes and fees, deferred construction of low-income housing, and reductions in services provided to residents. Transient occupancy tax is an important source of city income, and the hotels/motels that generate this revenue don't rely on city parking lots.Income from DUI's an other arrests in the drunk zone generate income to the city, while local residents are burdened with the cost of law enforcement since city government includes a self-interest lobby for this class of business. I remember the flurry of announcements by Mayor Schneider of new capital projects to be funded by RDA immediately preceding the cancellation of RDA funding. SB's long-term violation of the federal Clean Water Act and the cost of the citizen's lawsuit filed against the city by Channelkeeper that resulted from deferring infrastructure maintenance is a good example of misplaced spending priorities by the city, with costs assessed on local residents, and could have been avoided through use of RDA funds. The city's spending is inappropriate for the current and projected economy, and the state's decision re city parking lots represents a form of co-dependency in support of unsustainable city spending. I'd much rather have a tax levied to subsidize the few remaining long-term privately owned downtown businesses than to pay the costs of the city's failure to comply with federal laws to protect the marine environment and those who use it.

 

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