Dog Park on State & De La Vina

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Does anybody have more info or know who’s paying for the Dog Park being built near State and De La Vina?

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a-1566678955 Apr 22, 2019 12:25 PM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

0226/10:57 a.m. Oh, yeah. Z-z-z-z-z-z. That same old saw about dog poop. When's the last time you went to The Wilcox? When will this urban myth about The Wilcox being rife with dog poop die? Dogwalkers pick up the poop. There are no flies, no fleas, no "unsavory artifacts." Go see for yourself before laying it on thick about the non-existent "piles."

k8b8b Apr 22, 2019 09:53 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

On a more upbeat note I have a dog and have noticed what a great job the city has been doing lately about repairing the sidewalks. They have made several sidewalk repairs in a very timely manner as not to disturb residents to much. I'm really excited to have a dog park open in that area. A lot of people have dogs and are appreciative to have nice sidewalks to walk them and an off leash park to run. There has also been street re-pavement going on in several areas around town. Especially happy Cathedral Oaks is getting a new surface.

a-1566678955 Apr 23, 2019 08:45 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

3948--wow! The failure to do your bidding is a serious proof of the poor government we must endure! I vote we storm city hall or public works or something and get our due....!!!!

a-1566678955 Apr 22, 2019 11:06 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

K8B8B. And yet the small sidewalk repairs I requested on 114 West Valerio St. approx. three months ago remain undone.

LocalMatt Apr 22, 2019 09:32 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Those boulders were already there from the park. They are just visible since shrubs were cut down

Factotum Apr 22, 2019 09:09 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Costs of chronic drunk, public urination, aggressive panhandling and vagrancy police calls in this same area added up to even more than the cost of the dog park. Good riddance to this long-standing nuisance. Local residents wanted a dog park for years - finally some city tax dollars spent on law abiding, tax paying residents. Good call, City of Santa Barbara. This State Street area for too long has been a vagrancy crime magnet.

a-1566678955 Apr 23, 2019 07:17 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

ALL SIDES yes, his mom made me a greek salad one day - it took awhile but it was YUM, she reminded me so much of my own grandmother. Is she still alive?

a-1566678955 Apr 23, 2019 07:17 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

ALL SIDES yes, his mom made me a greek salad one day - it took awhile but it was YUM, she reminded me so much of my own grandmother. Is she still alive?

All Sides Apr 22, 2019 06:44 PM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

I do believe that that market may be the last Greek food in town. And Mrs. D was an excellent human the last time I talked to her.

a-1566678955 Apr 22, 2019 03:45 PM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Sbobserver - you're NOT a local, plus you have never even eaten there so please spare us your "taste."

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 22, 2019 03:23 PM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

What? I've lived here for over 20 years. I believe I even bought gas at that place way back when. I never mentioned Yanni's let alone attacked. The place you cite as "to die for", doesnt even have a sign! The only calling card outside is an old, decaying Mackenzie Market Deli sign placed right above "Custom Choppers". There are dilapidated cars /trucks in the lot, a mishmash of materials strew around and the only indication that its anything but a junk yard is a Gyro banner loosely tethered to the side of the building. If that is what you consider endearing and representative of small town Santa Barbara, you're a bit off for my tastes... But If you do like these kind of places though, they're all over the south. You'd probably fit in down there. Lots of 'locals' down there also call their sister their cousin...

a-1566678955 Apr 22, 2019 03:02 PM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

SBOBSERVER your attack on Yanni's illuminates the fact that you are indeed, a newbie around here. Yanni's food is simply the best. Their spanakopitas are to die for - even die hard Greek food lovers will tell you it's the best in town when it comes to that. We don't want your big city type attitudes around these parts - people like you are part of the SB problem.

a-1566678955 Apr 22, 2019 12:21 PM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

SBOBSERVER - google it. It's been around for a few years and has 4.5 star rating on Yelp. It's definitely not a "mystery" in this town.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 22, 2019 12:17 PM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

I walked in there a few years back and immediately walked out. It was as filthy and barren inside as it was outside... Maybe things have changed but I would not eat anything from that place and frankly, would like to see the city's health inspection report on it. Do they even have a license to prepare and serve food? I'm all for holes-in-the wall, but that place is something else. Nothing about it seems 'kosher' or clean or even legit.

a-1566678955 Apr 22, 2019 12:09 PM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

SBOBSERVER - you obviously are pretty out of touch with the area. That "market" is an amazing "deli" and one of the few places in the area to get a real gyro! Yanni's is the best! Go enjoy the "mystery" and become enlightened!

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 22, 2019 11:49 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Maybe the bums should move across the street to that dilapidated old gas station known as McKenzie Market. How that place continues on as a pseudo market is a long standing mystery among many in this town. Its neither a functioning market or a garage, just an old ugly building with a yard full of crappy old cars and bikes. The very definition of blight.

sbmh2015 Apr 22, 2019 10:58 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

They are still there. They will move back to the "monument" that is now located inside the dog park. The vagrants will not move on.

a-1566678955 Apr 22, 2019 08:50 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Get the money back by charging admission to the Dog Park. All the large bolders they brought in to the park must have been EXPENSIVE to truck in (from Montecito?).

sbmh2015 Apr 22, 2019 10:59 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Boulders were already there. Nothing was moved in regarding the rocks. Just rearranged. I know for sure because I asked the person in charge of the project

sbmh2015 Apr 22, 2019 08:37 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

If you have more questions, let me know. I've have had conversations with many city folks about the park

sbmh2015 Apr 22, 2019 08:36 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Taxpayers are paying for it. It was budgeted around $285k. Actual bids and approval is over $700,000 !! Ridiculous amount to spend. The extra also includes taking out some cement paths in park and putting them back. The park and recs folks told me the paths were being replaced with water permeable paths but that is not the case. So much money. Park is set to open may 2019. Two months later than first anticipated.

sbmh2015 Apr 22, 2019 11:04 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

The issue is when the neighborhood meetings were held, one price was discussed. To be over double that when finally approved, that is ridiculous

sbmh2015 Apr 22, 2019 11:01 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

I have no idea. It is very disappointing. But I was there when certain sections of the path were being replaced.

sbmh2015 Apr 22, 2019 11:01 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

I have no idea. It is very disappointing. But I was there when certain sections of the path were being replaced.

Factotum Apr 22, 2019 09:16 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Parks and Rec Dept gobbled up the vast majority of new Measure C tax dollars. Meanwhile nothing is getting spent patching and repaving our terrible streets which remain in appalling condition. City will demand a new tax to get that work done. These are city council priorities chose by those you voted to represent you. Too late, there is no money left now for repairing virtually all of our streets which have been terribly damaged and riddled with potholes after the rains, due to their poor maintenance before the rains.. Environmental activists assaulting local fossil fuel extraction have increased the costs of asphalt as well, even though we have the potential for plenty of local asphalt production right in Santa Barbara county. One more way the city wants to force people out of their cars - make the city streets unusable.

Factotum Apr 22, 2019 09:11 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Now that city council cronies pass the Public Labor Agreement requiring only union workers on city projects, expect local tax-dollar funded projects to cost even more. This is what you voted for. Not sure why, but you did.

PitMix Apr 22, 2019 08:50 AM
Dog Park on State & De La Vina

Everything costs at least that much these days. That's about the same cost for them to build the roundabout at Cliff & Las Positas, which consisted of paving a circle and adding lights and landscaping. By the time you hire someone to do the EIR, then the pre-design, then the final design, plus get public comments and respond to them, the actual construction is not the biggest part of the total cost. And that figure probably doesn't include the labor cost of all of the City staff working on the project. But the consulting firms making a bundle off of these project really appreciate the work.

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