Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

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By Ernie Salomon

Upper State Street Motel May Rent All Rooms to Homeless: After Loma Fire Scare, City Council Considering Drastic Action to Clear out Encampments

The four-month plan at the Rose Garden Inn ― expected to cost the city between $1.6 million to $2 million ― would provide emergency lodging, food, transportation, and services for as many as 50 people now living on the streets. |

Why didn't I think of this?  What a great idea and cost effective as well!

If I am more proficient in math than over 50% of our local school children, then this brilliant plan will only cost local taxpayers $40,000 or more, per person for only four months; $10,000 or more, per person, per month!

Is this how the hard earned tax dollars of our local working people should be spent?

I will wager the city council that all expense paid vacations including airfare, hotel and food are available for much less than $10,000 per person, per month.

The cruise industry is trying to recover and I am positive that month long  cruises are available for $10,000 per person, or less.  Why put these people up in a crummy motel when our City Council can provide them with luxury for less?

Have you even thought about asking those homeless who can work, to earn money for their food, shelter and clothing?

This program covers only 50 people out of the hundreds of homeless people we have on our streets.

What happens to the people who are in the motel after four months?  Do they get thrown out onto the streets of Santa Barbara again?

If this plan is put into effect, then every member of the Santa Barbara City Council should be recalled.   I will initiate the recall myself with as much help and money that is needed! 

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LooseCannon Jul 01, 2021 07:18 PM
Op Ed: Madness at City Hall

More than a quarter of a billion dollars will be spent on the ridiculous anti-democratic Recall Newsom campaign, bankrolled by right-wing millionaires.

Imagine all the homeless people who could be housed with that money.

What a waste of resources. Thanks GOP.

OGSB Jul 01, 2021 07:36 PM
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@Loose. I agree it's a huge waste of money! It's an unfortunate consequence of how we vote. You need to stop watching the commercials and look at what our governor has done... Unfortunately, most people here don't bother to pay attention. It's not some attack against democracy or a bunch of trumpers. It's the few rational thinking people that are saying F*** No!

LooseCannon Jul 01, 2021 07:39 PM
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If a Gov is charged and found guilty of committing a felony, he should be removed from office and replaced after an election. Otherwise, let him/her serve the remainder of the term. I think Newsom is a twerp, but he was duly elected, and I am appalled that just holding the retail election is going to cost $276 million dollars, money that could be more productively spent housing the homeless and taking care of the mentally ill.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 01, 2021 07:57 PM
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“Imagine all the homeless people who could be housed with that money.”

Yes, let’s imagine. Based on the SB City Council’s ridiculously wasteful and pointless plan, they’re going to house 50 people for $2 million for 4 months. The money you’re complaining about would get you another 6,250 homeless, for just 4 months. There’s over 161,000 homeless in California, so if you think housing less than 4% of them for that money is making some big difference, so be it. I’d rather invest that money in getting new leadership, hopefully someone who will do what it takes to address this problem once and for all.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jul 02, 2021 07:42 AM
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The only reason there is a Gov recall is because this process is the ONLY path for the GOP to ever get a chance at the top job in CA. Yes, its a waste of time and money and they dont have a chance to win, but its the only way the whiners, cry-babies, cheaters and plain old suckers that make up the QOP can get their guy, or person, onto the ballot and get the attention they crave. The irony that comes from Caitlyn Jenner getting into and leading this race cannot be topped. Ever. The same people who HATE trans kids, gender fluid people and the old boring homosexuals, are now putting their money and their might behind a straight up crazy version of who they HATE... the metal pretzel they twist themselves into to support this whole thing is pure comedy. Cringe worthy comedy... Sad that so man people are so easily duped. But then again: "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the average American".

jak Jul 02, 2021 07:52 AM
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S B Observer, if memory serves governors in California have been split about 50/50 between the two parties during my lifetime with no overwhelming trend towards one party or the other in recent decades.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jul 02, 2021 08:29 AM
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Jak, Arnold came into office via a recall, was re-elected. Hence, the attempts today. Was he an R? Not based on his 2nd term policies and legacy... The others were in the 90's (30 years ago!)and also happened to be in charge during some of the worst economic conditions this state has ever experienced. I am not a D, but the facts and figures do not bode well for R's in CA. Not only was the era of Duke and Wilson awful financially, prop 208 was a turning point for many Latinos. Who since, have taken on power in the state as well as becoming the dominate Demographic. No way an R (post Trump) ever wins another Gov in CA via the normal electoral process. The Party has gone off the rails and the number of uneducated, angry old white men left to cry out in fear while waiving their flags and male enhancers, is shrinking faster than their testosterone levels... I would prefer we had more choices, and that our State spent less on bull***t, but this is the game, this is the process. And frankly, the State is doing excellent right now. Budget surplus, economy is on fire, low unemployment, etc. The FOXnews (I mean Chickenlittle) crowd are just scared old people... Not that diff from Edhat's avg Progressive posting how awful it is downtown. People who are afraid of life and changes tend to be fearful of everything else...

Coolio Jul 02, 2021 09:21 AM
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Their golden calf and his criminal organization are soon to pay the piper.

Byzantium Jul 02, 2021 09:45 AM
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SBObservor: State is not doing well: Top 1% pays 50% of the taxes is a very unstable tax base; K-12 ranks #45 nationwide while consuming an automatic 50% of all state general funds mainly now used to provide free education for foreign nationals; K-12 has given up making students proficient in math or english; 37% in this state live in "poverty" on public benefits, and massive vagrancy has overtaken and destroyed the vitality of far too many previously thriving and safe cities; residential neighborhoods under attack from mandatory increasing housing density statutes. ; state has a one trillion dollar unfunded public pension liability and CalPERS ,responsible for much of this deficit cannot even find a chief investment officer to start bringing discipline and productivity to cure this massive fiscal deficit. Not sure where you get these oft-repeated and canned talking points about the "success' of Silicon Valley billionaires, as if it had anything to do with the rest of this state stuck with its aging infrastructure designed for 20 million but now forced to accommodate 40 million persons. Term limits and the public sector union moving into the political vacuum after the year 2000 set this state on a precipitous downward trajectory. Raid the treasury and hire the close relatives is how you turn a once Golden State into one more third world failed state. The best of times, the worst of times - a tale of two states.

Hokey-Pokey Aug 01, 2021 08:54 AM
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1) don'wannas: rapid rehousing and support for people who don't want to be on the street and are working, can work / want to work.
2) ain'gonnas if professional vagrant continue to refuse, run them out. Taxpayers either pay for emergency services, extended regulations and cleaning up the damage, or new rules and services. Legs do less catch and release

It's quite possible to change the law that says a human has a right to be feral and cause everybody a hassle.

Making it harder to be irresponsible would be a great start. Even insisting that the homeless keep their homeless camps cleaned up would be a great start.

I'd also like to scrap yards be unable to buy catalytic converters enlist the owner of the matching vehicle is there with a receipt, and for all bicycles too be registered or considered stolen. The piles of bike parts in these camps is beyond belief.

We don't need to tolerate the trash, the filth, and the theft.

And finally I don't understand why the price for one month of housing and support services is enough to pay for 1 uninsured hospital visit for overdose and detox.

And accounting is needed.


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