Voting Ballot Addition?

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City council is never going to eliminate the Cox monopoly in Santa  Barbara. Would it be possible to do so with a ballot initiative? How many signatures would it take to put the proposition on the ballot?

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a-1568869169 Jul 29, 2019 01:53 PM
Voting Ballot Addition?

Why bother with a city initiative? I'm not a fan due to its significant risks to health, but wireless 5G providers will ultimately put all wired providers out of business in metro areas . Cox and others won't be able to afford required maintenance to infrastructure. Yes, Cox could live on in rural areas but Dish is already a monopoly in those locations.

a-1568869169 Jul 29, 2019 01:29 PM
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Before you even think about an initiative, you must gage public sentiment on the subject. Are there enough voters out there who are also disgruntled Cox customers and/or among those who dislike the Cox monopoly and want things to change? Getting valid signatures is a ton of hard work. You must have dependable people to assist you. It means getting together a crew of people who believe deeply in the cause and who will work hard. Ashleigh Brilliant crafted his gasoline leafblower petition and had loads of people out gathering signatures. The ordinance passed because people had become disgusted with the way gasoline leafblowers were being misused. Do you think enough people, specifically voters, feel the same way you do about Cox? Are you willing to give up months and months of your life while spending time and money to craft an initiative, publicize it and make it happen?

a-1568869169 Jul 29, 2019 10:23 AM
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Does anyone know the answer to the question? Does the city allow initiatives?

a-1568869169 Jul 29, 2019 10:28 AM
Voting Ballot Addition?

SB Muni Code: Section 1303. Initiative, Referendum and Recall. There are hereby reserved to the electors of the City the powers of the initiative and referendum and of the recall of municipal elective officers. The provisions of the Elections Code of the State of California, as the same now exist or hereafter may be amended, governing the initiative and referendum and the recall of municipal officers, shall apply to the use thereof in the City so far as such provisions of the Elections Code are not in conflict with the provisions of this Charter.

aragorn Jul 29, 2019 08:56 AM
Voting Ballot Addition?

I am not sure if one goes to city hall to file for one or the County Elections Office, but I do think one needs a 100 signatures. If anyone gets one going I will sign it.

a-1568869169 Jul 30, 2019 03:27 PM
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What can you down vote in this response?? It is a fact that this is a city issue, not a county issue. How silly this has become.

RHS Jul 29, 2019 01:01 PM
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The city has taken over its own elections. You will have to go there if you want information on city contests. The county is not involved.

a-1568869169 Jul 29, 2019 11:25 AM
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If you're going to the Elections Office you might want to check on the number of signatures needed to get a measure on the ballot countywide. It may a fixed number or a percentage of the registered voters in the county. If it was only 100 everyone would be doing it.

biguglystick Jul 29, 2019 08:38 AM
Voting Ballot Addition?

Cox is the WORST. We all need to speak out. Maybe we can change things.

mp805 Jul 28, 2019 04:41 PM
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From my understanding its too expensive for a company to come in (Frontier) and lay fiber down for a new system. Cox has a monopoly because they bought out Santa Barbara Cable Television back in the dark ages and then slowly expanded west. There was an article in the independent in 2017 that gave a couple good solutions here - "The solution is to lower the barriers in Santa Barbara for other ISPs to enter the marketplace. This can be done a number of ways — giving tax breaks to other providers, like Google Fiber or Verizon Fios, or by removing pre-deployment obstacles on a civil government level (access to pole attachments, bureaucratic public works contracts, etc.) Better yet, Santa Barbara can push through a municipal fiber project and build out broadband infrastructure for ourselves, as the city of Santa Cruz did in partnership with Cruzio."

All Sides Jul 28, 2019 05:54 PM
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5:25- Thank you. 4:41- thank you also. I do not like the way COX so cavalierly bumps prices and Sunday morning there is no service. Not a good company.

a-1568869169 Jul 28, 2019 05:25 PM
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Here's the letter to the editor for anyone interested: https://www.independent.com/2017/10/05/caged-in/

Sensibly Common Jul 28, 2019 03:49 PM
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I would love more competition for cable and internet provider services, but how is the city responsible for this?

Luvaduck Jul 29, 2019 10:58 AM
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The city or county isn't responsible except that they are the ones granting rights to the wave length, I think it's called but don't quote me. The reason local gov't needs to engage is b/c they are the only universal "collective" that has the power to deal with such a mammoth corporation. It went "privately -owned" as soon as the cable had been laid at stock-owner expense as soon as the writing was on the wall about cable.

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