Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, November 03, 2005

We Called It: Ebenstein Gets the Nod

Sorry for the lack of posting today -- busy day at work! I called it with the Ebenstein endorsement today -- but the editorial deserves some review.

In Ebenstein's endorsement today in the News-Press, Travis 'Factswrong' Armstrong paints a not so bright picture of the city budget but doesn't really describe how a great many budget items are federally mandated programs for which you can't just take a knife to and cut away. Others are federally mandated but not federally funded -- like the COPS program which President Bush has kept from being funded since 9/11. Salaries make up a lot of the city budget -- but they are not, on the average, exorbitant. City workers are often underpaid for what they do as well. Perhaps after the election, blogabarbara should take on some issues like this and see if we can educate our editors about budget processes and the like...

He goes on to say that Ebenstein has done a good job on the campaign trail. Excuse me? I've been to a few forums where he hasn't had literature to give to potential supporters -- and there was one last week that he didn't even go to. He usually complains and doesn't seem to have a clue about how government works. Ebenstein was not a great school board member and would often push for school closings one year and then several years later complain that we shoudln't have let those schools go. In our multi-cultural society -- he dismantled bilingual education where everyone else in the world has to take English as well as their native language.

Armsrong makes much of Ebenstein's apparent opposition to tall buildings downtown as if Blum wants a Manhattan in the downtown corridor. The truth is she helped craft the height limitation ordinance as a planning commission member -- if Armstrong had done his homework, he would have known that. Advertisements in The Independent does not an issue make.

Finally, he tells us that Ebenstein has a great business background but doesn't elaborate. As far as anyone who has been in town for a awhile can tell -- he is an economist, not a business man, who still believes in the bell curve in a u-curve world.


Blogger john san roque said...

Something that the News-Press seemed to leave out of its editorial endorsement of Ebenstein is his stance on residential buildings. Blum believes in some restrictions on building out residential properties and Ebenstein believes that government should not hinder one’s ability to remodel an existing home and maximize housing investment.

Even though single-issue politics and voting may be short-sighted, Ebenstein's stance on building is enough to remove him from my consideration. The city budget may be important, but it's not the reason I moved to Santa Barbara 25 years ago. Neighborhood erosion through construction of monster houses must be curtailed. The News-Press should have addressed this important piece of Ebenstein's thinking.

11/03/2005 8:10 PM  
Blogger David Pritchett said...

Why would News-Press include positions that go against its editorial argument? That would be fair and balanced.

Predicting the endorsement for Lanny was no big feat of prognistication. The enemy of the enemy of News-Press is the friend of News-Press.

11/03/2005 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this just in......
WE LANDED ON THE MOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/03/2005 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ebenstein is so out to lunch that a year of page one stories would not help him. The only thing Ebenstein has going for him is Blum. She may be more lame than Lammy.

11/03/2005 10:19 PM  
Blogger David Pritchett said...

Lammy Johnstone-Kockler, the batty nutcase from Santa Ynez, who initiated the failed recall against Gail Marshall?

11/05/2005 5:18 PM  

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