Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, February 02, 2006

St. Athanasius Orthodox Church

Tuesday night during the state of the union, everyone was talking about Bush's "laundry list" -- trickle down on Wednesday to Cecilia Brown, 2nd District Planning Commissioner on what might be a hot issue for the second district in Noleta:

As quoted in the News-Press:"On Wednesday, Ms. Brown read what she called a "laundry list" of concerns focused mainly on the design of the complex, which would include a 750-square-foot chapel, a 15,000-square-foot fellowship hall, a 2,800-square-foot administration building and 90,000 square feet of walkways and parking spread across 5 acres. The property, a strip with a relatively narrow entrance way, is perpendicular to Hollister."

The church is 30 feet away from Goleta city limits...this could get interesting. I'm glad they delayed the decision.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A propos of land use in the Second District, what about a section on that? For instance, I was interested to read Mickey Flacks'op ed in the Independent.

Seemed to me to be classic NIMBY - I could not help but remember when a developer, the Blankenships, wanted to convert a single family building a block or so from the Flacks on Garden Street into 4-5 condos, Ms. Flacks was in the forefront of the protesters. Of course, most of those would have been market rate condos, but it is unlikely there would have been less protest had, say, the building been planned to be converted to lower income housing.

Whatever. The vision meeting tomorrow in today's N-P editorial should be interesting.

2/03/2006 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The church issue is pretty boring.

Mickey's op a bit more interesting--see post above. Although not by much. Of course, re Garden Street, she's a "who's ox is being gored" hyprocrit. In the op she ultimately raises race and class as issues. But the county rules permit subsidized housing for those people -- many with substantial education -- making up to about $110,000 per year in income--twice the local norm. Tough to see her economic class discrimination argument there. No support for her race contention, unless, like Edwin Moses, she's just trying to attack neighborhood advocates personally to stir something up. It just backfires, however.

Re post above, I was happy to find out from the editorial WHERE the meeting is....

2/03/2006 3:30 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

The church issue is boring? Hey folks, it represents another 5 acres of agricultural land that is disappearing from our community forever.

2/03/2006 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a life everyone. The blogs are good but the responders are outright morons. Wah wah, land disappearing forever? I assume you live in a house, Bill. We are all guilty in some manner, and innocent at the same time. Just don't throw rocks. The (church) issue IS redundant.

10/05/2006 9:48 AM  

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