Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, March 30, 2006

GVC Tells It Like It Is...

The letter republished in the News-Press today from the Goleta Vision Committee (GVC) majority made me wonder how far Travis Armstrong's fight with Supervisor Rose is going to go....will her letter to supporters reported here last week be printed next? He pulled that one on Mayor Blum last summer....still, the GVC letter brought up some interesting discussion points:

After grappling sincerely and strenuously with this matter, the GVC has come to the decision that it cannot recommend by April 2006, any sites from the Eastern Goleta Valley for inclusion in the 2003-2008 Housing Element Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process.

Why? Here's the best reason:
As we have learned about it, many of us have wondered whether its rigid requirements were in the best interests of its already populous area. Its statewide mandate of upzoning to one uniform high density per acre, with no mechanism to assure affordability, seems to some of us to make it a terribly blunt and ineffective tool.

Maybe we should give the state transfer development rights from Naples and Eastern Goleta Valley and let them use them up in Fresno or Bakersfield -- I know it doesn't work that way and I'm not sounding very "regional", but it would be nice if we could.


Anonymous lovin' the GVC said...

Sara, I don't understand what you mean about "how far Travis Armstrong's fight with Supervisor Rose is going to go..." I don't think he is picking on Susan by publishing a letter that was sent to her by a public committee that she created. The community should see what the GVC has done on their behalf. Hopefully, the board will follow their recommendation.

3/30/2006 8:50 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Certainly -- the letter isn't favorable to Susan and I agree that the community should see what GVC has been doing. I just think it will be interesting if this kind of publishing policy continues -- most letters such as this are not printed in full. Would it have been printed without the very public stance against Rose that Armstrong has taken -- maybe, maybe not.

This letter is newsworthy -- but does it belong on the editorial page or the front page?

3/30/2006 8:56 AM  
Anonymous lovin' the GVC said...

I don't see the letter as being unfavorable towards Susan. On the contrary, the GVC is giving her substance to take to the other Supervisors, which helps her to help the community. But I do get your point that it is more news than opinion, and therefore could belong on the front page.

3/30/2006 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the subject of TDM and Marty Blums' quote of the week in the Independent: does Marty have room in HER yard for a 2nd or 3rd unit????

What an idiotic comment by her at a time when local Dems are more divided than ever. Why would she want to ADD to the unbridled attacks Rose suffers already from the N-P, CSP and others

3/30/2006 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Susie Soundbite said...

Here's the quote from The Independent:

‘Maybe Susan Rose would take a second house behind her home. I think she has some extra space back there.’
— Mayor Marty Blum taking a jab Tuesday night at county Supervisor Susan Rose’s lack of interest in Transfer Development Rights and how they might help preserve Naples.

3/30/2006 6:59 PM  
Anonymous sammy sarcasm said...

Ha ha. Very funny, Marty!

No, Susan doesn't have enough room -- she'd rather have Wendy McCaw's beachfront property, don't you know?

3/30/2006 8:58 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Blum clearly meant her quip as a joke and specifically said, aloud on TV, it was not a serious remark.

But Nick at Santa Barbara Independent puplished and sensationalized the quip anyway. Nick had bad judgment, and so did Marty did even worse.

3/31/2006 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is anyone suprised at anything that comes out of Marty's mouth. I mean, really, can anyone be shocked?

4/01/2006 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blum's statement was "made as a joke"??? She's an elected official, who knowingly made a snide and deliberate comment while reporters were in the room.
Shame on her.

4/01/2006 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan legacy despite what her hired consultant might want you to think is the splintering of the environmental community and the eventual development of the gaviota coast.

4/01/2006 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, 3:57, that is just not right....Gaviota is in the 3rd District...lest anyone forget, Gail Marshall, not Susan, was Supervisor of the 3rd District for several years and was our steward of Gaviota.......why did she sqaunder all that time and the energy put into fighting her recall only to abandon it without seeing to the protection of the Gaviota. What a ridiculous spin, to blame susan.

4/01/2006 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gail asked Lois to squash her efforts to save Gaviota to appease the north county. Now Butnney and Gail are enviros and Susan is an "equivocator" according to Das. Sad.

4/07/2006 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Tired of the Hypocrisy said...

exactly. where was the savior Das when Gail was turning her back on desperate efforts to save gaviota?? Oh yea, he was running her campaign.
can I just say "Give me a break" stupid does he think 2nd District voters are. Unless he entered the 2nd district race as a favor to Dan Secord to secure a future quid pro quo. nothing would surprise me.

4/09/2006 9:11 AM  

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