Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Dr. Dan Wants to 'Save Water'?

In today's News-Press, Dr. Dan said he voted for a large development which replaced 25 acres of ag land to 'save water'....interesting justification in a district which is fighting to save every bit of farmland left. The article, which continued the who-is-more-of-an-environmentalist charade which the News-Press keeps promoting, had an even more interesting quote from Dr. Dan considering my post last Friday.

Secord, the "ready-to-go" guy, accussed the Wolf campaign of going negative. This is ironic considering Janet has been accussed of money laundering through "party bosses" in several press releases to the media from the Secord campaign. It seems to me that the Secord campaign can dish it out but can't take it. There's a difference between going negative and providing comparisons between candidates and I think accusations of money laundering cross that line far more than one's record on the Coastal Commission.

Friday will mark 8 weeks since Dr. Dan promised campaign finance information would be posted on the web -- BlogaBarbara has a bipartisan audience and I'm willing to post the information without comment, will he take me up on it?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Secord - Delivering for Developers from Day One

9/27/2006 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Reality check said...

Sara--- glad you picked up on Secord's bizarre justification for voting in favor of the development of ten luxury homes on a 25 acre strawberry farm on the Monterey Coast---aka the "Sunridge" project. Thankfully, the majority of Coastal Commissioners shot this project down. Not only did Secord vote [in the minority] to support this development once---at his first Coastal Commission meeting in Dec 04---but when the developer returned to the Coastal Commission in Feb '05 appealling their earlier denial of his project---Secord AGAIN voted [in the minority] to grant the developer's wish to convert this coastal ag land into housing.

So this is Secord's answer to preserving ag land---- pave over it with homes and thus "save" water? Joe Guzzardi, are you listening? Sounds like some folks didn't do their homework--or maybe, they're really not so much concerned with "ag land"???

9/27/2006 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan used to be with the City, they take a long long long time to do anything. And when they do, it needs fixing anyway.

9/27/2006 8:45 PM  
Blogger cookie jill said...

[Calif. Newspaper Workers Vote for Union]

9/27/2006 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derogatory Dan just can't help saying mean things and putting his foot in his mouth.

Some of us in the city are looking forward to Dan losing an election for a change!

9/27/2006 10:49 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

Just so you know, I STILL haven't heard from the Transparency Blog you posted about last week. And there STILL isn't any comments on the site. dd

9/28/2006 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara, can you point us to where Wolf is posting her campaign finance information - I can't find it anywhere.

9/28/2006 9:13 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

9:13 pm -- she never said she would! The point is Secord said he would and hasn't -- and did not say it was contingent on her participation. As far as I am concerned the normal process for filing campaign finance reports is adequate with the exception of the last few weeks of the campaign -- but when you tell the press and the residents of the 2nd District you are going to publish this information weekly and don't -- shouldn't he be called on it?

9/28/2006 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara, my recollection is he invited her to participate, and she declined, so that was that.

As for your question, judging from the number of posts on this topic, the answer seems to be that nobody cares. If Janet had agreed to do it, that would be different.

If you think otherwise, then let's be fair - Janet's campaign is taking big developer money, probably more than Dan. Shouldn't she be called on that?

9/29/2006 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of this is so interesting. How about the latest news? The Santa Barbara County Homebuilders (aka - home developers) have endorsed Janet Wolf. Hmmmm. Wonder why? Oh maybe because she is so so tough on developers. Or maybe that is why she solicited money from Towbes and laundred money from other big developers along with the National Board of Realtors.

9/29/2006 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janet is the pocket book of the big developers. She is bought and paid for - the bigger the developer the more they support her - Bermant and Towbes - do not get bigger than that.

9/29/2006 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:01pm anon,

Towbes has given small amounts to both Secord and Wolf.

Bermant has given nothing to Secord or Wolf, but has given to Firestone in the past.

Wonder is Firestone is going to "launder" money to Secord...word onj the street is he just sent out a fundraising letter in support of developer dan.

10/01/2006 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would developers waste their time with Wolf? She has already shot them down and supported the Goleta Visioning Document, which will stop any high density.

Secord is the "real deal" if you are a developer. Always votes with you - long record of supporting high density in Santa Barbara. Always happy on the Coastal Commission to pave over ag land in favor of developers who want luxury mansions. There is a reason Dan is supported by people who claim to be "retired" on his campaign disclosures but are actually quite active as "coastal developers"

10/01/2006 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/29/2006 8:56 PM thought you were drinking too much wine - but I was shocked to find out you were correct.

The Home Builders - Home Developers have endorsed Janet Wolf.

What did Wolf say to get their endorsement?

Odd - neighborhood groups for Secord and Developers for Wolf - gives me great pause about Wolf - until this she was my choice,

10/02/2006 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't matter anymore. Goleta just cleared the way for more density. As a developer, I strongly support Wolf.

10/03/2006 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This thread is so obviously being kept alive by desperate and overly caffinated Secord campaign staffers trying to spin us that down is up and black is white.

Developer Dan cannot run away from years of bad neighborhood and environmental votes on the Planning Commission, City Council and Coastal Commission.

Dan is getting more desperate every day. His out of the area polling firm called the other day and asked if we supported Secord or "Jeanette" Wolf!

Janet is supported by a large and diverse group of supporters. The Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters for example.

Dan has been delivering for developers since day one and that is one of many reasons why the 2nd District is not going to support him.

10/03/2006 11:33 PM  

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