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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Big Change in Goleta

Onnen, Bennet and who knows who else -- Goleta has a virtual dead heat for third place. Was Goleta not so no growth as "the team" thought? Hawxhurst pays the price for not playing well with others. Brock, Aceves and Connell will be waiting for the provisional absentees -- this one will be finalized tomorrow.

MICHAEL T. BENNETT 3658 18.67%
ERIC ONNEN 3620 18.47%
CYNTHIA BROCK 3262 16.65%
ROGER S. ACEVES 3191 16.28%
MARGARET CONNELL 3185 16.25%
JACK HAWXHURST 2645 13.50%

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people have spoken. The incumbents kept trying to say that it was "outsiders" who were buying this election and they were dead wrong. The people of Goleta wanted real representation.

11/07/2006 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger may very well win with day of abs ballots - he came in a solid third in day of ballots.

His only mistake was following his consultants idea to attack the Chamber of Commerce at the start of his race. If he loses that cost him.

Once he came around and agreed with Bennett and Onnen he got traction.

11/08/2006 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Goleta Girl said...

The outsiders did buy the election. Follow the money on their contributions.

And they just bought Bishop Ranch for a huge dose of traffic gridlock.

But the late absentees indeed will decide the close difference between Brock and Aceves.

The totally surprising results here for Goleta council are a huge paradox. In 9 months, a recall will be in the works.

11/08/2006 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only part of this that was predictable is Jack losing badly.

That all 3 challengers would appear to beat Margaret is unbelievable.

11/08/2006 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Margaret Connell losing her seat will be a big loss for Goleta. She brought common sense and an intelligent perspective to the City Council.

11/08/2006 5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhh..excuse me 11:31 anon---it WAS outsiders who bought this race.....all the outside developer money poured into Onnen and Bennett. Hope the voters like the cement results ahead.......

11/08/2006 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goleta is a conservative place, more pro-development than people remember.

The no-growth water board in the 1970's was elected only with Isla Vista and UCSB's vote. But Connell, Brock, Hawxhurst, and Wallis turned against IV during the cityhood formation.

Now the crows have come home to roost.

11/08/2006 9:30 AM  
Anonymous noleta place like home said...

Agreeing with 7:39am --- look out, Goleta. Maybe you didn't do your homework, but the challengers are developer-backed. Welcome back to the weaker side of the land-use battle. I sympathize with you.

11/08/2006 1:29 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

GB -- I was probably wrong but this morning I was feeling cautious!

11/08/2006 3:16 PM  
Anonymous goleta boy said...

I'll concede I was a just a teesy bit rough, but it was nothing compared to some of the stuff that gets posted about the NP. Heck, I can't even carry Worker Bee's poison pen.

11/09/2006 8:31 AM  
Anonymous goleta boy said...

BTW, no offense, Worker Bee. Rant all you like about the rag formerly known as the News-Press.

11/09/2006 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sara,

Do you want elaborate on why you nixed a couple of posts about housing?

Do tell. Or at least, state your agenda 'cuz we all know "it's Sara's blog".

Thanks.

11/09/2006 5:51 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

5:51 -- not sure what you are referring to. There were a couple of one-liners in the last couple of days that were not accepted but nothing that I can remember about housing -- if you had a civil post that didn't make it, it was either a mistake on my part or blogger.com didn't pass it through. Sorry if it happened that way. Feel free to post again.

11/09/2006 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Eckermann said...

Mike and Eric have been promoted from the peanut gallery to the center ring of this circus. They will find it more difficult to develop effective policy than to complain about it and the glare of the spotlight will be unrelenting. Goleta is indeed a conservative pickup truck kind of place and people want to be able to eat up their equity to expand their homes. Will they want Bishop Ranch developed with 2,000 houses/condos? We'll see. I wish Goleta all the best of luck. If things change in a direction the citizens do not want, they will have no one to blame but themselves.

11/10/2006 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

Goleta Observor has killed itself; the blog is gone now.

http://goletaobserver.blogspot.com/

11/10/2006 9:05 PM  

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