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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Goleta Council Predictions

WIll Margaret hold the challengers off? Can Brock and Hawxhurst do the same? Maybe it is time for a change in Goleta but will it be every incumbent that is ousted?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the piece of mail about Jack? It's got me thinking.

11/02/2006 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Onnen and Bennett are getting enough outside money -- gee, what do they want? -- that at least one of them will get in. Hawxhurst could go, just 'cuz he's not all that likeable, but it'd be nice to see Brock and Connell stay.

If you wanna see what's in store for neighborhoods if Bennett wins, just go check out his house on Avenida Gorrion, just off Valdez. Trust me -- you can't miss it.

11/03/2006 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say Cynthia, Margaret, and one of the other 3... Jack is not a natural politician and he has pissed to many people off.

11/03/2006 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Goleta Girl said...

Does that new hit TV ad even note who or what paid for it?

This is the new TV ad bemoaning how Goleta City has paid money to defend itself in lawsuits.

Hawxhurst will squeak in. Again, Goleta incorporated at all, and with the boundaries it has, for a reason. Electing new council members backed by Orange County developers is now why Goleta is a city.

11/03/2006 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voters need to know that Aceves hasn't been getting the political action committee help from developer directed funds -- the incumbent radio ads would have you think they are all the same. Bennett and Onnen are the ones benefitting from the largesse....

11/03/2006 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Valerio said...

The voters do know that Aceves is not part of the Concrete PAC, but the PACmen have morphed this into an us versus them campaign, with Aceves swept along.

Still, Aceves will get fourth place, less than 2% behind Hawxhurst.

11/03/2006 12:32 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

Nah, Hawxhurst will be out, Bennett and and maybe Aceves in.

11/03/2006 4:43 PM  
Anonymous goleta boy said...

I'm from just around the corner from Bennett's place, and it's gi-freaking-normous. Really. So out of scale and character it's kind of a joke. I feel bad for the people who have to live in the shadow of that monster (the house, that is, although I'm guessing Bennett built a house commensurate with his ego).

11/04/2006 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack out for sure. Brock on the bubble. Bennett and Omone (or however he spells it) possible

11/04/2006 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Goleta Girl said...

One more time, if you wonder about who gains and who loses if Bennett and Onnen are elected, just FOLLOW THE MONEY. Connell, Brock, and Hawxhurst are supported by local, Goleta-grown donors. Bennett and Onnen are supported by the infamous ORANGE COUNTY DEVELOPERS, a cliche but still true.

Check out this from the news article by Chuck Schultz today. By the time all their votes are tallied, Bennett and Onnen will have spent close to $20 per vote, a new record for a local election, and to lose anyway.

start of news excerpt:

A group of residents, including Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Kristen Amyx, sued the city over the general plan last week, urging that it be overturned.
New money has poured in to all the campaigns since the last financial filing period ended on Oct. 21.
Mr. Onnen has raised more than $32,000 this year -- buoyed in recent days by a $3,000 donation from the Los Angeles-based California Real Estate and Board of Realtors political action committees and $7,680 in direct contributions from a Laguna Niguel-based real estate investor-funded group called Goletans for Fiscal Responsibility.
Mr. Bennett has raised more than $29,000, including a recent $3,000 donation from the Los Angeles-based real estate and realtors groups, and $7,680 in recent days from Goletans for Fiscal Responsibility.
In addition, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Onnen have in combination enjoyed close to $50,000 in indirect support from the South Coast PAC, a group heavily aligned with the Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Connell has raised more than $22,000, including a $1,091 recent donation from Friends of Goleta political action committee, a group registered to the home of Mayor Jonny Wallis.
Ms. Brock has raised more than $20,000, including a late $1,091 donation from Friends of Goleta.
Mr. Hawxhurst has raised more than $20,000, including two late donations -- $1,091 from Friends of Goleta and $2,500 from Pacifica Hotel Co., which operates Pacifica Suites on Hollister Avenue. Hotel officials could not be reached, but Mr. Hawxhurst said the donation probably stems from his efforts to insulate existing businesses from new and what some perceive as unfair competition.

11/05/2006 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The incumbents have an unmitigated track record that makes clear they want Goleta to return to the sleepy days of the 1960s and '70s, when life in the Good Land was Leave It to Beaver simple.
The only problem is the the world continues to spin and we still have to figure out where our children will live.
No one wants this area to become like Orange County or the dreaded San Fernando Valley, but it would be nice if we could find some plausible ways for our children to remain in the community once they are grown.
But don't ask Jack, Margaret or Cynthia to provide that possibility. They have theirs, and they don't give a rat's damn whether anyone else can do likewise.
The gerrymandered city of Goleta was nothing more than a giant speed bump. If you like that, great.
Just be sure your plans include sending your kids out of town.

11/05/2006 10:28 PM  
Anonymous goleta boy said...

I grew up here in the 60s and 70s. Now my parents are gone and the house I grew up in would fetch $800K, a figure so astounding it defies belief.

Today, I couldn't afford to buy that place if I made twice my salary, and I make way more than my dad ever did. It pisses me off. Badly.

But ya know what? I'd rather be a renter here than to see it turned into some overdeveloped nightmare of OC proportions. And let's not forget -- those stucco grotesqueries that Bennett and Onnen's backers want to build will do nothing to make buying a house here any easier. Those houses won't be for working people in Goleta; they'll be snapped up by more LA and OC people who don't give a hoot about the rest of us.

11/06/2006 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say lets keep Jack. Kick out the middle class. Close the schools and have the community die the slow death it deserves with Brock and Jack.

11/06/2006 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Goleta Boy--

Bless you for sharing your wisdom.

Just curious--what happened to your parents house?

11/07/2006 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting that people keep saying that Onnen & Bennett are back by OC developers. That could be true, but there are also back by a lot of long-time Goletans who want the freedom to paint their houses and do reasonable remodels (I don't think that Mike's was reasonable). We want the City to fund Girsh part. We want our kids to have safe places to play. We want good schools. Plus, the fact that the incumbents have been unwilling to give up almost any control for so long to a planning commission make me very suspicious. It's not good government when you have a block of reps who all vote the same way and no representation on the other side.

As usual, the statements on both sides have been blown out of proportion and we're left wondering what the real truth is.

11/07/2006 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how people regard the 1960's and 1970's as Leave it to Beaver Simple.

I remember it as a very fractured time... a Goletan, Patricia Soltysik, was a member of the SLA, another Goletan (Thor Christiansen, originally from Solvang) was picking up young IV women then murdering and raping them.

Funny how memory sentamentalizes the past.

11/07/2006 12:12 PM  
Anonymous goleta boy said...

Thank you, 7:42. My folks sold the house in 1980, thinking they'd won the lottery because it sold for $110K. They paid $26K for it in 64.

11/07/2006 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh oh oh YEAH

Good by Jack

Good by power hungry horrible council members


This is the greatest night in history of Goleta

11/07/2006 9:43 PM  

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