Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Paper Not Plastic -- 9/80 Work Week

The City of Santa Barbara made some changes this week and took some initiative in the fight against global warming.

The Santa Barbara Newsroom reports that the City of Santa Barbara may ban plastic bags. Good for them -- and I think Helene Schneider is correct that further study is warranted as to the cost to small businesses.

The city also adopted a 9/80 work week like most county workers have had for awhile. Again, good for the environment, traffic and morale of workers. You can check out this story at The Daily Sound's May 16th edition.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NewsPress reported the plastic bag story as well. Weird.

5/16/2007 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This idiots give themselves an extra 26 days off a year and we think that's a good thing?

Maybe it is.

5/16/2007 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked the plastic bags I have from local stores and they are all recyclable

5/16/2007 10:00 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Idiots? That wasn't necessary, was it? 40 hours a week is 40 hours a week.

5/16/2007 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although the plastic bags may be labeled "recyclable," they cannot be placed in our commingled recycling bins, according to the County's waste reduction web site ( They must be taken to the receptacles at grocery stores to be recycled. How many of us take the trouble to do that?

5/17/2007 10:32 AM  
Anonymous allegro805 said...

I return the ones I don't use to line trashcans back to the supermarket.

However, this just points out one of my absolute biggest pet-peeve: people who think that things being recyclable means we can waste as much as we want... as if that mitigates the negative effects of manufacturing all that plastic (or whatever) in the first place. (Hello... households going through cases of 16- or 20-oz bottled water every week????)

It's not just "Recycle", it's REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.(/rant)

5/17/2007 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of us just don't care, but want to thank you. The more you do, the less we have to.

5/17/2007 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saving the planet by banning plastic bags? Excellent work! That will do the trick!

Our Council wouldn't want to do anything that would truly help our environment, or exhibit real leadership on the environment, like RAISING the downtown building height limit instead of lowering it and creating sprawl.

5/17/2007 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of us are for taller buildings and we need to figure out how to put pressure on Council to achieve this goal.

5/18/2007 8:08 AM  
Anonymous allegro805 said...

It's nice to see that critical thinking and writing skills are alive and well here, especially at 1:08pm.

5/18/2007 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The news media did report the 9/80 work week going into effect for the City of Santa Barbara. However, this may not be the result of what happens. For certain members who work for the city, they may be allowed or not allowed to transfer to the new 9/80 schedule. It all depends on if their supervisor or department will follow the 9/80 work week.

5/20/2007 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the City has made the 9/80 schedule the standard schedule for the vast majority of thier employees through negotiating with SEIU, Local 620 and shutting down most City departments every other week.
The County lags far behind in both the number and proportion of its employees it enables to work the 9/80 schedule and does not shut down any entire departments every other Friday. Credit the City for better labor relations.

5/20/2007 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The SEIU owns the City Council, so, of course they are going to give staff the extra days off.

5/21/2007 8:53 AM  
Anonymous allegro805 said...

Keep beating that drum, 8:53. You'd have thought Sara had defused you with her straightforward "40 hours is 40 hours" explanation.

So the city's embracing what's being done in huge numbers of private enterprises... yeah, that's really "public bureaucrat" laziness for you. Mm hmm. Anything to blame a union.

5/21/2007 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

allegro805 - how you gonna defend the fact that the City's retirement plan CALPERS is invested in Iran?

Do we just look the other way?

5/24/2007 2:44 PM  

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