Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Absent Eric? Goleta Budget Vote Too Important to Miss...

The Santa Barbara Newroom reports that Goleta Councilmember Eric Onnen missed the big budget vote because he was sick at home. For a rookie councilmember, that's a really tough vote to miss -- especially when there is apparently a movement started to recall the last election. I bet BlogaBarbara will have more on that before you know it. In the meantime, if I was sick and a new councilmember in a new city where I was lucky to be elected, I would wear a mask and oxygen tube -- what do you think?

Interestingly enough, the Santa Barbara News-Press failed to cover the City of Goleta budget vote at all. What's up with that? As Craig pointed out today...maybe it has to do with Goleta Chamber CEO's Kristen Amyx's complaint that the News-Press doesn't cover Goleta issues.

Excuse me? Where is the SBNP PR person? This should have been a slam dunk front page story to show Amyx who covers Goleta IN HER FACE ....the truth is that she is right about the fact that they can't cover Goleta anymore. Go to The Newsroom or The Sound for that from now on.

Labels: ,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone say SnoozePress? DUH.

6/27/2007 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too many people think elective office is an honorary commitment. It is not. It is running a major business enterprise. The bosses do not get to call in sick.

Bring back the original Goleta council who fought hard to create this city and know what it means to serve the public and not the developers.

6/27/2007 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara, you say, "In the meantime, if I was sick and a new councilmember in a new city where I was lucky to be elected, I would wear a mask and oxygen tube -- what do you think?"

Eric Onnen wasn't "lucky" to be elected, he was one of the best candidates as chosen by the people of Goleta.

Sara, we don't know who you are or what you would do, but maybe Eric was throwing up uncontrollably, or had the kind of illness that would infect others. Maybe he was under doctor's order not to go. Who knows, but let's trust his word.

Like a certain writer on DLG plaza, please take a deep breath, relax, and get all of the facts. We don't want you to start sounding Travisesque.

6/28/2007 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, could Eric's absence have anything to do with his comments last week that employees shouldn't get a cost of living raise? an idea that Jonny Wallis rightly termed "unconscionable".......

....Onnen is in over his head and his hubris is showing......same with Bennett.......

6/28/2007 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not vote for EO for city council and don't consider myself a fan of his, but I will reserve judgment on his missing this very important meeting. There are other illness's other than the head cold variety that could prevent one from leaving home. I can think of at least three debilitating gastrointestinal conditions that would keep someone chained to their toilet and unable to leave home.

6/28/2007 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess you don't read the editorials anymore.

S.B. public money goes for Goleta politicking?
Travis Armstrong

June 27, 2007 12:00 AM

6/28/2007 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what's a touch of avian flu between friends? I know I always appreciate when a co-worker comes in hacking and sneezing all over. I know it's just a matter of time before I get to some of my combined vacation/sick days.

6/28/2007 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah, Eric Onnen wasn't lucky to get elected, it was a decisive win, not even close. Jonny Wallis was lucky to win reelection in 2004. A better prepared opponent with a few thousand bucks in the bank and Jonny would be a recovering politician right now.

6/28/2007 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the "movement started to recall the last election"?

Travis' rant??


6/28/2007 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many reporters does the News-Press have now, anyway? Compared to the number at the end of the Roberts era?

Three now? Two newbies and the Associate Editor Steepleton? Of course the News-Press isn't covering Goleta. It can't, really. Same for in-depth hard news (that's not in a press release) from UCSB, Montecito, Carpinteria, the coastline, the courts, environmental news, etc., etc., etc.

Maybe they should give London Britches a notebook and a hard news beat, if the News-Press wants to go back to being a NEWSpaper.

Pip! Pip! For Now!

6/28/2007 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illness vs. final vote on a budget... for a largely volunteer position where the vote was largely a formality? Marty of course would have been wheeled in on a stretcher...helps at election time. Eric sounds sensible. Maybe we need more sensible in our elected leaders and less melodrama...

6/28/2007 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Recall” “Lucky to get elected” “Mask and oxygen tube”

Reads like Wendy McCaw has completed a hostile takeover of Blogabarbara and Travis Armstrong is now behind the wheel.

Or maybe the real “Sara” is on vacation.

6/28/2007 7:28 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

It sounds like EO was a bit cagey as to what was going on -- that's fine as it might have been personal but I will stick to my guns on the fact that any elected official should do his or her most to be at budget vote meetings. It matters at election time. I disagree that he is a slam dunk next time -- he rode Bennett's and the Chamber's coat tails and needs to work harder than other councilmembers to stay.

6/28/2007 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the comments from those that think the original council should be brought back.

Does anyone actually understand the financial mess that the original council got the City into?

They signed a revenue sharing agreement with the County that guarantees the County get HALF of Goleta's sales tax revenue FOREVER. It's the worst City-County revenue sharing in California history.

People really need to understand the economics of the situation before they accuse anyone of pandering to developers.

6/29/2007 8:01 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home