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Friday, June 29, 2007

Mohr on Government Employees

Former County employee Greg Mohr had an interesting opinion piece in The Santa Barbara Independent this week that speaks to our discussion on government employees over the last few days...thanks to an avid reader and County Planner for pointing it out to me.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its interesting I liked the article and there is probably a lot of uncomfortable truths in it but the "speaks to our discussion on govt. employees over the past few days" tagline seems out of place. .

What discussion? it seems to have been a personal attack by you on Onnen for being sick and missing the budget meeting and the past two posts trying to justify those attack although you admit you have no idea if he was really sick or not.

Its starting to read like Travis 101 or the wicked witch talking about used macs and childporn around here.

6/29/2007 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, kudos to Mohr for having the courage to pull the covers off of the games going on at County Planning/CEO....

....looks like as soon as Firestone went into office in 05, the plans that CEO Brown had wanted to put in place started to materialize

As long as we have the current Board majority, things will only get worse.....

6/30/2007 7:25 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

11:19 pm -- ummmm, city employee salaries. Onnen might have been too sick to make it but he also might not have been...what would you do in that position?

6/30/2007 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Holly Storke said...

County Planning was a mess long before the current Board majority.

Not that the current Board has been helpful... but to blame the mess on this Board is no more accurate than blaming it on the Rose/Schwartz/Marshall Board.

County Planning really does what the influential people in the County want it to do... the rich and influential, they get service; for the hoi polloi, they get chaos.

We are kind of like a mild version of Mexico here in Santa Barbara County. Ventura County and SLO County do a fair bit better.

6/30/2007 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A different topic: does anyone know anything about the smoke coming off San Marcos pass this evening?? It's 6:45 pm, Saturday.

6/30/2007 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brush Fire off Paradise Road by the first river crossing. 100 acres so far.

6/30/2007 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a 10 acre fire at 154 and Paradise road. According to County Fire no structures or persons are threatened at this time. Eli also repeated at least twice that this fire is not heading toward SB.

6/30/2007 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call and was told Keyt ran a blurb saying fire is near Paradise Rd./Red Rock area.

-Anon a roma

6/30/2007 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire off of Paradise Rd/San Marcos Pass......mostly extinguished

6/30/2007 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KSBY says:

June 30, 2007
Reported by: Tina Leonard
SANTA BARBARA
A brush fire is burning off Paradise Road off of the 154, also known as San Marcos Pass. The fire was reported at 6:32 this evening and over 100 firefighters are on scene. The fire has grown to 300 acres, but is not threatening any cities. The fire is moving moderately fast eastward, away from all cities. Campsites at Red Rock have been evacuated. All access to Paradise Road is closed.

6/30/2007 9:10 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Judging from the posts, it's a good bet that Greg Mohr's comments will fall on deaf ears. The apathy out there is stunning.

By the way, the fire is under control. But the disaster on the 4th floor of SB county administration will affect this community for years to come.

7/01/2007 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anon YabbaDabba said...

LA is so much better than Goleta that its almost criminal to use them in the same sentence.

You just put them in the same sentence.

One is a respected international destination city with world class entertainment almost unequaled in its rich cultural vibrancy and economic significance.

Don't forget the traffic, and the weird colored sky. And by weird, I mean brown. Oh, and the riots. Those were fun.

Goleta is of no significance at all except to the 30,000 folks who live there. She is nothing more than an unfortunate accident of misguided parochial albeit civic activism.

You're right. Let's put high density condos on Bishop Ranch. That should give it some rich cultural vibrancy.

If LA were to suddenly disappear from the earth, the globe would fall into an economic depression within a matter of weeks. The brain drain would devastate our financial centers, scientific communities and political relationships throughout the world.

Sounds neat. Do you have the movie rights to that?

Goleta is destined to be forever in the shadow of Santa Barbara which will be forever be in the shadow of San Francisco.

With the really high condos being put in on Chapala, Goleta may actually be shadowed by Santa Barbara some day.

By order of importance:

Jerusalem
New York City
Los Angeles
London
Paris
Tokyo
Hong Kong

In that order...

By order of irrelevance:

Your posting
YabbaDabba
YabbaDabba


Everywhere else is simply a place people are from.

What happens if you are actually from Jerusalem? What then?

7/01/2007 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Ex County Employee said...

Couldn't agree more with Mohr.

7/02/2007 8:24 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I know several county employees in the upper echelon of the county bureaucracy, who are very concerned about things in county government and who would like to speak to a reporter or two...but they are afraid of losing their jobs. The information they have could be traced right back to them. Mike Brown is just the tip of the ice berg, but he is at the tip.

7/02/2007 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, wonder if anyone in the city bureacracy has any concerns about things in city government and would like to speak to a reporter or two...In so many very public issues, their willingness to overlook, ignore, avoid answering questions, and so much more, is stunning unless you realize they just want to keep their jobs and their benefits, and the only way is to just go along. The N-P folks, willing to stand up for principle and integrity, look even more heroic by comparison.

7/02/2007 8:36 PM  

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