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posted by Sara De la Guerra | 11/28/2007 09:36:00 PM
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Get well soon, Marty. How is succession for this post handled? Is there a mayor pro tem each term appointed or elected by the council? Who is mayor pro tem while Marty is out of town? This is a thanklesss job and it is a shame if it also takes a toll on one's health too. But this council has been out of touch with too many people for too long --even Barney B. in the Independent came down hard on what has been happening in this town. This job makes no one happy for very long. The nature of the beast and why it might be a good idea to take a politician to lunch just to do something nice from time to time.
You make a point that not too many people realize -- you can take a council person to lunch. They appreciate it and it doesn't have to have the strings thing attached -- just do it to acknowledge them for hard work that goes unacknowledged.
Indeed, all good wishes to Marty!!!! She's a great mayor, making city government accessible and welcoming to ordinary people. I've been here for years and seen many of them - and she's the best, by far, without the arrogance that so many of them seem to develop. I am glad her husband, a physician, was on the flight with her.That's an interesting idea about taking a politician, a council person, that is, to lunch.... Didn't Salud get smeared for having lunch with Travis? ...not that I am Travis or anyone similar.
wishing the mayor well, and a speedy recovery. The notion of taking a council member to lunch is all warm and fuzzy, but puhleeze. When so much of their "hard work" is in direct opposition to the will of the people, it's enough to make me lose my lunch, not share one...Maybe they should consider taking neighborhood activists and even their political opponents to lunch, so they could better understand the level of outrage at their inattentive behavior.
Hey I dine with council members! In fact, nothing is quite so civilized as being at table and having a good meal together. Never bring up a tough subject (or try to close a sale) until you get to the coffee after the meal.Marty get well. Sorry about this incident. Get some rest. She is a hard working, opened minded mayor. We are lucky with our mayors. She walks, talks, cuts ribbons, and takes guff from Travis and Barney with the best of them. She has planning experience and gets the issues.I must say though, that I hate her positions on the war, Arlington West, ROTC, Veterans for Peace, the real military, Congresswoman Capps, and that unspeakable assembly woman who wants to run again. (I can't bear to say her name).Other than that. I'm OK with Marty.
Get well Marty!Remember, this is not a strong-mayor city.The civil service staff has most of the power here, not the Mayor or the Council.About the best we can expect out of the Mayor/Council is gladhanding and sympathy. Mayor Blum is excellent at that, and a fine person.If you want a big change.... must elect a firebreathing Council and then hunker down for 5 years of chaos.
Marty... I admire you... and, I'm glad you called the News Press with the news too... we all have to just get along.
Marty would have many more fans if she opposed high density smart growth in our city. Many caring folks who came before her worked hard to make Santa Barbara the unique and special place that it is today, and now the council is allowing it to be ruined on THEIR WATCH!! they all give excuses by saying; " Oh, even with all the big monster buildings it's still a nice place. " Well it ain't going to stay that way much longer at the way things are going under this council's leadershipSorry Marty, but lets call a spade a spade. And if one makes a bed they have to lie in it.
You don't know Marty very well as she has fought for height limits and higher density for many years...
9:35YEAH RIGHT! What leaf you been smokin.The proof is in the pudding. The council is encouraging the monstrosities like those going up on Chapala. if the council really wanted to stop this they could easily, but they don't. they are ALL smart growth advocates and are all going to be replaced. RECALL ANYONE? the votes are there!!
Marty and the council have not realized they cannot hold two competing beliefs at the same time: (1) anti-growth and density, and (2) maximize subsidized "affordable" housing.Affordable housing is "price-fixing housing", if you want to call a spade a spade.This city council has enthusiastically endorsed price-fixing. We need to understand what this policy position means to our general civic welfare. And stop sopping up to this developer driven agenda of "affordable housing" guilt.How much of our city housing stock should be subject to "price-fixing"? Right now, 15% of our housing is "price-fixed". How much more price-fixing of this important commodity is still healthy for this community.We as a community need to set upper limits as to the amount of price-fixed housing we can absorb without it distorting a whole other array of civic benefits. How committed are we as a community to provide housing at costs other people decide as affordable for their purposes; but not necessarily for ours.
11:55 a.m. is right on!
You know, you people can talk all you want about downtown but you keep ignoring the real issue. The County and the City of Goleta are the ones who are really going to impact your precious semi-slum, over-priced, surrounded by barrios, downtown area.Within 6-7 yrs, everyone will be standing in line and crawling down the streets and highways at 20mph.Just like the San Fernando Valley. The home builders just couldn't control themselves. The greed got to them. Now we have a huge housing oversupply that will last for years. Yet blindly, our County (bought off) pols are continuing with these ill-fated plans to do the same here.When will the Madness stop!!?
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