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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Easton to Announce Candidacy in Goleta

Ed Easton will be announcing his candidacy tomorrow and here's part of his press advisory...he's someone I consider a very strong candidate for one of the two spots available in November. Let's see how he does in the months leading to the election. -- Sara

Easton, a Goleta Planning Commissioner, former member of the Goleta Design Review Board, and the Old Town Project Advisory Committee, is running on a platform of returning common sense principles of slow growth, neighborhood and environmental protection to the Council.

"I believe my forty-two year record of local and national environmental leadership, planning and architectural experience have prepared me to be a voice for slow, measured growth and sound planning on the Goleta City Council." said Easton.

Easton's platform includes:

· Putting residents concerns first. Easton will listen to citizens of Goleta, not special interests that want to avoid city control of development. He will protect the General Plan.

· Preserving neighborhood character. Our neighborhoods, like Old Town and Ellwood Beach, are unique and should be protected from over development such as "Big Box" stores and their inevitable traffic impacts.

· Environmental Protection. Preserving our last remaining open spaces, public beaches and agricultural lands will be a top priority.

· Protecting Public Safety. The recent Gap Fire was a strong reminder of the critical work performed by our community's first responders. As a former regional planning director and long time environmental leader, Easton knows that one of the best ways to protect Goleta from a future disaster is to preserve agricultural land and prevent runaway urban sprawl.

· Negotiate a fair and reasoned Revenue Neutrality Agreement. Rather than threatening and insulting county and regional leaders, Ed will bring common sense and a balanced approach to these important discussions. Leadership requires listening, and Ed is committed to negotiating an agreement that fairly compensates Goleta without harming existing relationships with the County

Graduating from Yale University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Architecture, Easton was licensed as an architect, and later served as Director of Planning for the Regional Council of Local Governments in Charlotte NC. Easton then accepted a visiting professorship at the University of North Carolina, where he taught architecture.

For the past thirty years Ed has worked in different capacities for environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation, then created the Institute for Conservation Leadership with multiple grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts as well as other foundations. Easton was CEO of the Institute for six years.

Ed has lived in Goleta for eight years, where he has used his architectural background to renovate a 1913 California bungalow in Old Town Goleta. In addition to his service on the Planning Commission where he was its first Chairman, the Design Review Board and the Old Town Project Advisory Committee, Ed has also been active locally with the Sierra Club as Santa Barbara Group Secretary, then Chair and Conservation Chair. He is also a Board Member of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, and founded Friends of Coal Oil Point Reserve, where he continues to serve as a Snowy Plover docent.

Ed is the proud father of two adult sons, and lives with his wife of forty-nine years in Old Town. He became a grandfather for the first time in January of 2007.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous sa1 said...

OMG...A talented, educated, qualified professional running for office? I don't think Goleta can stand the culture shock. All the bored knitting circle grannies out there are crying in their tea, for sure. (No Gladys, I'm running for mayor next!)

Now we should pass an ordinance that retired public employee union shills should be barred from runnning too. Employee contacts should be put to vote frst also. The Contract Acheves negotiated was ruiness to the city. Blois' comment that we need to spend more on cops is BS and just shows how out of touch she is.

To show the distain for manipulative politics, the public should vote against whoever the public unions endorse. Make it loud and clear that we as tax payers expect nothing but the highest level of performance, ethics and response from those who claim the highest level of pay from the public coffers...$100K+ a year to hand out tickets?? My aching patoot.

7/15/2008 10:20 PM  
Anonymous fresh ideas said...

Boy doesn't he just sound great!

Just what Goleta needs - a "voice for slow growth".

Are you sure he's not Jack Hawkhurst in disguise? Or perhaps he's the John McCain of Goleta?

Either way the last thing Goleta needs is a return to the previous City Council. Uggghhhh!

I get a whiff of that special "old people" smell wafting from Goleta all the way in San Roque.

7/15/2008 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Goleta Faithful said...

Truth police. Goleta city workers aren't unionized and their pay is less than their counterparts in other cities...the city is also on contract with the county for police services and the recent contract enhanced the level of service to Goleta. Nothing wrong with that.

7/16/2008 5:18 AM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

"recent contract enhanced the level of service to Goleta"

From what to what? Please describe the problems we had in Goleta that additonal $100K a year contract cops solved or even just mitigated. Did COG have choice in the matter? Did Acheves give a report on what the county demanded and how he ablely negotiated them down to a reasonable salary level? One the COG could afford? Was there a competitive bid put out for that contract? Did you even look at the crime statistics in COG for the past five years like I did and shared here last year? Do you really think a time card signing, training schedule making leautenant should make $174,000 dollars a year? and then get paid 80% of that for the rest of his life when he retires???

More than CEOs and VPs and senior college professors? His budget is chump change to most real profit producing, job creating tax paying corporations. They don't call them PIGS for nothing. OINK OINK M-- F--

Want to go over how dangerous a job they have again?

7/16/2008 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Eckermann said...

SA1, I won't argue the level of police service needed in Goleta. I am not knowledgeble enough to take a position one way or another. But I do know a thing or two about public sector compensation. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lieutenant annual salary range is between $92,448 and $113,232. The $174,000 you cite may be the cost to employ the lieutenant (benefits, retirement, overhead, etc.), but it is not his or her salary. Is he or she worth that much? I think so. There are many people who make considerably more and whose contribution to the public good is considerably less.

7/16/2008 8:47 AM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

Really Emann? I don't think there's many that make more and probably none but the lawyer (of course) in the COG. Don't have time to look it up but 100K+ puts you well into the top 10% nationwide. SB county avg is 45K after all for a family income.

Part of my objections have to do with this insistence that the world is a too dangerous place that require us to revere the people who's job it is to protect the public from evildoers. It's just a job...not an adventure. This hero worship that goes on is just a vicarious thrill not unlike the flag wavers, football fans and rock star groupies. At that level, I only find it distateful and unneccesary. When it comes to cities going BK or proposing more taxes to fill the budget it becomes personal...I work too hard to see half it go to uncaring pols who buy union endorsements with fat contracts. Yeah, half in taxes for me just about this time of year. The only reason I continue to work is commitment to my clients. Uncle Sam, the Governator, the Franchise board, DMV, Sales tax, permit fees...

WTF do I get for it? Ten minute waits at the light I used to breeze through, potholes, light and noise pollution, loss of open space near my house, loss of views down my favorite avenues, gangbangers scaring the old ladies no parking left on the streets for guests, grubby teens writing on the walls, no parking at the grocery store and long lines everywhere. But hell, let's make sure the cops get their gauranteed 3% raise while we spiral into the abyss

Now I get to look forward to much more of it thanks to the smart growthers and our beloved city councils...

7/17/2008 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Eckermann said...

SA1, believe or not, I share much of your concern about some of the growth induced problems of our community. I just don't disparage the police their salaries. It is a lousy job that in many ways peels the skin off your soul in little quarter inch strips until after 20 years or so of doing it you are so bitter and raw that no amount of money in retirement will fully heal you. I am just glad that someone is there to investigate and catch the child molesters and other scum at the bottom of the human barrel. As far as "smart growth" is concerned, there has not been a bigger load of manure shovelled into the public square since we grazed horses on the village green. If fuel prices are constant, increasing the number of people will increase the number of vehicles and I defy anyone to prove to me otherwise. You sound bitter and sad SA1, I wish you a good day and hope you feel better.

7/17/2008 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Point of order said...

SA1 and Eckermann need to get a room.

7/17/2008 9:12 PM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

Read it and weep...
http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/antonio-pinocchiosa-and-his-police-tax/19265/

Lydia Mather, president of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, grows sarcastic: “You mean they lied? Are you surprised by that?” she says. “This is how L.A. functions. The purposeful mismanagement of the city of L.A. and its money is absolutely staggering to me. I’m almost at a loss for words. It makes me very, very sad.”

Comming to a city near you...

Oh, and POO? We have a room, it's right here!

7/18/2008 10:46 AM  

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