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Monday, August 04, 2008

Jean Blois Announces Reelection Bid

Goleta Council Member Jean Blois announced here bid for reelection saying in the Goleta Valley Voice:

As the sole vote for this goal, I watched from the sideline as the first City Council produced an unworkable General Plan.”

Blois said the current City Council is working hard to fix the General Plan currently.
"I hope to be present in my third term on the Council when the corrected General Plan is finalized and our zoning ordinances are completed ... I would like to finish what I started".

Although not mentioned in the article, the inclusionary housing rule percentages in the General Plan were agreeably not realistic. Still, the basis of the plan was sound. Since Blois became part of the majority, quite a few changes have been made already and Bacarra has had their day with more amendments allowed than I can remember for a single development interest. I hope she addresses this during the campaign and also whether she expects Bishop Ranch to return with their application for development during the second week of November.

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Anonymous sa1 said...

Well, I'm sure someone will be keeping a closer eye on who's financing who(whom?) in this race.

I think it's a little sad that Jean thinks that rewriting the General Plan is such an important issue. How about some real vision for a change?

What happened to all the plans for Old Town? How about some plans for infrastructure fixes to reduce the impact of the 10K people that UCSB is bringing in and all the rest of the housing that has been already approved.

What plans are in the works for entertainment venues and upscale shopping? Or is it that all we deserve is KMart and Costco?

What's Pedro Nava doing to help bring some sort of mass transit into our area. Maybe CNG Vans that run from Old Town through Calle Real and up to the Camino Real Market place?

Even though AN-Fitty ignores it, we got the growth, where's the payoff? Where's the high paying jobs? What is one god damn thing that Jean Blois has brought to the table the helps everybody in town?

Anybody?... Bueller?

8/05/2008 4:19 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Moreno said...

Well, she did (with Onnen and Bennett) get the Sumida Gardens housing project approved. And all it took was a $6 million payoff to Michael Towbes, who claimed he wouldn't make any money on the project if the city didn't "help."

Jean not helping anyone? Towbes has 6 million reasons to disagree.

8/05/2008 7:42 AM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

Exactly Mr. M.

I've also commented before that nobody from COG said a thing in public when Towbes turned around and "donated" $5 million to the Granada project.

You'd think he'd at least donate to some public cause in Goleta!

I think the COG should withdraw the support and tell Towbes to renegotiate his construction contracts to make up the difference. The building trade all over Cal. is hurting for work now. There's no denying it.

Give us back the $6 mil Mr. Towbes. Do the right thing!

8/05/2008 10:19 PM  
Anonymous anti-towbes said...

Welcome to the realization that Towbes is a conniving self-serving elitist, anything but a local hero!

I'm in favor of Ed Easton and Margaret Connell for goleta city council this November.

8/09/2008 10:05 AM  

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