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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October Goleta Surprise?

It turns out the Citizens for a Healthier Goleta hasn't filed their pre-election report. Big surprise! Just who is this committee that purports to represent Goletans? I'm still wondering why they never talk about health care with a name like that...word on the street is that Jean Blois' was late too because it was sent by mail. The law is pretty clear that it is supposed to be filed on time. Here's a press release from the Easton camp. -- Sara

Goleta Planning Commissioner Ed Easton and Former Mayor Margaret Connell will hold a press conference Tuesday, October 28th at noon at Goleta City Hall. There they will announce details related to an investigation of the "Coalition for a Healthier Goleta" by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

The Coalition has failed to file required financial disclosure statements with the County of Santa Barbara and the City of Goleta for two consecutive filing periods. This means that with one week left before Election Day, Goleta voters remain uninformed about the sources of contributions that pay for the groups advertising.

Easton and Connell will comment on recent advertising, paid for by the Coalition, that make unfair claims about Easton and Connell, benefiting candidates Don Gilman and Jean Blois. The Coalition is led by prominent Gilman and Blois supporter Roy Zbinden, who ran unsuccessfully for the City Council in 2004.

Copies of the television advertisement will be made available to reporters at the Press Conference

More details to follow...

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Blogger Don McDermott said...

regareding the reporting issue;

Let me guess they're Republicans and don't believe in regulations.

10/28/2008 9:05 AM  
Anonymous ignorantenigma said...

The television ad referred to in this press release is despicable. It alleges that the City of Goleta (led by Margaret ConneIl) gave away a city park to a developer. What is being “exposed” is the land swap that created the Ellwood Mesa Open Space, a hugely successful endeavor in which community members worked together, not against each other. Are Goleta voters informed enough to see through these distortions and repudiate these tactics? What kind of future does this portend for the City of Goleta? Perhaps changing the city charter from at-large elections to district elections could reverse the necessity of being aligned with one side or the other just to get elected.

10/28/2008 1:55 PM  
Anonymous I love goleta said...

The story that will come out soon is that Ed Easton and Margaret Connell's largest single donors are existing real estate owners/developers in Goleta. Talk about a story!

10/28/2008 9:01 PM  
Blogger Happy Programmer said...

I'm curious what these two-faced Orwellian right wingers really want? These guys operate out of fear, uncertainty and doubt. Their robocalls have made me go from not caring about the election to making sure I vote for Easton and Connell.

What the heck is the problem with the bluffs? Living right next to it, I think they did an awesome job at preserving open space, in fact I didn't know they had a hand it it, so I now have a good reason to vote for Connel/Easton.

Who is the man behind the curtain?

10/29/2008 12:14 AM  
Blogger Publius Goleta said...

Dear I Love Goleta,
Do you mean the local business owners who are concerned that rampant growth is going to overtake Goleta?

Since when are local businessmen who own local hotels the enemy? I guess if you don't follow the marching orders of the Chamber of Concrete that means you get smeared!

And yes, to answer your question we can learn about them because Ed Easton and Margaret Connell are honest, and play by the rules.
Don Gilman and Jean Blois are benefiting from tens of thousands of dollars in hidden money - probably paid for by Bishop Ranch developers - that unfairly attack Easton and Connell.

Gilman is dishonest - wildly exaggerating the amount of money from local businessowners that has been contributed to Easton and Connell. He had Roy Zbinden - the only public member of the Coalition for a Healthier Goleta - prominently featured as a supporter on his website. When Zbinden's illegal tactics were exposed Gilman denied even knowing Zbinden, saying he had only met him once. Then Gilman removed all mention of Zbinden from his website. Now that is just rich....

10/29/2008 8:40 AM  
Blogger Publius Goleta said...

The Goleta PAC (The Chamber of Commerce PAC) has spent $40,000 attacking Connell and Easton, using deceptive fliers that distort their records. They currently are spending thousands promoting Gilman and Blois on TV in positive advertising.

At the same time a different PAC, the Coalition for a Healthier Goleta, is running $25,000 in completely negative advertising against Connell and Easton.

Locals call this "The Developer Two Step"!

10/29/2008 8:43 AM  
Blogger Publius Goleta said...

Ignoantenigma is right! What is really funny though is how they call the Revenue Neutrality Agreement "Connell's bad deal" even though it was Jean Blois who made the motion to continue with the agreement!

Don GIlman is so obsessed with changing the agreement that he is willing to take over Goleta Beach from the County. Goleta Beach Park currently requires at least $9,000,000 in work to deal with ongoing issues related to beach erosion. If the City takes over the Park it becomes the City's problem, even though Goleta residents currently enjoy use of the park for free!

It would take years of litigation and Coastal Commission hearings to get anything done at Goleta Beach because of the ongoing battles over how best to preserve the park. This risky scheme by Gilman could bankrupt Goleta, or force the City to adopt parking or user fees to pay for all this work!

10/29/2008 8:49 AM  
Anonymous shocked at the cost of running said...

For more info on the slime of the campaign against Connell and Easton, see the story in today's Daily Sound, linked on both Connell's and Easton's web sites.

10/29/2008 12:23 PM  
Anonymous I love goleta said...

Are you kidding me? Local businesses? These hotels are owned by the mega rich in Hope Ranch and Montecito. Do you think they care about our Goleta? I think not! They just want to keep their millions coming in and spending them elsewhere. Wake up!!
If they gave to Blois and Gilman you would be singing a far different tune!!

10/30/2008 4:03 PM  

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