There are ample funds for transportation maintenance and construction, however politicians and unqualified appointees have hijacked funding and squandered Federal, State and local funds on projects to suit failed "political" agendas, while allowing Caltrans and local corruption to flourish.
Measure A, with the same loopholes as the old Measure D, is carefully designed for more unsafe traffic congestion for buses, autos, bikes and pedestrians in Santa Barbara County, while providing lucrative contracts to contractors and marketing organizations.
Will you stand up and make government agencies clean up their act?
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Measure D was passed in 1989 with the promise that funds would go primarily to improve highways and arterial roads, and SB City promised to improve streets. Instead the City narrowed State Street, created bulbouts and "roundabouts", "Taxin' Jackson" helped cause overruns on major projects, and Lois Capps blocked Federal funding to widen Highway 101.
Do you want more of the last 20 years?
Or do you want new SBCAG adventures?
Will the $1 BILLION train make it to Santa Barbara? Click to see the end!
Oh, and did you want Low Income Housing with that ride?
Who is making money from the monster buildings in Chapala Canyon? (notice freeway traffic)
... and a last question:
1. Lane 2 of Hwy 101?
2. $3 MILLION Carrillo Underpass Paving?
3. New Hollister Road paving?
4. Sinkhole on Ellwood Beach Drive?
5. El Colegio Road?
6. Moon Craters?
"Yes, in your backyard."
Santa Barbara Planning Commissioners John Jostes, Stella Larson and Addison Thompson voted to replace an aging gas station at Coast Village and Olive Mill roads (adjacent to another proposed roundabout) with eight condos and commercial space.
Larson said she had no problem with allowing a section of the building to extend into the northern setback toward a single-family residence, and an emergency stairway to bulge into the eastern setback.
“Once it’s built, folks are gonna love it,” Larson said. “I think it’s going to be great for Coast Village Road.” “I find this project to be very approvable,” she said. “I think it’s a great project for the site.”
Commissioners Bruce Bartlett, Charmaine Jacobs and Harwood White recused themselves from the vote due to "ties with the developer".
“We’re very disappointed that they did not pay more attention to the concerns of the Montecito community,” Derek Westen, an attorney representing the neighbors directly to the north of the project site, said immediately following the Planning Commission’s decision.
Jeff Gorrell, an architect with Lenvik & Minor Architects, designed the project, and developer is John Price.
The Santa Barbara Daily Sound,
March 21, 2008)
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