Published August 29, 2013
DOWNTOWN DESIGNS SHOULD GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD:
By Ray Seider
I read with interest “ARB eyes Linden Avenue designs” (CVN, Aug. 22). Regarding the reclaimed barnwood veneer on the Linden Avenue remodel project in the 900 block not fitting with the neighboring businesses, I agree. What were these same ARB members thinking when they approved the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council building in the 800 block that no more fits not only the 800 block of Linden but our beautiful seaside community of Carpinteria. Let’s send that project back to the drawing board and bring it more in tune with our small town.
FIGHT THE TRANSIENT BLIGHT:
By Michael “Scrubo” Lane
Since when did our town become a transient sanctuary? Recently, it seems as though Carpinteria has been inundated with transients who spend their time panhandling and hassling customers in front of local businesses. I feel that the Sheriff’s Department needs to put a stop to it now, before our town turns into lower Milpas Street, where loitering, public drunkenness and drug use is a daily eyesore.
Our town has a special charm to it that has attracted generations of visitors and transplants. We don’t want that charm tarnished with drunk and disorderly vagrants wandering the streets and hassling people for spare change. Let’s nip this problem in the bud before it gets out of hand.
DEMAND AN END TO DECLAWING:
By Elsa Lambert
City Manager Dave Durflinger has now stated on the record that because neither the mayor nor two city council members have requested the matter be scheduled for discussion, the issue of cat declawing will not be scheduled for city council consideration. For a city that prides itself on animal welfare, the hypocrisy speaks for itself.
Declawing is a surgical procedure in which an animal’s toes are amputated at the last joint. Cities in California that have passed legislation abolishing declawing are Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Berkeley, Culver City, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Burbank. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals “does not approve of the declawing of cats as a matter of supposed convenience to cat owners. It is a form of mutilation and it causes pain.” Please phone the city at 684-5405, extensions 400 or 450 or 403 and ask the city council to pass a resolution abolishing cat declawing.
WAGES OUT OF WHACK:
By RAy COle
According to the Aug. 25 Santa Barbara News-Press, Santa Barbara County ranked number one in the State of California and third in the entire country for paying its employees more than the median private sector salary.
The median wage for county workers is just about $79,000 per year. This article says the median wage in the private sector stands at $42,000. And the retirement and other benefits and perks with a county job far exceed those in the private sector.
That is almost twice as much pay, but for what?
In the same paper there is a report about the county’s decision to grant a 2 percent salary increase to its employees—after all they haven’t had a raise in two years or so.
In Carpinteria our city figures show a similar pattern. In the current budget our 30 full time employees earn an average of $70,086.
Incidentally, seven of the top 10 highest over-spending counties in the U.S. are here in California. The other three are Dade County (Miami), Fla. at number one; Clark County (Los Vegas), Nev. at number two; and Stearns County (St. Paul), Min. at number six.
Kinda makes you proud, doesn’t it?
In the same paper it was reported that California State welfare benefits are now equivalent to $17.87 per hour, or more than twice the state’s minimum wage.
This story says the state median wage is only $38,522, while the welfare benefits can total $35,287. And those on welfare have virtually no expense for childcare, little for special work clothes and minimal transportations cost. Why work at all?
The fiscal madness and irresponsibility continues.
No wonder the money is running out. Bankruptcy must come soon.
By Diana Thorn
In a few weeks, America will endure another 9/11. Is America prepared and will radical Islam strike again?
It frightens and saddens me how our leaders are minimizing the threat of terrorism. Hillary Clinton proclaimed, “What difference does it make?” in regard to the Benghazi attacks, and President Obama referred to present day scandals as phony. It matters because four Americans were killed and the CIA was in Benghazi to direct gun-running and air to ground missiles into Syria via Turkey. Obama also supported the Arab Spring, which led to the take over of many nations by the Muslim Brotherhood/terrorists, including Egypt.
On the home front, the FBI and others were complicit in identifying the Boston Bombers and the administration refused to call Major Hasan an Islamic radical, even though he killed 11 soldiers at Fort Hood.
By the way, has anyone noticed that new mosques are springing up everywhere in America? The “Ground Zero” Mosque, aka Park 51, is 13 stories high, build on the edge of Ground Zero and its developer just bought adjacent properties. This is insulting to those who died on 9/11. The Clarion Project reports 1,200 new USA mosques have Wahhabi clerics who belong to the same Islamic branch as Bin Laden. And to add insult to injury, a Million Muslim March is planned on 9/11 in Washington, DC.
Wake up, America, we are still under attack?