As You See It: Feb. 4, 2009

As You See It: Feb. 4, 2009

There are 11 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Feb 4, 2009, titled As You See It: Feb. 4, 2009. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Taylor Tolleson of Watsonville has little in terms of personal standings to show for his work in the Tour of Qatar this week.

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to Terry Grove

Berkeley, CA

#1 Feb 4, 2009
The Planning Department isn't there to help people out. They have been to lenient for to long when it comes to red tagging and fining places. It is revenue for them so they are going to continue doing it. And rightly so!

Antioch, CA

#2 Feb 4, 2009
These 2 letters, clearly outline the biggest problems we have in Santa Cruz County - essentially an overblown local government whose focus is now, and has been for the last 30 years, focused in the wrong direction:

<<Regarding the county's proposal to furlough employees for four weeks a year and forgo cost-of-living increases, etc., they are silent on what executive management and the board are going to do. With remarkable foresight for themselves when it was clear there were significant fiscal problems, they gave themselves "equity" adjustments over the past three years that averaged 13.67 percent for executive management. Moreover, since 2000, the following salary increases occurred: 76.6 percent for board; 80.1 percent for county administrator, 64.6 percent for personnel director. Since 2004, the CAO's salary jumped 38.6 percent. In an item before the board in January we saw that salaries for deputy sheriff are 7 percent behind market; other units are more than 10 percent behind market. Yet they are being asked to take small or no equity adjustments, and no cost-of-living adjustments for some time. Where is the equity and help from our saintly leaders?>>


<<Regarding your article "Drop in New Home Permits," now that the economy has taken a turn for the worse, your article claims that "people are living in garages and doubling up in homes." In response to this humanitarian crisis, David Lee, Santa Cruz Planning Department assistant director, states that they are shifting gears from inspections and building permits to handling more enforcement issues. Shouldn't our city's Planning Department be there to assist the community in building itself up rather than perpetuating their own salaries and retirement packages by seeking properties to red tag and handing out fines? We are reducing funding for schools and social services. What we should be doing is reducing personnel at the Planning Department. Our county is one of the smallest in the state and yet we have the second largest Planning Department.>>
Santa Cruzan

Redwood City, CA

#3 Feb 4, 2009
I hate to say it but folks have been living in garages for a long time in this town because rents are so high. These garages are not finished. They are raw so that it is cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

That is criminal and those landlords should be red tagged.
Courts too lenient

Watsonville, CA

#4 Feb 4, 2009
Regarding David Emberson's letter; yes I agree. The courts are sending people with repeated felonies out or giving them very lenient punishment, usually a short term drug reha and probation that is quickly violated. Everyone knows you cannot make or court order someone to get off drugs, the desire must come from deep inside to be successful. Long term jail time would indeed serve two purposes, a form of punishment and a sober environment.
Courts too lenient

Watsonville, CA

#5 Feb 4, 2009
reha should be "rehab" - keyboard problems.

Lafayette, CA

#6 Feb 4, 2009
Jail is a sober environment?? Tell that to the inmate who od'd last year.


#7 Feb 4, 2009
If Edna Zucker wants national and global news on the front page she can do what I do...subscribe to both the Sentinel and the Chronicle. That way you have the Sentinel's focus on local news. After all, it is a LOCAL paper. And you also have the Chronicle to provide a front page filled with depressing non-local stories about all the various meltdowns, whether they be Arctic or economic. You don't pick up a TV guide to see what's playing at the movies.
Hey_Terry Grove

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Feb 4, 2009
Boy, do you have trouble with reading comprehension or what? The County Planning Department has nothing to do with the city and the quote about code enforcement came from an official with the City of Scotts Valley. You should probably re-read the article before you send off the letter to the editor. Just a thought.

United States

#9 Feb 4, 2009
"historic changes...affecting the future of the entire world as well as Mother Earth herself. The front page simply must contain the issues of enormous import to the moment."

Edna Zucker, Santa Cruz

How about explainaing on the front page why Mars has shrinking polar ice caps.?

Google 'shrinking Mars ice caps' and try to refrain from asking a pertinent question or two.

to read the 11 false or unsubstaniated claims in Mr. Gore's film (per a British Court of Law)?

Example: Gore suggests ice-core evidence shows rising CO2 caused temperature rises, which ended the past seven ice ages. In fact, the CO2 rises followed temperature rises by 800 to 2000 years.

An answer to those 11 belongs on the front page...Sentinel Editors/Mr. Gore, we're waiting for an answer!

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Feb 4, 2009
Hey Terry,
You may want to know that David Lee is with County Planning, not City Planning. It's good to get you facts straight before you write a public letter
Big Gun Gordy

Redwood City, CA

#11 Feb 4, 2009
Again, the people of this County don't seem to care or understand the attitude of our public servants has changed to that of royalty who feel they are compelled to rule over us and take our property, rights and assets to feed their insatiable desires.
Many reasonable, honest, good citizens have had all of the above taken in the name of "the common good".
Many of us that see the betrayal by local government and have for years been pointing these matters out for all of you numbskulls who think it's OK to dictate how, where, when, and how others should live. Yet, what is your contribution to ensure that we live in freedom? I suspect that freedom is not a consideration nor accountability nor do any of you consistantly hold any moral standard on yourselves.
If you really want to help, educate your selves by becoming aware of the mcan be found on many truths that are well-documented on .

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