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Santa Cruz Sentinel

Council extends debate on rentals at Capitola Villas

Is it a good idea for the City of Capitola to keep this housing out of the rental market and unoccupied? Why can government take my tax dollars to subsidized some renters while it prevents renters not getting government subsidies from having access to this housing?  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #5)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

PG&E seeks suspension of Watsonville's SmartMeter citatio...

Outside of this county which jurisdictions did so?  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #11)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Bob Suhr, who kept a watchful eye on county spending, dea...

I talked and corresponded with Mr. Suhr only a few times but I greatly appreciated the work he did to bring the public's attention to important issue of government employee compensation. Unfortunately the great majority of those in the "journalism " industry didn't have the integrity to follow up on his lead and the consequences to the rest of us to their failure is great and that will become ever more apparent in the not too distant future. But that failure also portends something even worse for valuing principled civic participation. If someone who sought to participate in our common interest in the kind of respectful and informed way that Bob aren't heard, then the prospects of us ever having good government are dim.  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #12)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Arana Gulch trail plan shot down by Coastal Commission

Beside Steve Blank, Sara Wan and Esther Sanchez, who were the other two commissioners that voted against the plan?  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #21)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

SBA loans approved for Santa Cruz surgeons, Verve Coffee ...

What I read on the web was that higher loan guarantees (90%), loan amounts and federal government payment of loan origination fees were enacted last year, ran out of funding and were just refunded. If banks believe the government is going to absorb the vast majority of their risk and pay borrower fees, doesn't not lending to encourage shifting those costs to taxpayers makes sense? In addition the cost of funds for banks is super low. What are the interest rates and other terms of these loans? How much are the fee taxpayers are paying for?  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #5)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Judge OKs county bid to protect Soquel mobile home rent c...

That suggests that buying property don't do so with the property rights attendant to previous owners and that people harmed by adverse actions either must be able or willing to fight those battles themselves as long as they might take or forfeit any such claims.  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #21)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

As We See It: Arana Gulch plan deserves approval

Tarplant is but ammunition for pre-existing NIMBY preferences. Access to the disabled and children in strollers may be a beneficial effect, but the vastly greater beneficial effect will to the larger population, including a vastly greater share of those who have paid for its purchase, that finally will begin to be able to enjoy Arana in their normal course of biking around.  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #3)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz leaders agree to pay East Coast artist nearly ...

Water fees are exempt from the provisions that limit taxation precisely because they are supposed to be pegged to the cost of providing water service. Not only does city-sponsored art have nothing to do with providing water in general, in this specific case the money is being expended on traffic project art. What the Progressives have done is to tax under the guise of fees to pay for their agenda.  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #29)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

SBA loans approved for Santa Cruz surgeons, Verve Coffee ...

How are these loans distinguished from regular bank loans or previous small business loans?  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #1)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Study: Legalizing pot won't hinder Mexican cartels

The Mexican drug cartels are also involved in U.S. domestic production, especially large-scale wild land grows, something that would remain illegal while small grows would not. It seems to me that if the initiative passes, production will become widely dispersed in this state, becoming less the province of large scale professionals. Over time, grass roots, small network distribution patterns to other states would likely develop. Just as the quasi-legal, medical marijuana has created a very profitable industry mostly safe from prosecution because it exists in an environment where marijuana not so designated remains illegal, legalization is California would likely have a similar effect with an exponential growth is small producers benefiting from market prices being a function of the level of demand for California legally-grown marijuana outside of the state. I'd expect interstate sales of California marijuana to have real impact on the Mexican smuggled pot business. The study's authors point out that already other drugs, with much greater value to size ratios, make up the bulk of the Mexican cartels drug revenue streams anyway. It seems to me that these cartels are simply crime organizations that will do just about anything for a buck and it is their utter amorality, as evidence by the 28,000 deaths, that makes getting rid of them so difficult. I'll just add here has been middle-class, drug dealing going on in this country for decades where violence has been extremely rare.  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #13)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Judge OKs county bid to protect Soquel mobile home rent c...

Saying that is pretty much redundant in our adversarial legal system with the exception of some voter-passed initiatives where politicians who oppose them refuse voters the right to a fair and vigorous representation.  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #8)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Judge OKs county bid to protect Soquel mobile home rent c...

And what do you think their selling, the coaches that they hold title to or the land the park owner holds title to?  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #5)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

County's rail line purchase threatened by stalemate over ...

I have wondered about that too. Has any other recipient of Prop 116 money used their railways passenger trains solely for recreational ride purposes and not transportation? I'd like to know what's in the contract with Sierra Northern Railway. I couldn't find it on the RTC website.  (Oct 12, 2010 | post #17)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Seniors groups split on Measure H: Legal services agency ...

If the Senior Coalition is "fundamentall y an anti-tax group", it's also probably fair to say that the Senior Citizens Legal Services is fundamentally pro-tax organization, considering that the majority of its funding comes from government grants. It's also apparent that the Sentinel is also fundamentally pro-tax as an examination of its record of endorsements would show. Such information on their track record in this regard could serve as a valuable context for readers when considering the newspaper's reporting and opinion, which is probably why they don't offer it to their readers.  (Oct 11, 2010 | post #14)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

As We See It: Yes on Measure H

Given that I can't remember a tax increase the Sentinel didn't support, this is no surprise. @Don Miller- for the sake of transparency, why don't you publish a list of the Sentinels position on tax measure over the last decade? And why not offer opponents to the tax increase the opportunity to have their arguments and rebuttals to yours published along side the Sentinel's so that voters can compare and choose?  (Oct 10, 2010 | post #31)