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The changes to annexation policy is being presented as not being a plan to handle growth since the discussed annexations are small. For instance, the criteria requires, or risk opponents appealing to the courts, that there be benefits to county residents for any adjustment to the boundary lines. So they feel compelled to turn down every request even if there is nothing in any of the area or community plans to explain why the boundary line makes more sense at the current location vs the proposed expansion.
Thus, these changes are not about redoing or undoing the west area plan or any other community plan, but are a technical fix to allow small changes.
It'd characterize the county commissioners comments to want changes so that they can approve changes that conform to the various area plans. And then let SB decide if SB wishes to annex what is now within the urban growth boundary.
SB planning has held meetings on what is the public's wishes on infill vs annexations or a mixture. My comment to Tyler Gibbs was this is a whole lot of theory and everything changes when a specific proposal is submitted. His response was that zoning can tell developers what is likely to be approved and thus rezoning a bunch of the vacant commercial to high density urban residential can affect what developers will propose.
"comparable" is not "equivalent"
And most every person in SF and Silicon Valley are damned glad they are not in Arkansas or Mississippi.
The politics of the current Democratic Party is far more aimed at accepting diverse people, education and skilled jobs than protecting private sector unions. So Silicon Valley is far more in line with a Democratic Party utopia than a city like Detroit that local politics never rose to the severe challenges of massive local job losses.
"...$650 a year can be saved - between 1/5 and 7/10 of a gallon per idle hour"
So even on a vehicle that burns 7/10ths a gallon per hour that would mean over two hours of idling every day of the year including summer! The $650 number would require 8 hours of idling every winter day.
It was a complete lack of fact checking to put such a ridiculous number in the article.
So how many gallons of gas were consumed to produce these signs and then install them? Maybe they should spare the air by not making signs and driving around installing signs.
Wow. All that based on the bizarre opinion that Detroit is some sort of Democratic Party utopia. Detroit has been a deeply troubled city for 50 years largely due to the loss of auto manufacturing including auto parts jobs. Not sure how Detroit city government was supposed to stop offshore manufacturing.
If a political party being in power is responsible for a city's economy then the Democrats can claim Silicon Valley and SF. Thus, apparently, Democratic policies are responsible for Google, Intel, Apple, Oracle and so on. And Republicans are responsible for the poor states of Arkansas and Mississippi and can claim Walmart as an example of the result of their policies.
Funny how the Republicans switch from saying California is an ungovernable mess to now saying that the Democratically controlled state government hasn't fixed everything.
Pension shortages (and surpluses) are greatly amplified numbers because they extend the current trend for 30 years and then applying compounding interest as if nothing will change in the meantime. So a $100 billion pension shortfall can be fixed by a allocating a couple billion a year and some pension reforms.
At the very least, it should be clear to any worker that an underfunded pension is a pension that isn't going to be paid. So it makes no sense to suggest that government unions are supporting giveaways that will cost them their pensions.
New York and California pay more in taxes to the federal than the feds spent in their states. The southern Republican states have the greatest, per capita, gain in federal spending over what they pay in taxes. So the party of transferring federal money to the states of their supporters is the Republicans, not the Democrats.
And California has addressed their budget deficits and unsustainable budget tricks now that both houses of the legislature have super majorities and the Republican obstructionists are powerless.
Because windmills are not decimating the population of wild eagles. Yes, the wind turbines kill some eagles, but they are pretty sure far more are killed by other means. So it would be unfair to punish the wind industry because more of their eagle kills are detected. The new rules requires studying the eagle population and determining the impact of windmills. Power lines kill eagles, but that hasn't meant shutting down overhead power lines. Instead raised perches are often installed allowing an eagle to land atop a power pole without being electrocuted.
DDT is a very nasty chemical that caused serious environmental harm. No credible person is suggesting it should be heavily used as it was before it was banned. DDT was banned worldwide for use in agriculture, but remains legal for fighting insect carried diseases.
Everything about this story suggests the current board and management is bad.
They didn't disclose their financial issues to the public prior to the meeting.
They held a blatantly illegal executive session to discuss issues in secret that legally have to be discussed in public.
None of the board members are available for comment and they didn't release a statement.
I suggest that the advisory committee put the financial documents on the Town of Oak Creek website.
SB 700 was a hideously complex annexation based upon economic projections of the bubble not bursting.
I think potential investors would be more put off by SB's rules against large retail stores.
It makes little sense for the city to talk about leakage while making it hard for certain stores to open a SB store.
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