Tuesday, May 21, 2013
That's true. The poll is kind of limiting. Which views do you hold?
That's not my point at all. I get that the June election needs to cost what it does, and I have no problem with taxes being spent on fair elections. That's paramount to having a free society, and ~$1.10 per voter for election costs seems reasonable.
My problem remains that adding a question to the November ballot, on which we are voting for president (so we are already being mailed sample ballots and having all of those costs incurred), needs to cost so much. I'd love to see an in-depth audit of where all that money goes, because I'm certain it is costing more than it needs to cost.
Maybe it's legitimate, but it would be nice if we could find a way to innovate and cut that cost...
I know I'm oversimplifying it, and translators deserve to be paid for their time and skills, there are sample ballot materials, etc., but I just can't imagine it really needs to cost that much.
I was also informed that my price measure of a yacht is low-balling it, but the point remains: $190,000 minimum for a yes/no question being added to the November ballot, which is already being sent out with as a presidential election. Adding to that doesn't seem that difficult, from a logical sense.
While English is the most common language in the United States, we actually do not have an official language, so that aspect doesn't bother me much.
What bothers me is that, when you break it down, we are paying the price of a pretty nice yacht, a medium-sized home, a fire engine, or two public safety employees to do one thing: put a yes/no question on a ballot.
Obviously there are costs, but I cannot imagine how it costs so much. We are already having an election in November, yet adding the city charter commission question will cost at least $190,000. I don't see how. The county employs people who speak Spanish and Chinese, and even with my high school Spanish, I can write the question in about two minutes.
The "there is a process for this" argument reminds me a lot of the reasoning for the $2,500 toilets (or whatever the astronomical costs were) that are now so infamous. At the most basic level, we are putting one question on a piece of paper, mailing it out, then putting it on another piece of paper and having people put a check in a box. There is no way it should cost so much.
Yes, Rachel, it is called "Soup Line." Thanks!
One note on a change in the article: The "Earth Burger" is actually called the "Farm to Table Burger." There was a change to the menu after the article was written.
Thanks for the comments. I Must have written it down incorrectly in my notes, and a correction is being made. Sorry for the error.
Ah, I wasn't aware of the update. Thanks for the info.
It's on the newly named "Blues Alley," which is the alley south of B Street and north of C Street, and it's between 22nd and 23rd streets. The physical address is 2207 C St., which is a little confusing, as it's not actually on C Street.
I guess the new alley names won't be known until they get some signage up. Thanks for the comments.
448-3844 is the number of the Downtown Plaza store, where Jason Yee can be reached. He told me he's open to bringing on a new business partner.
No, it's a sloped roof. That would be nice in the spring, though.
Geoff, the bridge is not too far from the end of its intended lifespan, but with renovations and upgrades, it can keep going. If all the major parts are replaced piecemeal, that can be considered a replacement as much as replacing it all at once.
I was just wondering what the cutoff date was before they put the pot metal or steel inserts in them.
It's all of the above. Alex Cosper made some of his own videos, some are user-submitted and others are preexisting ones such as the ones from the "A Place Called Sacramento" film festival that are going to be posted after permission is granted.
You're right. It will take a long time and more than just cars if it is to change. Police calls for service are down since the same time last year, a fact they attribute to the new location of the Greyhound terminal. If the 700 and 800 blocks are successfully redeveloped and start to thrive, I think K Street will be a very different place in a decade.
There was no intention of "I told you so" in this article. It's just an update to let people know what those who are there on a daily basis are seeing. We all know these things take a while to have any effect, as some of those interviewed pointed out.
I stood at the light rail stop in front of the Crest for 10 minutes before I saw a car on the street for the photo. The natural question most who don't travel K Street every day would have is, "Are there cars on it now, and is there any change?" That's what this was about.
Thank you, Bill!
Thanks for pointing that out, and I am sorry about that. It has been fixed.
William, I was always taught that "historic" buildings are those historical buildings with special significance, such as the Great Pyramid, the Eiffel Tower, or locally Sutter's Fort.
In the section you quoted, that is how I read it. She mentions a treaty being historic, while later on, she mentions documents being historical. So I see it as Sutter's Fort = historic, and my house (built in 1920) = historical. It seems more natural to say historic, so I did check it out before publishing, and the State Parks Department has a "Historical Building Code" (http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21410).
Now, I might be placing less historical significance to those buildings, in which case I would defer to your better knowledge of the subject. And of course, it is entirely possible that I was taught wrong and am reading too much into something simple.
Thanks for the comment. However, "historical" is correct in this sense. Here is a link to the explanation from a free site, but the gist of it is that "historic" usually refers to an important event or occasion, and "historical" is a general adjective meaning something is from history.
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