Archive for October, 2012
October 11th, 2012
At the company I run we had to make a decision today. Should we invest in more property in California for more office space for more employees, or should we lease space in Texas and hire more employees there?
After phrasing the situation in that way we were able to quickly decide that relocating that part of our business to Texas was, without a doubt, the best choice. So we are looking to hire 3 or 4 sales people, and 3 or 4 developers, to work in downtown Austin, Texas. A couple of the California employees will move to Texas to run the office. But we no longer want to invest in California if we have other choices. And a large part of the reason my company is investing outside of California is because of my experience in trying to get a building permit for my house at Cave Landing.
Here is another article on how and why California is going bankrupt:
October 11th, 2012
The Coastal Commission staff is requiring me to dig 15 feet down into rock so that my house is not visible from the proposed parking lot at Cave Landing. This will involve moving thousands of cubic yards of rock and dirt, and will cost me several hundred thousand dollars. All this effort is so that when a member of the public comes to Cave Landing, and they turn their back to the beautiful ocean view, their delicate sensibilities will not be offended by the sight of my multi-million dollar house from three blocks away. But it turns out that instead of my house what they will see are several concrete outhouses about 40 feet away, perched just above Cave Landing Road, directly opposite the entrance to the parking lot, and blocking any view of my house.
The concrete outhouses will block the view to my house whether or not my house is dug down 15 feet. And my view won’t be of unobstructed ocean – it will be a view of concrete outhouses in front of a parking lot.
And no, I am not kidding. After all this bullshit about how important it is to protect the scenic view at Cave Landing, the SLO County Planning Dept has decided that they want to put concrete outhouses right in front of my house.
And why are they concrete outhouses, instead of nice bathrooms with running water and septic systems? Or maybe showers so that little kids can wash off after being at the beach? Well, you may recall that the SLO Planning Dept. has been working overtime for years to prevent me from using CSA-12 for water. Some of that CSA-12 water could have been used to provide the public with nice bathrooms that have clean, running water. But no, the SLO Planning Dept couldn’t let me use the water I have been paying for, and thus there is no water for the public park they want to build. And so they have to have concrete outhouses.
Here is the drawing from SLO County Parks Dept (Elizabeth Kavanaugh) showing the location for the concrete outhouses:
October 15th, 2012
What this study shows is that anything the public sector unions want in California they get. They kill voter initiatives they don’t like, and they pass initiatives they do like. Combined with their buying the Democratic party in California it means that the entire state is run for the benefit of the public sector unions.