Editor, Daily Nexus:
The numbers have just come out from the county, and they show that Goleta needs Isla Vista included in their boundaries to be a strong and healthy city. Isla Vista’s dense population brings lots of state money that is calculated by population. With I.V., Goleta will have a $33 million surplus after 10 years; without I.V., it will be only $6 million. And as the state and county head toward a recession, that added $27 million is very important. Isla Vista brings a lot to the table.
Goletans will support a city that includes Isla Vista once they realize that the finances of a city of Goleta, as defined by Goleta Now!, is marginal at best. Goleta will not be able to provide the urban services the people of Goleta need and deserve, without raising taxes.