Hands Across California in Santa Barbara

Community members and local lawmakers will gather to help raise scholarship funds for community college students.

When: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Where: SBCC, 721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Citizen's Alert


Hands Across California in Santa Barbara

Hands Across California will bring together 1 million people to raise awareness and scholarships for community college students.

On April 17 at 2 p.m., Santa Barbara will join the Hands Across campaign in support of our Community Colleges.

Assemblymember Das Williams, Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Mayor Helene Schneider and School Board Members Monique Limon & Kate Parker (and many more!) will stand with Santa Barbara City College students. Members of the public can find their place in line at:

Local Meeting Points Include:

Carbrillo Pavilion Arts Center (Cabrillo Boulevard)
Alameda Park (Santa Barbara/Sola Street)
Santa Barbara City College (at Cliff Drive)
Skater's Point (Cabrillo Boulevard)

Hands Across California will bring together an estimated 1 million people including celebrities, students and elected officials to join hands in a line up and down California in support of the state’s nearly 3 million community college students. Net proceeds from the event will directly benefit the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE), a permanent fund that provides annual scholarships to thousands of students every year.

Hands Across California will recall the historic 1986 event Hands Across America, which saw over 6.5 million Americans hold hands across the country to raise money and awareness in support of hunger and homelessness issues. Hands Across California, which will take place just one month shy of the 25th anniversary of Hands Across America, is estimated to be the largest charitable event for higher education in American history. It will connect Sacramento to San Diego in a nearly 1,000-mile route, details of which are available at

Phone: 805-680-6479

Event posted April 16, 2011
Last updated April 16, 2011


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Hands across Santa Barbara need to arrest free wheeling spending at community colleges and University of California, now. Cal. Chancellor’s gross overspending, poor decisions: pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; recruits out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment (ROI) drops below top 10; NCAA places basketball program on probation.

Chancellor Birgeneau’s ($500,000 salary) fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar asked for, & the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.

A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies & then crafting a plan to fix them. Able oversight by the UC Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on inefficiencies and on what steps he was taking to solve them during his 8 year reign. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the timid regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, & the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.

It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste & inefficiencies during his 8 year reign. Faculty & staff raised issues with Birgeneau & Breslauer ($400,000 salary), but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3,000,000) consultants to tell him & the Provost what they should have known as leaders or been able to find out from the bright, engaged people. (Prominent east-coast University accomplishing same at 0 costs)

Cal. has been badly damaged. Good people are loosing their jobs. Cal’s leadership is either incompetent or culpable. Merely cutting out inefficiencies does not have the effect desired. But you never want a crisis to go to waste.

Increasing Cal’s budget is not enough. Take aim at the real source of Cal’s fiscal, & leadership crisis; honorably retire Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost Breslauer.

Moravecglobal (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2011 at 3:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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