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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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Remember Christmas days in the past? You would march up to the local athletic field with your new football, PF Flyers tennis shoes, and Los Angeles Rams football helmet, and toss the ball around with your father or play a game of touch football with your friends.

Well, this Christmas, don’t be surprised when you arrive at that athletic field and find the gate locked or a sign posted requiring a permit to enter the facilities.

At Santa Barbara City College, if I want to play catch with my young grandson on the athletic field when school is not in session and there are no special events going on at the stadium, I have to find the college’s Administrative Services Department, apply for a permit (which presumably will have to be cleared through the appropriate channels), then return in two weeks to find out if the activity is permitted.

Come on, gatekeeper, show a little Christmas cheer. Take down those signs and unlock those gates. If you do, maybe the general public will reciprocate when it’s time to refurbish those athletic fields we all have enjoyed in the past.

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Good sentiments, Fred. Many fond memories of throwing the ball with my friends and family over the holidays. Unfortunately, nowadays for every person who would "reciprocate" as you say, there is a Grinch out there who is likely to sue SBCC for his Christmas Day football injury. And plenty of ambulance chasing attorneys to urge him on.

Scooter (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2012 at 9:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This "turf war" between the SBCC athletic department and the sports minded community has been going on for years. SBCC is not worried about law suits from "ambulance chasing attorneys " or they would lock the stadium gates. A contract was signed in 1962 (I have a copy) between the city and SBCC which allows the community to use the facility (track, stairs and in-field) as long as school is not in session and there are no special events going on at the stadium. The present SBCC athletic department is "blind " to this contract and wants complete control of the facilty.
What happened to the Sound Body, Sound Mind philosophy? With child obesity at an all-time high in the USA, SBCC should be encouraging physical activity NOT discouraging it.

independentmo (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 12:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks Fred for speaking up. My daughter was "kicked off" the athletic field at SBCC by an "over-weight" SBCC athletic equipment manager in an electric cart while I was jogging around the track. School was not in session and there were no special events going on at the stadium. What was she doing? She was doing cart-wheels!

itchyfoot (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. (Suggest removal)

same at Ucsb
Its the fake turf

dadof3 (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 2:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

you mean the turf touted for its ease of maintenence, toughness, and longevity???

what a crock. and here's me thinking 'community college' included the community. i'm such an idiot.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 3:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yup that's the stuff, try and use UCSBs.....

dadof3 (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2012 at 9:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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