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Posted on September 15 at 11:25 a.m.

Missed the $532/month part and the state law. Given the 5% escalator that Council can approve and that Goleta will soon pass 35K in population, hopefully that gets bumped up a bit.

On Incumbents Run Unopposed

Posted on September 15 at 11:18 a.m.

For such a young city who were so adamant about becoming one, the level of apathy has been pretty sad.

How about electing a real Mayor instead of the rotating non-mayor? The public thinks Mayors are important but its impossible for one to be effective if the seat changes every year and ultimately leads to a stronger city manager who is not elected.

After Buellton likely votes to elect a Mayor this November, Carpinteria and Goleta will be the only two remaining cities with no Mayor. Really Goleta? Solvang, Buellton and Guadalupe will have a Mayor and not Goleta? Who came up with the idea to rotate in the city charter?

I'm not sure what the Council stipend is but I'm guessing it's too low as most other cities are except SB which might even be a bit too high. Council members should certainly not be paid a full time salary but some monetary incentive should be provided for the hours put in.

On Incumbents Run Unopposed

Posted on August 7 at 10:39 p.m.

Bill, O is only for unincorporated areas so it doesn't affect Lompoc which has its own TOT rate. I don't think there are any affected hotels in the 4th district at all.

On Supes Spar Over Hotel Tax Increase

Posted on March 15 at 10:06 a.m.

Botany is correct on this one and is one of the few not letting emotion get in the way of fact. Im also pro-choice and dont agree with the message or tactics of SAH but the law is very clear on this. It's interesting that only a couple comments have even attempted to dispute the clear free speech argument presented by Botany and others.

In no lawyer, but the only real limit on First Amendment speech I am aware of is the imminent danger clause that was used during the civil rights movement (think KKK demonstrations in predominantly African American neighborhoods). The specific language referred to by the court has changed over time but you basically have to prove the action "is likely to incite imminent lawless action." Considering protests similar to SAH's at UCSB have occurred peacefully thousands of times previously, I dont see how that can possibly meet the threshold.

Furthermore, Ken's idea of suing SAH is a non-starter proven by the Westboro Baptist case (who also does not trip the imminent danger threshold) which was an 8-1 ruling that you cannot sue for emotional distress for a public topic in a public place, no matter how outrageous the claims (slander notwithstanding but that's a different argument/suit which also doesnt apply in UCSB's case and is very hard to prove even in a good case).

Legally SAH is clearly in the right on this case, but most folks here want to let emotion dictate the outcome of a constitutionally protected right. Perhaps more interesting is the status of Mrs. Miller-Young's employment at the university and what the consequences are if this case moves forward and she's found guilty of xyz (I realize that is speculatory). What is the offense threshold for termination at UCSB? Does tenure or union status matter?

On UCSB Professor Accused of Assaulting Anti-Abortion Activist

Posted on January 16 at 1:05 p.m.

The last big decision SBUSD made regarding Math was to dismantle the Mastery Math program, the one program I can look back on and say helped me excel as a young student. That program allowed each student to go as far as possible within the world of math and created and environment where children wanted to suceed.

Now the Board is further centralizing math classes and forcing teachers to teach several classes in one. What happens when half the students don't understand Algebra and it's time to learn Geometry? Do you move onto Geometry? Half the class either has to wait or leave the others behind.

How does this solve anything? Please stop trying to place everyone in a cookie cutter environment and dont use the state as an excuse for doing so.

On Integrated Math Curriculum to Replace Traditional Classes

Posted on December 24 at 8:18 a.m.

This kind of blatant partisanship and right/wrong blame game is the Grinch that really got us into trouble, not Republicans or Democrats.

On How the Grinch REALLY Stole Christmas

Posted on November 28 at 10:44 a.m.

Relax. SB Foundation is one of the most legit non-profits we have in SB and I am glad they are around.

On Santa Barbara Foundation Losing Four Positions in New Partnership

Posted on November 28 at 9:13 a.m.

Anthony and team are great people. Kudos for a job well done at OSK.

On OSK Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on November 7 at 7:38 a.m.

East Beach: Can you explain how it's possible for a precinct to be gerrymandered in a City Council race?

The only way for an individual precinct to be gerrymandered is when it borders another political district (such as congressional district borders) where it becomes more than just a precinct. In an at large Council race that is impossible as the outside precinct border is the city limit, which is not something that changes and has no adjacent district with which to gerrymander. If SB ever went to district elections, the lines would be re-drawn with new precincts and only then would there be a possibility of gerrymandering an SB city precinct.

On 2013 City Council Election Results

Posted on October 18 at 7:41 a.m.

Another vote against Mr. Flacks' misleading comments toward Hotchkiss. Its one thing to disagree with policies, its another to incorrectly label someone a Tea Partier, and its an outright lie to say he was Chair of the local GOP. Bring some facts to the table, not partisan rhetoric that rings false and discredits your other statements.

On Why the S.B. City Election Matters

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