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Posted on September 12 at 1:26 p.m.

Spot on, Geeber.

What scare tactics! I wonder what Big Jim is getting paid for his endorsement?

Oil money is here by the gazillions in an attempt to send this down. It reeks, pun intended, just like big tobacco's tactics.

YES on P!

On Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?

Posted on September 12 at 1:22 p.m.

He absolutely should lose his pension!

He's, of course, very sorry for what he did. Yeah, right - aren't the ones who get caught always that way?

Tough - He made the decision to steal so he needs to pay the price to the point it stings and hopefully other "paw dippers" will think twice prior to the garb.

On Embezzler to Repay Firefighter Union

Posted on September 2 at 1:25 p.m.

Somebody needs to pay dearly for this gaff.

Shame on Fess Parker's & shame on Hydrex!

On Poisonous Bird Food?

Posted on August 28 at 12:41 p.m.

Wow! That west facing rendering of the proposed 12 story tower is just damn ugly! Talk about serious visual blight.

The S.Y. Valley is NOT Las Vegas, Chumash tribe! The County has said "NO!" The locals have said "NO!" Yet you take all your issues to a distant congressman for his hoped passage in Washington, DC. Unreal! Play by the rules!

Enough, please. We don't not need the financial crumbs you toss out in the community aka sponsorships, grants, etc.

On Chumash Expansion Ignites Valley Fever

Posted on July 11 at 12:33 p.m.

Let's hope for once Bill Brown has over estimated his numbers. Sadly, I fear this will, once again, be the case.

As we all know too well, he has a history of doing end-runs around all in his path from the voters to the Board of Supes. when it comes to getting what he wants. He simply can NEVER be wrong.

That's a costly & regrettable mistake we'll look back on when he's wallowing in his pork barrel retirement in Bora Bora or on his own island.

On Jail Funding a 'Moving Target'?

Posted on July 8 at 9:24 a.m.

Now that's a mug shot. Yikes!
Not a happy looking camper there.

On Montecito Man Arrested After Threatening to Blow Up Home

Posted on June 25 at 8:51 a.m.

If this accused film-flam guy is convicted, I say right on!

I get so weary of well to do people essentially ripping off the unsuspecting to keep feather their nest. This guy's nest sounds like it was pretty comfy.

I wonder if he's going to use the skin cancer excuse to be out of jail? I've had many of those removed & trust me, you can actually walk & breathe when it's over. Start the violins. Hah!

On GOP Bigwig David Lack Faces Fraud Trial

Posted on June 24 at 9:24 a.m.

From the sound of all this, Big Homie needs to go to the Big House for good. End of this chapter

On ‘Big Homie’ or Bumbling Gang Boss?

Posted on June 24 at 9:19 a.m.

Howgreenwasmyvalley, JarvisJarvis & nomoresanity are spot on seeing through this topic.

Tenure today does more to protect weak, under performing teachers than to promote best of the profession.

How about really turning up merit pay for the ones who "deliver the goods?"

Let the students do teacher evaluations along with their parents. That's been done in colleges everywhere to a degree - where students rate professors in the course catalogs. Does the college admin see these? You're darn right! I have a few college admin-type friends and they absolutely use those comments to focus on specific teachers who get the glowing & opposite comments quarter after quarter.

This could also work at a lower level.

Tenure? Forgetabout it.

On Teacher Tenure Struck Down

Posted on June 20 at 9:38 a.m.

John Houchin says that SB teachers are evaluated every two years based upon six teaching standards. However, the problem is that a teacher who clears that one formal evaluation is granted tenure on the first day of year three!

The large majority of administrators simply do not want to fight teacher unions & organization. Hence, they look the other way & hope the weak educator will either get better or eventually leave. Sure, the site administrator gets the poor teacher "help," but is this really effective?

What Houchin fails to mention is how many of those teachers are not rehired & sent packing. From my experience, very few.

Sadly, the large majority of people that are talented at something simply can't teach kids between K - 12. You have to know what makes kids "tick" first!

Tenure worked many years ago, but we have changed as a country & can't continue protecting an institution that is in a huge state of flux.

I say make the teachers WORK to keep their jobs just like most another businesses. After all, these are our future leaders & workers & they need to be ready for whatever comes their way.

On Teacher Tenure Struck Down

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