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Posted on January 30 at 9:45 a.m.
I love these little libraries cropping up in San Roque. There are a couple of others that I've seen, one with a chair. But it's not book theft if you are offering books for people to take home. Maybe someone got greedy. Maybe someone thought they could sell them (and if so, that someone was very poor indeed because there is a very weak market for used hardcovers, unless they are vintage first editions written by famous authors). As for the "tasteful nudes," well, those books might actually have some value; Planned Parenthood will likely be glad to get them.
On Is This Book Theft or Not?
Posted on October 13 at 4:49 p.m.
I'm as liberal as they get John Locke. To me SBCC is turning into a giant capitalistic monster eating everything in its path--including the few neighborhoods we used to have that were decent for renters. I do not see at all how it helps our community to grow it to gigantic proportions. I don't care about the extra 50 cents a month it would cost me if Measure S passes. Where are all of these students going to live? How does being a clearing house for partying kids with money serve this community except to drive up prices? I want to send a message to the Board of Trustees that this is not what our community needs or wants.
No on S!
On City College's Sprawling Impact
Posted on October 11 at 9:33 p.m.
How does all of this serve the student? Why does SBCC need to grow, or even hang on to the silly and meaningless #1 rating for that matter? What is the point of all of this, except to bring in out-of-area students who must pay higher tuition? Will it serve the local community? Will it serve the employees of SBCC? Unfortunately, SBCC doesn't even hire local anymore. All of their job searches cast a national net that bring in hundreds of applicants for jobs that many locals could do. Further, the students are not cream-of-the-crop students who are serious about learning. Sorry to say what everyone knows: these are kids who want to be in SB to party, but who didn't have the high school grades to get into UCSB. Why do we need even more of them? Keep SBCC local, serving local students. Discourage the drive to turn it into a huge money-churning, administrator-heavy gravy train.
Posted on September 24 at 1:26 p.m.
I followed the tragedy of the boy in question. I only knew his as one of the older kids in some of my son's activities at Rockshop and Junior LIfeguards. It was an epic tragedy. I am not religious, nor am I given to prayer or even meditation. But I didn't blame this mom one bit begging for a miracle and imploring the rest of us to participate. What else can a mom do? She wrote with such powerful simplicity about her efforts to save him. What a horrible freak incident his death seemed to be. It didn't seem possible, and it seemed quite possible that he would live. She did everything and she prayed for a miracle. She begged us to pray too. As a non-believer in her shoes, I would have done the same thing I think. I would have begged, pleaded, bargained, bribed. What I think prayer does is help people organize their thoughts, allowing them to focus precisely on the thing that is most important. It's not the same as "happy thoughts," which often allow others to dismiss real difficulties. I don't think there was ever a moment of that in this young man's struggles. No one dismissed the real danger he was in.
On Pray Tell: The Hocus Pocus of Happy Thoughts
Posted on September 20 at 12:20 p.m.
Jarvis, there is so much wrong about your outlook and so little time. For instance, The statistic you site about education. Education in this state is so very complex. Who knows what that stat represents? Teachers are mostly good in this town, but they are fighting such an uphill battle and they are doing it with much valor. Their students do gain tremendously. That it doesn't show up in your neat little stat isn't their fault.
Wages support rents. That's how that works.
Sam, the dialog is exhausting because folks like you get your info from Fox news. Even Jarvis doesn't understand the definition of libertarian (true libertarians do not support public anything/national anything).
You two should understand your thinking works on a very small, individual scale. It doesn't work on a broader scale. It never has in the history of the universe. You can starve out the engines of an economy for only so long before they wise up and quit trying to play your games. It can happen here too.
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on September 20 at 11:25 a.m.
What's happening is this: people have snatched up foreclosed properties paying cash. They then expect to earn the equivalent of a full mortgage payment on that property. They expect a massive "down payment" and they expect the renter to basically be able to afford a house. The reason these properties are not renting is simple: if you can afford to buy a house, you will not rent. Your defensiveness is a clue that I am right. You price-fixers (probably the same people who own real estate downtown and therefore rent to Marshall's, Old Navy, et al. because they pay a lot of dough--driving out quality stores that would actually make this town all it's cracked up to be instead of overrated) are going to lose this battle.
Posted on September 20 at 11:20 a.m.
JarvisJarvis, you spout but you don't read, much like most of your right-wing brethren. I own and I have very comfortable mortgage payments, as stated above thread. I have zero intention of becoming your tenant. (As much fun as that sounds.) But I feel for the renters in the area. And yes, there is evidence of price-fixing. And no, the economy is not getting better for people who rely on their salaries for income. Everyone who pays attention knows this. The stock market is not an indicator of how healthy the economy is.
Posted on September 19 at 10:13 p.m.
The thing people are shocked about is that the recent uptick in rents comes out of nowhere. It is NOT in response to increased demand. It is the result of price fixing. I've noticed NONE of the ridiculously priced homes and apartments on craigslist have been rented. They have languished on craigslist, some of them, for months. It's a crazy hairbrained experiment in collusion, and the good news is it isn't working. The fact is, rich people who are renting don't want to live in unkempt shacks with a single bathroom. The middle class who are willing to downgrade their living conditions can't afford the one-bathroom shack. So who's gonna rent it? No one. All the renters in this town need to do is wait it out. Prices will regulate as landlords become more desperate.
Posted on September 18 at 4:29 p.m.
Noleta Lady, you are right about rent money leaving the community. There has been a crisis in cash-buying all over the country and predictably, already astronomical rents have jerked up by at least 30% here in town. I agree with you about the article too. But the writer is very young and probably lacks perspective on these things. It should have been assigned to a more seasoned journalist.
Posted on September 18 at 4:22 p.m.
Jarvis and Sam, what's the matter? Did I offend your favorite classless store? Yes, Granada books is a lovely start. It ain't no Earthling. Sam, if you're so angry with the people who live here I suggest you drive on up the 101.