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Posted on August 9 at 4:13 p.m.

I suspect that the problem with the Hilton Creek project is that it is a wildlife conservation effort being implemented by engineers. Now, I like engineers and I think that as a class of people they are very smart. However, the biologists are best suited to steward a wildlife conservation project. It is telling that the solution to the pump problem is to fix the pumps and install backup pumps (a classic engineering solution). A biologist may inquire, should the survival of the Santa Ynez River watershed steelhead trout really rely on something as subject to failure as mechanical pumps? State Fish and Game biologists are protecting steelhead all over California and have been doing so for years (without resort to mechanical devices). Maybe the engineers should swallow a little chauvinistic pride and asked the biologists for some help with this problem.

On Collective Chill Pill at Cachuma

Posted on August 3 at 9:40 p.m.

So Jarvis, California ranks 36th among the states for per student funding of public schools. So, in a way, you're right, we should rank higher in outcomes than 45th. However, when you get to cold hard numbers, our ranking for expenditure per student roughly matches our ranking for outcomes. You get what you pay for. Also, it's not just Dos Pueblos that is putting out successful students on the South Coast. Santa Barbara, San Marcos, and Carpinteria High Schools are also doing a good job. The percentage of students from all the South Coast schools who go on to highly ranked universities is very respectable. If you are talking about public schools in in inner-city LA, the East Bay, and the Central Valley, fair enough. But that is a socio-economic problem that we cannot expect the schools to fix.

On Problems with Bowl Show Parking?

Posted on August 3 at 1:07 p.m.

I, for one, find it weird that this string of posts morphed into a public school bashing session. I have no problem with the school district deciding that it would be a better deal for them to run the parking themselves, if that is indeed the case. With regard to all the statistics thrown around by JarvisJarvis, well statistics can be used in different ways. What Jarvis does not mention is that the per student spending in California public schools ranks near the bottom nationwide. Also, the educational outcomes ranking is as much affected by the size and diversity of the State as it is by other factors (including per student funding). All of my children went through the public school system here in Southern Santa Barbara County and they went on the get college degrees from highly ranked universities and good, well-paid jobs in fields they enjoy. My kids belong to both the GenX and Millennial cohorts so this experience is not that old. The local public school system did a great job preparing them for college and the universities did a great job providing them sophisticated and broadening educations and preparing them for their careers. From my perspective, my tax dollars were well spent on my children's educations. All the statistics in the world will not change that perception.

On Problems with Bowl Show Parking?

Posted on August 2 at 7:23 p.m.

We have a system of justice that gives the accused every benefit of the doubt. By and large, this is a good thing, much better than other systems. However, many times our system results in people who violate the laws and norms of society to escape censure because of the rigor necessary to convict them. I'm willing to accept the old "better that ten guilty men go free than one innocent man go to prison." All that said, I saw what I saw in that video and whatever Genis was doing was neither ethical nor moral. His surreptitious attitude during the whole event demonstrates that he himself knew that what he was doing was wrong. He may be innocent in the eyes of the law and he is entitled to do his little victory dance in the end zone, but I will never respect the man and will always harbor suspicions of his honor.

On Genis Cleared of Contempt-of-Court Charges

Posted on July 31 at 8:09 p.m.

The weird thing about thermally enhance oil production (huff and puff steaming, steam drive, or fire flood) is that it takes a lot more Btu's to produce the oil than the final product will ever provide in the form of fuel energy. That is why these production techniques are economically feasible only when the price of oil is high. It seems silly to me to spend more energy to produce an energy product than the final energy product could ever produce. It's sort of like trying live off a food source that takes more calories to eat and digest than it provides in food energy. I understand the economics. What I don't understand is why we should have to put up with silly energy production policy and the attendant pollution just so some Texas oil company can make money.

On P-ing Up a Rope?

Posted on July 28 at 9:43 a.m.

So equus, I am supposed to accept the risk of being attacked by violent dogs because their tendency toward violence is "instinctual?" Let me just respond politely that I remain unconvinced by your logic. And at-large, I believe your analogy equating the animal shelter to the County Jail shows that you missed my point. The animal shelter contains animals and the jail contains humans. I realize that many dog owners consider their pets "family." However, such an emotional attachment taken to the extreme of putting humans at risk of being bitten by dogs is irrational and perhaps not quite mentally healthy and even slightly sociopathic. Drawing analogies in this case to human society is simply neither logical nor proper. This was not a human tragedy unless some human loses his or her livelihood because of it.

On Dog Mauled to Death at County Shelter

Posted on July 27 at 2:26 p.m.

This was a foul up but not one that requires a human being losing his or her job. Come on Tommi, let's get some perspective. A dog died. In fact a dog with a violent reputation died violently. This is sad for the owners and was no doubt a painful and violent few minutes for the dogs involved. But this is not a human tragedy and we should not turn it into one by separating some person from his or her job. Violent dogs have no place in human society. They are a dangerous risk to human health and safety and a public menace. There was a break down in procedure in this case and the person responsible should be required to get remedial training, but let's not get all carried away and turn this into a human tragedy as well.

On Dog Mauled to Death at County Shelter

Posted on July 24 at 2:26 p.m.

Nice guess about my past and experiences but no cigar for you Hobbs3. I have lived and continue to live a very interesting and rich life. I have been menaced by policemen who entered my home without knocking and without permission and proceeded to threaten me with all manner of crimes (only about a third of which really applied to situation of all the pot smoking minors in my apartment). I watched a friend get hit by a metal flashlight for the crime of sassing off. But you know, I grew up and I got perspective and I quit putting myself in situations where I might run afoul of the police (i.e., I quit breaking the law). Cops should not exceed the boundaries of their authority. On the other hand, drunk drivers are much more dangerous than zealous cops. Just look at the statistics.

On Attorney Darryl Genis Again Accused of Misconduct

Posted on July 23 at 6:58 p.m.

From my perspective, rogue cops are not a threat to me as I spend my evenings at home mostly and the last dozen or so entertainment venues I attended, I saw not a single cop while driving home (or when my wife drove home if I had been drinking). What I think is a far worse menace and public safety hazard is drunk drivers on the road. I am all for exuberance in the pursuit and arrest of drunk drivers. A drunk driver who gets off on a technicality because Genis is a skilled attorney remains a menace and public health hazard. Twice in my life, I have lived in countries ruled by dictatorships and the police protection that we have in Santa Barbara County is nothing like what those poor people endured. In my view 14noscams and loonpt are a little too paranoid about the police. Maybe they had bad relationships with their fathers.

On Attorney Darryl Genis Again Accused of Misconduct

Posted on July 22 at 7:53 p.m.

Genis is apparently a narcissistic sociopath (like most of his clients) simply from the evidence of the video. Does he think he is James Bond? Oh the adrenalin rush when he pauses and turns away to avoid the detection the bailiff, who soon thereafter enters the scene! The best thing that could happen on August 1st is for him to be found guilty of contempt, taken into custody by the bailiff, and taken to the pokey (without a toothbrush) for 48 hours or so to sit in his Homburg hat and ponder his actions. What a low rent loser he is.

On Attorney Darryl Genis Again Accused of Misconduct

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