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Posted on August 14 at 10:50 a.m.

Didn't the sales pitch for the last SBCC bond measure (Measure V, I believe) claim that the Measure V bond measure was all they needed for the next 30 years to spruce up the campus? Why has there been no accounting for how Measure V funds were spent and then an explanation as to why they weren't enough? I'm so liberal that Lyndon B. Johnson looks like a Tea Party member next to me and I truly believe in the bootstrap mission of SBCC (one of my kids took good advantage of it after having a lack luster high school showing). But my big question is: If Measure V was not enough how can we be assured that Measure S will be enough? Is enough even in the lexicon of SBCC or are we really having that old philosophical discussion regarding how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

On Unchained Dogs of Pokey LaFarge

Posted on August 11 at 9:36 p.m.

Yeah Dr. Dan, I remember Neil Young and the James Gang as well. How many times did we see Loggins and Messina and Jackson Browne at Rob Gym? Remember teepees in IV? How about the falafel stand? And all the beautiful, intelligent, witty women who might just sleep with you, or not, depending on their whim? Those were the days.

On Trouble in Isla Vista

Posted on August 11 at 8:06 p.m.

Way back we tried to initiate self-government in IV and failed. In the 70s it was a mellow place, especially in the summer. Back then when people had 9 month leases, the landlords practically gave away the summer rentals and the place was nearly a ghost town in the summer. The IV foot patrol would stroll through town (one sheriff deputy and one UCSB police officer) and tell you to take your pot smoking inside. We would surf the wind swells at Sands all summer and our long hair, the decks of our surfboards, and the floors of our showers were covered in tar. We worked minimum wage jobs in the summer and it was enough to pay the summer rents. Since pot was the drug of choice, by 10:00 PM at night the place was dead, the residents all suffering couch-lock and listening to Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. As I recall, there were very few SBCC students living there, even during the school year. We cannot return to those days, but something needs to be done to solve this problem. Perhaps we could give Cat's ideas a try, it can't get worse,

On Trouble in Isla Vista

Posted on August 9 at 7:32 p.m.

You're right Dr. Dan. If we want to prevent the extinction of the Santa Ynez River watershed steelhead, we need to find a way for them to access the upper regions of the Santa Ynez watershed, where the water is. The dams (both of them) are barriers but not ones that we cannot find ways around for the fish. The key is for the South Coast to live with less water which means less development and fewer lawns and more efficient use of treated waste water. Also all the folks in the Santa Ynez River watershed who are downstream of Cachuma would benefit from a system of continuous flow of some amount of water. The solution is at hand if we just accept limits to growth on the South Coast.

On Collective Chill Pill at Cachuma

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

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