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Posted on July 31 at 8:32 a.m.

This farmer's market was previously located at La Cumbre Plaza. I love the new location, but some notice in advance of the move would have been nice.

On Westside Farmer's Market Debuts

Posted on June 19 at 10:47 a.m.

Thanks Yves. I'm glad that the lower income parents won't have to pay this fee. What still troubles me is the School Board's math. They say that 65% of elementary students are eligible for free and reduced lunch and that it's likely that this percentage would be applicable to home to school ridership. They thus assume that 65% of the 533 students who ride the bus will be exempt from this fee. I think it will be a much larger number. My daughter attended Washington school (admittedly a while ago, she just graduated from SBHS - Go Dons). The kids who rode the bus to Washington were almost exclusively lower income kids. It's probably pretty much the same at many of the other schools.

On School Board Cuts Budget - Again

Posted on June 19 at 10:05 a.m.

I'm surprised that no one has commented on the School Board making elementary district parents pay $250 a year for their children to be bused to school. In my day (the 50s and 60s) there were neighborhood elementary schools and almost everyone walked to school. Now there are many areas of town that no longer have a local school, so their children must take the bus. These parents now must pay the price because the school district chose to close the schools in their neighborhood (in 1979). It's probably no coincidence that the closed schools were in the poorer areas of town and thus the parents who will be affected are those least likely to be able to afford paying $250.

On School Board Cuts Budget - Again

Posted on January 23 at 4:37 p.m.

I'm sure it's not just one mouse, but a line of mice, each carrying the mutation that causes retinal detachment. Would you rather that doctors experimented on humans? This is a serious disease that can lead to blindness. Wikipedia says that the lifetime risk of retinal detachment for normal eyes is one in 300!

On Mouse to Aid UCSB Profs in Studying Eye Disease

Posted on December 5 at 9:23 a.m.

I agree that the lack of affordable housing is a real problem that should be dealt with, but "smaller dwelling units, at higher densities, with fewer parking requirements" sounds like Isla Vista. Do we really want to turn Santa Barbara into another IV? Have you ever tried to park in IV? It's practically impossible. The kind of housing proposed (granny units and small, high density units) are great for young people entering the workforce, but how many families want that kind of housing? They want an affordable single family house with a yard, in a safe neighborhood with good schools. This is what we need for Santa Barbara.

On City Plan Steps into Limelight

Posted on November 6 at 10:07 a.m.

Obama didn't win because of the color of his skin, just like Sarah Palin didn't lose because she's a woman. Obama won because he's the best person to lead our country in these troubling times. He's bright and articulate, truly understands the issues, and has realistic plans to deal with the myriad problems our country faces.

On Fourth of July in November

Posted on August 22 at 8:13 a.m.

We now know that Tony Strickland doesn't watch the local news channels. I've been subjected to this misleading ad many times while watching local evening news shows. Maybe Tony gets all his local news from the Santa Barbara News-Press (a scary thought).

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Posted on June 28 at 9:59 a.m.

The Santa Barbara News-Press is a local institution, like the Santa Barbara Mission. The Catholic Church owns the Mission, but it's their responsibility to take care of it for the community as a whole, not just Catholics. Wendy McCaw has run my hometown newspaper into the ground; the paper that I grew up reading, where my birth announcement, wedding announcement, and small triumphs over the years were published. Someday, I thought my funeral announcement would be published there too. Wendy says that she owns the paper, so she can do whatever she likes with it. I say she has a responsibility to maintain the standards and integrity of the newspaper. It would be nice if the paper also went back to covering the local news, which was suppose to be her major focus. I no longer subscribe to the News-Press; I now get all my local news from the Internet and television and I get my newspaper fix from the LA Times (which is really a very good paper, I sure hope Sam Zell doesn't do a "Wendy" on it). The Union had nothing to do with my decision, I won't be subscribing to the Santa Barbara News-Press until someone else owns it because I don't like what Wendy has done to my paper.

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