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Posted on June 17 at 3:01 p.m.

My niece came to UCSB last fall. I offered to rent a private room to her for $500 a month with the first month and a half free. Well, being a bit generous, I let her not pay rent through April, but April 15th I told her the $500 a month was finally going to start on May 1st, meaning she would only be paying for two months as she had already rented a room in IV starting July 1st. She had a job, she had over a thousand in the bank (she told me) but her response was she was moving out. She would rather sleep in her car. Homeless a problem? Yes, people choosing to be homeless is a problem. Students need to be responsible for their lives and provide for their bodies needs, like housing and food.

On Many UCSB and SBCC Students Struggle with Homelessness

Posted on November 20 at 12:32 p.m.

Thirty years ago I was very opposed to roundabouts and thought the Milpas Street roundabout would be a disaster. Today, I couldn't be happier with that intersection. There is barely a wait and it works very well as long as everyone remembers the rules. The level of service at that intersection must have doubled. This is what the Cliff/Los Positas intersection desperately needs. At rush hour the traffic can be backed up for half a mile on Los Positas. Lights may be cheaper but if we are going to spend money let's spend enough to get the best solution and not always wish we had.

On Roundabout or Stoplight at Cliff and Las Positas?

Posted on June 26 at 10:13 a.m.

And who are the high school drop outs our society will be supporting in the future?

"The overall dropout rate masks considerable variability among demographic groups.  Large disparities in dropout rates exist among major ethnic groups as shown in Figure 1.  In 1998, the dropout rate for White, non-Hispanics was 7.7 percent, compared to 13.8 for Black, non-Hispanics and 29.5 for Hispanics (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2000, Table 108)"

At least 30% of those Hispanic drop outs are the sons and daughters of illegal immigrants.

On Interesting Info on Immigrants

Posted on June 26 at 10:09 a.m.

I picked strawberrys at a farm on Hollister during summer in high school and worked as a hod carrier during college. Pay enough and eliminate the competition from illegal immigrants and anybody will do any job.

On Interesting Info on Immigrants

Posted on June 25 at 6:55 p.m.

Hispanic Opinion on (Illegal) Immigration

The opinion of Hispanics in the U.S. regarding immigration policy is often portrayed by the media as monolithic and in support of amnesty for illegal aliens and expanded legal immigration. In fact, the opinion of Hispanics in the U.S. is as diverse as the population itself. While Hispanic opinion as a whole is more favorable to proposals that include amnesty for illegal aliens, when the survey sample is limited to Hispanic citizens, the views expressed tend to be much more in line with those of the rest of the American population.

The following are key findings of recent polls of Hispanics on immigration to the U.S.:

Oppose increasing overall levels of immigration:
A clear majority of Hispanics in the U.S. oppose increasing current levels of immigration. Forty-three percent believe that levels should remain the same, while 13 percent want to see levels reduced. Only 31 percent favor immigration increases. (Attitude toward Immigrants and Immigration Policy, Pew Hispanic Center survey, Aug. 2005.)

Oppose benefits for illegal aliens:
By a 60 percent to 29 percent margin, native-born Hispanic Americans oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens. (Attitude toward Immigrants and Immigration Policy, Pew Hispanic Center survey, Aug. 2005.)

Sizeable minority opposes a guest worker program:
Fifty-four percent of registered Hispanic voters support a guest worker program, but a significant minority - 40 percent - oppose such a plan. (National Survey of Latinos, July 2004, Pew Hispanic Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation.)

Immigration is a low priority among Hispanic voters:
Among issues of concern to Hispanic voters, immigration ranks eleventh. Education (54%), jobs (51%), health care (51%) were cited as the most pressing issues among Hispanic voters. Immigration was only cited as the most important issue by 27 percent of respondents.

Oppose a "pathway to citizenship" for illegal aliens:
A majority of Hispanic voters (52.4% to 38.2%) support ". . . legislation stating that any person living in this country illegally cannot become a United States citizen unless they reapply for citizenship legally from their country of origin." (The Latino Coalition Poll, January 2006.)

Support enforcement of employer sanctions law:
A plurality of Hispanic voters (49.9% to 41.2%) support new laws to make sure that employers can only hire workers who are in the U.S. legally. (The Latino Coalition Poll, January 2006.)

On Interesting Info on Immigrants

Posted on June 13 at 11:12 a.m.

Who needs diversity when you have outstanding teaching and learning.

On The Turnaround Job

Posted on March 4 at 8:22 a.m.

Just as we're finally recovering from the worst recession in 70 years you want to hand someone a 10 year tax break?! In a couple years when it's built and the economy is in full swing he'll be laughing at us all the way to the bank for the next 10 years!

Hotel occupancy is a seasonal thing. While the Biltmore may have been 30% in January I heard it was 100% all during the summer. The average occupancy on the south coast was expected to be 76% last year, much higher than national numbers.

The Bacara sold for half what it cost to build because the previous owner recouped the total cost of construction in a construction defect lawsuit and then sold it without rebuilding. I heard they were running 80% occupancy.

Give Caruso a two year extension on the permits and tell him after that he can start ALL OVER AGAIN.

On Trading Miramar Bed Tax for Buildings

Posted on February 8 at 8:16 a.m.

Did anyone read this before it was published? We're talking about bad sentences that are hopefully fixed.

On 50-Year-Old Manifesto Crosses Generations

Posted on February 7 at 5:39 a.m.

So when are they going to start ticketing pedestrians for crossing on red lights?

On Police Cite 60 Drivers During Crosswalk Stings

Posted on November 14 at 10:13 p.m.

I don't know who got the multimillion dollar sales wrong but here's the real scoop. Multi (as in more than one, or at least two) million dollar single family sales on the south coast so far this year are at 112. Sales of $2 million or more in Montecito so far this year are 77. Maybe he was speaking of $3 mill or more: 44 in Montecito or 60 on the south coast including Montecito. $5 mill or more? 23 including Montecito and 18 in Montecito alone. Ok, maybe the writer fails to define "multi" as $10 mill or more: 1, period. These statistics are provided by the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service which any competent agent can verify. So who is saying what? 112 home sales over $2 mill is bad? I don't think so. Mr. Estrada, please be more accurate.

On Mixed Economic Views

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