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Posted on May 14 at 10:29 a.m.
Before throwing millions of dollars at desal and tripling water rates, it makes more cents to recycle the water we already have. Recycling water is much more economical and better quality water than trying to convert salt water to drinking water. Shouldn't the City Counsel adopt a "no growth" policy until the water situation improves. It looks pretty suspect when you approve unsustainable projects during a drought.
On Desalination: A Necessary Step
Posted on May 7 at 10:05 a.m.
Is UCSB ready to acknowledge unsustainable overpopulation?
UCSB and regional planners need to begin planning an economy that doesn't ruin the environment or create the dense development and heavy traffic scenarios that we see in Los Angeles.
UCSB could show some leadership by down-sizing their enrollment and letting new UC and State schools absorb their excess student-body. SBCC could also downsize their foreign student programs to free up rental spaces for working families.
The idea that Santa Barbara should continue to add unsustainable growth with new develop is an unhealthy model. Other parts of the State and country want the growth and have the space to grow without compromising on health, environment, and quality of life.
On S.B. Economy Looking Good, But Rental Market a Mess
Posted on April 23 at 11:51 a.m.
So now the cruise ships get priority over the local yacht club. How about we tell the cruise ships and coast guard to sail away for good.
Like the coast guard, sheriff Brown wants to lock in bigger budgets with futile activities. The jail business was booming!!! Anyone could spend a few nights there. No questions asked. The homeless, the schizophrenics, the potheads. You name it, sheriff Brown always had room at the inn. Business was good, so why not expand?
Only problem was, It was too expensive. If Brown had proposed a Motel 6 style jail, or an Econo-Jail, he would have finished years ago. But he went for the Biltmore Grand Mission Jail of Santa de Maria.
Turns out, it's a hell of a lot cheaper to house the homeless, the schizophrenics, and the potheads for a few nights in rehabilitation programs, where actual rehabilitation really happens.
Sorry sheriff Brown, this idea that CCPOA prison guards are gonna help rehabilitate inmates is a hard sell. The word is that the prison guards do a lot of selling of "outside products" to inmates. "Outside products" include fill in the blank, you name it.
But the Sups may still fall for this boondoggle if sheriff Brown says "please" and "thank you".
On When Good Dogs Do Bad Things
Posted on April 22 at 9:41 a.m.
Salud and Helene will be a real election. I hope Laura Capps does not run. She hasn't been involved locally, and for her to run with the "Capps" brand name seems like an interference or intrusion to the candidates who have been doing the work for the local communities.
On The World After Lois
Posted on April 22 at 9:27 a.m.
Good for Salud and Doreen for showing some leadership to transition from an incarceration system to a treatment system for the mentally ill. A judge should be able to help the potentially dangerous mentally ill person who ends up in his/her courtroom because of mental illness.
On ‘Black Robe’ Therapy for Mentally Ill Put on Ice
Posted on April 16 at 10:41 a.m.
City and county planners are working from false assumptions. The idea that we need to grow is not healthy or realistic. Santa Barbara should not be judged compared to other regions.
High housing costs exist in any region with natural beauty and lower population density. City and county planners need to acknowledge over-population and protect our region from it.
City and county planners should not be trying to compete with other areas. Their ideas about growth and density are at odds with preserving the beauty of this special place. City and county planners appear to be damaging this area so it looks and acts like everyplace else. Not good.
On The South Coast: A Tale of Two Workforces
Posted on April 11 at 8:03 p.m.
Common Core is political. It has little to do with students needs and much to do about public school funding, and standardized testing.
This one size fits all approach tries to encourage critical thinking, but has turned math classes into reading comprehension classes with less time spent actually learning and practicing pure mathmatics.
The main problem with most educational reform is that it usally doesn't come from classroom teachers but from lifelong college academics who have little classroom experience or talent with the kindergarten-12th grade students.
On Understanding Common Core
Posted on April 11 at 6:01 p.m.
I hope the County Supervisors realize how unpopular and unneccesary the proposed N. county jail is. They are naive to trust Sheriff Brown who has his ego firmly rooted in prison expansion.
Carbajal needs to do some homework, and show some leadership on this issue if he wants to attract the intelligent voters for his congressional run. Also, the progressives will abandon him if he cripples the County budgets for the next 30 years with this huge, unneccesary, financial burden.
On ACLU Forum Questions New Jail
Posted on April 9 at 11:32 a.m.
Building this jail would be the single largest legacy of failure any S.B. County BOS could ever muster.
Brown doesn't have the numbers to support it. Forcing mental health clients into his prison system is immoral.
The BOS went after the construction carrot from the State and now will burden County tax payers with $18 million+ every year unless they start representing their constituents.
Roads, parks, and other basic County services will be cut back in years to come to pay for the CCPOA and this ever growing prison industry.
On Sheriff Misfires in Budget Shootout
Posted on March 29 at 1:51 p.m.
Districts may not be the perfect solution, but the at large system was not working.
The Westside and Eastside are getting the unfair brunt of the high-density, public housing, which has caused those neighborhoods to decline. The resulting violent crime, decrease of open space, and lack of park-land are the results of an at-large system. Other neighborhoods have a more sustainable balance of open space vs. development, cleaner air, and a safer environment to live in.
The housing authority could be working to help under-privileged children be successful in schools, and creating a healthier environment to grow up in. Instead they get manipulated into making the problems worse by cramming more and more, higher apartment buildings, with no yards, near dangerous transportation corridors. Talk about setting up a child for failure. Of course the gangs will form out of that unhealthy environment.
Gerry, whose idea was it to put the initiative on the ballot for the at-large system? Was it the Councils?
On Taking Racism Out of City Elections