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Posted on February 19 at 12:17 p.m.
You would think THIS crowd of all people would oppose a clear "no taxation without representation" agenda when they see one.
There are 11, I repeat, 11 people spearheading this campaign, many of whom are DEVELOPERS. There are 601 businesses included in the plan, most of whom have no idea what is happening.
Their form of "outreach" is showing up with a petition, using a bunch of euphemisms, and insisting people sign on the dotted line. If business owners refuse, they are bullied and told it's in their best interest to "get in line". The MCA needs 51% approval using the ASSESSED value of the businesses to get the BID approved. Of course they already have a huge hotels and businesses in tow, so eff the little guys that have been there for decades! Just pay up and shut up... "We know what's best for you brown people, trust us." Sound familiar?
Then Byrne and her cronies insist that once it's approved, the MCA will dissolve and an Eastside Business Association will form "organically", with none of them at the helm. That's right... These other business owners are going to be dragged into the process kicking and screaming, taxed against their will, and then all of a sudden want to volunteer to sit alongside MCA members on an EBA!
Milpas will become another State St. before we know it, and everyone will be sitting there scratching their heads, wondering what happened. Disgusting.
On Tensions Roiling over Milpas Plan
Posted on December 5 at 12:03 p.m.
This show was just posted. Listen to it and it'll answer a lot of your questions:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7...
We are in the local high schools CONSTANTLY recruiting. We cannot control what choices students and their families make, however.
I believe those funds were targeting more "middle-income" students who may not qualify for subsidies, but I can't be sure.
Priority Registration dates are often federal and/or state mandates. Underrepresented students, disabled students, foster youth, and veterans get Priority Reg. We do not control that piece. I don't know if that would be an option. I'm sure it's under advisement.
On Geoff Green Takes City College Post
Posted on December 5 at 11:02 a.m.
Where are you getting your information Jarvis? The reality I see (again, as someone who WORKS here everyday) is that we serve A LOT of local and in-state students. Many of those students qualify for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver, so their education is already essentially FREE with the exception of $50 in fees for Health Services, a bus pass, ect. If they qualify for additional supportive services like EOPS, part of that fee can be reduced and they also receive book grants, school supplies, calculator loan services, free tutoring, ect.
In short, an education from SBCC is still a great, affordable option for most families. Don't lose sight of the forest through the trees here...
As far as EOPS goes, the Running Start Program provides a summer bridge to SBCC that includes a College Success class (in addition to other academic courses), stipends for perfect attendance, tutoring, books meal vouchers, extra support, and then college tours in the year that follow. ALL for LOCAL kids, ALL funded through the Foundation.
I think you fail to acknowledge that much of you "impact" complaints have nothing to do with SBCC, but rather the changes to the UC and CSU systems in recent years. Four-year institutions are no longer accepting kids out of HS like they used and education has gotten extremely expensive, so a lot of students who would normally go straight to four-years are coming here for two years and then transferring. We are doing more with less year in and year out.
If Donors want to ensure their money goes to local graduates, they can certainly do so.
We thank you for your support Santa Barbara.
Posted on December 5 at 9:43 a.m.
It's always interesting reading what outsiders think of what's happening at SBCC.
I have worked in Student Services at SBCC for many years. We run programs for LOCAL, at-risk, low-income populations. These programs are results-oriented and nothing short of life-changing. All of the work we do is funded through the foundation. The state only funds programs at a bare-bones level. Conversely, the high-level service and quality programs we are able to offer because of the Foundation is unparalleled statewide. Again, NONE of this would be possible with them.
In terms of criticisms of the Administration, many of us share some of them; however, that does not take away from those of us on the ground, fighting for and working with students. We ARE doing great work at SBCC. We ARE creating a solid foundation, tranferring students to excellent four-year colleges at higher rates than most CCs, and producing future leaders. It may not be perfect, but few institutions are.
Posted on November 25 at 8:55 a.m.
When is the last time you saw a MEXICAN panhandler on State St? I'll wait...
My (caucasian) dad was a big shot in the trades for years and he blatantly said that after ten years of putting up with drones of hungover, "can't work cause the surf's up", I take an hour lunch plus smoke breaks every 30 mins white dudes, he would ONLY hire Mexican laborers because they had the best work ethic of anyone. He would also pay them a livable wage, and their loyalties never waned.
You people who think that illegal immigrants are taking jobs that Americans would do are in SERIOUS denial. Your entitled snots for kids can't work for sh*t, nor will they accept work that is "beneath them", and they SURE as hell won't be out picking strawberries 12 hours/day.
Get the f*ck over yourselves. Just because you were lucky enough to be expelled from your mother's vagina in the USA does NOT making you special. Buncha blowhards who comment 100x on EVERY thread... What do YOU all do for work? I'm dying to know, really...
On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform
Posted on November 20 at 2:02 p.m.
On The Struggle is Real
Posted on November 20 at 1:21 p.m.
"I will not romanticize gangs, and I will not demonize gang members." Father Gregory Boyle.
On Palabra Keeping the Peace?
Posted on October 30 at 3:32 p.m.
"There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state and tend to become the people." William Adama
On Sheriff Addresses Law Enforcement Militarization
Posted on September 18 at 3:10 p.m.
Jarvis et al: You DO realize part of the reason this town is so beautiful is because the lower and middle class MAINTAIN it, right?
Real question: Who is going to take out your trash, maintain your lawns, pave your roads, clean your beaches, ect. if not for "those" people. Who will teach your children, nurse you back to health if you are sick, ect?
Out of curiosity: What do YOU do? Speaking of entitlement, your posts reek of it...
People aren't whining about having to pay to live here. That's always been the case, but look on Craigslist if you haven't lately. The situation is OUT of control, and landlords have gotten downright abusive. That should not be encouraged, nor tolerated. It's like the abuses of Wall Street on State Street. You can't feel good about that, can you?
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on September 18 at 12:50 p.m.
Most of the comments here reflect exactly what's wrong with this country. It's truly disturbing.