Page 1 of 1
Posted on October 31 at 3:56 p.m.
I once persuaded my son to tape a slip of paper with his phone number and email on the neck of his acoustic guitar, which he took with him often. One day a couple years ago he left it at the SBCC bus stop and didn't realize for a couple of hours. He went back -- gone. Put up flyers all over camps. Nothing. A week later the guys who had found it at the bus stop discovered the paper, called my son and he was soon reunited with his beloved guitar. I was amazed.
On Santa Barbaran's Random Act of Kindness Goes Viral
Posted on October 25 at 2:44 p.m.
Really? Trees can be historic landmarks? What if they die or get toppled in a storm or a limb falls on someone? Will these same concerned citizens demand that they be replaced - and at whose expense? Looking at the list of people who opposed landmarking the trees, I'd have to say they are pretty reputable and knowledgeable and are probably in a position to decide whether the trees (which require a lot of maintenance by groundskeepers) should become sacred cows or not. Good god, why can't we get people to go to city hall or the county board of sups or Sacramento and cry about important things if they can be so passionate about some non-native trees?
On Five Eucalypti Declared 'Historic'
Posted on May 23 at 3:08 p.m.
Library is not the only place or the best place for this "refuge." It is not even a good place.
See the lovely ping-pong table in the park in Isla Vista here: http://www.va-la.com/wp-content/galle...
On Progress for Library Plaza Ping-Pong
Posted on May 23 at 1:15 p.m.
Is the public library front lawn really the only possible "daytime refuge for our fellow citizens"?
Is the entrance to the place that could and should be the community center for access to books, information, entertainment, cultural events, meetings, study, computer work and reading to be reserved for people who are really just there to nap, smoke, and hang out all day?
Or should it be a space that invites anyone to come and enjoy an activity, a place that men and women, families and children and students, young and old feel welcome -- and feel that it is their communal space, too.
There are lots of potential "daytime refuges" not far from the library. The sunken gardens of the courthouse right across the street comes to mind. Alameda Park, Alice Keck, the Mission, and further out Shoreline, Pershing, Girsh, Manning, to name a few more.
To withhold a community resource because it would disturb someone's preferred napping spot, and declare the front area of the public library a "refuge" is really not fair.
Posted on August 4 at 10:48 a.m.
Your awful loss has haunted me. I have a son who is about the age Nick would be, and when I read the terrifying and heart-breaking news reports ten years ago I kept thinking, "that could be my son." (His older step-brother also had some sketchy associates.) My condolences for your loss. I hope you can carry on somehow and find an outlet for your grief and sorrow.
On Aching for Nick
Posted on July 23 at 10:24 a.m.
The Executive Director was hired in January. Article states: "However, the Channels’ Board of Directors has lacked confidence in Stockstad from the outset."
Why would they have hired her if they didn't think she was going to be great? Surely there is much that has not been / cannot be made public to explain the board's waning confidence.
Note also that at least five board members are brand new, and last week's meeting was their very first. Faced with an agenda item: "Employee discipline/dismissal/release" as the first item to deal with as board members, surely there was prudent reticence on their part to take dramatic action before having a good feel for the organization and her leadership. If older board members have serious doubts, despite the support of staff and producers (that's anyone who wants to have a show on the local access channels), there might be more to the situation than meets the eye.
SB Channels is a wonderful community organization and facility open to all, that is underutilized and in need of funds to continue its mission. All of SB County should rally around to help keep this great voice of the cultural, educational and entertainment people, nonprofits and other organizations alive and well! EDs and board members come and go, but the organization's mission must continue -- healthy, vital and vigorous.
SBC Public Board Documents:https://sites.google.com/a/sbchannels...
On Infighting at Santa Barbara Channels
Posted on July 29 at 5:11 p.m.
Night-time fun in the Library, after closing time...And you might get one of the first-available copies of Breaking Dawn! Go to the website: http://www.sbplibrary.org/pdfs/events...
and if you're under 18, bring a parental permission slip (download from the website).
On Breaking Dawn <em>Twilight Prom</em> -- 08/01/08 at S.B. Central Library
The worldly and beguiling Pink Martini returns for a special ... Read More
Previous Month | Next Month