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Posted on March 5 at 6:27 a.m.
On the district elections issue, reading Barney and Capello I sometimes think I've fallen into an alternative universe, where words have the exact opposite meaning.
Barney says that moving from at-large to district elections is "drawing the curtain on a shameful chapter of blatant discrimination." Huh? We're being required to walk away from a system where everyone has an equal right and opportunity to vote, within a single district (the city as a whole) whose boundaries were drawn without reference to race or ethnicity. And now we're being coerced into adopting a district system, where the boundaries of two of the districts must be gerrymandered to blatantly favor election of members of one ethnic group, over all others. And in doing this, we're moving from "blatant discrimination" to a brave new colorblind world? Barney, as regards the meaning of the term "discrimination", one of us is living in an alternative universe.
Likewise, Capello says "It’s not being rushed. A large number of people have been disenfranchised for too long." Huh? Googling a definition of "disenfranchise", I got this: "to deprive someone of the right to vote." If I'm not mistaken, there were no allegations that anybody had been denied the right to vote. So what alternative universe is Capello living in?
On Brave New World of Santa Barbara
Posted on February 26 at 12:23 a.m.
Please. UCSB, as a public not-for-profit enterprise, never simply "donates" money. More accurately, it donates other people's money.
Indy, can you at least press the question to UCSB, and report back to us the answer: who, among the many UCSB funding providers, is specifically paying for this? Are they donating tuition? Or is it State funding for instruction? Is it income from parking fees charged to staff? Is it a gift from Montecito money-bags, provided without restrictions on use (that will be the day)?
Indy, can we have just a bit more on this, beyond "UCSB is donating". UCSB has nothing to donate, except other people's money. Who are the other people, and how much are they paying?
On UCSB Donating $70,000 for Isla Vista Fencing
Posted on February 19 at 8 p.m.
A really, really, really bad law.
Nobody has been denied their voting rights. No districts have been gerrymandered to serve any political "machine." There are no districts, so there's nothing to artfully carve up to serve any machine at all.
Racially polarized? Yeah, well birds of a feather, flock together, duh. BFD, So what? As long as all the birds have an equal vote, and are not stopped from voting ... why can't free birds flock together, if they freely choose to do so?
Dear Council ... if you choose to settle, please at least very publicly and loudly register your disgust with this sorry excuse for law from Sacramento.
On The Strange and Mysterious Case of Cruzito Cruz
Posted on December 7 at 8:04 a.m.
Nick, please follow up with Gaskin on this point. In the third paragraph into this piece you report:
"It’s a function of economics, she said. The state funds community colleges to the tune of $6,000 a student. By contrast, she noted, UC schools receive $22,000."
The claim that UC schools receive $22,000 per student from the state is just wildly wrong. UC schools actually receive only $8,260 per student from Sacramento (FY 2013-14). Gaskin should know better. Did she really say that, or did something get horribly garbled in your interview?
(Source: See page S-11 in http://regents.universityofcalifornia... )
On Geoff Green Takes City College Post
Posted on November 19 at 8:44 p.m.
Privatize the whole thing.
UC and the State it serves will thrive if it gets Jarvis, DrDan, Jerry Brown, and Das Williams to go away. UC will not thrive so long as Sacto mandates that all 4 ir-reconcilable interests represented by these "folk" be pleased by UC's proposals and policies.
Let UC go .. let it be free to live and thrive and frankly bring greater benefits to the State and the people than State government bulls--t allows to presently happen... and let Jerry Brown, Das Williams, and Jarvis be mutually happy pleasuring themselves with their narrow constitutiencies.
So long as UC answers to the State ... the numbers will never add up. You can count on that. Let it go, and let it sink or swim on it's own.
On UC Regents Move Toward Tuition Increase
Posted on October 26 at 7:55 a.m.
I know, I don't like the incivility that goes on in these comments sometimes. I hope I don't offend anyone in my comments below. Where my head's at, for what its worth:
I need my car, and I depend on my car. But I don't like that we're forced into things like fracking to sustain this automobile dependent way of life. I really don't like that we're forced into sending massive armies to the Middle East, committing the lives of our children and spending trillions, more of less permanently, to keep the oil flowing and sustain this automobile dependent way of life.
I would like these costs to be added to the ledger of "waste & cost of providing auto infrastructure", if we're talking about a comparison to "waste & cost of providing bike infrastructure".
I find lack of bike parking a major impediment to my own use of the bike for non-recreational purposes. So the city spent some money on bike racks on Canon Perdido, and at the request of businesses speaking on behalf of their patrons. Why are we to consider this action by the city to be wasteful?
Yes, I like engineering, and I like cost/benefit analysis. But if somebody is trying to say that, because there's some numbers out there saying bike commuting has declined over the past while .... maybe true ... but, why are we to conclude from that fact (true or false) that some few additional bike racks installed on Canon Perdido are going to cause bankruptcy to the public purse, and make no difference to the prevalence of bike commuting? I would think it might help, and I would think it is pretty cheap, or at least as cheap as anything else the government provides.
Seems to me, we've spent trillions and trillions over the past 10 or 20 years, to un-clog our choked roads, improve auto commuting times, and to make travelling by car less of a hell. And, I just don't think its working. Sometimes, after a massive freeway project, it gets better. But only for a little while. Soon enough, we're back to square one, choking on fumes.
I am intrigued by what folks in the Netherlands have done ... how they responded over the past 35 years or so, to the first oil crisis in the 1970's. I think we should study their data, look at their experience and consider the costs and benefits, and think about applying the best parts of what they did over here.
On Park Your Bike at Bicycle-Friendly Businesses
Posted on October 25 at 1:21 a.m.
SBCC enrollment is one piece of a bigger solution package.
It makes no sense at all. Drawing in kids from Europe, Canada, Latin America, LA, Bay, San Diego, frankly anywhere outside Santa Barbara County and the SBCC District Tax Base ... it makes no sense to enroll such folk outside our community into a "Community College". Community College enrollment at SBCC should come from children of families in Goleta, IV (residents, not transplants), SB, Montecito, Summerland, and Carp. In other words, enrollment from the SBCC tax district.
The excessive outside SBCC enrollment is creating major problems. Not the whole problem. But a big fat identifiable major part of the problem.
If the explosive growth of SBCC could be contained, the County/Cities/UCSB and others might have a fighting chance of helping IV / UCSB mature and reach self-control. UCSB is trying at least and the governments are trying too. But its not happening from SBCC.
Just one piece of the IV-Halloween-Flotopia puzzle. There is nothing UCSB can do improve things in IV, so long as SBCC non-district enrollment overwhelms it all.
On I.V.'s Halloween Horrors
Posted on August 30 at 9:02 p.m.
On Measure S: The $288 Million Question
Posted on June 14 at 12:05 a.m.
On the politics, I'm just about totally opposite of Mr. Vice President, and Mr. President.
But... Mr. Vice President Biden .... he knows thangs, and has been through some horrible thangs, similar to what I've been through, and that some few folk in IV have also been through, especially recently.
I appreciate the VP's comments sincerely. We'll never agree on politics. But we could have some good beers together, comparing notes on our losses.
Thank you Mr. Vice President.
On Vice President Joe Biden Addresses UCSB Graduates
Posted on April 7 at 9:50 p.m.
IV was attractive in the days of Borsodi's. It felt good. And unique. The best of a culture that student patrons, and their good patronage could support. Tastes change of course. But IMHO, It has sucked since then. What can be done?
It's up to this generation of students, to envision the Isla Vista culture they want, and also up to this generation of students to envision the kind of IV that the larger community of Santa Barbara can support (perhaps grudgingly, as old fart OldDawgs, whatever). Students, reach out to us in the County and City please, we foot the bill, but we love you any way! But you gotta reach out to us now.
It is senseless to expect the U to come in and act like a city or county government. It could, but you gotta fund them for that. There's no magic bullet here, and the tuition income doesn't even pay for the schooling, to say nothing of IV redevelopment and municipal type services.
However there may be sense in asking the U, and Student Government at the U, to pony up for helping Students engage on a planning and revisioning exercise for IV. But its a crap shoot, we've done it before... its kinda sorta up to each generation of folk to "step up". And the "generations" that arrive have no living memory beyond the 4 year cycle.
Some other out of the box thoughts ... hey County, City of Goleta, City of SB ... want to offer incentives for Student Housing? ... sorta mix the students in with regular working folks paying taxes? Mix the neighborhoods up, get away from "ghettos", student or otherwise? No, didn't think so, you want UCSB to house them right there in IV, or next to it, and continue the segregated student ghetto.
So.... how about that lost Malaysian airliner, anything new on that front?
On The Death of Isla Vista?