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Posted on May 30 at 9:50 p.m.

Highest scores in the district are at Santa Barbara Junior High and at La Cumbre: that's where students go whose parents care about academics and not white flight.

On Montecito Considers Junior High

Posted on May 22 at 6:14 a.m.

W and X are replacing the expiring H and I, and require citizen oversight committees. These are links to the required annual reports that explain to taxpayers where the money has been going:

http://www.sbsdk12.org/parceltax/HI/c...

http://www.sbsdk12.org/parceltax/HI/c...

On Parcel Taxes for Arts and Sciences

Posted on February 29 at 10:17 a.m.

You guys are making things up out of hot air. Santa Barbara spends 60% of its funds on direct classroom instruction, and the majority of the rest goes to things like instructional support and facilities upkeep. SB only spends 5% on admin costs and has half the number of administrators as other districts of comparable size. Benefit packages have already been reformed at the local level, and ed code keeps teacher contributions at a manageable, fixed percentage--there are issues with retirement pensions but for teachers (unlike other local government employees) that's a state reform question and not for the local school board. And you can find out how per pupil spending has dropped over the past ten years in inflation adjusted dollars here: http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/ca...

On Red Ink Spilleth

Posted on February 8 at 9:34 p.m.

They weren't landing at Goleta. They were landing at La Cumbre Junior High before the helipad opened.

On New Hospital Helipad Sees Heavy Action

Posted on November 21 at 8:55 a.m.

Oh, wait, Mr. Ganschow. I just read the rest of your comment and see that you appear to have reversed the descriptions of accent aigu: é (rising from what I would call 10 o'clock to 1 o'clock) and accent grave: è (descending from what I would call 11 o'clock to 2 o'clock)...although it's also possible that you were describing these accent marks working from right to left in the fashion of written Asian languages, instead of from left to right, as we normally do in the West? Or perhaps you are a leftie?

Regardless, people can judge for themselves in the photo whether she correctly wrote É or incorrectly wrote È and whether how she writes her name and what happened ten years ago has any bearing on her competency whatsoever.

On New Assistant CEO to Join County in January

Posted on November 21 at 8:37 a.m.

Umm, to me, that IS an accent aigu in the photo: lower on the left, rising to the right...but maybe we all see things differently! I love the direction comments go in sometimes ;-).

On New Assistant CEO to Join County in January

Posted on June 22 at 9:15 p.m.

Not all 501(c)(3)s are exempt from property taxes, but I imagine this land would qualify for the property tax welfare exemption. However, if the Foundation takes that exemption, it should really make SB citizens think hard about the costs this museum could create for us all. Properties that draw visitors like this one would can end up sucking up public services, and we taxpayers are left holding the bill for nonprofit charitable foundations.

On Clark Estate to Become Public Art Museum

Posted on June 22 at 8:10 p.m.

As long as the number of visitors is kept at a reasonable level, the value of the property is reassessed with its transfer to the Bellosguardo Foundation, and the Foundation pays property tax as well as any other mitigation costs necessary to the City, then I think this will be a wonderful addition to Santa Barbara. Thank you, Ms. Clark!

On Clark Estate to Become Public Art Museum

Posted on March 25 at 12:32 a.m.

She may not be the right person for SBCC, but this new board majority is starting off very poorly, too. They may not be the right people for SBCC either.

On SBCC Prez and Her Job Search

Posted on November 18 at 4:15 p.m.

Carbajal is obviously having his cake and eating it, too. He can vote to nominate a conservative and put "bridge-builder" and "able to reach across party lines" on his resume while knowing full well that a conservative commissioner would not be appointed by Brown so Democrats would likely forget this maneuver pretty quickly. His machinations to position himself for higher office are becoming comically transparent.

On Bark Twice, Bite Once

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