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Posted on October 7 at 3:38 p.m.

The complaints about unions buying the election is pretty hypocritical. Much more money bought the election for Dale Francisco and Michael Self. Randall Van Wolfswinkel, who doesn't even reside here, spent $750,000 to put those conservatives in office in a liberal community. That kind of election buying is really maddening. This is why elections should be publicly financed... especially for the House and Senate. Billionaires should not have the ability to buy votes.

On Dems Ahead in Money Dance

Posted on August 24 at 11:44 a.m.

Yeah Buckwheat and Trying2! I will not cross the picket lines either. We need to get all our friends to pledge the same. We need to honor the workers who serve us all year around. They deserve to feel secure in their health coverage. The companies are doing well and should provide health security for their workers. Let's hope an agreement is reached, but if not ... get ready Trader Joes!

On Grocery Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

Posted on August 3 at 1:28 p.m.

Oooops! typo. OF

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on August 3 at 1:27 p.m.

I didn't mean to intimate that we don't have friends outside of adult ed. Not at all. But there are certainly people in our classes that we don't see in other social circles and we have built strong bonds of friendship there at the Wake or Schott center.

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on August 3 at 9:45 a.m.

Thanks, Eckermann. I accept that no insult was intended. I think many who think a class is just entertainment don't realize that for some seniors or even younger people, their art classes are not only an important means of artistic expression, but in some cases a place for friendships which don't exist outside of these classes. The loss of this special environment would hit many of us very hard. All of us are willing to have higher fees.

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on August 2 at 11:06 p.m.

The college students, of course, should be the first priority of SBCC. I don't think any of us on the faculty or in adult ed would disagree with that. But another exaggeration is that the adult ed students of art, language, computer, aerobics, etc. demand that classes be free! I don't know a single student who isn't willing to pay more than what we have paid in the past. We know that state funds have been severely cut. If the non-credit classes pay more across the board, they should not interfere with the offering of credit classes on the SBCC campus.
There is no need to insult the adults taking classes as "dilettantes" who should find other ways "to entertain themselves." Taking a language or aerobics or art is taking care of our health, which is why the state has long supported these classes. The Trustees are trying to support both credit and non-credit offerings if possible and the community has spoken in favor of just that. Good for the Trustees.

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on August 1 at 11:54 p.m.

Things are never all black and white. Of course Dr. Serban did some good things, like taking very good care of the financial savings City College has. But anyone reading these comments can see that she was very disliked by some segments of the community and a good portion of her faculty and staff employees. She didn't know how to include the affected parties in the decision-making process. They felt not only left out, but often lied to and deceived. And then she mischaracterized the unhappy victims. I belonged to two segments, faculty and adult ed. It was not only the adult ed population that voted for new trustees. So it was not the adult ed population that got Serban fired. The parent-child program people were another segment that felt cheated and outraged, along with faculty on the credit side of the college. So please be realistic about where problems were. It was multiple places.
And just to set another record straight, the students in art classes that I participated in were not rich people from Montecito and Hope Ranch. They were from Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpenturia, Ojai, and mostly middle class neighborhoods. And they were all ages.
Another myth is that these rich old people made lots of money selling their art. I and most of my class mates have never sold a thing! This is another exaggeration.
It's time to stop twisting the truth and making exaggerations. We need to work together to solve the problems. The Trustees were elected to look at the policies and try to correct mistakes that had been made. They have worked very hard to do that. We should be grateful that we have public servants who are willing to give so much to make our college the happy productive place it has been and will be again.

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on July 27 at 11:25 a.m.

It's no surprise that author Mercado, a Republican, supports the three conservative incumbents, who have voted together with the fourth conservative, Hotchkiss. They are not the choice of those who want to protect our precious and fragile environment or who want to treat our homeless people by helping them with their addictions and mental health issues rather than by throwing them in prison. I urge people to listen to the candidates in public forums and I think they will be impressed with how well informed and intelligent the challengers are. Progressives have enthusiastically endorsed Schwartz, Falcone and Murillo.

On Support for the Incumbents

Posted on July 22 at 3:07 p.m.

What? There is not enough water for Bishop Ranch to be agricultural, but there is enough water for 1200 families to live in that area??? Please leave us that open land and don't create more traffic and water shortages in our good land. We elected our officials to protect the life we love here and we don't want to help developers make a lot of money at our expense. Pouring concrete all over that beautiful lake and land would be a very selfish decision to benefit very few. Goleta residents want to keep the land and wildlife that we have now.

On Bishop Ranch Study Unveiled

Posted on June 21 at 2:38 p.m.

Beautifully written, Starshine! What is so touching is how honest you are, and subtle. There are no angels or devils. Life is not black and white, but lots of shades of color. And we readers all bring our own experiences as children, lovers, secret lovers or jilted lovers. Some readers want to judge, but that is not helpful … or possible! We don’t know all sides of a failed relationship and usually both sides play some role in a failure. I also hope that someday he’ll reconnect with you, because I’m sure that he also has a painful emptiness without you in his life. But it is also understandable to me that he may fear the judgment from Mom’s family and thinks separation is best. I hope he will read your column, because it is full of love.

On Lost: One Father

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