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Posted on August 5 at 3:14 p.m.
Correction, maybe only the #7 party school according to the story on SB View. The #2 ranking appears in a story at the NY Post website.
On New Era in Isla Vista Housing
Posted on August 5 at 2:54 p.m.
We might note that UCSB came in at #2 ranking in the 'party school' category (only behind U. of Iowa) in the Princeton Review's annual survey of college students, but still ahead of 376 others.
Posted on July 12 at 2:04 p.m.
We attended a Milpas area community meeting a few days ago. Refreshments were catered by Casa Esperanza's CAT students. They were great! Delicious stuffed mushrooms, proscuitto rolls, coffee cakes and pastries. This is the kind of program our community sorely needs. It's not a handout; it's hard work and learning. And it gives students some practical skills that will lead to real jobs in local kitchens, and to changed lives.
On Someone’s in the Kitchen at Esperanza
Posted on July 4 at 10:46 a.m.
I suppose I'm terribly old-fashioned, but phrases like "...didn't work because of the constant abuse the poor person received..." says plenty to me. If there are so many louts and bullies in the crowd that a city staffer can't take it, then there's something fundamentally wrong. If the grown-up skateboard community (and that's not necessarily age-based) wants to take that in hand and show how it should be, great. If those whose businesses profit greatly of the skateboard business want to assume some responsibility for what they put on the streets, wonderful. The fact is that Rapp closed that park briefly because of dangerous aggressive behavior that endangered the public; water balloons startle and hurt people. It was a consequence. If the skaters are such spoiled children that they can't see the problem and back off for a couple of days, close it permanently. She was wrong to buckle in the face of bullying vandals and should be replaced for that reason, not for the closure. That park is a privilege, not a right. It was a gift, but not an entitlement. The sponsors need to step up again since our city administration apparently cannot. No wonder bums and ex-cons love this town. Intimidation works.
On City Beats Strategic Retreat in Struggle over Skater's Point
Posted on July 3 at 9:12 p.m.
The newest gang in town put it to City Hall - Skate Park Punks 1, SBPD teamed with Parks & Rec 0. Agree with at_large and Eckermann. A terrible precedent was set today when contemptuous vandals broke in and took control, then saw there would be no consequences. In fact, they got rewarded. If Armstrong and Co. buckle on such a little deal, a gang injunction is truly a joke. Turn the skate park over to a concessionaire who will monitor it properly since its clear this city can't, and the users won't (unless Ken decides to volunteer to babysit).
Posted on July 3 at 9:15 a.m.
I hope there is some follow-up and clarification to this story. For now, it sounds like Mr. Lamberton's Spirit of '76 foundation has turned aside the Bill of Rights in favor of party discipline. Denying the Veterans for Peace a place on the 4th of July is nonsense. Unless there's a change, we won't be going to their parade this year.
On Mayor Sides with Veterans for Peace over Float Flap
Posted on May 10 at 11:33 a.m.
The San Onofre plant needs to stay offline permanently. Design flaws and patches are a bad mix for nuclear power, especially in earthquake country. Time to decommission and spend tens of millions of dollars over a few decades cleaning up the mess, much of which will be deadly for centuries.
On San Onofre Offline This Summer
Posted on May 5 at 4:39 p.m.
Infrasonic sound (below 20Hz) is more felt than heard, thus unlikely even to be detected on an ordinary meter. Wanna' bet if a dubstep promoter would know that? It would be fun to know if the elephants at the zoo reacted during the concert since they apparently use those very low frequencies to communicate, along with cetaceans, some Navy sonars, mighty pipe organs, earthquake monitors, and Chevys with amps bigger than engines.
On Earl Warren Disturbs the Peace
Posted on May 3 at 3:55 p.m.
The numbing bass line might be integral to DJ Robinson's style, but it rattled out walls and windows several miles away from EWS (on the other side of the Bowl). It was so loud we actually went outside to figure out who the heck the obnoxious neighbor was. Mr. Grieve needs a better db meter, plus a consultation with an acoustical engineer to understand how sound travels in this town, plus some lessons in community relations since this is hardly the first incident. In budget crunch times, there are other uses for that accessible urban land.
Posted on April 26 at 9:55 a.m.
I've heard that there are varieties of "clumping bamboo" that mind their place and don't send runners all over the neighborhood. Anyone have experience with those? Bamboo is a great barrier plant IF it could be tamed.
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