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Posted on September 30 at 6:05 p.m.

Nadine is both warm and professional. She's easy to work with makes conference guests feel like they're at home in the hotel and welcomed to the city. Hotel SB does run like a hospitable family, and Nadine has no small part in generating that positive energy.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Nadine Turner

Posted on August 13 at 1:41 p.m.

We also got frisked (again) at the OLG mercado. It was like going to the airport for a flight. What the church realizes that some members of our city government still do not is that gangs are domestic terrorists, and every day they present a more clear and present danger than Al-Qaeda.
The gang injunction is a mere drop in the bucket of what's needed. People inhabit incredibly different worlds within this city. Gang values are "normal" for far too many, and their families. Sociopaths are too often made heroes. The smirking mug shots look all too much alike - no remorse, no concern with consequences, no empathy for victims - just off for another loop through the revolving door of the legal system ready to come out more experienced, tougher, respected. That's gotta' end.

On Police Make Arrest in Olive Street Murder

Posted on August 11 at 11:04 a.m.

Skaters' Point has been a lesson. The skate park has problems, including a terrible location chosen because of universal and totally understandable NIMBYism elsewhere at the time, and a lack of responsible supervision largely thanks to user aggression. Because of recurring vandalism, it's a cost center, too. Swimmers, tennis players, golfers, etc., chip in to cover costs of their activities. Why not skateboarders for their very specialized single-use athletic facility(s)? It's a sport, not an entitlement.
But the real problem, and the one that must be faced directly if either Goleta or SB plans more skate parks, is "skateboard culture." That's mobile, and it is what's fundamentally wrong at Skaters' Point. It's not what it was 13 years ago when this park was built. A user-monitored drop-in concept depends on responsible users willing to play well with others as part of community, not above or in opposition to it. The skate park is a sports venue, not an adolescent daycare center or skate gang hangout. When that user community lets "punks" and "low lifes" set the standards, things go down hill fast, as they have.
For example, during lunch on Friday, we watched over a dozen (lost count at twelve) skateboarders zoom downhill on the pedestrian-filled and narrow State Street sidewalk under the 101. Want to bet they were from the skate park? Think maybe they're literate and therefore chose to willfully ignore the "No skateboarding" ordinance posted on every lamp post? True, not all skateboarders are jerks; several used the bike lane which is equally illegal and dangerous, but not intimidating to tourist families with strollers. And one carried his board while walking down the sidewalk, as he should. Where's the peer pressure for that?
Following a long history of problems, the June 30 debacle and the follow-up actions demonstrated an absence of responsibility and accountability at the existing park. And now, rather than recognizing the problem and doing something about it, the skateboard community takes the position of aggrieved party and demands to be listened to, whining of oppression and unjust treatment, all the while lobbying both private donors and the taxpayers for yet more skate parks. Talk about a blind spot; but maybe that's the best evidence of how today's "skateboard culture" works.

On Skateboarders to Speak Out

Posted on August 9 at 8:44 a.m.

Interested parties should definitely view the video (linked in the story). To save time, go to agenda item #6. It's a long discussion of a complex issue, and also informative since several viewpoints are on display.

On Skateboarders to Speak Out

Posted on August 5 at 3:43 p.m.

Can't disagree with that, Ken. (Anxiously awaiting the debut of the Bezos Post in contrast.) More importantly, I'm curious to know how UCSB was viewed in terms of academics, research, and teaching. Hearty partying always draws the tabloid press.

On New Era in Isla Vista Housing

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.

On New Era in Isla Vista Housing

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).

On City Beats Strategic Retreat in Struggle over Skater's Point

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