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Posted on August 14 at 5:58 p.m.

All of Measure V's money has not yet been spent, Eckermann.

I am glad that SBCC rated so well, actually tied for #1 in the March 2013 Aspen Institute poll with Walla Walla Community.

It makes great advertising, see the flags in the parking lot, to attract more and more out-of-area students. On its website, SBCC says, "SBCC is renowned as the #1 community college in the nation." I don't think that's what the AI said.

But here are the Aspen Institute's considerations:
"three areas of student success:
* student success in persistence, completion, and transfer;
* consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and
* equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds."

But the college has a smart rating of 43 (of 100, 59 being average) in the Find the Best poll College Measures, CNNMoney ranks SBCC 66%, "success rates of US community colleges":

With this kind of We're #1 hype, how can we believe what is being said about that gigantic bond demand?!

On Unchained Dogs of Pokey LaFarge

Posted on August 9 at 10:46 a.m.

From the sublime to the..... Why is Das Williams now listed as being from Carpinteria? Has he moved?

On Funding Our Future

Posted on August 8 at 9:53 a.m.

If there are district elections, it's likely that the west side will _lose_ some representation in the next election. It now has two representatives, Murillo (who'll likely win should she run again) and Schneider who will be term out in three years.

I agree with John_Adams: district elections will result in some reasonably safe Republican districts (why else would Lanny Ebenstein be such a strong proponent?!) - that's not necessarily bad to have a balanced council, depending on who the candidates are.

And as for the Cacique Street bridge, those neighbors demanding a repaired bridge should think about what they're asking for, especially since there is now that welcome Cacique underpass leading to quicker freeway access.

Even if the voters were to decide against against district elections, the proponents of this effort would say it didn't matter: the poorly-crafted CVRA requires district elections. ...So much for democracy and up with racism.

On Six Santa Barbaras?

Posted on August 8 at 9:28 a.m.

Those with Hispanic last names are not a "race" but if, indeed, Cappello wins the effect will be serious polarization of the city.

And, no, Mr. Bañales, neighborhoods are not now pitted against each other, with backdoor deals. If your (and my) east side wins and then demands more services, what makes anyone think that the other 5 or 6 (with mayor) councilmembers will want to spend the money there when their lawsuit will have cost the city Cappello's fees, likely to be millions$?

On Attorney, Activists Defend Voting Rights Lawsuit

Posted on August 4 at 8:14 a.m.

How about having the high school take over the parking but only if the proceeds go to the arts programs? This is money from the concertgoers to the Bowl. The Bowl contributions now are going to the school arts programs --- if it is taken over by the HS, the destination should be the same, not the sports programs which should be secondary to education.

On Problems with Bowl Show Parking?

Posted on July 30 at 10:52 a.m.

RHS wrote, "Districts allow voters much greater input and knowledge and direction for their interests." -- districts will allow each voter one vote, one choice every four years instead of the now three every two years. This will be much less input!

Santa Barbara is small enough that there are not different interests depending on where one lives. There may need to be a sidewalk here or there, but most of us travel throughout the city and care for all of it, not just our immediate.

I hope there will be a discussion of how being Latino/a or/and Hispanic is a "race", as in African-American or Asian-American. A discussion about what is "race" as in "racially-polarized" would be very interesting.

On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

Posted on July 30 at 8:11 a.m.

Botany: according to the Census, approximately 19% of the potential voters are Latino.

Who are the other two plaintiffs? Only Banales, Cruz, and Aldana are listed.

(at_large before at-large became the term de jour)

On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

Posted on July 29 at 7:45 a.m.

Not helping Israel enough? The best that the US could do would be to back away from Israel on this ill-advised war of choice; Mitchum should read this in the CSM for a greater understanding:

On Meeting Congressional Candidate Chris Mitchum

Posted on July 28 at 9:17 a.m.

From the photos of the dog Kitti on Edhat, equus_, she looks much more like a boxer. She was 12-years-old and, apparently, had cancer.

Santa Barbara should follow California law on euthanasia rather than the draconian Santa Barbara requirement. Dogs will bite other dogs - and the one this large one bit weighed 3lbs. Having a small dog myself, I am too aware how quite a few large dogs dislike some small dogs. (I won't go into the county dog parks when I see that certain dogs that have gone after my very friendly dog are there.) People take unreasoned dislike of some others but, hopefully, are socialized to prevent action; often dogs are not so socialized and too often the owners are paying no attention.

Eckermann: I politely suggest that you get some perspective. For many dog owners, their pets are their family. That a county _shelter_ should be so poorly run as to allow an old, sick dog to be killed by two others is outrageous. Whether the employee should lose his publicly-funded job is another question; if something similar were to happen in a jail, what would be the appropriate response? The owner of Kitti has written in support of the employee's qualities - dog rescue is a rather small world where the participants and the county employees know each other.

What's important is not this particular employee but that the County facility, for pets what the jail is to humans, should be so lax that this happens, that three dogs will probably lose their lives, Kitti and the two that killed her. As for the employee, there needs to be an intensive review of his his work AND this death.

On Dog Mauled to Death at County Shelter

Posted on July 23 at 10:50 a.m.

None of my neighbors would testify in favor of the injunction, and some said they supported it, because of fear. Having had my fence spray painted twice with gang insignia and Mexican mafia insignia (according to the paint store), and knowing of people around here stabbed, no way would I testify. ...Why take such a risk when you don't know whether it would have helped or not?!

On Judge Strikes Down Gang Injunction

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