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Posted on June 9 at 8:17 a.m.

Does the city control trees on the entire property or only in the front yard? Mr. Tyburn's would be more effective, more believable if he provided the city code section and specified how what the city arborist is doing is contrary to the code.

On The Santa Barbara Sheep Syndrome

Posted on June 7 at 4:37 p.m.

Are the Hispanic kids/parents at Harding more intolerant than those at Franklin? If not, why would that be? It looks like a pleasant neighborhood school, Harding, while Franklin looks more urban. ...Exterior impressions, only, of course, from walking by both of them at various times.

The tests are in English in all the schools, aren't they? And so they should be, imo, except at the dual language Adelante.

Hopefully, there'll be an in depth look at Hispanic/majority ethnicity intolerance for whites in the same way there most certainly would be if there white/majority ethnicity intolerance for HIspanics.

On Harding Principal Vanesha Davis Resigns

Posted on June 6 at 11:24 a.m.

According to a letter in the Santa Maria Times, the tribe was recently granted $500,000 for energy efficiency and conservancy. Worthy goals, but "state and local governmental entities were required to make a need-based showing in their applications. Indian tribes were not required to show need." Clearly, Armenta is used to getting what he wants — the big question is why Salud Carbajal has allowed himself to be bought?

Thanks to the three BOS members for holding the line and insisting on an enforceable contract.

For info on Armenta, see attorney Jim Marino's letter in the SYValley Journal:

On Chumash Chagrined Over Deputy Position

Posted on June 5 at 12:44 a.m.

Did that motion to have an ad hoc subcommittee meet with district election proponents (but not district election opponents) pass? I didn't think it did.

As for the racially polarized, hopefully the demographer will determine voting age percentages, not just total percentages. And since this is all about RACIALLY polarized or not, how can Banales say with a straight face this has little to do with ethnicity!

On District Elections: Placebo or Panacea?

Posted on June 4 at 6:38 a.m.

Hurrah for Janet Wolf and hurrah for us that she won so overwhelmingly. Simply shocking that Aceves has such a bankroll of money, which no doubt he will use in the next Goleta race, since he can't for his own personal use. (Why don't they have term limits!)

Chumash, Santa Maria Energy and many others are not even in the 2nd District so we know who,s bought him, where his interests lie.

Hopefully, there'll be a honorable Goletan to step forward this fall and provide a fresh face, someone who will try to save what's left of the "good land" that Roger wants to see paved and developed. Who knows, it might even be a "turban head".

On Janet and Bill Win Big; M Loses Small

Posted on June 1 at 8:01 a.m.

Wow, John_Adams, has Francisco really missed 7 of the last 10 city council meetings? Was he present at the recent workshop on district elections?

On Can you spot the untruth about the June 3 election?

Posted on May 31 at 11:22 p.m.

Thanks, DrDan for explaining what the needs are! The MCA has done a lot on the east side; perhaps you should organize something similar there. Actually, Sharon Byrne lives on the westside; perhaps she would help organize a west side equivalent.

But with those needs and two councilpeople from that area, that certainly shoots down the arguments of district election people. The Eastside got attention even though there are _no_ councilmembers from this area.

On Council Elections by Districts or At-Large?

Posted on May 30 at 10:24 p.m.

Except they can't be "all true" if the Indy made them 'em all up.

Good one, billcalusen!

On Can you spot the untruth about the June 3 election?

Posted on May 30 at 10:02 p.m.

So, what are the issues that are specifically Westside? Maybe there should be a Westside equivalent to the Milpas Community Association.

On Council Elections by Districts or At-Large?

Posted on May 30 at 2:37 p.m.

DrDan, if you see the Westside as "under-represented" with two councilmembers who live there, what must you think of the representation of the lower east side, the downtown, the Mesa (other than Marine Terrace), the Las Positas/Modoc areas where there are none? Maybe there should be 12 councilmembers and a mayor-at-large? That would work fine if we don't care about getting the city business done or, rather, prefer a city that is staff-run!

Hopefully, in the study to be done by the demographer, there will be a definition of what is meant by "race" in "racially-polarized". Spanish-speaking heritage does not equal race.

Race actually is a simplistic way of dividing humans. It might be better to say "ethnically polarized" voting or, even more accurately, economically polarized voting. Perhaps districts, if they are to exist, should be drawn on the basis on incomes?

The Census allowed the choosing of "one or more races" and makes clear in its definition the characterization is one of culture or origin, eg: "Hispanic or Latino" (is) "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." That was further emphasized in the 2010 Census to specify Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin.

If the Calif. Voting Rights Act's purpose is to favor "minorities", what will happen when the favored "Hispanic or Latino" category becomes the majority, as, in fact, some already are claiming? Will those who are of Anglo heritage then become a protected minority? What about Asians — are there districts drawn in California to be primarily Asian? How can there be "bloc voting" as the proponents of the district elections claim when there is no showing of intention to vote as a bloc, especially since how is a voter supposed to know that a candidate is "Hispanic or Latino"? Parents born abroad? Grandparents?

On Council Elections by Districts or At-Large?

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