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Posted on August 19 at 8:33 a.m.

Most of us go out of town, JohnLocke, where there are Targets. ...Went to one in Santa Maria, bought nothing, have never returned.

Here's hoping that another big box does not come to this area unless it takes the place of one already there, K-Mart, Sears being choices.

I, too, would like a hip hip hooray category!

On Reaction to news Target may pull out?

Posted on August 15 at 9:21 p.m.

DrDan: as you probably know, none of this bond is for teaching; all of it is for construction. Tearing down Wake Center and rebuilding it much larger, building an Aquatics Center, building a new Sports Center. As the measure says,"Proceeds ...shall be used only for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and college administrator salaries, pensions and other operating expenses."

The actual Yes or No section, says "no money for administrators' salaries" - further down, there is the paragraph of no teacher salaries, either, having left the impression that if there are no administrators' salaries there may be money for teaching.

The way it is written is a bit deceptive and not at all specific about the projects intended.

On Unchained Dogs of Pokey LaFarge

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. BaƱales, 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

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