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Posted on April 22 at 10:36 a.m.

Thanks to Supervisors Adam, Lavagnino and, especially, Wolf who probably will get a lot of attacks for her vote.

This sounds like an excellent program to have in effect but, as the story says, it is at least in part a question of money. Those pushing for it need to explain, to show, where the money would come from, which existing programs would be cut. It may be the 2nd jail, but show how this is to be done.

Importantly, the new director, Gleghorn, needs to be given time (as well as money) to do the reorganization that she was hired for.

On ‘Black Robe’ Therapy for Mentally Ill Put on Ice

Posted on April 19 at 9:02 p.m.

Five businesses are named here; which are the other 145+? There needs to be openness on this, not innuendos.

Interesting comment, "This EBID has also brought out other groups against it in a very negative way; as exampled by a protest that should have never taken place." PODER was a leader in the demonstration against the El Bajio restaurant and very much in evidence (and photographed there) was Jacqui Inda. But what were the "other groups"?

It doesn't make sense for the EBID petition to be withdrawn at this point. The opposition to the EBID has politicized the issue, hiring Democratic political operatives to lead them. From the outside, it looks like this group is what is causing the division in the neighborhood. Just last year, the Milpas area was being celebrated for its forward progress, much of which was led (and improvements paid for) by MCA members. Looks as though this group of 5 plus unnamed others is choosing the path of division.

On United Vision for Eastside

Posted on April 9 at 8:13 p.m.

dolphinpod14 is swimmingly right! It's two years away!

No wonder Das has been so busy with the IV efforts and other attempts at legislation, even though he's done little in the last years. His eyes are firmly on the 1st District seat, believing it is his for the asking, now that he lives again in the 1st District and failed to unseat Janet Wolf in the 2nd. We won't be seeing him support his old city council friend Helene for Congress. Round and round it goes --- hopefully, there's a viable new face waiting, walking.

On Supervisor Salud Carbajal Announces Run for Congress

Posted on April 9 at 8:39 a.m.

Interesting review - but the link at the end for info/tickets gets an "invalid host".... Please correct.

On <em>Dead Man’s Cell Phone</em> Comes to SBCC

Posted on April 2 at 1:41 p.m.

Mr. Banales should be aware that it will still take 4 or sometimes 5 votes to accomplish anything and that the Eastside has gotten quite a bit more attention than other areas, which also want a library and a police substation and other municipal goodies. Let the scramble for patronage and city funds begin. (Where was Mr. Aldana — has he joined Mr. Cruz on the outside?)

On District Election Map Finalized

Posted on March 30 at 9:08 a.m.

Correction: "which points out that the Eastside and the Westside, voting this year, will not have any say in who's Mayor, since the Citywide Mayor race will be in the next term." is NOT what the Noozhawk story says. On rechecking, too early in the morning for commenting!, it correctly says that the Eastside/Westside district elections will not be at the same time as the at large mayor's election. Whether more or fewer voters turn out for city elections when their districts are not in play is problematic.

On Taking Racism Out of City Elections

Posted on March 30 at 9:06 a.m.

Correction: "which points out that the Eastside and the Westside, voting this year, will not have any say in who's Mayor, since the Citywide Mayor race will be in the next term." is NOT what the Noozhawk story says. On rechecking, too early in the morning, it correctly says that the Eastside/Westside district elections will not be at the same time as the at large mayor's election. Whether more or less of those voters turn out for city elections when their districts are not in play is problematic.

On Taking Racism Out of City Elections

Posted on March 30 at 8:26 a.m.

Thank you, Gerry DeWitt, for your call to Jackson and Williams, and thank you for your responses here. Mr Cappello's assertion that he would have preferred to work with the council for free is not believable. He and his plaintiffs refused to consider any alternatives to the present winner-take-all voting system, whether cumulative voting, as is used in quite a few places, or variations of it, including a rather complicated system in Cambridge, Ma.

There's an interesting story in Noozhawk (11 things to know ... Or some such headline) which points out that the Eastside and the Westside, voting this year, will not have any say in who's Mayor, since the Citywide Mayor race will be in the next term. So, that effectively disenfranchises the east side and the west side and the mesa, also voting this year! Hard to believe but that's the way it looks. (And it still will take 4 votes to accomplish anything, 5, for a charter change.)

Georgy, public housing and density go where property values are less. In general, that's the eastside, a process that is liable to be accelerated for both east and west sides, since those districts will likely be what used to be known as redlined.

This is what Mr Cappello's plaintiffs have brought - and it is the plaintiffs rather than the lawyer who are headlined in the lawsuit.

On Taking Racism Out of City Elections

Posted on March 21 at 9:56 p.m.

LATimes today, "No, California will not run out of water in a year"
"State water managers and other experts said Thursday that California is in no danger of running out of water in the next two years, even after an extremely dry January and paltry snowpack. Reservoirs will be replenished by additional snow and rainfall between now and the next rainy season, they said. The state can also draw from other sources, including groundwater supplies, while imposing tougher conservation measures.

"We have been in multiyear droughts and extended dry periods a number of times in the past, and we will be in the future," said Ted Thomas, a spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources. "In periods like this there will be shortages, of course, but the state as a whole is not going to run dry in a year or two years." ... http://www.latimes.com/local/californ...

On Well Moratorium Dead on Arrival

Posted on March 21 at 6:20 a.m.

I am not going to sign that petition, nor do I think that English needs to be respelled. Especially now in the time of spellchecking, there is little excuse for the dumbing down, as AllenJC,s last paragraph above.

MashaBell's argument about 3 years to learn to read and 10 to learn to write is ridiculous, without any substantiation. "Ridiculous" from both personal experience and from what I hear from an elementary school teacher in one of SB's less favored schools.

DRDAN, however, makes very valuable points and any proponent of changing the education system needs to read/reread it: what about the large majority of kids who are just supposed to get it, while so much attention and money goes to the special needs? How about changing teacher training to emphasize the subjects taught - and to not consider teachers as grade level fungible, assignable by the administration.

Certainly, teachers need to be able to recognize special needs, so increased knowledge of factors that affect learning is important, but what are the costs of this bill and what might be the unintended consequences, if any, on the most of the students? There are always unintended consequences in even the best of legislative intentions.

Even more important than teaching the teachers is teaching the parents. As for spelling changes: were that to happen by diktat, think of how all the world literature in English, a lingua franca, a second language of choice now throughout the world, would look, how hard it would be to read! Languages change organically as is happening with texting, and as has English over the centuries: read Chaucer and earlier writers to appreciate how much of a change there has been. ...So, imo, there being better alternatives to more state rules and regulations, I hope this bill does not pass and if it does that Brown will veto it.

On Teach the Children — All of Them

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