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Posted on November 7 at 11:05 a.m.

Barney, Good column. Tom Sneddon's passing is a loss. Am sure he had his personal downsides but by all accounts his public-facing, old school demeanor was solid.

One point and two questions on the rest of it:

Point #1: The SB JV could beat the 2014 Raiders (I write this, sadly, as a Raiders fan)

Q#1: An anti-fracking measure passed in Texas. What were the main differences between here and there?

Q#2: How come this year's SB congressional election was so much closer than 2012? (other than the turnout difference between 2012 and 2014)

On Burger King Election Whoppers

Posted on October 4 at 2:01 p.m.

Just checked both websites. SeekThermal looks super cool! I just let my wife know what I wanted for xmas. Good work guys!

On Heat Vision for Your Phone

Posted on June 6 at 12:52 p.m.

Whether or not there's a representation issue, district elections also help with accountability and responsiveness. In business, if "everyone" is accountable then no one is accountable. District elections seem like they would introduce one point person who would be held accountable for a section of the town. Seems like good government 101.

On District Elections: Placebo or Panacea?

Posted on September 4 at 5:53 p.m.

Fair point Randy Rowse, objecting to revenues collected from within the city of Santa Barbara going to schools that serve constituents outside the city of Santa Barbara.

However. We have to do something to get better funding for SB elementary schools. The Goleta, Hope and both Montecito schools districts are all in the black but the Santa Barbara school district - which includes elementary schools within the city of Santa Barbara plus the junior high and high schools that serve Goleta, Hope Ranch and Montecito - continues to cut millions of dollars from the budget every year.

My first grader has 30 students in his class at Roosevelt and it will likely only get worse next year, and that - pardon my French - pisses me off. Sure seems like we need reliable, locally-based funding for SB elementary schools, and it'd be nice to get some leadership from some of our local electeds on this.

Either we should consolidate all the school districts or split the SB elementary schools out into their own district, with their own funding and governance.

On Mayor Scraps $12 Million Initiative Package

Posted on May 31 at 3:06 p.m.

Thx for the link. Checked out the coverage. Lots of articles on UCSB and then some on the school board but only a handful on k-12.

Am thinking sb k-6 could be a regular beat. Seems to be plenty going on for content in k-6, and certainly a good number of involved parents would make a point of reading a regularly published column on the topic.

On The Turnaround Job

Posted on May 31 at 2:26 p.m.

Quick question: If Peabody controls it's own budget, who makes the decision on budget cuts?

On Award-Winning Peabody Educator Laid Off

Posted on May 31 at 9:34 a.m.

Excellent article. One of the best I've read in the Independent - which has some good stuff - in a while. As a parent of kindergartner who's about to go into the 1st grade and a pre-schooler who's about to go into Kindergarten, this was very interesting. Would love to see the Independent systematically cover all the schools on an ongoing basis and help ID what's working and what's not, rather than just providing coverage as events drive the story i.e. Handall going to to work for the district, the Harding principal leaving to go to the Carp district etc etc.

On The Turnaround Job

Posted on March 15 at 2:01 p.m.

Nicely done. The article and the life.

On Selma Rubin: 1915-2012

Posted on November 9 at 1:16 p.m.

Taking a look at the articles, comments and precinct results, am seeing three keys:
1) Cathy ran a great campaign, particularly the ground game. She and her troops may in fact have been the only ones out seriously walking the flats
2) Folks vote for folks like themselves. Fair. Francisco's and Rowse's supporters did the same thing.
3) In some key precincts (eg, 1207, 1216 and 1232), some voters only used one of their votes, voting only for Cathy but not other folks, and that was enough to give Rowse the win over Iya. Again, fair. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Having said that, Dems only have four votes on the council now when they could have had five...

On Santa Barbara Votes 2011

Posted on November 9 at 10:49 a.m.

Looks like Iya almost knocked off Rowse. About 250 votes difference. If Iya had just done a bit better in the East and West sides, we'd have two new Dem council members. Any thoughts/comments why Cathy did so much better than Iya in these precincts?

On Santa Barbara Votes 2011

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