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Posted on February 3 at 10:16 p.m.
Our community was blessed with the wisdom and vision of Gwen Phillips, and so very lucky to have Open Alternative School, which is a model of education the way it ought to be, where every child is valued for his or her talents and strengths. A learning community where the joy of learning is encouraged and connection to nature is vital. Thank you for this lovely tribute, and Rest in Peace, dear Gwen.
On Gwen Phillips: 1934-2014
Posted on November 10 at 5:36 p.m.
Gee, vonG, I seem to remember that Mr. Lack came to prominence in this town on the coattails of Michael Huffington who was then a prominent Republican, along with his social climbing then-wife who was also a Republican way back when. Lack's connections came though prominent Republicans, so it's totally appropriate to bring up his party affiliation. Nothing to do with "visceral hatred," just the facts.
On Lack Sentenced to 9 Years, 8 Months in Prison
Posted on November 3 at 1:21 p.m.
It's also quite sad that Santa Barbara's St. Francis hospital had a state-of-the-art birth center that was shut down, and then demolished in favor of condos by Cottage. It's not that they don't know any better, they just don't have to do any better because they were allowed to create the monopoly they always wanted.
On Hospital Not Baby-Friendly
Posted on November 1 at 10:34 a.m.
I really appreciate this perspective because it contains specific examples and reflects institutional knowledge, which is something all too often missing from discussions about issues in Santa Barbara. Too often the go along to get along attitude prevails and feel-good overrides common sense. For once, I think that's going down in flames with this bond proposal.
As a parent of a SBCC student, a graduate of our local schools, who constantly has had to "crash" classes and figure out the way around a system that seems to favor anyone but locals, I wish I could support improving SBCC--but not in this vague and entitled way. And I used to attend wonderful parenting classes with that same student, classes that are now eliminated from the destroyed Adult Ed program.
This is not the first time issues about the SBCC sports and recruiting program have been raised. Seems like it's time for a full-on investigation, maybe by the Grand Jury, to determine just how much money is devoted, and how much it excludes our local students in favor of inviting others in.
I vaguely remember when this bunch charged with SBCC oversight was so determined to overthrow Serban. Was this mess the goal they had in mind? Such a shame, what can happen to an institution when it's turned into a plaything.
For all these reasons, I vote NO on S.
On No SBCC Tennis Team
Posted on October 16 at 8:28 a.m.
Spoken like a true planner, any undeveloped land at all is of course, an "eyesore." Interesting how creeks matter only until they get in the way of housing projects, then the rules get bent every which way. Well, water doesn't care where it goes, or whether the proper setbacks are observed or not. In the current drought these planning people and developers must have forgotten what happened around here in the last El Nino--as water blasted through everywhere, and the entire contents of my neighbor's garage ended up in front of my house a block downstream. As usual, too much is demanded by the developer with no concern for consequences--only a sense of entitlement due to the good intentions of the project. Ms. Weiss was all too happy to bend all the environmental rules for the Century 21 building not too far from this site, and we're left with an ugly, overbuilt thing that the original builder fled and now no one wants. Let Mr. Peikert build within the rules, like the rest of us.
On Can Creek Restoration and Affordable Housing Coexist?
Posted on October 9 at 10:01 p.m.
I want to know why this community college expends so many resources recruiting athletes from other locations to play their sports here. Do they not have community colleges where they live? Isn't the quarterback from out of state?
Doesn't that take opportunity away from local students? And bring even more out-of-towners who need to be housed here. Just seems odd and inappropriate for a community college, and I'd love to see some percentages of how many locals vs. those recruited from out of town make up teams like football, baseball, and now the even the new women's water polo team, too, that's recruiting from out of the area.
On City College's Sprawling Impact
Posted on September 19 at 2:08 a.m.
The Cottage "Workforce" Housing Project at St Francis, now called "Bella Riviera" consists of 115 units: 81 for employees and 34 market rate units. No way to know how those market rate units are owner-occupied, but if they go along with a lot of the surrounding neighborhood, there are plenty of vacation rentals among them. This article totally missed consideration of the number of homes that once served as year-round rental housing and now have been turned into hotels, a la VRBO and airbandb, rented out by the weekend, or the week, no longer to local residents but to tourists who want a neighborhood experience. The city's utter failure to deal with this issue, which in most areas of town is not permitted by municipal code, is a big part of why rentals are so difficult to come by. The city pockets the TOT without enforcing zoning that once prevented this. But there is no one on City Council willing to deal with it.
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on September 2 at 10:33 a.m.
It would have been nice if the Parks Department and Mr. Downey had been quite a bit more proactive in the protection of those City Landmark trees. Blaming their lack of stewardship of these precious resources on the weather apparently allows them to take no responsibility for the lack of an action plan for so long. They're only bothering now because there have been forced to by the efforts of some committed citizens who aren't willing to sit by and watch every one of those trees die while the staffers seem to take the approach that all trees are of equal importance. Sorry, those are pretty special, and there's plenty in the public record to indicate that the City has been very slow to care for them.
On Stone Pines Distressed by Drought
Posted on January 30 at 9:15 a.m.
It's pathetic to use our Police Department to play gotcha with people parking their cars, Way too many times I've had guests get ticketed for a bogus parking/registration violation on an evening when there's an event at the County Bowl, since officers go patrolling for dollars in the nearby neighborhood. I've heard the same thing happens around SBCC when classes first begin and students are unfamiliar with the area. But they let boats, campers, RVs, trailers, all kinds of wheeled vehicles take up parking spaces with no problem whatsoever. A study of this whole inconsistent mess is more than overdue.
On Parking Ticket System to Be Studied
Posted on January 17 at 12:03 p.m.
Thank you so much for this interview with filmmaker Harvey Hubbell about his movie, "Dislecksia: The Movie." Since 1in 5 are affected, it's a pretty big deal. We're lucky to have him coming to Santa Barbara to discuss the important and misunderstood subject of dyslexia, dislecksia, however you spell it!
On <em>Dislecksia: The Movie</em> Coming Friday to Santa Barbara High School