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Posted on March 17 at 6 p.m.

What an interesting thread of comments about the teepee project. IMHO, this really was an uncreative assignment and the reaction was also predictable. A more relevant project would be to build the type of housing we' provide our military personnel--not the officers--in Iraq and Afghanistan. Modern tents. Alternately, create an abode of the Afghani peasants. Better yet, assign a Geodesic dome, where Art, Math, and Physics converge?

On Tempest in a Teepee at SBCC

Posted on November 21 at 8:14 p.m.

It is curious how the so-called keepers of the future have turned out to be interested in their lot in life. I support public education and healthcare. That doesn't equate to the "average" employee at UC being granted employment and health care for life.

The UC is a research institute and let their leaders see it through.

Education and training up the next generation is not the mission of the University of California. As for the well-heeled, that's up to the UC;s administrators. UC is a think tank and we wish them well. Meanwhile, the next generation deserves an education.

On UC Regents Approve Tuition Increase

Posted on November 21 at 12:50 p.m.

The UC system can reduce expenses and increase efficiencies.

The lifestyles also provided to most UC employees, including executives, faculty, and administrators is beyond generous. One obvious place to cut costs is with retiree pensions and with the reduction/elimination of generous health insurance benefits available to non-employees, such as spouses and partners of UC employees, after retirement. Introduce 401K's and eliminate health benefits when employees/partners/spouses are eligible for Medicare. Eliminate free parking permits on campus for retirees!! Why should they have any more right to park for free than those of us who pay taxes to the institution and supporting the necessary infrastructure for them to operate? Accountability for institution and individual effectiveness for individuals working for the UC is also long overdue.

On UC Regents Approve Tuition Increase

Posted on October 9 at 10:52 a.m.

It’s not often that I see taxpayer issues the same as the Jarvis folks, but in the case of Measure S to fund another SBCC bond, I will vote an unequivocal “no”. In addition, I will never give money to the SBCC Foundation. I overheard one of the Deans say that one could shoot a canon on the SBCC West Campus on Fridays and no one would hear it. Classroom utilization is indeed questionable and if they are inadequate use Foundation and grant money.

SBCC students, like many other colleges and universities nationwide, put an enormous drain on local services such as police/sheriff, streets and roads, infrastructure, neighboring areas, etc., etc. Meanwhile high paid executives and administrators spend a lot of energy plotting how to perpetuate their careers, benefits, and retirement, while providing the absolute minimum instructional workload to run the educational programs and continue to receive state funding.

Local voters will have an opportunity to watch the SBCC Executive team, in action, before the upcoming election, in the annual planning/prevention efforts to reduce the chaos and damage caused by the Isla Vista Halloween bash. Every year, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors go through a lot of effort to contain this, at yet more expenses to taxpayers, but SBCC executives have been visibly absent from the table.

A sustainable effort over a multi-year period to improve gown and town relationships is clearly needed.

On City College's Sprawling Impact

Posted on September 16 at 8:13 p.m.

Report back on where the mean (mien) high tide line is, discoboy. I assure you it isn't 2/3s of the way up the cliffs. However, facts are facts. Measure it and let the kind readers of the Independent know.

On Student Injured in More Mesa Cave-In

Posted on September 10 at 6:28 p.m.

Correction to my previous post...The access point is South Patterson, which becomes Shoreline. North Patterson would be quite a walk!!

On Student Injured in More Mesa Cave-In

Posted on September 10 at 4:24 p.m.

Anyone walking onto More Mesa from North Patterson is tresspassing on private property. There are two large parcels to get to the caves and both are privately owned. One property is posted with no tresspassing signs every 20 ft or so. They are hard to miss. The bigger property is also privately owned by an out of country (Saudi Arabia?) property investor. With regard to the caves on the ocean bluffs, they may be natural but, but, but... They have been enlarged by people who hang out there. The caves are dug into fragile and tall ocean bluffs and the cliffs are being trashed and disrespected by a lot of people who hang there. Graffiti is everywhere next to the caves, which is clearly visible from the beach. This community is very lucky to have an undeveloped, accessible, natural, open area and people who are technically trespassing on the property need a reminder about what a gift this is and take care of it.

On Student Injured in More Mesa Cave-In

Posted on June 11 at 4:31 p.m.

We've had more than one child go to the Santa Barbara high schools who participated in athletics. Inappropriate behavior occurred then as it does now and there is a lot of peer pressure among these kids not to say anything. It seems to me that all coaches and school district employees should be required to attend mandatory training provided by the school district on how to coach, work with teenagers, and the possible consequences for inappropriate or harassing sexual conduct. At one UC where I worked, this type of training was mandatory and it was also clearly conveyed that the University would not protect employees legally (e.g. Faculty, Graduate Students, Researchers, and Administration) if misconduct with students was reported/revealed. Whether or not the student was about to turn 18 is irrelevant and the law is the law, That said, the coach violated professional standards and is dealing with the consequences.

On S.B. High Softball Coach Arrested for Sex with Student

Posted on April 14 at 5:13 p.m.

There have been thoughtful ideas to prevent a repeat of the mess that was this year's Deltopia. And, while the majority of Isla Vista residents are UCSB students, there are a lot of SBCC students living there and it is a popular hangout for local high school students. It seems to me that a task force of student leaders, education institutions heads, and law enforcement, health care, political and religious leaders live here in abundance and can begin to discuss and design a plan to better manage Halloween and the large Spring celebration now known as Deltopia. IV residents and property owners must also be part of the solution.

One significant group of people, absentee landlords, also need to accept responsibility the cost of containing these parties, possibly though a special tax assessment that pays for the cost of increased law enforcement, health care professionals and supplies, and cleaning up in the aftermath.

I lived in Isla Vista during the crazy days of the early 1970's and there were plenty of chaotic and scary moments. It was so crazy that I moved into old town Goleta for my Senior year so I could get my degree and move on with my life.

IV has always had the reputation of being a place to party but absentee landlords have also made plenty of money by renting out high density housing to students, doing the minimum for maintaining these properties, and doing even less to pay for the cost of providing safety and sanitation during and after these events.

On The Death of Isla Vista?

Posted on April 13 at 8:48 p.m.

Actually...the best sentence for this punk thug is to serve 12 years of community service taking care of IV drunkards during the next block parties and cleaning up the mess after the parade. His lazy parents need to show up and take responsibility, too. Prison is an easy but expense and unresponsible solution.

On Deltopia Partyer Charged with Assaulting Officer Appears in Court

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