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Posted on April 13 at 4:09 p.m.

There have been thoughtful ideas to address 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 A Post-Deltopia Vision

Posted on January 23 at 7:43 p.m.

Why are highly-paid police officers gabbing around outdoors by a tree. There are schools and movie theaters to protect and where are their assault weapons and the tanks? Surprising that they aren't holding each other accountable by pointing weapons at each other! After all, one never knows when an uncoordinated or unstable colleague might take matters into his own hands.

On Too Successful for Our Own Good?

Posted on January 17 at 8:27 p.m.

Every once in a while I don't understand Mad Dog's point(s)!?!? Frivilous medical law suits?!? When was the last time that happened in Santa Barbara County? Blacks are a minority in our County and they aren't exactly shooting the hell out of each other with high powered weapons.

I believe in non-violence and the purpose of guns is to shoot and hit targets, whether alive or artificial. All public places, movie theaters and schools need to tighten up security around their perimeters and it can be done with out guns.

That said, what is the biggest cause of violence in our County? Drugs??? Butcher knives??? Atrocious violence in video games and the movies that dulls our senses of our humanity???

Give peace a chance!

On When Is a Dog Not a Dog?

Posted on November 4 at 7:36 p.m.

BTW...I am one of 7 children; a large family that couldn't afford to send all of us to CSU or UC. My first two years of college education were at SBCC and after two of my siblings finished their four degrees my good fortune was to finish up at UCSB.

On Schools' Success Not About Funding

Posted on November 4 at 7:29 p.m.

Dunno...Still think that ADP can run payroll for 1/8th of the cost of CEO

On Schools' Success Not About Funding

Posted on November 4 at 9:12 a.m.

Mr. Segal...You and I are in complete agreement about the CEO.

On Schools' Success Not About Funding

Posted on November 3 at 8:11 p.m.

Hmmm?!? I don"t know about your assessment, whatsoever. All three of my children did well in Santa Barbara's public schools and were exposed to enormous diversity and the best of the best. They also went onto universities after a completely fine education in the Santa Barbara Public Schools. In fact, I cannot think of a single one of their large group of friends who didn't go onto great college and universities, either. In fact, several of them are now doctors and lawyers. Go figure?!?

I truly don't see your perspective and if you were expecting the public school system and modestly paid teachers to shore up you child's experience, no wonder you are disappointed. All it might have taken is getting involved in the local public schools!

On Schools' Success Not About Funding

Posted on November 3 at 4:15 p.m.

Mr. Segal,

All three of my grown children were born and raised in Santa Barbara and attended the public schools the entire time. In our experience, they had access to enormously gifted teachers in the former Santa Barbara Elementary School, the Goleta School, and the Santa Barbara Secondary School Systems. I can count on two fingers teachers who were mediocre and milking the system. In our experience, the site administrators were also very committed to education. Regarding arts and music, Ike Jenkins led numerous public school jazz bands to national competitions and awards, Mrs. Zimmerman, the aCapella choir teacher at Santa Barbara High School produced extremely high quality music programs year after year, and an art teacher, whose name I don't remember at Santa Barbara High taught students to make exquisite jewelry that would cost thousands of dollars to purchase. In all, I am grateful for the enormous talent and commitment our children had growing up and being educated in Santa Barbara.

I don't know whether you have had a chance to volunteer in classrooms within any of these systems. If not, I suggest you do so at Franklin School, La Cumbre Junior High, and any of high schools. Teachers cannot fix the problems in the system without the support of strong families, the community, or adequate class room funding. I am totally supportive of additional funding for arts and music.

Where you and I do agree is with the bloated administration in our schools, especially the County Education Office. The amount of money being spent there is a disgrace. The board is not elected and they operate invisibly within the education system. As you pointed out, they have very little to do with front lines teaching or learning.

The regrettable problem, in my view, is how to rein in these out of control bureaucracies yet not throw out the baby with the bath water, which is education of the next generation of students.

On Schools' Success Not About Funding

Posted on July 13 at 8:31 p.m.

Dear Annettealex..On the surface of it, wi.. wha..who...how..whe?? It's all great as long as cars, unenforced 2 hour parking, and driveways to no where are left out of the master plan. Yes, you are missing something!

On Build to Save More Mesa?

Posted on July 10 at 8:13 p.m.

Anybody know anything about the Pollard Family Trust? Is there more to the story than Theimer, Hawkins, and Kimball? Fact of the matter is that public access here has gone on for decades---possibly centuries. Ruins are marked on the site maps.

On Build to Save More Mesa?

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