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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.. 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?

Posted on April 28 at 6:58 p.m.

Gentlemen...Big medicine is not going to deliver health care access or quality. The neighborhood that fails again and again surrounds UCLA and Sedars Sinai. The naive property owners believed in the system and bargained away their peace of mind and right to their existence in exchange for dense housing, persistent and disturbing noise, intractable traffic problems and lack of access to health/medical care.

So CHCS is a non-profit! That means the system is a well-endowed organization that doesn't pay property tax to compensate for all the services that are provided on the backs of the tax payers who do. Perhaps you can ask your foundation to mitigate this.

Please provide data that shows the efficacy of your helipad and build out of what used to be an affordable community hospital. Two months of helipad noise and five years worth of whatever measurement you purport to own doesn't show a trend and the complaints show what an arrogant neighbor The Cottage Hospital Health Care System has been come.

Thank you both for your patronizing response.

On Quit Complaining

Posted on April 25 at 8:15 p.m.

The US Supreme Court has rules that people are obsolete. Super PACS and Corporations are your replacement. With that said, Cottage Hospital may have been their first. It's doubtful but CHCS is a corporation and not a person, so they are legal and relevant. With regard to rebuilding St. Francis, it's too late for people because CHCS is also a real estate broker on that beautiful piece of property. So, I suggest that the disgruntled neighbors sell out, quit complaining, deal with the helicopter noise when you're trying to sleep, and listen to your dogs howl. After all, if you have a heart attack your one helipad away from an expensive intake at the ER.

On Cottage Hospital and Its Discontents

Posted on March 13 at 8:38 p.m.

The SB News Press delivers our newspaper every day with single use plastic bags, which is roadside litter in our neighborhood.

On Carpinteria Officially Adopts Single-Use Bag Ban

Posted on March 5 at 8:42 p.m.

Italianurg, clausen, et al. If it's that easy and accessible, why don't you go to the Casa de la Raza and all the local area preschools to help parents fill out the forms for admission to Catholic schools and help them find the financial aid to be educated in Catholic schools here in Santa Barbara. They don't have these basic skills and need your paternalism--ehrr--patrionization--ehrr superior education as exemplified by your private school eduation.

Cost-effective education is something everyone seeks and parents want to be smart consumers at the same time. Where are Catholic school standardized test scores so parents and guardians shop based on quantifiable information rather than annecdotal comments such as, "I got a superior education in Catholic schools." I'm not disparaging Catholic school education and love the ethnic mix. It's truly unfortunate for the 1st generation of immigrants that they don't have time or knowledge of the process and they need your help.

On Red Ink Spilleth

Posted on March 1 at 6:49 p.m.

Dear Itialinsrurgalia,

The reason your children are in private school is because you are rich! Nonetheless, your privately educated children cannot make this country competitive without the children of parents who aren't rich and really don't need your patronization, either. They want to see their legacy succeed and value the educational opportunities.

I'm not particularly sympathetic to your point of view either not that you are begging for sympathy. Your hired hands know what work is all about and what the value of education is. They just couldn't afford it, your style.

On Red Ink Spilleth

Posted on February 29 at 8:25 p.m.

The bloated pensions in any public sector organization center around overpaid, uncreative, and self-serving administrators at the top of the unproductive, non-value-added organizational food chain. Outsource the analysts and bean counters to the global economy and save a few bucks and serious pension costs. Put educators back on the front lines of education and "administration" back where it and its minions belong!!

Seriously, by merging a bloated administration and outsourcing accounting and statistical analysis tasks, it may be possible for schools to get back to education and building the next generation.

Our children lag in basic skills and the acquisition of literacy, math and science skills while the fat cats continue to slurp at the trough of high paid jobs, benefits, and yes, bloated retirement benefits. Oh by the way, they aren't protected by unions but by the mere fact that they are paid to make decisions but not make a difference they get away with this.

On Red Ink Spilleth

Posted on February 17 at 8:16 p.m.

What a sad and unfortunate lose-lose situation. Somehow or the other SBCC manages to fullfill it's educational mission with or without the Administration or it's governing board.

On SBCC Trustees Chided

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