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Posted on July 29 at 9:39 a.m.

Now we move forward.

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on July 28 at 1:13 p.m.

I am outraged at the harassment tactics being used against our newly elected Board. The election is over, and the winners determined. Let the Board do its' job! If your candidates lost he last election, by all means express your criticism, even meet with the board members, but also accept the will of the people who spoke loudly and strongly just 7 months ago.

I am also outraged at the divide and conquer tactics that some of the opposition to the elected board members are using to try to create conflict between regular college students, ESL students and Adult Education students. They are all important customers of the college and I am confident the board is trying to give all of them their fair share of attention in this time of diminished budgets

I trust the Board of Trustees to decide whether Dr. Serban should stay on or be removed. If she opposes Board policy and refuses to cooperate with the Board I will certainly support them terminating her services. She works for the Board, the Board does not work for her. The board in turn works for the people of Santa Barbara and all the students. If she is in anyway orchestrating the near hysterical attempt to overthrow the new board, which I hope she is not then the Board should consider terminating her.

On Punch, Counter-Punch

Posted on July 17 at 4:49 p.m.

I think we have a bunch of angry folks unhappy with the results of the election who are attempting to harass and intimidate the new board. They don't want the people's will carried out by the board.

Serban is just an employee and I trust the board to decide if she is doing a good job or not. Let's leave them to their job.

On SBCC Trustees Accused of Brown Act Violation

Posted on June 25 at 2:51 p.m.

I fully support this change towards sanity. The street is too fast, it is not often that crowded with cars. Creating an environment that is safer for pedestrians and bicycles is a worthy goal

On Cliff Drive May Lose a Lane

Posted on October 13 at 8:41 p.m.

Thank you Independent. I know it is time for a change at City College will be supporting all for candidates against the incumbents.

Larry Saltzman

On Santa Barbara Community College Board of Trustees

Posted on September 5 at 12:18 p.m.

I welcome and support the candidacy of these four candidates. Their election is critical to the future of City College. students in the credit program are having trouble getting all their classes to graduate. I have been watching in dismay while all the progress in sustainability was nearly destroyed. I have also watched while wonderful programs for Seniors, families and the Spanish speaking community have been cut from Adult Education.

Times are tough economically, but City College is not in trouble economically at this time. The Board and the President are not using common sense as they take a hatchet to some of the schools most important programs. Classes are being cut while the President drives a leased Cadillac. Last year six figure executives were hired while $30 an hour teachers were fired from Adult Ed.

Larry Saltzman

On Challengers Meet-and-Greet on the Mesa

Posted on August 5 at 12:24 p.m.

I am glad that this slate of candidates is running and I fully support their efforts. To many members of the current board are asleep at the wheel while great damage is being done to the College by thoughtless decisions by the administration. All of this is being done in the name of the budget, but the cuts are all at the bottom affecting part time teachers, students, and members of the community. No pain is being felt by six figure administrators. Ask the current board about what car the current President leases while she cuts programs for seniors and families.

On Let the Race Begin

Posted on June 25 at 8:30 a.m.

The long term solution to this issue, and to the problem of the gutting Adult Education is to vote the current Trustee members who are running for re-election out of office. Some have sat on the Board since the 1960s, and it is time for fresh Trustees with common sense. Recently the administration attempted to kill the Center For Sustainability which is an extremely valuable program. They are killing Yoga for Senior Citizens and many other valuable Adult Ed classes, but they have money for a Press Box. The priorities are ridiculous. This is a Board Of Trustees and school administration that is out of touch and out of control.
Larry Saltzman

On City College Defends Stadium Spending

Posted on August 1 at 2:08 a.m.

Reading this article one might think that Israel was a peaceful little country minding its' own business, instead of a region nuclear power and bully. It would be easy to forget that by the end of 1949 Israel had ethnically cleansed approx. 750,000 Palestinians from their home. It would be easy to forget that Israel is conducting a siege in Gaza that has reduced the populace to conditions not unlike that of the Warsaw Ghetto. It would be easy to forget that ultra-Zionist "settlers" in Gaza are conducting actions against the Palestinians that could be best described as pogroms.

It would certainly be easy to forget that all the settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. That those settlements are all placed on land stolen from the Palestinians. That prominent South Africans have pronounced the conditions in Gaza as being worse than they suffered under Apartheid.

We also must not forget two brutal, unjust wars that were fought against Lebanon, along with a long nasty occupation of Southern Lebanon.

I would say that defenders of Israel should consider spending a lot more time attacking critics of Israel and more time trying to help Israel stop the madness it is engaged in.

On None

Posted on July 31 at 6:33 a.m.

I hope that Professor Robinson continues to press his case and that in the end it is those who violated his rights whom get disciplined by the University. Professor Robinson is still owed a full apology from the university.

I also sincerely hope that this episode brought the ADL down a notch or two. They and other defenders of Israel have confused Judaism with Zionism. The ADL is, in my opinion, utterly blind to the war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Israel. In the world of the pro-Israeli lobby, better to destroy the career of a distinguished professor than allow legitimate criticism of Israel see the light of day. I was highly disappointed to even see a local Rabbi, Arthur Gross-Schaefer support this undemocratic attack by the ADL in these pages. The Rabbi had a right to his opinion, and I don't fault the Independent for presenting alternative viewpoints, but I hope the era of blind support of Israel is rapidly ending.

On None

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