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Posted on May 18 at 2:53 p.m.

"flummoxed at the misperceptions held by some in this community regarding the jewel that is Santa Barbara City College."

As someone who actively opposed Measure S and is probably one of the people at which this comment is directed, I am disgusted with how she demagogues the issue. Just because the voters opposed the fiscally irresponsible and haphazardly orchestrated Measure S, does not equate to opposition to the college itself. One can support the college and also vehemently disagree with the administration of the school and their agenda.

Sometimes, I wonder if Gaskin understands it's the taxpayers who pay her salary and funds her budget and that she has a fiduciary responsibility to spend this money competently and sensibly. Also, it speaks volumes that she is most irked by people's perceptions and not by the very low percentage of students that actually graduate or transfer to 4-year colleges. Maybe she needs to reorder her priorities.

On The S.B. Questionnaire: Lori Gaskin

Posted on April 23 at 10:46 p.m.

You keep extending the deadline because most people don't want anything to do with your expensive and limited-provider-network exchange. Most of the growth in Obamacare in Ca are medicaid enrollments. The vast majority of these people still go to emergency rooms because 80% of doctors refuse to see them. There have been more lies disseminated about this law than in any other legislation we have seen in our lifetime.

On Covered California Deadline Extended

Posted on April 22 at 2:48 a.m.

On another note, the Peabody Charter School, one of the most coveted schools by families in Santa Barbara, has one of the lowest per pupil expenditures. There is a long waiting list of students wishing to attend this school because of its excellent academic reputation.

Money doesn't seem to be a huge issue at this school. Maybe because it is a charter school that is not subject to the voluminous union rules and other bureaucratic nonsense dictated by administrators in Sacramento.

On School Basics

Posted on April 22 at 2:37 a.m.

Since there seems to be some concern with per pupil expenditures at the Montecito schools, I wonder what the posters here would say if they knew the Santa Barbara County of Education (Cirone) spends something on the order of $75,000 per student for the several schools they operate?

The number of students for which they are responsible are approximately equal to 5% of the SBUSD student population, but their total budget (over $50 million) is close to half of the Santa Barbara District schools.

On School Basics

Posted on April 22 at 1:54 a.m.

It's ironic he won the Pulitzer after he changed careers. The industry is not really a viable option for an enterprising reporter, even a Pulitzer-winning one.

On Fired News-Presser Wins Pulitzer

Posted on April 22 at 1:42 a.m.

I'm not sure if the posters are aware that Kuznia is no longer a reporter/journalist. He quit his job at the Daily Breeze and became a publicist at USC. After many years of trying to make a career in the newspaper business, he came to the conclusion that it wasn't financially feasible. I don't think you can blame this on the News-Press.

On Fired News-Presser Wins Pulitzer

Posted on March 27 at 6:45 a.m.

If this is the type of objective reporting Jerry Roberts is known for, no wonder why he was fired from the News-Press.

On Family Business

Posted on March 18 at 3:07 a.m.

The NLRB has been radicalized by the appointment of militant union insiders by the Obama Administration. Their main goal is to force companies in the private sector to unionize even if their employees are against it. There have been a number of undemocratic rules passed that don't allow companies and their employees to mount effective campaigns to stop major unions, like the SEIU and Teamsters, to force all workers to pay exorbitant fees to labor associations that frequently don't act in their best interests.

The News-Press as a private company has the right to employ workers of their choosing as long as they don't discriminate on the basis of race, religion or sexual orientation.

It's one thing to have the public sector dominated by unions, but the private sector must compete in a free market to survive. Companies cannot afford to become uncompetitive because of rigid union rules and practices.

On NLRB Accuses the News-Press (Again)

Posted on February 21 at 12:47 p.m.

I agree with RHS. The judges have to get over themselves. We obviously have ceded too much power to them if they are issuing contempt orders over benign name-calling by the attorneys. In my business career, I was called much worse than these innocuous insults hurled about in this case. Since society didn't give me the authority to fine the offenders, I just dealt with it.

On Contempt Finding Against DUI Attorney Reversed

Posted on January 27 at 1:18 a.m.

This is an example of our legal system run amok. It would be a total miscarriage of justice if this cab driver is found responsible for the tragic death of this boy. This case cries out for the need to reform the system to prevent such abuses. If personal injury lawyers weren't making a fortune from these huge awards, we wouldn't have absurd cases like this one.

On Jury Deliberating Over Cab Company’s Role in Fatal Hit-and-Run

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