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Posted on June 23 at 8:23 p.m.

John Zant's skills bring real life to almost anything but the Title IX anniversary is one he populates a kind of zeal and interest that can't be beat. Thank you, John.

On Title IX: Game Changer for Women Athletes

Posted on May 11 at 9:14 a.m.

Nick, you missed one point from an environmental point of view. If the providers are to manage electricity generation -- when much more electricity comes from intermittent sources like solar and wind -- they must know in a timely manner how much is being used, and where.

Managing the grid has become much more difficult than when one just turned on a couple of nuclear or coal power plants and let them run. Solar and wind, for all their benefits are also very unpredictable necessitating other measures of how much is needed.

On Dogs of a Feather

Posted on May 5 at 3:41 p.m.

Superb description of a wonderful weekend.

On Hall of Famers

Posted on November 18 at 8:08 a.m.

Although an explanation of LIBOR is nice, the critical variable in the story is what the margin is. i.e. how much is added to the LIBOR index (and which of the several indexes is it).

If the LIBOR index that's being used is the 1 year index, and the margin is 4, that means the rate being paid is 1.007 + 4.0 for a total of 5.007 today. That's not bad, but in order to fully understand the story, a couple of details are important.

On El Encanto Gets $45 Million

Posted on August 17 at 5:40 a.m.

Seemed pretty clear to me. If you paid $4k you got to sit in the grandstands and break bread with the Royals. If you paid $400 you admission to the grounds, a seat in the temporary bleachers, access to the porta-potties, and a box lunch.

Not only did it seem clear to me, it seemed fair.

I didn't attend nor was I tempted to, but am pleased that those who got there were pretty satisfied with their treatment.

On Once Upon a Time …

Posted on August 17 at 5:33 a.m.

Looks like an interesting race is developing. I think the new primary rules will select the two top vote getters regardless of party. Could have two Democrats vying for the general election vote.

The predominance of Democratic registrations doesn't prove much. Independents will, ultimately, determine who wins if the Democrats and Republicans vote the party line. (They all won't, but will tend to.)

The bad blood between among Santa Barbara Democrats goes back at least to the race between Das Williams and Nava's wife for the primary position in the Assembly race. The lines are still drawn.

On All In

Posted on August 15 at 10:07 a.m.

I regret the negative comments about our postal workers. Sure, some are like commentors on this Board -- kind'a sour; but most are helpful and supportive.

No systems are perfect, but USPS has a pretty good record of coping with the advent of higher-cost private services which do not have the problem of having to serve ALL areas of the country.

Victoria Court is a nice little PO, but the problem is "little". Like "shoetrees" says, if you don't help them produce income, they'll have to close.

On Save Our Post Offices

Posted on July 15 at 8:37 a.m.

On the 'legal' side... do 3 members acting together in private to send a jointly-signed letter constitute a violation of the Brown Act?

On Councilmembers Send Anti-Smart Meter Letter to Edison

Posted on April 29 at 7:54 a.m.

A good memory will remind us that CalTrans told us the median in the cross-town freeway would be 'well planted'. They told us the narrow median from Castillo to La Cumbre would be lush (or words to that effect).

In short, the first thing to go when choices are made is the treatment of landscaping and median strips.*

Kind of like "I'll love you in the morning."?

*Note, the palms in the median cross-town hiway were moved along the road to a planting ground during construction, but after construction some got lost in the process and many have died in the cross-town freeway. "Too much exhaust says Cal Trans." Too little maintenance and water says me.

On 101 Third Lane Trumps Median Landscaping

Posted on March 16 at 10:47 a.m.

Consider:
1. Student fees have increased to replace, in part, the reduction in State support of UCSB. They have not created a larger pot.
2. Student aid has been increased (about 1/3 of the fee increase is used to provide aid). Kind of a 'Robin Hood' model.
3. Service employees everywhere tend to be low paid, but there are probably few who would not appreciate a job at UCSB because its pay, and relative security, are in the top tier of such employment.
4. UC Administrators fail to understand the importance of symbolism and should decrease their salaries during this time of crisis. (Such symbolism probably wouldn't be appreciated by many, but they should do it anyway.)
5. Ultimately, there is less money at UC and everyone has suffered cuts.

On Students and Workers Show Solidarity at UCSB

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