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Posted on March 5 at 9:09 a.m.
7,000 City College students reside in Isla Vista. That is almost 1/2 of the 15,000 residents in the County-administered portion of IV. (UCSB surrounding IV houses 8,000 UCSB students).
Has SBCC hosted a single meeting in Isla Vista about the impacts of its expansion into IV? Nope, not one meeting. That is why Gaskin should simply resign.
On Good Laws Make Good SBCC Neighbors
Posted on March 5 at 8:17 a.m.
Per acre, property (land + improvement) is more expensive in Isla Vista than in Montecito.
Will be wonderful to save a bit of money for the next homeless housing and site it in Montecito.
On Supes Celebrate New Pescadero Lofts
Posted on March 4 at 7:18 a.m.
rc88, except I think Santa Barbara County self-insures.
Perhaps in the article it should say... Rodger was involved in 4 prior weird incidents with the Sheriff's office, including a dispute where the office decided to arrest and jail the straight-a student Hong based on Rodger's accusation, but the Sheriff's office still did not check whether Rodger had purchased guns recently.
Lawsuits in general solve nothing, but that doesn't change the fact that the Sheriff messed this one up.
On Victims' Parents Sue Sheriff, Landlord Over Isla Vista Murders
Posted on March 3 at 3:29 p.m.
This lawsuit will not bring these three wonderful young men back to life.
I bet the Sheriff's department has already changed their internal procedures to include a gun license check.
I doubt Capri apartments or its parent company failed to act responsibly. It simply isn't possible to accurately forecast a madman like Rodger.
These young men's families said the most eloquent things during the memorial. They are wonderful families. The sad thing is this lawsuit will only extend their suffering.
Posted on March 1 at 11:39 a.m.
Mandy Rice-Davies applies, or MRDA.
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Posted on February 26 at 6:17 a.m.
It is $70,000 that could have gone to actual better education at UCSB.
The UC budget cuts of the past decades have turned the education mission of UCSB into a joke... show up to class occasionally and get an A, because when the professor hardly looks at the 400 papers they have to grade each week.
Plummeting quality of education is what has funded just about every UCSB service that the Indy reports on. No-one cares, as far as good education goes, everyone, from students to professors to administrators to the Indy, says, `let's not and say we did' as far as hard classes go.
And everybody gets happy when classes are easy. No apparent discrimination against disadvantaged students who got poor high school educations when everyone gets an A. No punishment of advantaged students who all get As even though they party all the time.
It is a perfect process! Just show up, do nothing, get an A, and then get drunk and cliff dive, whoops, no, that money that used to fund challenging courses is now used to protect the drunken partiers who get near the cliffs.
On UCSB Donating $70,000 for Isla Vista Fencing
Posted on February 20 at 11:23 a.m.
The Deputies responded to a dispute between Cheng Hong, a straight-A Comp Sci major, and Elliot Rodger (called `white' in the police document) over $22 of candles.
They arrested the straight-arrow Cheng Hong and put him in jail.
They let a murderous psychopath, Elliot Rodger, off, scott-free. Later Rodger stabbed Hong to death.
Quite a blemish on the Sheriff's office.
Add that to the failure to do the weapons check when they sent 4 deputies to Rodger's apartment.
SBSO messed up big time.
And then they compounded the error by issuing this report on Chinese New Year.
Throughout the Asian world, the Santa Barbara Sheriff is now thought of as incompetent and racist. What a mess.
On Elliot Rodger Report Details Long Struggle with Mental Illness
Posted on February 20 at 7:57 a.m.
At least the Sheriff's report is frank and identifies Rodger as an SBCC student.
Rodger told his mother on the date of the killings (May 23, 2014) that he had to take a test at SBCC.
SBCC itself has been very unclear, saying only ``Rodger had registered at SBCC at various times during the last three years but had either stopped attending or withdrew from all courses. Before that, in 2011, he completed three courses''', which is unclear at best and true dissembling at worst.
SBCC has packed 7,000 students into IV, into the spots vacated by UCSB students, who have moved into UCSB-built dorms. UCSB built dorms in response to community request.
SBCC takes no role whatsoever in trying to improve IV. UCSB has diverted millions of dollars from its educational activities to increasing law enforcement in IV. SBCC students disproportionately are arrested and are disruptive in the streets of IV.
SBCC must get responsible and address the mess they have created.
Posted on February 16 at 11:28 a.m.
Blah, and the pertinence of your comment is... ??? Look at the picture at the top of this article. I don't see anyone doing what you specify.
On County Tries to Tame Deltopia
Posted on February 13 at 9:24 a.m.
Well, Nick, the Indy and you have hawked some real porkpies over the years about Isla Vista. My favorite is the photo of trash ***THAT HAD BEEN CLEANED UP BY VOLUNTEERS*** from the last (2009) Floatopia, with the caption `Floatopia'. The clear indication and text in the article was that there was a terrible trashing of the beaches and ocean from Floatopia.
Which was completely false. Huge cleanup efforts, barely mentioned by the Indy, took place. Fecal Coliform levels at Goleta Beach and Sands stayed **WAY, WAY BELOW** those regularly measured in front of Santa Barbara due to all the leaks in Santa Barbara's ancient sewage system.
Did I mention that many more surfers on the South Coast have been killed and seriously injured over the past 10 years than ever happened at a Floatopia? Floatopia was empirically safer than surfing, and surfers pee a lot of urine into the ocean.
There are many more. Sensationalist reporting on Isla Vista brinks clicks and revenue to the Independent, so any shred of journalistic ethics is neglected when the Indy reports on IV. On that topic, you might as well be the News-Press.
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