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Posted on September 22 at 3:45 p.m.
Don't know how you've conflated public employees with UCSB.
There is no parallel in public employment to the part time lecturers and grad students at UCSB who get paid very little.
There are probably corners of UCSB that resemble the public sector… the police department, a lot of the housing and admin services… their salaries have moved way past those of the academics by the mechanism you mention.
Instruction is a ghetto at UCSB… bad equipment, facilities, low salaries, huge increases in workload over the past 5 years. Faculty who work hard on instruction get penalized… factors of 3 difference in salary where being retained for your research when you have an outside offer (and then demanding reduced teaching) is the difference. No place is paradise. Still, UCSB ain't bad.
On Chancellor Gets a Raise
Posted on September 22 at 2:52 p.m.
So with benefits his compensation goes from about $56/hour to $68/hour. Try hiring local legal representation for that. Yang does work 24/7.
Generally, the taxpayer is not liable for UC pensions, which are in a different plan than CalPERS or CalSTRS. Until 1991, the taxpayers of California regularly did make contributions. I think this year the State did make a contribution, but the UCRS is nothing like CalPERS, which dictates to the State how much to pay and when. UCRS asks and usually gets turned down, and the State legislature's analyst repeatedly points out that the State has no liability.
UCRS does problems, main primarily to bad financial planning: no contributions for almost 20 years by the employer, and huge bonuses (the VERIP payouts) to early retirees.
It was not a good year for UCSB: employees were told to drive to UCLA for medical appointments, there was a riot in IV, and of course the murders. Odd time to up Yang's salary, although he works extremely hard.
Meanwhile there are 1000's of UCSB employees who have slaved away in the past years with flat salaries. It can't feel good for them to see Yang get a big increase.
Posted on September 18 at 11:44 a.m.
The 2001 fiscal studies done for a variety of Goleta city hood scenarios unequivocally showed, at least at that time, that Isla Vista is a moneymaker for the County and would have been for the City of Goleta.
The biggest expense in IV is law enforcement and UCSB picks up 1/2 the tab for that through its contribution to the foot patrol.
IV doesn' t work as its own city because of the costs of new CIty attorneys, clerks, planning department, etc drives the budget into the red. But expanding the Goleta versions costs little if IV is annexed to Goleta, and IV annexation brings a profit to the City of Goleta.
All that was known in 2001. Omitting IV was not a monetary issue, it was a visceral issue on the part of Goleta city hood people. The RNA balances the money so the County gets its share of dollars that originate in IV but get spent inside the gerrymandered boundaries of Goleta. Of course the County does not spend those dollars in IV; those $ are spent bringing the pension fund out of deficit.
On Goleta-County Squabble Sparks Up
Posted on September 11 at 8:58 p.m.
blahmo says… ``That's because unlike douchetopian douchies, fraudster douchies keep their activity on the down low.They don't take selfies on themselves and post them on facebook or instagram being fraudulent douchies. Generation selfie? Whole other story.''
Hahahaha. David Lack? Hardly low profile. Prenatt? No way. The frauds of Montecito go for all the notoriety they can get. Maybe they don't take selfless but they got their names all over the papers and got talked about at the Coral and Lucky's etc.
On Fraudster Takes 10-Year Deal
Posted on September 11 at 3:56 p.m.
Well, there was 1970 in IV, where the first event was police accusing a young man drinking a bottle of wine of having a Molotov cocktail. They arrested and lightly beat him. A riot ensued. Who started it?
If the camera recordings from the 25 or so cameras posted on huge poles on DP are ever released to the public, we can figure out what happened at Deltopia. So far law enforcement have not released those videos.
Until then there are claims both ways: that the clearing of the streets induced the riot, and vice versa. Who you believe mainly shows who you sympathize with.
Don't see any groups of law enforcement officers in Montecito trying to keep fraudsters like Prenatt from committing their frauds. Hmmm… wonder why that is. Who knows. But again, the $ cost of all the Montecito frauds perpetrated over the years greatly exceed the costs of all the IV incidents.
Posted on September 11 at 10:13 a.m.
Prenatt, Lack, Pybrum, McGhan… upwards of $100 million of fraud… lawbreaking by Montecito's residents dwarfs in terms of $ anything that has happened in Isla Vista in the past few decades.
Where is the outrage? Where is the DA's task force on lawbreaking in Montecito? I guess when people are robbed with a fountain pen, that is just fine with Law Enforcement in Santa Barbara County.
Surely the uncaught Montecito fraudsters outnumber those that have been caught. Instead of addressing the huge frauds in Montecito, we have the Sheriff clearing the streets of Isla Vista with a resulting riot.
Posted on September 9 at 2:47 p.m.
Huh, would have thought you'd support UCSB students getting off of DP.
I know that spot, I think. A little arroyo with the caves to the left as you go down. Usually filled with high school students getting high. But it is an enormously fun spot, 60 years ago I might well have hung out there.
The `property owner' owns More Mesa, and calling them out would make them more likely to just restrict access to the whole of More Mesa.
On Student Injured in More Mesa Cave-In
Posted on September 8 at 4:06 p.m.
Yup, the reason the Sheriff gave for clearing the streets in IV at Deltopia in April was Desmond Edwards. But it has turned out that the case against Desmond Edwards is incredibly weak; not one witness said Edwards did it first hand. There was one bottle in the backpack and the backpack looks to not even be Edward's, but Donje Hill's.
It may be that Edwards was innocent and then presumed guilty because he was the first black guy they grabbed. It may be that clearing the street was not justifiable.
Or maybe Edwards is guilty and clearing the street was justifiable.
The evidence presented so far does not support the latter, yet. Last time I checked that in the US one is innocent until proven guilty, but clearly JarvisJarvis believes Desmond Edwards and IV is guilty until proven innocent. Why not move to Russia and enjoy the kind of legal system you love, JarvisJarvis?
If a bunch of rude drunk people is justification for clearing a street, why hasn't Santa Barbara during Fiesta had its streets cleared? Just as unruly as IV during Deltopia.
As for the destruction of public property: the stop signs were pulled out when law enforcement started marching with locked arms and flash grenades to clear the street. The crowd wanted the clearing to stop, and waved the signs at them to do so. Not very smart, but hardly reckless vandalism either.
On Learning from History
Posted on September 8 at 10:02 a.m.
Perhaps the trial of Desmond Edwards will inform what has to be learned from history. He was the person whose alleged behavior lead to the clearing of the streets at Deltopia.
But when everyone was sworn in to testify this summer, no-one testified that they saw him swing the `backpack full of bottles' (according to Sheriff Brown) that instigated the riot.
Then it turned out that there was only one bottle in the backpack, and the backpack had another person's ID in it… a US Marine named Donje Hill.
And the 15-20 cameras on 20' poles stationed up & down DP miraculously caught none of the incident.
It certainly doesn't seem like a strong case for bringing the heavily militarized law enforcement with their Bear & flash grenades in. Maybe one lesson of Deltopia is that law enforcement needs a lot more training. Another lesson is that IV is not Iraq or Syria; like it or not the people on the streets of IV are American citizens who have constitutional rights.
Not that I like Deltopia. IV would be better without it.
Posted on August 30 at 7:40 p.m.
I can't comment on Carmen Lodise' sewage.
On Sewage Pipeline Moved out of Wetlands