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Posted on March 30 at 8:13 a.m.
So sorry to lose such a wonderful advocate for children and others. There are too few like Babatunde. He practically raised the Teen Center by himself. Sounds like he went peacefully and quietly, which is how he lived. A gentle nature, a soft-spoken intelligence. Such a charismatic man. It was a pleasure to have known and occasionally worked with him. He will be missed.
On Babatunde Folayemi Dies
Posted on March 30 at 7:49 a.m.
I can't think of anyone to fill Ken's shoes. You have to be big, a man, brave, sensitive, caring, smart, and know where all the hiding places are for the homeless. Brave enough to stand up to everyone who tries to shut you up, brave enough to approach a raving, confused, delusional stranger in the bushes, brave enough to bring your story to groups of prominent and wealthy citizens and ask for financial help. You have to listen to the needs of the barely articulate, respond with a pat on the shoulder and a caring face. You have to be loyal to your clients and not forget them, even when they die of cold or preventable illness. I walked with Ken one day and was deeply impressed by his link to our county's lost, the way they responded to him with love and a smile, and welcomed him into their space wherever it was. He was their friend. He was their advocate, yes, for medical help, money, a kind word, but most importantly, he was a friend to the friendless. Who can fill these big shoes?
On Longtime Homeless Advocate Retires
Posted on October 22 at 10:07 a.m.
It's deplorable that a town this rich leaves anyone homeless at all. A large percentage of the homeless are children, through no fault of their own. The economy is in the pits. But there are wealthy people here in Hope Ranch, Montecito & Santa Barbara who could easily finance low-income housing (instead of turning what we had into mini-hotels), and give everyone a safe place to come home to at night. Rents are too high, salaries are too low, jobs are going to laid-off teachers. Many young people can't find "starter jobs" but the rich could learn to share the wealth.
On How I Became Homeless
Posted on July 29 at 9:27 a.m.
It's about time. Now maybe we can move forward. As for Scooter's comment, it wouldn't have cost so much money if she had left willingly. Thank you to all the hard-working trustees.
On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence
Posted on July 24 at 8:44 a.m.
As an adult ed student since the mid-70's when some classes were held at the Alhecama complex, I have long enjoyed this wonderful Santa Barbara benefit. My mother took classes into her 90's, my daughter takes classes. I have tried to help save this program from the ravages by attending all the Board of Trustees meetings, helping to found ACES and elect new members who would listen to the public. Peter Naylor's report is the most succinct and informative historical document on this travesty I have seen. Thank You, Professor Naylor, for writing it, thank you, Indy, for printing it.
On An Insider's Colorful History of SBCC Politics
Posted on October 23 at 9:52 a.m.
When is the next meeting on Homelessness. I had to miss this one.
On Planning Commission Hearing Packs the House
Posted on September 5 at 10:51 a.m.
I was there too and was happy to meet the two contenders I didn't know well, Lisa Macker and Peter Haslund. As a student of SBCC adult ed for decades, I've witnessed the eb and flow of instructors and the excitement of new classes. But never had I experienced the politics behind the scenes until about a year and a half ago when courses began to vanish, teachers grew nervous about their jobs, and the school took this new direction. So I began attending board meetings at the college and saw the way things were going. I love Kay Alexander and what she said. I didn't love the way her ideas were sumarily shot down. Luis Villegas is also a positive voice who wants students to be recognized and heard. But some long-term board members are not so open to public comment. Plus I have never heard of a board where trustees stay on for 20-30 years and more. Shouldn't there be term limits anyway? I'm glad there are new people who want to help community college be what it was designed to be: of and for the community.
On Challengers Meet-and-Greet on the Mesa
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