Dozens of Carpinteria High School students and alumni crowded onto the corner of Linden and Carpinteria avenues on 4/25 in protest of the Carpinteria School Board’s decision to strip all Native American imagery from school property at the request of a student who found it offensive. Booster club president Mike Damron organized the rally and called for the resignation of the three boardmembers who voted to ban the mascot, the Warrior. (click here for more)

Santa Barbara City College hosted a meeting that heard testimony from several area organizations in favor of Measure V. If approved by 55 percent of voters on 6/3, the measure would net the college $77.2 million and a chance at $92 million in matching state funds. Among those praising Measure V were Mike Stoker of the County Taxpayers Association, Luis Villegas of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Hillary Blackerby of Democratic Women of Santa Barbara. (click here for more)

In place of trash cans, Harding Elementary School now offers compost containers. On 4/25, the school introduced its new “zero-cafeteria,” which aims to eliminate all waste. The school, working with the city’s Environmental Services Division, will compost everything out of the kitchen, including plates, utensils, milk and juice cartons, and leftover food.

UCSB students from the Armenian Students’ Association rallied on 4/24 to protest the Turkish government’s denial of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. The students also encouraged organizations to dissociate with No Place for Hate, an affiliate organization of the Anti-Defamation League, which they claim denies the genocide. Members of the Turkish community stated that there was no genocide, and that both Turks and Armenians died in a civil war. (click here for more)

Alumni and friends gathered at UCSB on 4/26 to remember Walter Capps. They praised him for founding Religious Studies 155, a class that bridged gaps between people whose lives were affected by the Vietnam War and students unfamiliar with the war’s impact. That class is now legendary for including guest lectures by war veterans, Vietnamese immigrants, conscientious objectors, and others.


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