Native American activists appear to be facing a Carpinteria School Board majority that does not find Carpinteria High School’s Warrior mascot images offensive. Last year’s School Board, which voted to keep the Warrior name but remove Indian-style imagery, appointed a committee that will present removal recommendations at a hearing next month. Activists anticipate the current board will reverse the previous ruling-an action that will satisfy Carpinteria residents who believe the Warrior tradition should stand as is.
Isla Vista business owners concerned about UCSB’s Long Range Development Plan met on 2/11 to hear from Tom Figg, a Santa Barbara County project manager, about the various problems some perceive from the school’s plans to raise its population by 11,000 people by 2025. Among other things, Figg said that county spends $17 million on the school annually, while it only brings the county $9 million. He said he expected that disparity to grow in proportion to the school’s growth. (/islavista219)