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ANOTHER DEE-TROIT? It’s horrible to contemplate, Montecito becoming a wasteland of empty chichi eateries, barren beauty salons, and echoing real estate offices.

Plastic surgeons in the unemployment line, the Coral Casino having a hard time filling cabanas, mansions going begging at 1960s prices.

How come? Well, Dan Walters, who’s been covering California politics since Jerry Brown’s first term, dropped into Santa Barbara the other day, warning that if California overtaxes the one-percenters, the state could become (gasp!) another bankrupt Detroit.

Barney Brantingham

If we keep raising taxes on the high-income elite, we could see capitalists fleeing en masse to tax-haven Nevada, depriving California of all that budget-balancing tax loot, Walters told the Radius Real Estate & Economic Forecast meeting.

Walters, a Sacramento Bee columnist who’s cranked out more than 7,500 columns over the years, warned that legislation can have “unforeseen consequences” in drying up income taxes and the flow of capital.

But the business folk who were gathered at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort relaxed a little when he noted that newly elected legislators seem more moderate than previous Berkeley-ites and that the recent legislative session was “fairly mild.” He sees rays of hope. Don’t panic, Montecito.

SEEKING SLEAZE: Before his talk, I told Walters about the time I headed up to Sacto in hopes of interviewing as sleazy a lobbyist as I could find, one bent on corrupting our Boy Scout legislators. I asked Jack O’Connell, then a Santa Barbara assemblyman and truly as pure as the driven snow, to find some cigar-chomping creep with hundred-dollar bills stuffed in his pocket.

O’Connell showed up with his wife and a young blonde lobbyist also as pure as etc., etc. No scandal there and no cigar for me, but an interesting interview anyway.

O’Connell, who went on to become state superintendent of public instruction, was at one time being urged to run for Congress (pre-Capps) and promised strong Demo support. But O’Connell had no desire to climb on the Washington merry-go-round and wisely stayed in California. Some thought he was bound for glory as governor, but that’s never happened either, wisely, no doubt.

LOVE, SEDUCTION, BETRAYAL: No, not this week’s City Council election, but Opera Santa Barbara’s staging of Puccini’s Tosca. It shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, November 8, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Granada.

LIFE OR DEATH: (No, still not the election.) It’s theater at its best when two fine actors passionately debate life and death. In The Sunset Limited, “White” (played by Joe Spano) is saved from suicide under wheels of a train by “Black” (Tucker Smallwood). After they argue such issues as whether there’s really a you-know-who, the question is whether White will embrace life or head back to that train station. The play by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) is being staged through November 17 by Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura.

<b>ALL THE PRESIDENTS:</b>  Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke to a sold-out crowd on Monday night.
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ALL THE PRESIDENTS: Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke to a sold-out crowd on Monday night.

REMEMBER BOOKS? Who reads serious books anymore, much less goes to talks by authors? Well, cynics might be surprised to learn that UCSB’s Campbell Hall was sold out for days before Doris Kearns Goodwin’s talk on Monday night, put on by UCSB Arts & Lectures.

Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was the basis of the Oscar-winning movie Lincoln. And now the Pulitzer winner’s new 900-plus-page wrist-breaker, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, which was published this week, has been picked up by Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio.

CHICAGO SNOWED IN: Although Santa Barbara has had four female mayors in just the past 30 years, the city of Chicago has had exactly one since it was incorporated 176 years ago. In 1979 Jane Byrne broke the male monopoly in “the city of big shoulders” after Chicagoans were enraged at City Hall because a massive blizzard paralyzed the town and snow clearance was glacially slow. Incidentally, the town’s first and only woman mayor was unseated four years later by Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington.

SPEAKING OF MY HOMETOWN: Santa Barbara High’s superb theater program is staging the musical Chicago, based on the 1926 play. Roxie Hart in trouble, murder, and all that. Tonight (I’ll be there), November 7, and November 8-10.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: The Santa Barbara Independent’s website, independent.com, has been named the Best Weekly or Non-Daily Newspaper Website in North America by Editor & Publisher magazine. We beat the big boys. Check it out: independent.com/2013eppy.

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2013 isn't going to be a good year for one percent'ers to realize any capital gains compared to 2012. I wonder if many local investment properties were unloaded last year.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 9:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Detroit? I don't think so. But those that can afford to keep their "legal" residence somewhere else may be more inclined to do so. What's bad news for the 1% in Montecito is bad news for property tax revenues, sales tax revenues and state income tax revenues.

Botany (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 11:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Increasing taxes on the rich might increase government revenues, but cutting welfare to the rich would have a much more dramatic impact. Quantitative Easing is welfare for the rich. $85 billion a month goes to propping up asset values and making cheap money available to the wealthy. Meanwhile, the bottom is dropping out; hence Detroit.

Let the GAO audit the Fed.

native2sb (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Out of state residents still pay sales tax, and must pay property tax on their instate properties. The tax difference happens at the State level.

If those who declare residency out of state have more money leftover, they can spend it here if they choose, propping up the sales tax and hopefully the local economy.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 2:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

seems like more and more people are "part-time residents of Montecito"
Oprah, Ty Warner ... are two big income people that are not Californians.

loneranger (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 5:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

native2sb said it... No need to tax the rich, just stop giving them so much damn welfare.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 6:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm a fan of Dan Rather as well as Occam's Razor. I didn't mention FEMA camps and guillotines here, but they fit. Hopefully we won't see Montecito residents bailing for any reason, and Rather or someone with similar knowledge and insight can blow this out of the water or propose a scenario we'd all prefer.
Taxes are a small part of the current economic picture. We're on the verge of a global economic meltdown and collapse of the value of US currency. World Bank attorney and economist Karen Hudes, among many others, attempted to warn US leaders about this for years, and eventually realized that the corruption; corporate governance irregularities and accounting problems, was supported by the entities that control the world economy. Her economic analysis identified 41 financial entities. Hudes, who received her J.D. from Yale and her M.Phil. in economics at the University of Amsterdam, has been removed from her position as Senior Legal Council for the World Bank, an Independent Specialized Agency of the UN system since 1947. Obama's negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and his current attempt to fast-track its ratification is an additional step towards a global free market economy. Karen Hudes has predicted collapse of the US economy, global currency wars, and probable (90%) imposition of martial law for years. Kahudes.net

14noscams (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 6:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Part 2

UN-WIDER, a UN organization whose mandate is redistribution of wealth from wealthy to poorer nations, has promoted this through its Agenda 21 and IPCC report recommendations, the International Panel on Climate Control. The IPCC's report isn't the result of a scientific investigation of the causes or effects or impacts of global warming; it's a means to divert $60 billion from the US to poorer nations and reduce US CO2 production to 10% of its current value. The UN also advocates reducing the world’s population by around 90% of its present value.
The amount of paper currency exceeds its value in gold, so there’s not enough gold to exchange it all. Germany repatriated $17.6 billion in gold this year.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 6:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Part 3

I think there’s only only one major process in play; a NWO that’s been planned for decades, and it’s not a program based on economic justice and social conscience as the UN is marketing it; it’s a plan by those who control nearly all the world’s resources to grab the rest, exterminate the majority of the world’s population, and establish a Stalinist or Maoist slave worker global government. It’s not a theory I’m capable of constructing; it’s one those involved and/or support it have shared for years:

UNESCO Courier, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famous Emmy award winning film producer and ambassador for the environmental movement, said in 1991,
"It’s terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day."

"Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history." -David Rockefeller 1973 (NY Times 8-10-73)

14noscams (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 6:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Part 4

The United Nations doesn’t just talk about killing people in the name of saving the earth, they’ve actually put their plans into action. The Burmese army killed two thousand people and drove thirty thousand from their homes to make way for a United Nations biosphere sanctuary (source: London Guardian, March 23, 1997).

"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about?" -Maurice Strong (U.N. environmental leader)

"To achieve One World Government it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, their loyalty to family traditions and national identification." -Brock Chisholm, while director of UN World Health Organization

“It is the sacred principles enshrined in the United Nations charter to which the American people will henceforth pledge their allegiance.”
President George Herbert Walker Bush Addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations, February 1, 1992

"Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective - a New World Order - can emerge... We are now in sight of a United Nations that performs as envisioned by its founders." - George Bush (September, 1990)

“The United Nations is the greatest fraud in history. It's purpose is to destroy the United States.” John E. Rankin, a U.S. Congressman from 1923-1953

"The UN provides cover almost the same way the Taliban does. It serves as the laboratory, the linchpin for legitimizing incendiary rhetoric (against the West in general and America in particular)."
- Harvey Kushner, Long Island State University Professor of Criminology (terrorism analyst)

"The total world population should be not more than 2 billion, rather than the current 5.6 billion." --Cornell University professor David Pimentel, speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1994

14noscams (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 6:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Part 5

There was very strong agreement that religious institutions have to take primary responsibility for the population explosion. We must speak far more clearly about sexuality, about contraception, about abortion, about the values that control the population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. cut the population by 90 percent and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.” -Dr. Sam Keen, philosopher, at the 'State of the World Forum', sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation and attended by many worldleaders, San Francisco, 1995, as quoted by William Jasper in 'Global Gorby', The New American, Oct. 30, 1995

"One-fourth of humanity must be eliminated from the social body. We are in charge of God's selection process for planet earth. He selects, we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death." - Psychologist Barbara Marx Hubbard - member and futurist/strategist of Task Force Delta; a United States Army think tank.

Karen Hudes:
http://kahudes.net/
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/03/...,
http://2012thebigpicture.wordpress.co...
UN/World Bank http://www.un.org/en/peacebuilding/pb...
NSS Memorandum 200 http://www.whale.to/v/memorandum.html
Global warming http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/1...

14noscams (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 6:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

“It is the sacred principles enshrined in the United Nations charter to which the American people will henceforth pledge their allegiance.”

George Bush
President George Herbert Walker Bush
Addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations
,February 1, 1992

Is this treason?

14noscams (anonymous profile)
November 7, 2013 at 7:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You do get your information from some highly suspect sources.

"The Heartland Institute has a long history of valuing the interests of its financial backers over the conclusions of experts. It has campaigned against the threats posed by second-hand smoke, acid rain, and ozone depletion, as well as the Endangered Species Act. With its aggressive campaigning using tools such as billboards comparing climate change “believers” to the Unabomber, Heartland makes no pretense at being a scientific organization.

Heartland’s funding over the past decade has included thousands of dollars directly from ExxonMobil and the American Petroleum Institute, but a large portion of their funding ($25.6 million) comes from the shadowy Donor’s Capital Fund, created expressly to conceal the identity of large donors to free-market causes. The Koch brothers appear to be funneling money into Donor’s Capital via their Knowledge and Progress Fund.

Heartland’s credibility has been so damaged that mainstream funders have been abandoning the organization, and it has been forced to discontinue its annual climate conference."
http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/20...

There are a couple true statements in your lengthy excerpt - but the rest is balderdash.

As for the Bush quote, the allegiance is to principles not the organization, and the US has hardly been a UN devotee. Where is the link to the London Guardian quote, and what is the name of the biosphere sanctuary that was created? In the absence of reliable facts, it is hard to believe anything especially since that fact-free organization NIPPC was referenced.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Another epic thread hijack by one for no scams. The comment section of the Indy is a joke.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

after 6 posts noscams just reveals how full of fear and negativity s/he is; agree HG, retread the troll on this highway

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 9, 2013 at 8:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Jack O'Connell was "not pure as driven snow". He filtered everything through the lens of the California Teachers Unions. He was as shrewd and self-serving as most progressives who hold elected office. Brooks Firestone with no small dose of privileged naiveté deserves the "pure as driven snow" moniker far more than the cynical survivor O'Connell.

Look no further than what you just wrote Brantingham if you still can't figure out why you no longer were a good fit for NewsPress readers. We don't need your progressive pap in our pulp over there. You found a far better ideological and non-critical home on these pages.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Lenses don't filter, lens filters do. Get it right or stay out of my department.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 11:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

hey, I know Jack a little, and while he certainly DID represent the issues for teachers' unions, as a former teacher he also pressed for reforms and educational changes to benefit our children. Not his fault the state funding dried up. And no, Prop 30 has not begun to fix it.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 1:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think it's more the drama and less the taxes that drive people from Montecito.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 2:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Barney Brantingham is a better writer than anyone left at the News Press. And that includes Scott "I'll pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" Steepleton.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And foo filters everything through unions-are-always-bad opaque filter - which foo has every right to do in a free country - hence others are allowed to filter through their biases. Everyone does it; it is a given.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 5 p.m. (Suggest removal)

....therefore, from now on, "foofighter" will be known as "foofilter".

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 7:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

K-14 has always gotten 50% of state general revenues, so funds for education never "dried up". They flowed constantly and lushly.

Nor is using the go-go bubble years the proper benchmark for school funding. Therefore, there were no "drastic cuts" when the bubbles finally collapsed. They were a reality check. Disgorging ill-gotten gains are not cuts.

Can't have it both ways: hating the rich for running up the bubble and then mad at them when it got taken away because the unions loved slurping up the excess.

Barney's knee-jerk liberal bias is a perfect fit for these pages. But we came here to bury O'Connell who never knew a favor he would not toss K-12 unions; not to praise him.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 7:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Very, very opaque filter - to the point of nofacts.

"The Governor increased the trigger cuts targeting education to $6 billion. Education would take 99% of the cuts even though schools only receive 50% of funding.

The Legislative Analyst offered an alternative to the Governor's trigger cut which would reduce the K-14 programmatic cut from $2.7 billion to $1 billion.1

The Republican "Budget Roadmap to Protect Classrooms and Taxpayers" identified more than $4.4 billion in alternative savings that could be used to avoid education trigger cuts. The Governor's May Revision used approximately $2 billion of those solutions to avoid cuts to health and welfare programs, while at the same time increasing the proposed trigger cut to education. The Legislature could reject the Governor's proposal to divert savings to non-education programs and redirect savings to schools to eliminate or dramatically reduce the Governor's proposed education trigger cuts. "

http://www.arc.asm.ca.gov/BudgetFactC...

Kind of the opposite of lushly.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
November 10, 2013 at 9:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Always easiest to blame the messenger.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 2:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's look at the bigger picture. Raising taxes on the wealthy won't drive them out of Montecito if they are very wealthy. The problem is, California is so regulated in other areas that it hits those of us working-class folks. When you regulate small businesses, and everything else to the extent that California does, those costs get passed on to the consumer, and then one by one we leave the state because we have to do so.

Go to the "red" states and often you will find things are much cheaper. Walters and the progressives go at each other while neither sees the Big Picture.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 6:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A polarizing filter ... (rim shot).

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tuto...

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 9:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Facts: Prop 98 guarantees 50% of state general revenues go to K-14 education. That is a lavish funding commitment for just a single part of the state's mission to its residents.

The word "cut" is tricky. Balancing a budget is not making "cuts".

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

From the NEA: California is the third highest pay state for teacher's salaries, but it also produces some of the most dismal results:

3. California

> Average Salary 2010/2011: $69,434

> # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 21 (49th)

> Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 270.44 (46th)

> Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 252.63 (49th)

> Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 97.5% (6th)

> High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 6.35% (31st)

Read more: The Ten States That Pay Teachers The Most (And Why It Doesn’t Matter) - 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/investing/2011/0...

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 9:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@foofighter: "From the NEA: California is the third highest pay state for teacher's salaries, but it also produces some of the most dismal results:"

If anything, those cherry-picked stats you posted point to far greater problem than teacher salaries. Most of those dismal results have nothing to do with the teachers themselves. In fact, it looks more like class size and curriculum are the issues, and that teachers are doing their part in retaining attendance.

I am also curious how much student load debt teachers now carry. If it requires a Masters to really hit the upper salary ranges, the last two decades of this wonderful financial gutting and privatization of the UC and Cal-State systems means those costs for graduate degrees and public institutions have sky-rocketed. So how much of that 'average teachers salary' is going back into the system as student loan payments?

EatTheRich (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Since easily 80% of education costs are personnel costs and teachers make up the bulk of education personnel, the reason for rising education costs is the rising salaries, benefits and perks now guaranteed to the teachers themselves. Look at the faculty parking lot of any of our local ed institutions and you will not see beat up old Fords; but more likely Priuses and BMW's

This is why education has become so expensive and students feel forced to take out loans. After all saving up and working is so déclassé these days, when easy student loan money is thrown at you instead.

The education industry's straw dogs (aka the unions) need to go back to obedience school. They are barking up the wrong tree.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 10:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

NEA- the National Education Association -"cherry-picked" the stats. showing California is the third highest paying state in the nation for teacher salaries, while showing nearly rock bottom educational results (49 out of 50).

CTA has some 'splainin" to do.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

agree Eat that "class size and curriculum are the issues," NOT teacher salaries! As often, foo looks down the wrong end of the telescope.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

foo wants to focus on expenses and teacher unions, most of us are interested in how much STATES pay "per student" -- this site (stats only for 2010) shows this http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/...
And Vermont leads with expenditures of $18,900 per student [these are regionally rated] and the usual high-achieving states are all in the upper quartile (many in the Northeast). Foo: as of 2010 Calif was 48th in spending at just $8,482 spent per child per year... this explains some of the dismal test scores. While Prop 30 added a bonus, Calif is still very low. We are still not at pre-2007 Recession levels. Try to see some data that doesn't agree with your presuppositions.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@foofighter: "Look at the faculty parking lot of any of our local ed institutions and you will not see beat up old Fords; but more likely Priuses and BMW's."

Bull. I personally know several public school teachers. All of them rent, none of them own BMW's. You're simply making this nonsense up.

@foofighter: "This is why education has become so expensive and students feel forced to take out loans. After all saving up and working is so déclassé these days, when easy student loan money is thrown at you instead."

If someone were to save the amount it costs to get a two year degree at a public university, they could put a down payment on a home. (Maybe in Goleta, not in SB...)

It costs over $31k to get a two-year masters degree (that's just in fees, by the way) at a UC or Cal-State (which they're looking to raise to over $40k by 2015 at the UCs). So right now, that's about 50% of the AVERAGE annual teacher salary to get that Master's in education at a PUBLIC university in order to get anywhere near that average salary. And good luck doing that with a family to feed.

Sure, throwing money at public education isn't going to solve everything, but this notion that it's the fault of the teachers when CA has spent the better part of the last 20 years treating our educational system as expendable is just insane.

EatTheRich (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It is the fault of the teachers. The buck stops with them. Who else do you want to hold accountable.

Their pay has skyrocketed, they already take 50% of all state general revenues and they can't produce student outcomes better than one level above the bottom?

How does the 50% state tax revenue guaranteed under Prop 98 prove we are "treating our educational system as expendable"?

How do the hundreds of dollars added to our property tax bills every year on top of the Prop 98 50% guarantee prove we are "treating our educational system as expendable"?

I look forward to your specific answers. Teachers unions can't back off asking for more money and they can't fix the system because they would then lose the justification for asking for more money. That is what is wrong with education today. Greed and intentional distortion of the fundamental realities of why students have become victims of the system; not its beneficiaries.

Your only answer is more money - so how much more money. How much more than 50% of all general state tax revenues do you want? Put a number in your answer. How many more parcel taxes and bond issues do you want to put on our tax bills? Put a dollar figure on that answer too.

Go ahead, we are all waiting. And notice all you are demanding is more money, and not a shred of a counter-offer of better results or educational reform, including reform of teacher training programs.

I can only hope Arne Duncan sticks to his guns and denies further federal funding now that the California state teacher union has even refused to test for outcomes any longer.

Yes, teachers are to blame. You are the ones choosing your public face and your public union representation.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 11:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ahh, foo, you need some schoolin' fellah! Sorry, no more help for you.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

defining the TROLL called foofighter:
"One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument." You are boring, too, foo.
www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?te...

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Time to also ask why the Tobacco Tax billions that have gone out now for over 20 years to First Five state pre-schools have not harvest better educational outcomes, as luridly promised.

Remind me again why this state is accused of treating our education system as "expendable".

Money flowing into California K-12:

--Prop 98 50% guarantee of all general state tax revenues
--Tobacco tax support for First Five pre-schools (billions)
--Property taxes for school bond construction issues
--Parcel taxes for special school program funding
--Federal education dollars and Head Start programs
--Private donations to education
--Grants
--Bakes sales, car washes and cow pie bingo

Forget even talking about the new Prop 30 money, because if Santa Barbara does not get what it thinks it should, it is not a "cut". Be satisfied with all the extra SBUSD bond issues and parcel taxes you got instead.

We know this public largesse has harvested third place for top paid teachers in the nation. But why has this public largesse also harvested the bottom 49th ranking in education outcomes for our state?

Why hasn't First Five and Head Start long ago closed the gap between english learners and their dismal scores that track them through the rest of their educational careers ?

Why are we graduating higher rates of students who still need remedial education in english and math every single year?

What is the road block that keeps California test scores virtually at the bottom of the heap every year, while paying teachers virtually near the top. What are we really doing "for the children" in this state, that we have sunk this low and paying so much.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 12:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yawn.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 1:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

native2sb hit it correctly: "Quantitative Easing is welfare for the rich."

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2013 at 4:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dan Walters; journalist hack. Thanks for the tip Barney!

spacey (anonymous profile)
November 12, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nevada as a tax haven? What's this I just read a few days back about the elites taking up residence in South Dakota? Anything to it?

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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