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Posted on July 11 at 12:33 p.m.
Let's hope for once Bill Brown has over estimated his numbers. Sadly, I fear this will, once again, be the case.
As we all know too well, he has a history of doing end-runs around all in his path from the voters to the Board of Supes. when it comes to getting what he wants. He simply can NEVER be wrong.
That's a costly & regrettable mistake we'll look back on when he's wallowing in his pork barrel retirement in Bora Bora or on his own island.
On Jail Funding a 'Moving Target'?
Posted on July 8 at 9:24 a.m.
Now that's a mug shot. Yikes!Not a happy looking camper there.
On Montecito Man Arrested After Threatening to Blow Up Home
Posted on June 25 at 8:51 a.m.
If this accused film-flam guy is convicted, I say right on!
I get so weary of well to do people essentially ripping off the unsuspecting to keep feather their nest. This guy's nest sounds like it was pretty comfy.
I wonder if he's going to use the skin cancer excuse to be out of jail? I've had many of those removed & trust me, you can actually walk & breathe when it's over. Start the violins. Hah!
On GOP Bigwig David Lack Faces Fraud Trial
Posted on June 24 at 9:24 a.m.
From the sound of all this, Big Homie needs to go to the Big House for good. End of this chapter
On ‘Big Homie’ or Bumbling Gang Boss?
Posted on June 24 at 9:19 a.m.
Howgreenwasmyvalley, JarvisJarvis & nomoresanity are spot on seeing through this topic.
Tenure today does more to protect weak, under performing teachers than to promote best of the profession.
How about really turning up merit pay for the ones who "deliver the goods?"
Let the students do teacher evaluations along with their parents. That's been done in colleges everywhere to a degree - where students rate professors in the course catalogs. Does the college admin see these? You're darn right! I have a few college admin-type friends and they absolutely use those comments to focus on specific teachers who get the glowing & opposite comments quarter after quarter.
This could also work at a lower level.
Tenure? Forgetabout it.
On Teacher Tenure Struck Down
Posted on June 20 at 9:38 a.m.
John Houchin says that SB teachers are evaluated every two years based upon six teaching standards. However, the problem is that a teacher who clears that one formal evaluation is granted tenure on the first day of year three!
The large majority of administrators simply do not want to fight teacher unions & organization. Hence, they look the other way & hope the weak educator will either get better or eventually leave. Sure, the site administrator gets the poor teacher "help," but is this really effective?
What Houchin fails to mention is how many of those teachers are not rehired & sent packing. From my experience, very few.
Sadly, the large majority of people that are talented at something simply can't teach kids between K - 12. You have to know what makes kids "tick" first!
Tenure worked many years ago, but we have changed as a country & can't continue protecting an institution that is in a huge state of flux.
I say make the teachers WORK to keep their jobs just like most another businesses. After all, these are our future leaders & workers & they need to be ready for whatever comes their way.
Posted on May 27 at 9:22 a.m.
Right on, ooshea.
In my opinion, the SBSO blew this one badly from the get go. That being the ill fated afternoon SIX officers interviewed Rodger at his apartment. They apparently NEVER checked the registered weapons database to see if this guy had ever purchased guns. This is simply inexcusable!
I wouldn't be surprised to hear Brown state later on as this botched interview comes front & center, that they did in fact check. If so, I say, Yeah, Right!
Sorry, SBSO, but you have to be on your "A Game" & the past year in IV, it's been more like your "D."
On UCSB Plans Memorial Service for Tuesday
Posted on May 26 at 6:54 p.m.
Why didn't the SBSO ever check to see if this whack job kid had purchased guns, considering they were there on a mental health check?
I'd think that would happen as routine prior to any visit of that nature.
Time for change, SBSO!
No more death at the hands of the mentally ill.
On Insights into Isla Vista Shooter Elliot Rodger
On Seven Dead, Seven Injured in Isla Vista ‘Mass Murder’ Shooting
Posted on May 26 at 6:53 p.m.
On Disturbing Details Released in Isla Vista Murders