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Posted on August 20 at 9:59 a.m.

Why was the 16 year old driving and the 18 year old in the passenger seat? If the 16 year old needed practice pulling the trailer, the Maldonado family owns acres of private property with miles of roads on it where the kid could have practiced without putting anyone in danger. I agree with the bike advocates on this string. I commuted to work for a long time on my bike and scrupulously followed all the rules of the road and still I had several very close calls nearly being hit by auto drivers doing stupid, reckless, and selfish maneuvers. Bicyclists are typically very cautious out of self-preservation while auto drivers can often be careless because being encased in steel gives them a false sense of invulnerability. I'm sure the kid feels awful. Most young people learning to drive experience some minor mishap in the process. How terrible that this kid's mishap cost someone his life.

On Investigation into Bicyclist's Death Continues

Posted on August 18 at 8:24 p.m.

Jarvis, how does one's employment status negate his or her status as a "person?" I respectfully, disagree with you. This was a conflict between two people (just as was the conflict between the adult stand-up paddle-boarder and the teenage surfer). With regard to Miller-Young's attempt to attribute her anger to some organic source (i.e., hormones associated with pregnancy), well, I agree that sounds silly. However, I understand that anger often feels as if one has been taken over by some foreign force and compelled to act in ways that seem uncharacteristic of one's normal behavior (e.g., The devil made me do it). Let's just agree that a couple of people with strongly held and opposing beliefs came into conflict and decorum and personal safety rights were violated as a result. It is interesting that I feel that I am able to understand and relate to both sides of this argument and discuss it without getting angry. Why can't others do so?

On UCSB Professor Sentenced to Probation, Community Service in Theft, Battery Case

Posted on August 18 at 3:54 p.m.

In my view, Judge Hill did just the right thing in bringing perspective back to this case. This was never more than an minor dispute between people who disagreed and let their emotions get the better of them. Professor Miller-Young should have kept her cool and not grabbed the sign, Ms. Short should not have chased Miller-Young across campus in an attempt to retrieve the sign. Both actions were examples of poor judgment brought on by over-heated emotion. Miller-Young has no doubt learned a lesson and been embarrassed doing so. I would hope that the Short family also learned a lesson. If one expresses himself or herself in a manner intended to offend people in order to make a point, that is ok, it is free speech. However, it is rational to assume that sooner or later, intentionally offensive speech will provoke the response of anger. Whenever the human emotion of anger is provoked the resulting human behaviors are unpredictable and can be unsafe for all parties involved. I would think that Ms. Short's mother should think twice about sending her minor daughter into situations with the intent to offend with the danger that anger will be provoked and the situation become unsafe for a minor child. One last word: Recently an adult male stand-up paddle-boarder punched a teenage male surfer at Campus Point. The assault was reported to the UCSB Police Department and they decided to do nothing about it. In my view, this act of adult on child violence was much more serious than the little shoving match between Miller-Young and Thrin Short. So why did the UCSB Police respond so thoroughly to one and not at all to the other?

On UCSB Professor Sentenced to Probation, Community Service in Theft, Battery Case

Posted on August 15 at 6 p.m.

In a vain attempt to avoid getting up with fleas shared by Jarvis and Ernie Salomon, I wish to be clear that I am all for taxing home owners to pay for the necessary expenses of SBCC. I just want SBCC to explain to me why the last bond measure wasn't enough and how the current bond measure will be enough. I'm willing to pay to keep the infrastructure spiffed-up. I just want to know what I'm paying for and what I paid for in the past. That kind of careful accounting seems to be lacking in all the information being disseminated. When I lived in IV in the early and middle 1970s, there were very few SBCC students living there. Now there are many SBCC students living there. SBCC needs to step up to the plate and take responsibility for using IV as a dorm or they have to provide housing on or near the SBCC campus. Like I said, I'm willing to pay, I just want to know what I'm paying for.

On Unchained Dogs of Pokey LaFarge

Posted on August 14 at 10:50 a.m.

Didn't the sales pitch for the last SBCC bond measure (Measure V, I believe) claim that the Measure V bond measure was all they needed for the next 30 years to spruce up the campus? Why has there been no accounting for how Measure V funds were spent and then an explanation as to why they weren't enough? I'm so liberal that Lyndon B. Johnson looks like a Tea Party member next to me and I truly believe in the bootstrap mission of SBCC (one of my kids took good advantage of it after having a lack luster high school showing). But my big question is: If Measure V was not enough how can we be assured that Measure S will be enough? Is enough even in the lexicon of SBCC or are we really having that old philosophical discussion regarding how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

On Unchained Dogs of Pokey LaFarge

Posted on August 11 at 9:36 p.m.

Yeah Dr. Dan, I remember Neil Young and the James Gang as well. How many times did we see Loggins and Messina and Jackson Browne at Rob Gym? Remember teepees in IV? How about the falafel stand? And all the beautiful, intelligent, witty women who might just sleep with you, or not, depending on their whim? Those were the days.

On Trouble in Isla Vista

Posted on August 11 at 8:06 p.m.

Way back we tried to initiate self-government in IV and failed. In the 70s it was a mellow place, especially in the summer. Back then when people had 9 month leases, the landlords practically gave away the summer rentals and the place was nearly a ghost town in the summer. The IV foot patrol would stroll through town (one sheriff deputy and one UCSB police officer) and tell you to take your pot smoking inside. We would surf the wind swells at Sands all summer and our long hair, the decks of our surfboards, and the floors of our showers were covered in tar. We worked minimum wage jobs in the summer and it was enough to pay the summer rents. Since pot was the drug of choice, by 10:00 PM at night the place was dead, the residents all suffering couch-lock and listening to Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. As I recall, there were very few SBCC students living there, even during the school year. We cannot return to those days, but something needs to be done to solve this problem. Perhaps we could give Cat's ideas a try, it can't get worse,

On Trouble in Isla Vista

Posted on August 9 at 7:32 p.m.

You're right Dr. Dan. If we want to prevent the extinction of the Santa Ynez River watershed steelhead, we need to find a way for them to access the upper regions of the Santa Ynez watershed, where the water is. The dams (both of them) are barriers but not ones that we cannot find ways around for the fish. The key is for the South Coast to live with less water which means less development and fewer lawns and more efficient use of treated waste water. Also all the folks in the Santa Ynez River watershed who are downstream of Cachuma would benefit from a system of continuous flow of some amount of water. The solution is at hand if we just accept limits to growth on the South Coast.

On Collective Chill Pill at Cachuma

Posted on August 9 at 4:13 p.m.

I suspect that the problem with the Hilton Creek project is that it is a wildlife conservation effort being implemented by engineers. Now, I like engineers and I think that as a class of people they are very smart. However, the biologists are best suited to steward a wildlife conservation project. It is telling that the solution to the pump problem is to fix the pumps and install backup pumps (a classic engineering solution). A biologist may inquire, should the survival of the Santa Ynez River watershed steelhead trout really rely on something as subject to failure as mechanical pumps? State Fish and Game biologists are protecting steelhead all over California and have been doing so for years (without resort to mechanical devices). Maybe the engineers should swallow a little chauvinistic pride and asked the biologists for some help with this problem.

On Collective Chill Pill at Cachuma

Posted on August 3 at 9:40 p.m.

So Jarvis, California ranks 36th among the states for per student funding of public schools. So, in a way, you're right, we should rank higher in outcomes than 45th. However, when you get to cold hard numbers, our ranking for expenditure per student roughly matches our ranking for outcomes. You get what you pay for. Also, it's not just Dos Pueblos that is putting out successful students on the South Coast. Santa Barbara, San Marcos, and Carpinteria High Schools are also doing a good job. The percentage of students from all the South Coast schools who go on to highly ranked universities is very respectable. If you are talking about public schools in in inner-city LA, the East Bay, and the Central Valley, fair enough. But that is a socio-economic problem that we cannot expect the schools to fix.

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