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Posted on July 7 at 11:41 a.m.
I'm hoping City College Boards and Admin. have their own vision for their special, unique schools.
UC officials will ruin these schools if they take them over and turn them into strict breeding grounds for the UC system. The UC system has become too self-serving and too bloated with over-staffed departments, as well as UC researchers, who are forcing undergraduates to subsidize them with outrageous tuitions for mediocre undergraduate classes.
One year at UCSB costs an undergrad student $30,000-$40,000. Unbelievable!
Now days, most UC grads are much worse off financially. The lack of good paying jobs and extreme tuition debt make the UC education a shadow of its former glory.
City colleges offer better undergraduate classes than the UC system at a reasonable price (although SBCC's $46 per unit is getting too expensive for many high school grduates). Students benefit financially their entire life from the career programs like nursing and restaurant management offered at City College. And they actually can get ahead without all the school debt.
College should be about improving ones lot in life, not straddling kids with $50,000+ of debt upon graduation. If the UC system doesn't reform itself or just become purely a research institution that raises its own money, the online colleges will eventually eat their lunch.
On Skewed Distribution in Transfers to UC
Posted on July 2 at 8:42 a.m.
The term "Democrat" has become meaningless in local city politics, which is ashame. I remember when that term meant you were for voting rights, protecting the environment, and limiting growth to preserve public health and a healthy quality of life.....
The famous Population Impact Study has been buried over the years as it doesn't fit into the master plans.
Somewhere during the 80's-90's the term "Democrat" was sold off to developers and business interests which became part of local government agencies. The voting behavior of todays city democrats parallels the republicans of the 1960's-1970's in most ways. Not so bad but not so good either.
When confronted with REAL issues like OVER-DEVELOPMENT, todays democrats are trained at rolling over and play dead, which Lucky and the Angry Poodle know is bullshhitttt.
District elections are coming as poorer nieghborhoods continue to take the burnt of City projects that lowers residents quality of life.
Even if the bias comes from the State of California enacting policies that discriminate against poorer nieghborhoods, it would be nice to see some local modern day "Democrats" at least put up a fight.
On When Cattledog Meets Poodle
Posted on June 30 at 9:24 a.m.
AHC and SBCC are terrific for giving young people real job skills. I hope the community college system continues to grow in that direction. With the UC system too expensive for students without their parents financial help, I am worried about the rising tuition costs at SBCC. The community colleges need to lower their tuitions so everyone can have the oppurtunity to pursue a better life. SBCC is already becoming too expensive for many high school graduatess.
On The Nexus of Poverty, Education, and Economic Development
Posted on June 24 at 5:50 p.m.
A little sanity perhaps. Thank you Das williams and Hannah-beth Jackson!
Can you two co-authoer a bill to keep the mentally ill out of the expensive prison system and into mental hospitals as well? Thanks in advance.
On Too Many Moments of Silence
Posted on June 22 at 1:15 p.m.
The gun rights people can talk all they want, but it doesn't change todays reality that they are killing innocent people.
If California gets something on the ballot to restrict guns from the mentally ill and crack down on gun smugglers, I believe Californians will over-whelmingly support it.
The minority gun worshipers are being seen more clearly as being mentally challenged.
On Tax Bullets
Posted on June 19 at 10:18 a.m.
Santa Maria is not a safe place anymore. The gang scene in SB is nothing compared to Santa Maria. Why the press doesn't cover Santa Maria gang activity or advocate for action there is beyond me. That city needs help. The city cops alone can't handle it alone. The FBI really needs to take a look at Santa Maria. County Sheriffs appear to be disengaged.
On ‘Big Homie’ or Bumbling Gang Boss?
Posted on June 2 at 12:20 p.m.
Nice speech. What's your plan for building a coalition in congress to pass sensible gun laws?
On Lois Capps Takes Isla Vista Killings to Congress
Posted on May 31 at 11:50 a.m.
Goleta has lost so much of it's beauty and good land since the developers took over the city council. Over-development has turned Goleta another concrete mess.
On 'Goleta Is Thriving'
Posted on May 27 at 3:22 p.m.
Excellant idea Eckermann. We need to protect ourselves from the NRA and their republican backers who continue to support the right for mentally unstable people to purchase guns. And I'll bet money this kid grew up playing violent video games. American culture has become mentally impaired.
On Disturbing Details Released in Isla Vista Murders
Posted on May 25 at 2:13 p.m.
America has a mental health crisis on its hands. Building prisons doesn't protect us from mentally ill behavior. When will politicians wake up and fundamentally restructure public safety spending to address mental health. Access to guns is to easy for mentally ill people as well.