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Posted on June 14 at 12:05 a.m.
On the politics, I'm just about totally opposite of Mr. Vice President, and Mr. President.
But... Mr. Vice President Biden .... he knows thangs, and has been through some horrible thangs, similar to what I've been through, and that some few folk in IV have also been through, especially recently.
I appreciate the VP's comments sincerely. We'll never agree on politics. But we could have some good beers together, comparing notes on our losses.
Thank you Mr. Vice President.
On Vice President Joe Biden Addresses UCSB Graduates
Posted on April 7 at 9:50 p.m.
IV was attractive in the days of Borsodi's. It felt good. And unique. The best of a culture that student patrons, and their good patronage could support. Tastes change of course. But IMHO, It has sucked since then. What can be done?
It's up to this generation of students, to envision the Isla Vista culture they want, and also up to this generation of students to envision the kind of IV that the larger community of Santa Barbara can support (perhaps grudgingly, as old fart OldDawgs, whatever). Students, reach out to us in the County and City please, we foot the bill, but we love you any way! But you gotta reach out to us now.
It is senseless to expect the U to come in and act like a city or county government. It could, but you gotta fund them for that. There's no magic bullet here, and the tuition income doesn't even pay for the schooling, to say nothing of IV redevelopment and municipal type services.
However there may be sense in asking the U, and Student Government at the U, to pony up for helping Students engage on a planning and revisioning exercise for IV. But its a crap shoot, we've done it before... its kinda sorta up to each generation of folk to "step up". And the "generations" that arrive have no living memory beyond the 4 year cycle.
Some other out of the box thoughts ... hey County, City of Goleta, City of SB ... want to offer incentives for Student Housing? ... sorta mix the students in with regular working folks paying taxes? Mix the neighborhoods up, get away from "ghettos", student or otherwise? No, didn't think so, you want UCSB to house them right there in IV, or next to it, and continue the segregated student ghetto.
So.... how about that lost Malaysian airliner, anything new on that front?
On The Death of Isla Vista?
Posted on September 19 at 2:49 a.m.
@ Eckermann - I agree with last half of your post. But the first part is totally off base. You give sh-t to Foley, asking how you do it long term on loans, saying the answer is that you don't. But the sh-t you load on Foley is precisely for doing what you say to do ... stop the loans which were a short term expedient not sustainable in long term. So why do you give him sh-t for this? It's doing what you say to do, but you punish it anyway.
Are you truly a friend to this cause in this North American reality or not? Yeah, Yeah, give us Denmark or some other unhelpful suggestion that ain't happening in this section of North America. Any other helpful ideas before we just totally tune you out, and tune out your unhelpful trashing of folks trying to do at least something good at Casa, like folks Foley and many others? That is, the Casa located in Santa Barbara, CA, USA ... not the one in Copenhagen or some other subsidized right thinking EU bliss state..The real, of the here and now.
Thanks for your lack of support, in the reality of what we live here, not the beautiful reality (or theory) of "there", east of the meridian. feel free to engage locally when you're ready.
On 'Tough Love' for Homeless Shelter
Posted on May 23 at 6:11 a.m.
Michael McQuade, it's up there in the second paragraph and stated quite clearly.... "paid for by grants from the California Coastal Conservancy and UCSB’s Associated Students Coastal Fund and coordinated by the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER)."
I don't see "tuition" or the raising of it mentioned. So what are you ranting about?
On New Stairway for Campus Point
Posted on December 12 at 9:51 p.m.
Yeah, tons o' money in the homeless business. It's a veritable gold mine ... not.
On Casa Esperanza's Winter Shelter Opens
Posted on December 7 at 10:04 p.m.
I'm sure ice skating is fulfilling. But nothing can match the pleasures of spending other people's money.
On Ice Rink Project Gets $250,000
Posted on December 4 at 8:35 p.m.
Ken V> "But the vast majority of Israel's Jewish population is of direct European descent."
Ken, I know wikipedia doesn't know everything, but I still think you're wrong on this particular point. They say that the Ashkenazi's are in the minority, which confirms my gut feeling that the Sephardim have become the majority..
On Whole World Watching
Posted on October 26 at 6:21 a.m.
I'm sick as a dawg right now, and Woodsman here has me looking twice or three times at my kitty cat as the culprit. Here kitty kitty .... on second thought, keep your distance kitty.
On Got Mice? Feral Cats Will Work for Food
Posted on October 24 at 5:02 a.m.
I have noticed elsewhere on these pages that Transition House needs some immediate help now. My impression is that they largely serve locals, the working poor if you will, folks struggling with situations but trying to work it out .... not young "crusties" or "bums" on the move who have chosen homelessness as some weird lifestyle choice.
While this debate rages and is good, I'd like to suggest a visit from each of us to Transition House's website, to make whatever donation you can. Then come on back and resume the argument with gusto.
On Demonizing the Homeless?
Posted on October 22 at 11:42 a.m.
For brother or sister spacey. I humbly offer this, it has helped me on occasion when I have said similar things: Matthew 7:3-5.
On Unite the Vote