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Posted on January 23 at 7:43 p.m.
Why are highly-paid police officers gabbing around outdoors by a tree. There are schools and movie theaters to protect and where are their assault weapons and the tanks? Surprising that they aren't holding each other accountable by pointing weapons at each other! After all, one never knows when an uncoordinated or unstable colleague might take matters into his own hands.
On Too Successful for Our Own Good?
Posted on January 17 at 8:27 p.m.
Every once in a while I don't understand Mad Dog's point(s)!?!? Frivilous medical law suits?!? When was the last time that happened in Santa Barbara County? Blacks are a minority in our County and they aren't exactly shooting the hell out of each other with high powered weapons.
I believe in non-violence and the purpose of guns is to shoot and hit targets, whether alive or artificial. All public places, movie theaters and schools need to tighten up security around their perimeters and it can be done with out guns.
That said, what is the biggest cause of violence in our County? Drugs??? Butcher knives??? Atrocious violence in video games and the movies that dulls our senses of our humanity???
Give peace a chance!
On When Is a Dog Not a Dog?
Posted on November 4 at 7:36 p.m.
BTW...I am one of 7 children; a large family that couldn't afford to send all of us to CSU or UC. My first two years of college education were at SBCC and after two of my siblings finished their four degrees my good fortune was to finish up at UCSB.
On Schools' Success Not About Funding
Posted on November 4 at 7:29 p.m.
Dunno...Still think that ADP can run payroll for 1/8th of the cost of CEO
Posted on November 4 at 9:12 a.m.
Mr. Segal...You and I are in complete agreement about the CEO.
Posted on November 3 at 8:11 p.m.
Hmmm?!? I don"t know about your assessment, whatsoever. All three of my children did well in Santa Barbara's public schools and were exposed to enormous diversity and the best of the best. They also went onto universities after a completely fine education in the Santa Barbara Public Schools. In fact, I cannot think of a single one of their large group of friends who didn't go onto great college and universities, either. In fact, several of them are now doctors and lawyers. Go figure?!?
I truly don't see your perspective and if you were expecting the public school system and modestly paid teachers to shore up you child's experience, no wonder you are disappointed. All it might have taken is getting involved in the local public schools!
Posted on November 3 at 4:15 p.m.
All three of my grown children were born and raised in Santa Barbara and attended the public schools the entire time. In our experience, they had access to enormously gifted teachers in the former Santa Barbara Elementary School, the Goleta School, and the Santa Barbara Secondary School Systems. I can count on two fingers teachers who were mediocre and milking the system. In our experience, the site administrators were also very committed to education. Regarding arts and music, Ike Jenkins led numerous public school jazz bands to national competitions and awards, Mrs. Zimmerman, the aCapella choir teacher at Santa Barbara High School produced extremely high quality music programs year after year, and an art teacher, whose name I don't remember at Santa Barbara High taught students to make exquisite jewelry that would cost thousands of dollars to purchase. In all, I am grateful for the enormous talent and commitment our children had growing up and being educated in Santa Barbara.
I don't know whether you have had a chance to volunteer in classrooms within any of these systems. If not, I suggest you do so at Franklin School, La Cumbre Junior High, and any of high schools. Teachers cannot fix the problems in the system without the support of strong families, the community, or adequate class room funding. I am totally supportive of additional funding for arts and music.
Where you and I do agree is with the bloated administration in our schools, especially the County Education Office. The amount of money being spent there is a disgrace. The board is not elected and they operate invisibly within the education system. As you pointed out, they have very little to do with front lines teaching or learning.
The regrettable problem, in my view, is how to rein in these out of control bureaucracies yet not throw out the baby with the bath water, which is education of the next generation of students.
Posted on July 13 at 8:31 p.m.
Dear Annettealex..On the surface of it, wi.. wha..who...how..whe?? It's all great as long as cars, unenforced 2 hour parking, and driveways to no where are left out of the master plan. Yes, you are missing something!
On Build to Save More Mesa?
Posted on July 10 at 8:13 p.m.
Anybody know anything about the Pollard Family Trust? Is there more to the story than Theimer, Hawkins, and Kimball? Fact of the matter is that public access here has gone on for decades---possibly centuries. Ruins are marked on the site maps.
Posted on April 28 at 6:58 p.m.
Gentlemen...Big medicine is not going to deliver health care access or quality. The neighborhood that fails again and again surrounds UCLA and Sedars Sinai. The naive property owners believed in the system and bargained away their peace of mind and right to their existence in exchange for dense housing, persistent and disturbing noise, intractable traffic problems and lack of access to health/medical care.
So CHCS is a non-profit! That means the system is a well-endowed organization that doesn't pay property tax to compensate for all the services that are provided on the backs of the tax payers who do. Perhaps you can ask your foundation to mitigate this.
Please provide data that shows the efficacy of your helipad and build out of what used to be an affordable community hospital. Two months of helipad noise and five years worth of whatever measurement you purport to own doesn't show a trend and the complaints show what an arrogant neighbor The Cottage Hospital Health Care System has been come.
Thank you both for your patronizing response.
On Quit Complaining
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