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Posted on September 21 at 9:04 a.m.

Most likely the garish old Jolly Tiger sign would have fallen under the umbrella of historic architecture and if it were still there the owners would have to ask for a hearing to remove it. And the HLC would be insisting that it stay.

On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'

Posted on September 18 at 9:52 a.m.

It is both the best and worst of SB that we debate such things ad nauseum.
And bizarre that the Historic Landmarks panel should make the decision. The Cajun's entire building would never pass muster as an historic design. Ironically it is right across the street from the bloated city sponsored Paseo Neuvo that in no way resembles any building in Spain nor any authentic historic structure in SB and allows display windows the size of the mural displaying entirely modern products. The downtown area is about as historic as Solvang is Danish - which is to say, not much. Save the Gator Boy!

On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'

Posted on August 25 at 6:45 p.m.

khiggler's speculations, based on no knowledge at all of the circumstances of the wreck, seem out of line to me. I knew Mr. Newsam. He was an athletic, fit, tough nut of a guy, quick to voice strong opinions and even quicker with a smile and a joke. Last time I saw him he certainly gave no indication of being enfeebled or incompetent. I doubt anyone who knew him would have suggested he ought to give up driving. He was 82, and maybe age did play a part in the accident. But what's the cut-off age to disqualify a person from driving? 82, 72, 62? A lot of much younger folks have managed to drive off the road on San Marcos Pass. Probably better to forgo conjecture when you lack any specific information.

On Santa Barbara Man Crashes and Dies off Highway 154

Posted on July 31 at 9:43 a.m.

Yeah, Cappello had to sue McCaw for unpaid bills. I still think it is amusing to see how the prevailing wind blows various attorneys to bend this way and that.

On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

Posted on July 31 at 9:18 a.m.

Amusing to see Wendy McCaw's erstwhile mouthpiece railing against the entrenched white power structure.

On Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

Posted on July 31 at 9:08 a.m.

The high school should negotiate for a more substantial cut of the tickets or the parking lot income, but they should stay out of the parking lot business.

On Problems with Bowl Show Parking?

Posted on November 20 at 9:11 p.m.

Let's see: loonpt links Lew Rockwell and Lew links to Alex Jones and Jones links to chem trails and the assertion that the Newton shootings never really happened... given the overwhelming evidence (such as the proof that Oswald would never have killed JFK since he had been a marine, and you know a marine would be patriotic and all) who could doubt that the world is ruled by secret cabals?

On Oswald Innocence Campaign Descends on Santa Barbara

Posted on August 17 at 9:44 p.m.

Pronouncements of positive change do not equate to actual positive change.
There is nothing new in the methodologies described here - strong teachers have always used these sorts of techniques and credential programs have always taught them. Used to be called "critical thinking" skills and "discovery learning."
As for the Common Core approach, twenty-plus years ago it was all the vogue except it was called "interdisciplinary curriculum."
It's all good, and when employed by strong instructors with students who value education it is effective and engaging.
But none of it is the magic elixir to revolutionize American education. The achievement gap between wealthy kids with highly educated parents and poor kids who don't speak English will not disappear. And the gap between test scores for schools in wealthy suburbs and those for inner city high crime areas will not go away. LIfe is not that simple... sometimes there are social and economic issues that transcend anything that teachers and schools can influence.
Some of the educator comments in the article are right on point ("If the only place students are reading and writing is in English then we are screwed.”) Still, they are truisms we have always known and are are not new concepts stemming from Common Core.
Other comments are fantastical nonsense: "those who are good at following directions, finishing work quickly, and finding right answers" might be frustrated by the new curriculum demands. Not so much; kids with those traits already have all the problem solving tools mastered and will continue to excel. But students who do not follow directions, don't finish work and do not find the right answers will continue to lag.

On An Idiot’s Guide to the Common Core

Posted on July 18 at 8:59 a.m.

GZ was a neighborhood watch guy with a loaded handgun. That seems like the definition of "looking for trouble."

On Stand By Your Dog

Posted on July 13 at 10:51 p.m.

No Genus... you posted at 9:09 and again at 9:17. Seems like about 8 minutes to me but then you are the attorney with the eye for detail.

On Beware of Dogs Bearing Gifts

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