Attempts by Santa Barbara City College to deal with $5 million in budget cuts are affecting more than college students and continuing education programs… co-operative preschools in Santa Barbara are feeling the pinch too.
For over 50 years, SBCC has provided TheOaks Parent Child Workshop, and two other preschool co-ops, with a tenured director. The co-ops raise the money for operating expenses, and City College flips the bill for a director. Recently, the long-time director for The Oaks retired and now SBCC is trying to save money by eliminating that position altogether reducing the director from a fully tenured position to a minimally qualified part-time position, which could decimate the program.
Adding insult to injury, SBCC President Andreea Serban and the Board of Trustees are reportedly refusing to put the “cut” on the agenda for discussion. This slight has forced parents to take out full-page ads and appeal to the community directly.
If you’d like to help Save The Oaks, and other cooperative preschools in Santa Barbara, contact information for the SBCC Board of Trustees is listed below the fold.
It’s unofficially Where’s Your Bag Day in Santa Barbara. A “Love Yer’ Bag” Rally kicks off the festivities today – 1 p.m. at Santa Barbara City Hall. The rally is being billed as an underground movement to end the use of single-use bags.
According to organizers, “residents are encouraged to attend what will be a visually stunning, fun, and inspiring event designed to convince City Council members to approve a November ballot issue to place a tax on use of paper and plastic bags.”
On the docket… today, the Santa Barbara City Council will discuss and consider spending $23,000 to conduct a public survey to “take the pulse of local voters about ways to reduce the use of disposable shopping bags (both plastic and paper), including in particular whether they’d vote yes on a ballot initiative to implement a nominal tax at the cash register of large retail stores for each disposable bag taken/used by the customer.”
On Sunday, the Santa Barbara Independent published a disturbing article by Chris Goldblatt, which advocated for the elimination of sea otters in the Santa Barbara region… so abalone and urchin fisherman could make a few bucks of their own.
“They Will Destroy Fisheries if They Colonize Here”, was the headline published by the once environmentally-friendly rag. “The otters are coming, and Santa Barbarans will be able to enjoy espying them from atop their cliffside mansions, watching them float in the kelp beds in the MPAs—where nobody is allowed to fish except of course the otters, who will gladly deplete the areas of everything with a hard shell,” wrote the beleaguered Goldblatt.
Wrong… the return of sea otters to our local waters should be celebrated! The sea otter is a symbol of wilderness, and integral part of California’s natural ecosystem, and serves as an indicator of for the overall health of California’s near-shore marine ecosystem. Plus, Santa Barbara residents in their “cliffside mansions”, would much rather see likable sea otters in their native environment, than disgruntled urchin trollers who sell our local resources to Asian markets.
Opinion: California’s Families Can’t Afford Nava’s Oil Tax Scheme
Joe Armendariz, executive director, Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association
In a recent article that appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent, Nick Welch, the paper’s executive editor, let the cat out of the bag as it relates to Pedro Nava’s true motive for pushing AB1604, which if passed would impose a 10% severance tax on California domestic oil production. In the article, Nick points out that Nava’s reason for pushing this new tax legislation is to gain favor with environmentalists who he hopes will help him in his race for Attorney General.
In other words, the Nava oil tax scheme isn’t about good fiscal policy, sound economic policy, or even smart environmental policy…it is about politics and Pedro’s personal ambition. And that is of course bad enough. But it’s even worse when you consider the impacts on our state’s families if Nava’s oil tax scheme were to become law.
All the dickering by the Santa Barbara City Council over marijuana dispensaries in the last few years could be moot by November… as a measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use will be on California ballot in 2010.
The state could certainly use the revenue from the legalization and taxation of California’s biggest cash crop. And, then there is the enormous amount of time spent chasing pot’s black market… last year in Santa Barbara County, nearly 250,00 marijuana plants, with a street value of about $750 million, were seized by the U.S. Forest Service, sheriff’s department, and narcotics agents. The plants were burned.