Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, June 04, 2007

Signs Referring to Jake Boysel in Bad Taste

Former school board member Lynn Rodriguez is correct -- these signs we've seen regarding the possible move of The Community Academy are "unconscionable". They may have gotten permission from the parents but it simply wasn't a good idea and does not help their cause. Read about it at The Santa Barbara Newsroon.


Anonymous Eckermann said...

It is sad when people feel that they have to appeal to emotion rather than reason in debates regarding public policy. It has been my experience that the appeal to emotion is a sign of frustration that one's rational arguments are being ignored or not addressed with a rational response. When public policy appears to be a "done deal" made somewhere in a dimly lit cubical warren outside the light of open meetings, those who feel excluded from the process or who feel that their rational arguments are not being fairly considered will invariably resort to emotional hyperbole in a last vain attempt to defend their point of view and exert some kind of influence on the policy development. Such a strategy has all the appearance of a hopeless "last stand" and is usually followed by a parade of lawyers.

6/04/2007 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't think of a better fit for gorgeous La Cumbre Jr High empty space than the uniformed, well disciplined, high-acheivers of SB Academy. The place already looks like a private school. This will make it look even better.

LCJH is an awesome place for an excellent public education. This is a real sleeper in our school district: Low student/teacher ratio, excellent results, lots of personal attention.

Extend the promise of superb K-8 education. This does not mean brown hordes are going to come climbing your BelAir hills. It means your children will be getting real world education which will serve them for the world they inherit tomorrow.

6/04/2007 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anthony Soprano Jr. said...

A few years ago the News Press had an article with a picutre of several injured cyclists in the bike lane on Modoc near LCJH. Perhaps they could search the archives for that and use it as well. The neighbors complaint is legitimate. The use of the sign may or may not be in bad taste. I do know that neighborhoods are desperate. Our orignal quaint quiet hood streets have been abused by the larger family commuters. Montecito Union recently aired its complaints about the hoods familys speeding by. Adams and its hood familys also complained 20 or so years ago. It just keeps getting worse as evidenced by all those minor streets getting humps bumps and chicanes requested by those who have a little traffic. I view this as ganster like behavior....really Soprano like...gansters are families too.

6/05/2007 6:04 AM  
Anonymous nomdecrayola said...

The author missed the boat by not getting a quote from the parents. Why would they think this is appropriate?

6/05/2007 8:02 AM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

You nailed it eckermann...The real issues are in the last few paragraphs of the SBN article. Invoking the Boysal tradgedy is disingenuous on the protesters part. However, I wonder if the issue is not disimilar with the social angst displayed by student bussing to enforce integration that was a hot button in my younger days...

"This does not mean brown hordes are going to come climbing your BelAir hills."

Way to place the race card anon 6:42pm

6/05/2007 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the race card on the table. When a kid gets killed on State Street it is news. When they get butchered in the hood it is business as usual.

Scratch the surface when you see the city acting irrationally in policy setting and you will see the race card staring you in the face.

So rather than saying we should not be talking about this degree of deep racism in our town, let's put all those cards out there on the table and stop using secret buzz words in their stead.

6/05/2007 12:06 PM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

Sorry 12:06, I honestly hit the post button too quick.

Bosal in my post s/b Boysel (Spelling counts)

"Way to place the race card (not inappropriately?) anon 6:42pm"
Is what I was sorta thinking...

At the risk of falling off topic... (let SDLG decide)

"...when you see the city acting irrationally..."

What racially motivated policy decisions (exactly) are you talking about? Do you think "race card" is a secret buzzword? Who got butchered in the hood? Maybe the hood needs to scatch itself and take a look.

6/05/2007 3:04 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

If Don Haws wants to draw a parallel to Megan's Law, then how about a law banning "the sun was in my eyes" as a defense? How about fighting for stronger laws protecting bicyclists? If he wants something good to come of Jake's death, then why is he doing something bad like misusing Jake as part of his transparently dishonest NIMBY campaign?

As for "the race card", methinks sa1 doth protest too much. The SB News Room article mentions white flight, so it is inappropriate to attack someone for commenting on that subject.

6/05/2007 5:50 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

"The author missed the boat by not getting a quote from the parents."

I think we should be glad that the author is reporting at all, given that he's doing it for free after being illegally fired and all. Let's take a moment to appreciate him and the others at the SB Newsroom, rather than slip into taking them for granted.

6/05/2007 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Chevy said...

If NIMBYS ruled then we wouldn't be bloggin. It always boils down to the representation. When you allow others to abuse your neighborhood... you speak up. We're all NIMBYs....its too bad that we don't embrace it and put all this developement for cars into a hood that votes for one would vote for it. If we were properly represented then cars would be minimally used. If you drive a car you're a victim of corporate brainwashing. My advice don't be so stupid and help the LCJH fend off this continuing the LCJH hood doesn't equally screw up your hood as well.

6/05/2007 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check the facts but I believe LCJS was built for over 1000 students and currently it serves only a few hundred.

There is plenty of room for the Academy, as well as projected traffic accomodation.

Tell us why you really don't want the Academy to share the LCJR campus. Really why.

6/06/2007 2:58 PM  
Anonymous emily said...

Leaving the insinuations aside, I'll offer from personal experience that it's not a great situation for little kids to share a campus with junior high kids. I know, because my elementary-aged child attends OAS, and daily we have to walk through the La Colina hallways lined with sullen teens with their profanity, their making out, their rude behavior that is intimidating, aggressive and extremely poor role modeling to little ones. The long-ago promise of a campus of our own has faded into oblivion, so we make do, seize the teachable moment and are grateful to have the alternative school at all. Oh, and the traffic situation there is a disaster waiting to happen, without a safe way to walk through the parking lot, and no amount of pleading can change the situation; we can't even get a crosswalk painted, or get cellphone-gabbing parents--who drop off their teens--to keep from steering their vehicles across the the lot to avoid the long line. They are in such a hurry they don't pay any attention at all to the pedestrian-parents walking their little kids to class. Maybe some of those reluctant parents have seen already what a mess it is at another campus, and would rather not have that become a part of their lives.

6/06/2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Thanks for the input emily -- I've thought the same thing for awhile. OAS is worth supporting!

6/06/2007 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parents can take back a campus and make it safe for their children. You are not trying hard enough. Where are your 1960's demonstration roots. Time for action. Get in their faces to get what you want.

And why are you comparing your situtation at La Colina with LCJH?

LCJH has plenty of room and is presently segregating different campus groups into separate learning centers. Academy students have plenty of extra room there to keep to themselves.

The school was built to handle over 1000 students. Try that on for traffic size if it were operating at full capacity?

I am not sure I can read past your arguments which you claim are beyond "insinuation". Give these great little Academy kids a break. They deserve some room to thrive and grow and get out of downtown which is far more the traffic hazard sullen school site for them.

These are great kids and supportive parents. This is exactly what every school should be begging for.

6/06/2007 9:48 PM  

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