Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

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By Jerry Roberts of Newsmakers

Seven weeks before the Nov. 8 election, the most consequential and competitive campaign contests in Santa Barbara center on public education.

Across the nation, the 2022 mid-terms feature a collection of bitter and costly political battles for House and Senate seats that may determine far more than partisan control of Congress: the anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian transformation of the Trump-dominated Republican party imperils foundational values of the American system itself: the rule of law, honest elections, the peaceful transfer of power, for starters.

Closer to home, however, the most notable and urgent election conflicts amid the local political landscape are unfolding over ostensibly non-partisan jobs that carry responsibility for overseeing the administration, finances, quality and safety of taxpayer-funded institutions of learning, from transitional kindergarten to college.

In an effort to magnify the visibility, and highlight the importance, of the campaigns of candidates seeking these low-profile, hyper-local, often thankless, but enormously important elected offices Newsmakers has partnered with the Montecito Journal to produce a series of online forums where the contenders debate, discuss and drill down on the complex, formidable and stubborn challenges facing public education at every level in Santa Barbara County.

This week we spoke with, and asked questions of, candidates for the Santa Barbara Unified School District, the County Board of Education and SB City College. All but one candidate on the ballot in the three contests accepted our invitation to present their ideas, values and proposed solutions for the difficult, sometimes seemingly intractable, problems confronting students, teachers, parents and administrators in our community.

We thank them for their participation and for putting themselves out there, doing the grinding hard work of competing in the public arena.

SANTA BARBARA UNIFIED

Kate Ford's surprise decision not to seek re-election has produced an open seat on the five-member school board, now being sought by three candidates with very different backgrounds and perspectives -- UCSB administrator and community activist Gabe Escobedo; retired classroom assistant Ephigenia "Efi" Banales (who had camera issues on Zoom); parent and non-profit executive Dan La Berge.

Watch the SBUSD forum via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Longtime board incumbent and prominent non-profit volunteer Marybeth Carty is being challenged by veteran neighborhood schools activist Rosanne Crawford. A key issue in the race: testing the limits of power and influence of the often overlooked county board.

Watch the conversation via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here,

SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE

The retirement of longtime trustee and SBCC professor Peter Haslund created an opening on the seven-member board of trustees. Nurse practitioner and CSU Channel Islands professor Charlotte Gullap-Moore spoke with us at length; her opponent, small businesswoman Debi Stoker, refused to participate unless we changed the format we chose for all our forums, a demand we declined to accommodate.

Watch the conversation with Charlotte Gullap-Moore via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here.

More to come.

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GeneralTree Sep 21, 2022 09:01 PM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

I see Christy Lozano is trying to slither back in - running for district 3 school board in Goleta. Her and James Fekner of the far-right group "Fair Education" were pitching some ridiculous private school idea at the Boys and Girls club and got run off. These are dangerous people keep them out of schools. Christy wouldn't even be re-hired as a teacher in Goleta or Santa Barbara.

fitz Sep 22, 2022 07:23 AM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

Just read the article on Noozhawk about a forum featuring many of the conservative candidates for the different school boards in the so. County. California Parents Union supports very conservative views. Never heard of them before but voters should be wary of anyone who is aligned with them. Writer starts with 'a room full of angry parents'. She then states there were 10 candidates and 15 people in the audience. These conservatives are part of a national movement that wants to control public education so only their restricted viewpoints are taught. These rabid anti-vax and anti-mask and anti-teachers union candidates need to be exposed for what they are. The Ken Burns series running on PBS clearly shows what happened in the 30s when people didn't pay attention.

Voice of Reason Sep 22, 2022 08:41 AM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

Those who were anti-vax, anti-mask and anti- teachers unions turned out to be right though. The vax didn't stop transmission and overall not necessary from most children. Cloth masks in schools was nothing but performative. Many teachers unions took covid as an opportunity extract more from the system completely unrelated to the virus / heath and safety. Parents should not and will not forget.

ChillinGrillin Sep 22, 2022 11:40 AM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

thE vAx DinT sToP trANsMisSiOn Lol. Stop beating the horse, Voice, it's already dead. The US had the most Covid deaths of any developed nation. In large part because a bunch of internet scientists thought they could treat a novel virus with essential oils, prayer beads, and horse medicine. To be frank, I don't really care anymore if they die, we need more natural selection and less idiots.

Voice of Reason Sep 22, 2022 01:01 PM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

We had the most covid deaths because we killed people by forcing them onto ventilators, not adequately protect those we knew were most at risk, prohibited/neglected to pursue and study early treatment options, and canceled any professional that dared speak out otherwise. You're also missing the point of the vax not stopping transmission, they knew it wouldn't stop transmission yet continued to push vax mandates on everyone no matter how young or low a risk covid posed to them all with significant consequences - students lost out on learning, people lost their jobs/livelihoods, and too many like you are okay chaulking it up as a "whoops" when it was anything but while pharmaceutical companies made BILLIONS paid for by the US taxpayer.

sacjon Sep 22, 2022 02:44 PM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

OK, I admit, you gave more than one cause of our high numbers and I focused on the first. HOWEVER, you are once again putting the blame on everyone else except the TRUE cause of our higher than normal numbers: Anti-vaxxers. Your list of "reasons" ignore the undisputed cause of such high numbers - refusal to vaccinate. It's been published and proven so many times, but will gladly provide links with quotes if you need.

a-1663879122 Sep 22, 2022 01:38 PM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

Just more fantasy FUD from the master of non-reason. Just like saying the vaccine didn't stop transmission. No vaccine can stop all transmission, especially when you have a significant cohort of stupid people who refuse vaccination. It did stop transmission in most cases from vaccinated persons where there would have been transmission from an unvaccinated person.

Voice of Reason Sep 22, 2022 02:13 PM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

Here you go Sac: "By using ventilators more sparingly on Covid-19 patients, physicians could reduce the more-than-50% death rate for those put on the machines, according to an analysis published Tuesday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene." https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/21/coronavirus-analysis-recommends-less-reliance-on-ventilators/

Voice of Reason Sep 22, 2022 02:17 PM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

Of course you jump on one of several things I listed and completely ignore the others. Chillin, it's called how we sent infected patients to elderly care centers, literally the worst thing we could have done to the most at-risk group. Anon @1:38 most vaccines, as defined by the CDC prior to covid, do stop MOST transmission, correct not all. The covid vaccines simply DON'T stop transmission, not even a little. You can of course call me all the names you want, but nothing I've written here in a lie or misinformation, doesn't really matter what you think, it's fact.

sacjon Sep 22, 2022 02:21 PM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

"physicians could reduce the more-than-50% death rate for those put on the machine" is NOT the same as "We had the most covid deaths because we killed people by forcing them onto ventilators"........ Not. Even. Close.

Once again, complete misrepresentation. Lately though, I'm not so sure it's intentional as much as just not knowing better.

Look, I get that the facts behind the high death rate in the US is hard to swallow for you and your side, but that's no reason to completely fabricate new "facts" especially with ZERO evidence.

a-1663887176 Sep 22, 2022 03:52 PM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

Participants in the aforementioned “forum” included:
Gabriel Morales
Caroline Abate
Christy Lozano
Sharon Jegottka
Debi Stoker
Efigenia Banales
Rosanne Crawford
Colleen Estrada
Dani Blunk

Any of these names look familiar?

The people of Santa Barbara county deserve better than candidates who run on a “chaos” platform with no real intention of service.
Follow the money and don’t vote for candidates who are and have been planning a deceptive platform of “parental rights”.
Again, follow the money $$$$

SB County, you deserve better!

lovesbalot Sep 22, 2022 09:35 AM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

Thanks to Gwyn Lurie & Jerry Roberts and his sidekick Henry for doing these forums. Thought the questions covered a lot of important issues and got to know the candidates better. With somewhat limited news in Santa Barbara you fill an important role of helping to inform the public. Public school races impact our whole community and it is helpful for voters to see where candidates are coming from .

Chevy67 Sep 22, 2022 10:21 AM
Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

Love that Roseanne Crawford admitted to telling Dr. Susan Salcido to "pull up her panties" but denied ever saying "I will turn people against you and I have a lot of influential circles in this town." Even though the Independent reported this was said verbatim and has the voicemail message to back it up.
Lies, lies, and lies.

https://www.independent.com/2022/05/18/superintendent-of-schools-race-grows-more-contentious-no-forum-planned/

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