JUNE 9, 2011 TODAY’S WEATHER
Wind: West 10-15 kts. Swell: West 3-5 ft. Temp: 56° F
Tide: Low: 10:20 a.m. High: 5:20 p.m. Low: 12:02 a.m. High: 5:34 a.m.
Mostly Cloudy, Cool 67°
DOW: 12,048.94 -21.87
BY NICK C. TONKIN
After a national search, David Cash has been named the new Superintendent of the Santa Barbara School Districts to replace the retiring Brian Sarvis. “I’m very excited to be back here and part of the educational team in
ʻMike on the Moveʼ discusses decoding messages about a Montecito landmark, and ponders its future in this weekʼs column.
Arizona fire still severe threat
Arizonaʼs second-largest wildfire on record roared unchecked through the eastern part of the state for an 11th day Wednesday, leaving 600 square miles blackened and forcing thousands of edgy residents holed up in two towns to flee.
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Santa Barbara,” Cash told the Board of Education at a special session today. The board selected Cash for the district’s $209,000 per year top spot from a
field of 58 candidates. He served as superintendent at Clovis Unified School District for two years. Cash, a 55-year-old Long Beachnative, first came to Santa Barbara to study at UCSB. Cash is no stranger to the Santa Barbara School District; he was the principal of Goleta Valley Junior High from 1992-95, and prin-
cipal of Dos Pueblos High School from 1999-2004. He was also a teacher at Peabody Charter School. Board president Annette Cordero said Cash was the right pick. “We had a lengthy and very competitive process to bring Santa See SCHOOLS, page 5
Santa Barbara County officers also awarded in ceremony BY NICK C. TONKIN
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Cpl. Robert Prescott got the call that there was a fire on the second story of a house in Santa Maria. He and other law enforcement officers raced to the scene. They were told children were inside the house, but after a search, they couldn’t find anyone. Then a woman in front of the house told officers that there were two children inside. Officers rushed inside and Prescott found a frightened boy in a downstairs bathroom. He carried the frightened 5-year-old boy out, and to safety. For his heroic deed, Prescott won the H. Thomas Guerry Valor Award, in a ceremony on Wednesday at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Room. “I’m very honored,” Prescott told the Daily Sound. “But I think any other officer would have done the same, I just happened to be the one who found him.” The county every year honors outstanding law enforcement officers. The recipients yesterday ranged from police officers to district attorneys in the Santa Barbara County area. “We’re very pleased to give these awards every year to the men and women that serve us daily out in the field,” said Bob Hart, president of the Santa Barbara Citizens Council On Crime. See OFFICERS, page 2
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Cpl. Robert Prescott of the Santa Maria Police Department with the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Valor Wednesday at Santa Barbara Countyʼs Board of Supervisors room, given for rescuing a boy in a fire last year.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
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Prescott (center), with Deputy DA Megan Ross (left), Santa Barbara County District AttorneyĘźs Office; Officer Mark Streker, Santa Maria Police Department; Detective David Millard, UCSB Police Department; Deputy Probation Officer Mark Grunewald, Santa Barbara County Probation. REcipients of the Superior Award were Officer John Kattai (back row, left), Santa Barbara Police Department; Deputy Brice Bruening, Santa Barbara SheriffĘźs Department; Deputy Ruben Cintron III, Santa Barbara SheriffĘźs Department; Sergeant Erik Raney, Santa Barbara SheriffĘźs Department; Deputy Robert Samaniego, Santa Barbara SheriffĘźs Department; Deputy Charles Anderson, Santa Barbara SheriffĘźs Department; Officer Steven C. Geraurd, CHP Santa Barbara Area
Superior performance awards went to five Sheriffâ€™s officers, Sheriffâ€™s Sgt. Erik Raney, Sheriffâ€™s Deputies Charles Anderson, Brice Bruening, Ruben Cintron III, and Robert Samaniego, for conflict resolution. Two highway patrolmen, Officer Michael Gruver and Stephen Geruard,
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were honored for DUI arrests and community involvement. David Millard, a UCSB detective, received his award for performing extensive community outreach. John Kattai, a Santa Barbara Police officer, was honored for his outstanding arrest and report record. Another Santa Maria officer, Mark Streker, discovered a witness-tampering scheme during a courtroom trial.
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Mark Grunewald, former police officer now working in probation, was awarded for developing programs to deal with sex offenders. Deputy district attorney, Megan Ross, received her award for obtaining convictions on three difficult cases. The Thomas Guerry Awards are named after Detective Tom Guerry, a Santa Barbara detective shot and killed in the line of duty in 1970.
Frogs, the Messenger and why men need patience MIKE ON THE MOVE
out tomorrow in the Messenger. The Montecito Messenger debuts this Friday. If you didn’t read Josh Molina’s story last week, the Messenger is a new weekly paper – One of the main reasons I love a bold adventure in this unpreSanta Barbara has to do with an old dictable economic climate. I was joke. It goes like this: ‘Five frogs asked to write a little investigative are sitting on a log. Four decide to piece for the inaugural issue – and jump off. How many are left? Five. you’re getting a sneak preview – on There is a big difference between the legendary Miramar Resort deciding and doing.’ Hotel, which first opened for busiI’ve lived all around the U.S. and ness 124 years ago, “on a dusty MIKE hung out in a lot of dark places plain above the Pacific.” BOWKER where they serve good wine in There are a lot of rumors, some of them pretty wild – about what is happening Europe, but I’ve never experienced a community where so many people DO. Europeans to that old resort – which ones are true? Does always talk about the “energy” and “optiTy Warner still own it, or is it, as I heard, mism” of the U.S. as being the difference owned by the red-headed actor, David between us and every other country in the Caruso? world. Or is it owned by the developer of The I’ve never seen that spirit manifested any Grove about whom a Los Angeles newspaper better than in Santa Barbara, Montecito and once wrote: “It’s his world and we’re all just Goleta. So many people I know here have it: shopping in it.” And what’s going to happen Jeff B., Asaf, Rebecca, Cindy, Sam, Judy, to the now-derelict resort and when? For less than the price of a cup of JOE, you can find See BOWKER, page 12
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The June Gloom may have arrived a little later than usual this year, but it will keep us mostly cloudy and cool today as highs only warm into the 60s. Some more sunshine is expected tomorrow before we see the clouds fill back in this weekend, dropping temperatures back down to the 60s.
Mostly Cloudy, Cool 67° Friday Saturday
AM Fog, Warmer 54/71°
More Clouds, Mostly Cooler Cloudy, Cool 54/68° 55/69°
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Secret meetings? Not in Santa Barbara
Slightly Warmer 56/71°
Ariz. fire burns 600 sq. miles
SHOW LOW, Arizona (Reuters) – A monster wildfire believed started by careless campers roared unchecked through eastern Arizona for an 11th day on Wednesday, leaving 600 square miles blackened and forcing thousands of edgy residents holed up in two towns to flee. The blaze, ranked as Arizona’s second-largest forest fire on record, prompted the complete evacuation of the two mountain communities near the New Mexico border. Springerville and Eager, home to some 8,000 people combined, were evacuated late in the day. As many as 2,000 people, most of them in Eager, had been chased from the area over the past two days, but officials had allowed most residents to stay put while keeping them on standby for possible further evacuations. As many as 11,000 residents in all have been displaced in the White Mountains region, a popular vacation destination for Arizonans seeking to escape the summer heat, since the fire erupted on May 29.
Haiti storms, slides claim 23
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – The death toll from days of heavy rains that triggered flooding and mudslides in Haiti has climbed to 23, an official said on Wednesday. The deaths and damage caused by the first major rainfall of the Atlantic hurricane season have raised concerns about the ability of Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, to respond to a major storm as it works to stem an eight-month-old cholera outbreak that has killed about 5,400 people. Emergency crews cleared rocks, trees and downed power lines from roads in the Haitian capital Wednesday and aid groups fanned out to further assess the damage. The rains turned dirt roads in Port-au-Prince into muddy streams, flattened ramshackle homes and flooded tent encampments where hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake still live.
Boston ties Stanley Cup series
BOSTON (Reuters) – The inspired Boston Bruins continued to punish the Vancouver Canucks for a vicious hit that ended Nathan Horton’s season, rolling to a 4-0 win on Wednesday to level the Stanley Cup final series at two games each. The Bruins, who lost each of the first two games by one goal, have dominated on their home ice and posted two lopsided victories after the series momentum took a gigantic shift early in Game Three Monday following Aaron Rome’s late hit on Horton that left him unconscious and twitching on the ice. The best-of-seven series now heads back to the Canadian west coast for Game Five Friday.
When Randy Rowse was appointed to replace Das Williams, some people made hay over the new conservative majority taking over the Santa Barbara City Council. Frankly, it’s refreshing to see more political balance on the council than in the recent past. The conservatives have forced a more robust public discussion about homelessness, affordable housing and gangs. But the conservative majority’s recent support of a proposal to allow a quorum of elected officials to meet in private is shocking and shameful. Leading the charge is Santa Barbara City Councilman Dale Francisco. Francisco, elected in 2007, said the restriction in the Brown Act that prevents a quorum of city council members from meeting in private to discuss public policy is restrictive and bad for good government. How can he make such an outrageous statement with a straight face? The issue arose Tuesday as part of the city’s annual review of its legislative platform – essentially a document that provides a general outline of the council’s collective views of potential legislative matters on the horizon. Thanks to the council’s 4-3 vote, the city of Santa Barbara is now on record as opposing the Brown Act requirement that a quorum of elected officials always meet in public when
discussing city matters. The Daily Sound calls on members of the council who voted for this, Francisco, Rowse, Frank Hotchkiss, Michael Self to rethink whether this is the right direction for the city. The Ralph M. Brown Act is California’s open meetings law, which requires elected officials to conduct their business in public with full transparency. The law is also designed to allow the public full participation through timely noticing of agendas and other documents. No matter how he attempts to justify it, Francisco’s divergence from state law flies in the face of good government. Francisco tried to explain his position at Tuesday’s meeting. “The reality of the Brown Act is that most people in the public have no idea how much it limits and constricts the ability of the people who they have elected to represent them, to actually discuss the issues. At a certain point we have to recognize that there is no law, no constitution that will by itself – through its operation – create good government, create government that is free of corruption. That is not going to happen. It requires the vigilant attention of the citizens.” Francisco said it’s up to the public
to pay attention. “The citizens need to watch what’s happening on City Council,” Francisco said. “That is how they will know if something is wrong.” It’s remarkable that Francisco, who ran for City Council on a platform of being a neighborhood advocate, would now suggest that it’s OK for elected officials to meet behind closed doors and then leave it up to the citizens to sort it out on Tuesday afternoons. And although Francisco at one point said he wasn’t pushing for elected officials to come to a decision behind closed doors, his words later in the meeting belied that perspective. “What I am arguing is that it is absolutely essential that the people that you elect to represent you have the freedom to discuss among themselves the issues of importance that come before the city,” Francisco said. “Anything that we decide always has to come before the public for a final determination. Everyone up here has to explain, or should explain, why they came to these conclusions and why they voted the way they did. It is the responsibility of the citizens to listen to those explanations and decide whether they make sense or not.” Scary. In a city with a rich history of proactive civic participation, this kind of logic seems out of step with the mainstream.
Barbara School District the best superintendent we could find,â€? Cordero said. â€œAnd we feel we have found that person.â€? Other board members echoed Corderoâ€™s sentiments. Monique LimĂłn said Cashâ€™s experience within the district and across the state will allow him to bring fresh ideas to a community he understands. â€œDr. Cash brings both an insiderâ€™s and outsiderâ€™s perspective to our district,â€? LimĂłn said. Board member Ed Heron found Cashâ€™s doctoral dissertation impressive. Heron said it advocated holding principals and teachers accountable, but letting them work with as little SARVIS micromanagement as possible. Heron said itâ€™s a good window into Cashâ€™s working philosophy and something that Heron himself identifies with. â€œHeâ€™s a big believer in giving people the job and letting them accomplish it with accountability,â€? Heron said. â€œAnd that accountability aspect is missing in society.â€? Cash said his first few months will be spent listening to the community and learning about their concerns. His basic goal is to make sure that every student matters in the classroom and uses the mantra, â€œevery child, every chance, every day,â€? to ensure that any underperforming students arenâ€™t overlooked. â€œNo student should be anonymous in who they are and they should never be anonymous in what they need in order to
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