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Stoker announces bid for state Senate seat

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Former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Mike Stoker announced his plans to challenge Hannah-Beth Jackson and Jason Hodge for the 19th District state Senate seat.Stoker, surrounded by supporters, made his announcement yesterday afternoon at the Courthouse Sunken Garden.

BY KYLE ROKES DAILY SOUND CORRESPONDENT

From the steps of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden yesterday, former county supervisor Mike Stoker declared he’s running for the State Senate in the upcoming June primary

race. “The road to change the status quo in Sacramento starts here in Santa Barbara,” he said. Standing in front of more than 50 supporters, Stoker also compared California’s debt-laden government to a sinking ship.

If elected, Stoker said he’d help “steer the S.S. California away from waters that will surely sink us.” Stoker said the problem to remedy isn’t with revenue, it’s with spending. Stoker, who claims “strong bipartisan support and to “be a leader, not a follower,” pro-

poses downsizing, consolidation, and restructuring to tackle it. To do that, Stoker’s set his sights on the state’s employee pension system — what he refers to as “the Holy Grail.” He’s vowed to balance the See STOKER, page 6


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Pension reform sparks debate NEWS

As rising pension costs begin to loom both on state and local levels, the Santa Barbara City Council held a workshop on its own pension issues yesterday. City Administrator Jim Armstrong said pension reform had become the most discussed issue throughout the state. While no decisions would be made yesterday, Armstrong said it’s important to get an idea of how one of the biggest chunks of the city’s overhead works. “Apart from employee salaries, pensions are the largest expense to the city,�

Armstrong said. The workshop comes in a year where pension reform has been thrust into the political spotlight. Pensions have been blamed in part for state and county budget woes across the nation. And Mayor Helene Schneider brought city pension reform to the forefront with when she put forward a series of voter initiatives in February that included pension reform. Schneider proposed to increase fees on downtown businesses that serve alcohol past 11 a.m., require public safety union members to contribute more to their pensions, and impose a half-cent sales tax increase to fund city serv-

ices and public schools. The move put Schneider at odds with some of her longtime allies in the Democratic Party and public safety unions upset that she hadn’t vetted the proposals with them first. But those issues seemed far from anyone’s mind as city staff reported on the current state of the city’s retirement coffers. City finance director Robert Samario said the city had $267 million in unfunded pension liabilities, during June of 2011. While the fund has seen some improvement since then, he said it doesn’t expect to see a substantial improvement. See PENSION, page 10

(Reuters) Companies increased their hiring in February, shoring up expectations that the labor market's recovery has moved into a higher gear. Separate data on Wednesday showed wages grew much more quickly at the end of last year than originally estimated, good news for consumers, but a potential inflation problem for the Federal Reserve. The private sector added 216,000 jobs last month, according to the ADP National Employment Report, topping economists' expectations for a gain of 208,000. The ADP figures come ahead

of the government's more comprehensive monthly labor market report on Friday, which includes both the public- and private-sector. "After two years of expansion without much gain in employment, we're finally hitting the point where firms need to begin adding people in order to meet increased orders," said Steve Blitz, senior economist at ITG Investment Research in New York. "There are still risks ahead, but if you could just stop the clock right where we are now, you've got a recovery that is gathering some momentum; it appears to be self-reinforcing."

Economists polled by Reuters expect Friday's report to show a gain of 210,000 in nonfarm payrolls, with a gain in the private sector of 225,000 jobs offsetting a modest decline in government jobs. Economists often refer to the ADP report to fine-tune their expectations for the payrolls numbers, though it is not always accurate in predicting the outcome. Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan, noted that in the month of February in recent years, the difference between the two reports has been smaller and missed only by 2,000 in 2010 and 5,000 in 2011.

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Disney songwriter Robert Sherman, part of a team with brother Richard responsible for numerous film scores and children's songs, died in London on Monday aged 86. He composed the popular tune featured in Disney theme parks, "It's a Small World (After All)," as well as the score to "Mary Poppins," featuring songs such as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Born in New York City in 1925, Sherman was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. His father, Al Sherman, found employment as a songwriter on Tin Pan Alley, Manhattan's famous street of music publishers, and later challenged his boys to take up music in their own right. Along with his brother, he was responsible for music in many well-loved children's films, including "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," "Charlotte's Web," and "The Aristocats.”

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A pregnant Jessica Simpson has taken a page from Demi Moore's celebrity playbook in a nude cover photo for the April issue of Elle magazine, and the singer and actress has confirmed the baby will be a girl. In the cover photo released by the magazine on Wednesday, Simpson can be seen covering her breasts with her right arm and hand, and cradling her full abdomen with her left. She wears rings and dangling earrings, and her blond hair flows over her shoulder and chest. A photo inside shows Simpson standing as her fiance and the father of her unborn child, pro football player Eric Johnson, kisses her belly. Simpson, 31, revealed in October that she was pregnant.

Snooki pregnant, now engaged

She may have recently topped a poll of nightmare celebrity dates, but "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is officially no longer available after announcing her engagement and pregnancy on Wednesday. One of America's biggest reality TV personalities in recent years, the 24-year-old Snooki graces the cover of the upcoming issue of US Weekly magazine and tells its editors she is pregnant and engaged to boyfriend Jionni LaValle. The story confirms reports that began to surface in the media last week. Snooki told the magazine she is 15 weeks. "I have different priorities now," the pint-sized personality known for her wild partying told the magazine. "I don't care what anybody else thinks. As long as I know I'm ready and he's ready." Snooki said she found out about the pregnancy after a typically wild New Year's Eve when she had been drinking.

DAILY SOUND STAFF REPORT

The Santa Barbara Police Department arrested Sarah Helen Benson for allegedly stealing $53,122 from the person she was hired to take care of. The victim is 71 years old and lives on the Mesa. Authorities said he suffers from ataxia, the inability to coordinate the movement of his muscles. He requires the assistance of a caregiver to move and to do things like write checks, police said. Although he is physically disabled, he is of sound mind. According to the victim, Benson had worked for him as a caregiver for a few years and had earned his trust. Initially Benson was employed through an agency; however in the spring of 2011 she started her own business, Sarah Benson In Home Care. According to police, here’s how the crime happened: On Feb. 3 Santa Barbara Police Detective John Ingram received a call from an employee at Montecito Bank and Trust at 1010 State Street reporting that an elderly customer had come into the bank with a caregiver and reported that another caregiver, Benson, 21, had been stealing from him. The victim notified the bank employee of six unau-

thorized ATM transactions and four unauthorized checks written by Benson amounting to a loss of $7,971.63. The bank employee also reported the incident to Santa Barbara County Adult Protective Services and on February 9, 2012 Detective Ingram and Judy Sotelo from APS contacted the victim at his residence. Det. Ingram obtained bank statements dating back to September 2010 from the victim, who had accounts with Wescom Federal Credit Union, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, and Montecito Bank & Trust. Upon auditing the documents Det. Ingram discovered that from October 2010 through January 2012, the victim suffered a total loss of $53,121.63 taken by Benson in the form of unauthorized ATM transactions and forged checks made payable to her or to “cash.” Montecito Bank & Trust was able to provide photographs of Benson conducting some of the transactions. Benson was arrested at SBPD on March 6, following a meeting between her, her attorney, and Det. Ingram. She was booked at County Jail for felony embezzlement, DAILY SOUND / Courtesy photo forgery, and financial elder abuse by a caregiver with bail The Santa Barbara Police Department arrested Sarah Helen Benson for allegedly stealing $53,122 from the person she was hired to take set at $50,000. care of.


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Can a Yes-Woman Become a No (to)-It All? SOUTH COASTING

â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know how to do it, â&#x20AC;&#x153; whispers the assertive angel on my shoulder, and yes, she sounds a bit like Lauren Bacall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just put your lips together and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;NO!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? I can feel the unfamiliar sound forming, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a breath away from coming out of my mouth â&#x20AC;Ś then the word gets stuck in my throat. Inexplicably, my lips start moving and those other familiar words come out: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sure, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do it,â&#x20AC;? or even worse, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why not?â&#x20AC;? Why not! Why not indeed! Because I have too much to do. Because I did it the last time. Because I want to be at home with my family. Because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to. Because I, Leslie Dinaberg, am a yes-aholic. There. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken the first step toward recovery. Why is it so hard for me to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;no,â&#x20AC;? I wonder for the umpteenth time, as I sit here writing this column, at home, while my son and my husband are off enjoying themselves at the pool? I wish I could blame this on an evil boss who piles on the weekend assignments, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my own fault. I kept saying yes to appointments and obligations and assignments that I knew I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have enough time for. And here I am, just another â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes-aholicâ&#x20AC;? working on my own time, with no one to blame but myself. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so tough about saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;no?â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noâ&#x20AC;? was one can. of the first words Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lie, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my son learned to still not why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saysay. ing â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;? Really itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s He mastered it all about guilt. by screaming the As Erma Bombeck word at the top of put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guilt is the gift his lungs, usually that keeps on giving.â&#x20AC;? in quiet public It sticks with you places. all right. He got so Ask me a simple skilled at saying question and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t LESLIE â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? that my husbear the thought of band and I even DINABERG disappointing my made up a song child, my boss, my (to the tune of that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meow, parents, my husband, the Meow, Meow, Meowâ&#x20AC;? com- coach, the teacher, even the mercial) where the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? receptionist. was the sole lyric. When they say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Would We still perform occasion- you mind, the docally when a toddler comes to tor/dentist/manicurist is runvisit. ning a bit late,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;of course I If pre-verbal children can mind! But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d feel like I was a say â&#x20AC;&#x153;no,â&#x20AC;? why do I have such terrible person if I told them a hard time? so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most women find it very That would imply that my hard to say no and set limits time was equally as important on what they do for others,â&#x20AC;? as theirs. How could I be so writes Judith Selee McClure, selfish? Ph.D. in Civilized Because ultimately, assertAssertiveness for Women. ing yourself isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about being While most sentences that selfish. begin with â&#x20AC;&#x153;most womenâ&#x20AC;? are There are lots of good reamostly never true, she does sons to stop saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;? For mostly have a point. one thing, saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? when Women are conditioned to you want to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;no,â&#x20AC;? makes say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you what- your stomach hurt and your ever you need or wantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and head ache. You feel like to feel guilty when they youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being taken advantage donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? of, and then guilty because Has McClure been spying after all, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the one who on me or are there actually said â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;? other yes-aholics out there? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You go girl,â&#x20AC;? cheers my When the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Y-wordâ&#x20AC;? comes assertiveness angel, who out my mouth instead of the apparently doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;N-word,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not because 2012. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so toxically nice I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;No more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just a girl say no, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say no,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she sings, think someone else can do the sounding more like Gwen job as well or better than I Stefani than Celeste Holm in

Oklahoma. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right. And in her honor, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve devised a threestep program to help combat yes-aholism. I was going to do two steps, but my boss told me to do three. I said â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;? Hmm. 1. Just say â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? and you and those around you will be happier. Always saying yes will only land you in places you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be, like therapy, divorce court, or with no friends to complain to because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve alienated them all by making them look bad because you do more than they do. 2. Just say â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have more enthusiasm, not to mention time and ener gy, for the things you do say â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? to. 3. Just say â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? with a little bit of grace and your kids will learn by your example how to stand up for themselves and balance their goals with other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to raise little yes-aholics do you? All together now, just put your lips together and say â&#x20AC;&#x153;no.â&#x20AC;? If that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, keep your mouth shut, and turn your neck to the left, then turn it to the right. Repeat until the other person walks away.

Leslie loves to hear from her readers, as long as you don't ask her for favors, because there's always the possibility she might say "yes." For more columns visit www.LeslieDinaberg.com.

Spiders on the crawl in Australia

(Reuters) - Thousands of spiders have cast eerie webs over vast areas of floodhit Australia after being forced to seek shelter by the rising waters. Experts said the spiders may be spinning the sticky webs to help them survive the deluge, which has forced thousands of people to leave their homes over the past week. "What we've seen here is a type of wolf spider," Owen Seeman, arachnid

expert at Queensland Museum, told Reuters. "They are trying to hide away (from the waters)." The spider webs were seen near the inland city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, where 8,000 people were forced from their homes before the flood waters receded on Wednesday. The Australian Museum's entomology collections manager Graham Milledge

said the spiders' behavior was known as ballooning, and was typical after spiders are forced to flee from floods. "They often do it as a way of dispersing and getting into a new area," Milledge told the news.com.au website. "In an event like this, they are just trying to escape the floods." Sydney's Taronga Zoo said Australia's spider population has boomed in the wet weather.

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current and future budgets â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the back of the state government, not local cities, counties, and schools.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will not support a future budget that bleeds one dime from cities, counties, or schools,â&#x20AC;? he vowed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only right, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only fair,â&#x20AC;? he said if the state is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;turn the state around in

the right direction.â&#x20AC;? He claims unions are bankrupting the state with salaries and benefits that are, in some cases, three to four times higher than those found in the private sector. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time state pensions feel the pain,â&#x20AC;? he said. Stoker also said that during the last four years, in order to save money, state lawmakers ordered cuts that translated to lay-offs at only the local level.

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He claimed those pink slips amounted to a 22 percent slash to local budgets while Sacramento didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a single position axed. After he finished reading from his prepared statement, Stoker passed the microphone to those who flanked him. Among them were State Senator Tony Strickland and Santa Barbara City Councilman Frank Hotchkiss. See STOKER page XX


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seven out of 1,000 for U.S.born Hispanic women and four out of 1,000 for foreignborn Hispanic women. When the researchers adjusted for socioeconomic factors, the risk difference between U.S.-born Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites disappeared. But even after adjustment for various factors, foreignborn Hispanics had 42 percent lower stroke risk than non-Hispanic whites with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. Though the researchers do not know exactly why the difference is so stark, there are a few popular theories. One is that the healthiest citizens of one country will immigrate to another. A second theory is that immigrants may return to their birth coun-

try to spend their old age and eventually die, which would influence death rates. However, the researchers said another explanation could be that there may be factors that lead U.S.-born Hispanics to have an increased risk for disease, including segregation and poverty. The study did have some limitations, including the fact that strokes were self-reported by the participants or their families, and the definition of a stroke can mean different things to different people. Dr. Mitchell Elkind, an associate professor of neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University in New York, said it would have also been nice to see information on which countries the foreign-born Hispanics came

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: GRAPHIC DESIGN ENTITLEMENT COMPANY, RACCOON CREEK WORKSHOP 2708 Vernon Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93105, County of Santa Barbara; Grayson Hittle, Erika Leachman(SAME)This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife(Signed): Erika Leachman.. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on FEB 14, 2012. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL)Janet Hansen FBN Number: 2012-0000465. Published MAR 08, 15, 22, 29 2012.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: AIRSTREAM PLANET 519 Quarantina St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103, County of Santa Barbara; Walter D Hofmann Jr(4110 Trieste Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92010)This business is conducted by an Individual(Signed): Walter Hofmann Jr.. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on MAR 07, 2012. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL)Kathy Miller FBN Number: 2012-0000727. Published MAR 08, 15, 22, 29 2012.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is/are doing business as: ACT OF FITNESS 827 W. Arrellaga Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101, County of Santa Barbara; Matthew Ramirez(SAME)This business is conducted by an Individual(Signed): Matthew Ramirez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on Jan 24, 2012. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL)Kathy Miller FBN Number: 2012-0000255. Published FEB 23, MAR 01, 08, 15 2012.

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF REZSO NATHAN CASE NO.: 1385378

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of REZSO NATHAN,

A Petition for Probate has been filed by KALVIN NATHAN in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara. The Petition for Probate requests that KALVIN NATHAN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.

The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.

The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.

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If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney.

If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a to the personal copy representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filling claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above.

You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filling of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.

Attorney for Petitioner: James F. Cote, Esq. 319 E Carrillo St, Ste 107 P.O. Box 20146 Santa Barbara, CA 93120-0146 805-966-1204 Published in the Daily Sound 3/7, 3/8, and 3/13/12

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To a PUBLIC WORKSHOP 2012-2013 ROAD MAINTENANCE ANNUAL PLAN (RdMAP) By SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

The County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Works will be hosting public workshops on the Road Maintenance Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. The workshops will provide information on Road Maintenance needs in your area, the County’s approach to Pavement Preservation, current and ongoing projects, and discussions on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. This is your opportunity to provide input into the prioritization of maintenance projects, and to suggest additional projects not yet identified within the draft 2012-2013 Road Maintenance Annual Plan. If you are unable to attend these workshops, you may send your comments to the Department by visiting us on the web (www.countyofsb.org/pwd/roads), or mail correspondence to the Department of Public WorksTransportation, 123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Workshops Locations:

Central/North County Santa Maria Public Works Building 620 W. Foster Road Santa Maria, CA 93455 Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:00 to 9:00 PM

South County Board of Supervisors Conference Room 105 E. Anapamu Street 4th Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:00 to 9:00 PM

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City employees are part of CalPERS, the state public employee retirement system. It runs off of a Defined Benefit plan which means retirees are guaranteed a certain amount of payment per year and the employer is obligated to meet those needs. Retirement plans are designed so that the pension is already funded by the time the employee retires. Samario said retirement contributions are put into a trust that earns money over the years the employee works. The return on investment, or ROI, pays for about twothirds of a retirement. “It’ is an important factor in funding pensions,” Samario said. During the boom of the 90s and early ‘00s, the state allowed for a number of benefit increases that included calculating pensions on the highest paid year, reporting employer contributions as part of the compensation for calculating pension amounts, and making benefit increases

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retroactive. But employee relations manager Kristy Schmidt said PERS assumptions in previous decades had been thrown off by the economic meltdown, higher than expected wages, and increased life expectancy of reitrees. As part of PERS, the city has some limitations on what it can do to deal with its shortfall. There are a number of other options such as creating a two tier system to reduce benefits, increase employee contributions, or even allow cost sharing. Governor Jerry Brown is also pushing his own plan for pension reform that city staff believe will see a rollback of some of the benefit increases in the last few decades. However Schmidt noted that some parts are still unclear and it has to pass with a twothirds vote in both the state senate and assembly. “The folks we’re talking to are saying, ‘Don’t hold your breath on this,’” Schmidt said. With the session being intended for information, most council members stuck

confined their questions to precise policy issues. But all agreed something had to be done. Council member Dale Francisco, a frequent critic of state spending habits, said he’s not worried about the numbers now. He said the issue is with so many employees close to retirement, the fund is going to need a lot of money soon. “The problem is not what’s happening right now, the problem is what’s coming up in the future,” Francisco said. Council member Bendy White said the city had to try to find to make the funds more stable over time. Looking at it as a business man and as public official, he said having a quarter-billion unfunded liability is disturbing. “It just worries the heck out of me,” White said. For her part, Schneider left her initiatives out of the discussion and instead praised the staff’s presentation and hoped it would help the council come to a solution. “I hope this is helping us figure out the big picture,” Schneider said.

SBCC tennis team looks strong International players lead the way

BY DAVE LOVETON

SBCC SPORTS INFORMATION

The SBCC men’s tennis team is a worldly bunch with players from England, Sweden, Australia and Morocco complementing a lineup of Californians. “The athletic and academic resources available to our students along with the beautiful city of Santa Barbara offers our players a package that is tough to beat,” said third-year coach Ryan Heinberg. “Once they check out the web site, that kind of seals the deal with all that is offered, along with the beautiful pictures of our campus.” Troy Akin, Robert Herr and Che Borja are the returners from last year’s team. Soufiane El Mhamdi, of Morocco, was on the squad last season but didn’t play due to injury. Akin, Herr and Borja are the captains of a Vaquero

squad that’s off to a 2-1 start after blanking Bakersfield 9-0 on Tuesday. Akin is a resident advisor in Isla Vista and manages a dorm for UCSB students. “Our captains play a major role in fostering team growth in all aspects of life on and off the tennis court,” Heinberg said. “Our guys are focused on their studies and graduating, so they can transfer to a four-year school.” The top newcomers are Miles Seemann from Santa Ynez High, Sebastian Vestberg of Sweden, Joshua Crisp-Jones of England and Daniel Francisco of Australia. Francisco is a transfer from College of the Desert. Seemann, Vestberg, Jones and Francisco are playing in the top four singles spots with Akin at No. 5 and Herr and Sean Moazezi at No. 6. “We have a diverse group of guys this year and are real-

ly deep with more players in our arsenal,” noted Heinberg. “We have mostly young guys but they have quite a bit of experience. They’ve got the confidence to make tough shots and raise their game when the pressure is on.” Last week, the Vaqueros dropped a tight 5-4 decision to six-time defending champion Ventura. “I thought we were the better team,” said Heinberg of the match at Ventura. “We are really looking forward to the next meeting (March 20) when we play them up here.” The Vaqueros host Glendale on Thursday at 2 p.m. Heinberg said a key to success will be continuous improvement.

“The guys need to continue pushing each other to reach new levels,” he stated. “They all have the ability. This team has a lot of potential.”


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In declaring March Arts Education Month, the state board of education stated that arts education is an essential part of basic education for all students, K-12, to provide for balanced learning and to develop the full potential of their minds. Throughout the western world, arts education is an integral part of a child’s education. Arts education is essential. On behalf of all the children we represent and serve, we should support arts education with all our efforts and resources. Otherwise we will have drained from our schools the humanity, the creativity, the discipline, and the joy that arts can provide to all our children. Bill Cirone is the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools

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