Yearly Archives: 2014

Commentary: Remembering Our Veterans

Commentary: Remembering Our Veterans By Brian Canning The men and women in uniform — past and present — deserve our understanding and appreciation. I am a veteran, and I’m very proud to say that even though I never set foot on a battlefield and never fired a shot in anger. Every day I sit at work, I have the honor and pleasure to sit next to another veteran, who just like me never went to war. Sgt. Brian Canning circa 1978 At any given moment, less than 1 percent of our population is in uniform and active in our armed forces, and today — above all other days — I hope you would take a moment to think about the men in women currently in uniform and those who have served over the years. In May or June of 1979, I went to the Veterans Affairs office in Wash ... read more

City College student breaks into male dominated industry

City College student breaks into male dominated industry

Kianna Silva, 18, in the Automotive Department with a 1972 Chevelle, Wednesday, Oct. 7, at City College in Santa Barbara. Silva is pursuing her associate degree in Automotive Service and Technology.   Swimming against the tide of expectation that mechanics are mostly male, 18-year-old Kianna Silva, a student in City College’s Automotive Technology department has found her passion and is currently pursuing her associates degree in Automotive Service and Technology. Silva, a recent graduate of San Marcos High School, was unaware of her passion for working on cars until, almost by accident, she took a basic mechanics class her junior year of high school. She took the class as she was planning on getting her license soon and, understandably, wanted to be a responsible car-owner. “Before I took that class all I knew about cars was that you turned the key in the ignition and the car magically turned on.” Silva recounts. Starting out as the only young woman in her a ... read more


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