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Posted on February 26 at 12:32 p.m.
Cool story, was wondering when this would get floated here. Bike sharing doesn't make sense in every city but it does in SB. I could also see a very small program working in Carp.
My biggest gripe is about the bikes themselves; I know they have to be sturdy but it really detracts from ridership when there are no options other than a 40 pound single speed with a basket. It would be great to see the option of a city hybrid bike in addition to the standard clunker metropolitan. No need for full road bikes but given the elevation changes and the consumer demographics we would need a second option.
The next question is how the idea gels with existing options, particularly along the beachfront. How similar are the options, pricepoints, etc?
On Bike Sharing is Caring
Posted on November 19 at 1:47 p.m.
Luis is an awesome runner and even better person. The event and competitors are no joke either!
On Red Rock 50
Posted on November 6 at 2:02 p.m.
JohnLocke, the Mitchum-Capps race is completely over. As close as it was, Mitchum did not win a single facet of the election, losing both on election day and absentee ballots in SLO, SB, and VTA. There is a zero percent chance that Mitchum somehow wins remaining ballots by a 55-45 margin; instead Lois will extend her lead.
On Capps Survives; Measures P and S Flame Out
Posted on November 6 at 8:41 a.m.
Thanks for nailing it once again Jerry...I need to get back to perusing Calbuzz again.
On Election Day Takeaways
Posted on November 6 at 8:04 a.m.
Nockamixon - you're right that it would be a great park, but they are specifically looking at a $ shortfall. Open space would do nothing but exacerbate that by taking out nearly all of the revenue and retaining most of the expenses. Mulligan's would flip out and there would be no pro shop contract revenue either. A park is a nice idea but the city cannot afford one with that magnitude of maintenance with no revenue.
On Privatizing the Muni Links?
Posted on November 6 at 7:56 a.m.
Foot golf? Seriously? Im pretty sure that would still require maintenance and I'll go out on a limb to say 60,000 plus rounds of foot golf at $20+ a round is not even remotely plausible. When that's an option that's being explored you know we're in trouble.
Mulligans and the pro shop are the only two entities that someone would want but I can't see a smart business packaging a big $ loser in the golf course to gain two small winners. Back to the drawing board, Ms. Rapp.
Posted on October 16 at 6:03 p.m.
Those accusing the Indy of being anti-environment or in the pocket of big oil are simply ignoring history and facts. Given their editorial history it says a lot that they are willing to speak their mind on an issue like P, unlike so many others who agree with their sentiments but joined the P crowd because it was the easier thing to do.
On Endorsements 2014
Posted on September 18 at 5:46 p.m.
While covering fracking and steam injection, Nick doesn't mention acidizing which is also banned by Measure P and used in every oil well at some point in its lifetime.
If acidizing is so bad then why is it also used in every single water well? It must be tough for folks to hold their nose and vote yes when the "water guardians" want to ban the same exact procedures used in our local water delivery. If they are so concerned about acid, maybe the answer is to stop using water from goleta, sb, montecito & carp.
On Blood-Bloated Ticks Nesting in a Dog’s Ear
Posted on September 15 at 11:25 a.m.
Missed the $532/month part and the state law. Given the 5% escalator that Council can approve and that Goleta will soon pass 35K in population, hopefully that gets bumped up a bit.
On Incumbents Run Unopposed
Posted on September 15 at 11:18 a.m.
For such a young city who were so adamant about becoming one, the level of apathy has been pretty sad.
How about electing a real Mayor instead of the rotating non-mayor? The public thinks Mayors are important but its impossible for one to be effective if the seat changes every year and ultimately leads to a stronger city manager who is not elected.
After Buellton likely votes to elect a Mayor this November, Carpinteria and Goleta will be the only two remaining cities with no Mayor. Really Goleta? Solvang, Buellton and Guadalupe will have a Mayor and not Goleta? Who came up with the idea to rotate in the city charter?
I'm not sure what the Council stipend is but I'm guessing it's too low as most other cities are except SB which might even be a bit too high. Council members should certainly not be paid a full time salary but some monetary incentive should be provided for the hours put in.