Comments by Becky

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Posted on March 29 at 9:05 a.m.

I repeat, compromise is not a dirty word. Legal action against an underfunded, overworked agency should always be a last resort. This doesn't sound like you're at that point yet.

Among the reasons many "causes" lose credibility is their refusal to consider financial, logistic, or any factors other than their specific narrow goal. It is not a mark of maturity, nor likely to win respect from reasonable people, when you fail to understand that life is almost always a series of compromises.

Most of the time, filing lawsuits when you don't get your way pisses people off, and hurts your cause. Suing government agencies costs every citizen tax dollars, both in diverting resources from their purpose to this response, and in growing the bureaucracy you are challenging. Please don't do it unless and until you have exhausted all other methods.

On Fuel Break Squabble

Posted on March 28 at 12:29 p.m.

The request/ threat amounts to asking them not to do the work during the low fire risk months (Feb-Jul). Some times, something has to give. Cutting fire breaks reduces fire risks after the fact, but the process itself raises fire risks during the clearing. Doing it in the dry months is foolish. Some reasonable compromise should be able to be reached.

I don't appreciate having Forrest Watch waste spartan Forrest Service time and resources in adversarial ways. Suggest more reasonable solutions; don't threaten to sue.

On Fuel Break Squabble

Posted on March 8 at 9:55 a.m.

It really is too bad that some of the people making comments aren't on the Board of Supervisors. It sounds like they have a lot more common sense, fiscal sense, and creative ideas for negotiating with an ultra-rich developer looking for public incentives to proceed to develop his private property.

On Trading Miramar Bed Tax for Buildings

Posted on January 14 at 6:34 p.m.

What ever happened to public shame and responsibility? More than one drunk driving conviction disqualifies you from a lot. It shows repeated abysmal judgment, which means you shouldn't be representing anyone. If you drink and drive, I, and every other responsible adult, get to hold you in contempt, and demand that you step down. You care more for your own amusement than for the lives of those in our community.

This is one of your best columns ever, Poodle. Armendariz, you should be ashamed of yourself, apologize, and step down.

On Besos de los Perros

Posted on September 15 at 10:49 a.m.

This is a superbly written article -- informative, thorough, in context. Thank you very much. Is there anything citizens can do to influence this decision? It is insane that the air tanker base was moved from SB/G to SM, and then closed. Even if it means more local dollars and less federal dollars, all of us who have lived in SoCal for decades know that hitting it hard as soon as it starts is the best way to fight local wildfires, and that hitting it hard means with fast air drops. Good for the fire chiefs and local politicians (current & former) for fighting this fight.

On Chiefs Demand Fire Support

Posted on July 14 at 9:14 a.m.

So far as I know, there hasn't been any hunting incidents or problems there, but now we're closing it to hunting because some hunters might accidentally enter residential or recreational areas? Why does this smell so much like an anti-hunting bias?

If the area has become too populated with other recreational users to feel safe about adding hunters to the mix, say so. Hunters and shooters are tired of being closed out of ever increasing spaces and painted as the bad guys when they have always been among the most responsible, considerate, and respectful users of the forests.

On Hunting Banned Along Paradise Road

Posted on June 16 at 10:58 p.m.

Thank you, Mr. McCoy. I have loved every bite of your wonderful product... far too much.

On McConnell’s to Be Sold

Posted on June 16 at 10:13 a.m.

Unrelated to any creek work, the problem in Old Town Goleta is what redevelopment means. If you upgrade too much, then you price out the funky, local, marginal businesses that are there. If you don't upgrade some, it decays to unacceptable levels. It is a balancing act. Upgrade and improve a bit, but not so much as to make it unaffordable to local businesses.

On Old Town Business Owners Rethink Redevelopment

Posted on June 16 at 10:04 a.m.

The rent on State Street is insane. Lower the rent; attract local stores. Retail space needs to adjust downward, just as residential space is.

On State Street's Vacant Storefronts

Posted on December 30 at 10:30 p.m.

Map? please.

On Federal Money Coming for Devereux Slough

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