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Posted on November 8 at 3:56 p.m.

Those of us who sat in the sand hugging grieving Gold Star Family members feel differently about the value of Arlington West.

On Taps for Arlington West

Posted on August 28 at 12:32 a.m.

Great article Howard, I like the comments about using hand signals and stopping for pedestrians! It really surprises people.
I have a little bell that I ring if I think people don't see me, then if that does not work I got one of those rechargeable air horns. It has saved my life a few times. I am only 56, but I plan to keep riding as long as I can.
I see too many bicyclists on sidewalks, and sadly have been informed that it is LEGAL to ride on sidewalks as long as you don't run into pedestrians.
Hope to see you out there on one of the bike paths, soon.
If you write another article maybe tell us if you have taken your bike on Amtrak...THANKS

On Pedaling to 64

Posted on November 7 at 12:57 p.m.

There are some very authentic and wonderful Mexican Restaurants in this town.

On Will you visit Guadalupe more often if it's renamed Guadalupe Beach?

Posted on July 12 at 9:33 a.m.

RE: “I deeply regret my decision to drive that evening after my designated driver became unavailable. I learned a very important lesson from this experience and take full accountability for my actions. This will never happen again.”

In some circumstances we have gone out deliberately to get drunk, feeling ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression, jealousy or the like. But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always happened. We now see that when we began to drink deliberately, instead or casually, there was little serious or effective thought during the period of premeditation of what the terrific consequences might be.
Our behavior is as absurd and incomprehensible with respect to the first drink as that of an individual with a passion, say, for jay-walking. She gets a thrill out of skipping in front of fast-moving vehicles. She enjoys herself for a few years in spite of friendly warnings. Up to this point you would label her as a foolish chick having strange ideas of fun. Luck then deserts her and she is slightly injured several times in succession. You would expect her, if she were normal, to cut it out. Presently she is hit again and this time has a fractured skull. Within a week after leaving the hospital a fast-moving trolley car breaks her arm. She tells you she has decided to stop jay-walking for good, but in a few weeks she breaks both legs.
On through the years this conduct continues, accompanied by her continual promises to be careful or to keep off the streets altogether. Finally, she can no longer work, her partner gets a divorce and she is held up to ridicule. She tries every known means to get the jaywalking idea out of her head. She shuts herself up in an asylum, hoping to mend her ways. But the day she comes out she races in front of a fire engine, which breaks her back. Such a woman would be crazy, wouldn't she?
You may think our illustration is too ridiculous. But is it? We, who have been through the wringer, have to admit if we substituted alcoholism for jay-walking, the illustration would fit exactly. However intelligent we may have been in other respects, where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. It's strong language-but isn't it true?
(Big Book of AA)

It took me a LONG TIME to realize that if I stopped drinking alcohol, I would not get any more DUIs!

On Cat Cora Cited for DUI

Posted on June 15 at 8:36 a.m.

It's about time! Santa Barbara is light years behind cities like Solano Beach and Del Mar. With all we know about the health hazards of smoking, I applaud the Towbes organization.

On Towbes Group Bans Smoking in All Rental Units

Posted on June 8 at 10:18 a.m.

I agree with iamsomeguyinsb. Thank Goodness for Good Samaritans. One of my favorite quotations:

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation”

Herbert Spencer

On Montecito Hit-and-Run Fatality Identified

Posted on February 15 at 9:50 p.m.

update:
Sidewalk cycling may be banned
CVC 21100 lists the matters on which "Local authorities may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution". 21100(h) specifically permits regulation of riding on the sidewalk:
"Local authorities may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding the following matters:
...
(h) Operation of bicycles ... on the public sidewalks."
Under this provision, many California cities have banned sidewalk bicycling in business districts.
San Francisco is one city who banned bicycling on sidewalks.

On Police Cite 60 Drivers During Crosswalk Stings

Posted on February 15 at 9:27 a.m.

I am confused. There is a Federal Maritime law that all vessels cannot discharge waste within 3 miles of shore. Between 3 miles and 10 miles from shore, waste can be discharged but only after it has been macerated (onboard cuisinart) Outside of 10 miles, no maceration needed.
Is there a different law for BIG ships? Or are they going to start enforcing the laws that already exist?

On Big Boats Banned from Dumping Waste Close to Shore

Posted on February 6 at 6:11 a.m.

If the city wants to make the BIG BUCKS on a sting, they need to post police officers on Shoreline Dr and Cabrillo Blvd.
I wish I had 10 bucks for everytime I have seen a car run the stop sign and nearly hit pedestrians on the corner of La Marina and Shoreline. The new and improved Cliff Drive does not have any crosswalks between City College and Meigs Road.
Lots of Silly College students jaywalk, but they have to, no freaking crosswalks. Oh another thing about Cliff Drive. If you drive the speed limit, especially at night, people use the right/left turn lane to pass! It's hideous. One more thing. I am getting really tired of seeing people ride their bicycles on the sidewalks, it's rampant. People also ride their bikes on the bike lanes on Bath St and Castillo the WRONG way. Dangerous! It's even worse when they ride up De la Vina or down bath street on the sidewalk. What's up with that? Yikes, lawlessness prevails. I love this city and have lived here since 1977, I am in support of enforcing pedestrian safety. I seem to remember hearing that pedestrians always have the right of way. Drivers who drive too fast and are not aware of pedestrians and other hazards are unconscious beings. You know the cars that require you to blow into a tube before you start the car? Maybe we should design a car that only starts after you have done 20 minutes of meditation!!

On Police Cite 60 Drivers During Crosswalk Stings

Posted on November 28 at 9:09 a.m.

Great article Lee, thanks, you get an extra day when you come back to US!

On Of Parliaments and Hobbits

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