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Posted on December 2 at 1:32 p.m.
Certainly warranty problems were part of the reason for the fall of Clipper's Carp work force. Seems clear if we want a green economy, some incentives need to be offered by CA and local govern that will encourage companies like Clipper to hang in there.
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On Clipper Cutting Carpinteria Jobs
Posted on November 24 at 9:15 a.m.
Mr Ken, you are right it actually was a "3-way" stop, my bad. The right turn yield lane I refer to is turning from Stork onto Hollister going west near Costco. You will find a new Bank of Mont / Vitamin Shoppe there now, was a Union 76 Gas station for years.
On Goleta Finishes First Roundabout
Posted on November 23 at 1:02 p.m.
Westar is too much density for that lot. The project looks and feels like LA / Orange county on paper so far. The size of the units make the development to big in size bulk and scale. Not so sure the City expected units this big when zoning that land for 20 units acre. Last week Westar asked for a development fee reduction thinking this was a "beneficial" project. Thankfully, the City of Goleta said "Hell No!" Seems the City of Goleta needs to better define "beneficial" projects to be non-profits and low to mod work-force housing. Westar even crammed some commercial there too, likely more franchise fast food from Orange County. 100% market rate apartments, no affordable units, this is not student housing, to pay the rents at 2100-2500 per month these will be double income workers, who have to make 80-120K per year.
On Resident Sues Over Hollister Avenue Development
Posted on November 23 at 10:33 a.m.
The PIO cannot explain changing a simple 4 way stop to a 1.5 million dollar experiment no matter what excuse she uses. This $-way, I mean round-about, was efficient before, now just you do not have to stop. However, the two lanes that are forced together after coming over the overpass toward Calle Real is a poor design at best. The right turn lane should have had a yield rt lane like the round abouts in SB and the right turn on Hollister where new Bank of Mont is. Why force two lanes into one where most of the traffic comes from during peak times? I expect a "number of accidents" from that two lane merge.
Posted on November 20 at 5:14 p.m.
Guess what California? We are not the leader in alternative energy when a wind power company cannot stay in biz here. Many places in the USA are much better equipped to design and manufacture in this heavy industry AKA: wind towers. In fact Texas has the most capacity and avail heavy industry to do the job. What are we thinking California? So called green jobs are also going to states with better biz climates for manufacturing- OMG! Wake up and smell the green Calif before all we have is hotel and restaurant service jobs!
Posted on November 17 at 12:24 p.m.
Still hopeful the City of Goleta will at some point, stop, slow down and listen to the public and leave the Ellwood Mesa alone. The General plan does not require paved or wider or more signage on the bluffs. There is little need to re-design or pave the existing, more than ample, natural dirt trail system. Ellwood Mesa is a passive natural open space, where you can see nature, amazing mountain and ocean views in a setting WITHOUT paved or "crushed granite" park like designed trails and signs. Create a smart phone application if you need signage. Please keep the dirt trails and natural looking open space as-is. All the paid "experts" will not be able to create a more natural place. If you build trails then it will just cost more money to maintain and increase the City's liability. Ellwood Mesa is not Shoreline Park and should not try to be, and was not saved to be that type of place.
If you can make it to this meeting please go tell the City of Goleta and SB County Trails Council "Do not Mess with Ellwood Mesa". No paved trails, no new trails, just leave it alone and let mother nature and the public enjoy Ellwood mesa in peace.
Thanks Ellwood Mesa Lovers!
On Workshop #2: Ellwood Mesa Improvement and Restoration
Posted on July 17 at 10:42 p.m.
FYI, I attended some of the design review meetings and did comment but I can tell you Karen R, the airport director especially, and others, including the design company, were hell bent on making this happen in my opinion. After twenty years of pushing this she and others finally sold to SB officials as a green building at a lower "bargan" price. Never mind any other good design concerns or handicap concerns they were hell bent on a platinum leeds rated building to sell to fools at the SB city council. I hope Das W, who travels often thru the airport, now knows the disaster the rush to build a green building created. There really was no stopping this disaster! I hope we can stop the glass wing display they are now planning. Karen R should be fired ASAP so the damage repairs can begin!
On Exploring Goleta
Posted on July 17 at 10:32 p.m.
Yes the survey is skewed with the "all development is bad" and other poor choices. In this case the western portion is really bad in all cases to that hood. Get rid of that portion and you have a good starting point. Save More mesa can raise much more than 10 million to comp the owner. The hope ranch people in the view shed will likely want to donate and they have resources to boot. This is not poor Ellwood Mesa this is prime property and I think will get many donations large and small if the deal pleases the neighbors.
On The More Mesa development proposal
Posted on July 16 at 2:29 p.m.
I think Silvia needs to do more traveling, not just a drive or walk-by, before giving the new SB Airport , any hint of a positive review. Her walk-by and not comparing the old simple easy access "L-shaped" efficient building to this new "Big Box" so called "Green" building is mis-guided at best. BTW, the taxi drivers are calling this new big taco bell looking structure a "Mexican Prison". Silvia, to her credit, correctly notes the long hikes now required for airport access and the token red tiles we are forced to endure these days. What kind of fools would design to make it harder for people to access and reach the baggage area? We may be a overall physically fit crowd here in SB/GOLETA, however, I truly feel sorry for the Seniors and Handicapped travelers. Passenger movement, both inside and outside this building is poorly designed to say the least. The new glass jet ways are not used by the smaller planes, and what was a 30 second walk down the plane steps, and straight to the baggage, is a much longer, 5-6 times longer trek to be precise. Best to say this is now an LAX style design that all but destroyed the SB Airport Experience as we seasoned travelers knew it. Now returning travelers hike along the tarmac, then up a jig saw aluminum platform, to the jet way, up the long ramp to the 2nd story (yes, the baggage is at ground level), then walking nearly full length of the big box on the 2nd story, down an escalator back to ground floor (sorry handicapped you were not considered in this design), across the path of departing passengers, and around a corner to reach the baggage area. I sincerely miss the old SB airport design now that the new smart green building has shown its true colors. The top Airport official should be fired for allowing this taco bell crap and corn maze style access to be built in our precious SB /Goleta. Why show case a "green" building, at the gateway to many travelers into our cities, with such miserable design features here in the birthplace of the environment movement? Finally, go try to have lunch as you drop off or wait to pick up delayed loved ones at the new airport, you will find only ticketed passengers can access the restaurant. Happy traveling, and don't forget your hiking boots and patience since the quick efficient SB Airport experience is officially gone, get there early like LAX.
Posted on September 4 at 4:41 p.m.
Linda Crop was actually way ahead of other so called "enviros" Pedro N and Susan J with the PXP deal. The deal was a win-win solution with a time certain date to shut down the Rig off Lompoc forever. Sadly, folks like Pedro Nava were just plain wrong to disagree, and say it was not enforcable etc. Pedro's camp did not offer any help to make the deal better, or other options except stay the course of old thinking and try to kill PXP with one million knife cuts using the govn process. They would prefer to continue to wrap up PXP and EDC in red tape with old outdated enviro thinking instead of making a deal with the private company that owns the rig.
Thank you Linda for being visionary and for really trying to remove the Rigs using new more modern enviro thinking. Unlike Linda, Pedro N has not a 10 year plan to stop oil drilling, just political buz words, that did not work too well in the election. In fact, his style only encourges PXP to stay the course and produce a few hundred barrels a day for many years to come. Linda and EDC's deal would have allowed PXP to add more straws to "get the oil out" sooner than later, then PXP would shut down in ten years and get 4000+ acres open space to the public. Now you know why Pedro and Susan Jordan did poorly in the last election: Because they have nothing new to offer only old out dated "just say no" & "stay the course" messages using polictics to fight PXP. Just who's side are they on?
You go Linda Crop and EDC!!
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