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Posted on July 25 at 11:07 a.m.

"The Lives of Others" is a great movie.

I can certainly understand how Merkel feels. Russia and Israel both spy on the U.S. and I don't think they have our best interests in mind.

On Germany Awake, America Asleep?

Posted on July 25 at 10:44 a.m.

@DrDan, that's right. The site is the field at the end of Kirschenmann Rd:

http://www.sbcountyplanning.org/energ...

It will have low vertical height (panels less than 13-ft above ground) to minimize visual impact and have steel beam frames that can be dismantled at the plant's end of life (as opposed to poured concrete). No water usage other than a twice-yearly washing of the panels to get dust off.

On County Moves Forward with First Big Solar Project

Posted on July 25 at 12:26 a.m.

tabatha nails it again.

@I_Pay_Taxes, check out the link I posted. It specifically addresses your concern. PG&E is required to perform a risk analysis and submit it to the PUC for approval. No investment is risk-free, but due diligence was done on the First Solar project.

On County Moves Forward with First Big Solar Project

Posted on July 24 at 10:44 a.m.

Interesting to see Warren Buffet has been one of First Solar's equity partners on their larger projects (10x larger than Cuyama):

http://www.pge.com/nots/rates/tariffs...

Project like these will help utilities met their RPS targets:

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Ren...

On County Moves Forward with First Big Solar Project

Posted on July 24 at 10:08 a.m.

Best Indy headline I've seen in awhile.

On Packing the Bowl with Slightly Stoopid

Posted on July 23 at 10:17 a.m.

@at_large, the lead article ("Which Way Santa Barbara", June 2013) plus source links and additional reading are here:

http://www.missionandstate.org/featur...

The same issue also featured a related SBCAG Regional Growth Forecast:

http://missionandstate.org/ms/wp-cont...

All very good big picture stuff.

On Mission & State Closes Down

Posted on July 23 at 2:34 a.m.

Mission and State put out some great in-depth journalism and was unique in that regard.

Fortunately, I saved PDF copies of their series on the evolving economics of Santa Barbara and how that was linked to changing demographics and commuter traffic patterns. Insightful data that folks of all political stripes could appreciate.

On Mission & State Closes Down

Posted on July 22 at 2:32 a.m.

I used to work at Open Air Bicycles (next to the fig tree) to earn money for college. But why is their photo in this story?

On Bike Coalition Shifting into High Gear

Posted on July 20 at 12:45 p.m.

Public and private divestment from Israel would probably go a long way. But so long as AIPAC owns the United States Congress, that will be an uphill struggle.

Based on the latest pro-AIPAC blogs, I predict we'll soon see US officials de-emphasizing Israel's actions in Gaza and an attempt at re-focusing attention on Hamas.

And so the game of proportionality continues ...

On Jews Against the War

Posted on July 20 at 12:05 p.m.

vonG and yoman could reduce their hypertension by 20 points if they went for a nice bike ride.

On Biking Across Santa Barbara

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