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Posted on May 10 at 5:05 p.m.

There's a flashing strip on Lincoln Street in the Venice area (or thereabouts anyways) in LA. It's also four lanes of traffic. I've seen it got off a few times, and it's very noticeable. I drive down Milpas multiple times every day, and it is also my neighborhood. It's a congested busy street, and it is hard to see pedestrians at those crosswalks, because other traffic blocks your view! I think the strip lights will definitely help. I'm not so sure on the single lane...but I guess I'll just have to see how that shapes up...and maybe add five minutes onto my commute.

On Flashing Lights and Restriping for Milpas Street

Posted on May 4 at 1:20 p.m.

I think it's backwards to think one should be held responsible for others TRESPASSING on their property. Sh*t...if a stranger appears in my backyard and tumbles down the muddy slope breaking his/her leg, then I think it is THAT person's fault for both being clumsy and trespassing. And yet, today, I could be held responsible for that idiot? It's a crying shame I think. A property owner should not have to think through every possible scenario that someone may do on their property. In some places you're allowed to shoot trespassers, and I'm definitely not saying that's right. But there is a middle ground here that makes sense. My property is not someone else's playground!

It is a tragedy that so many people lost so much. I had some very good friends lose EVERYTHING, and I would bet that most people in SB can say the same thing. My heart goes out to those people first and foremost. I also have some sympathy for the college kids. If they're good people, they're punishing themselves and it's something they'll carry for life. It was dumb, and we've all done dumb things. It was not malicious and that's what I always come back to. Accidents and mistakes do happen; it's very human. But I am extremely surprised that they're not the ones to pay for this poor couple's hospital bills. I think they went after the wrong people, at least as far as responsibility goes. They went after the right people as far as finances go.

On Burn Victims Agree to $6 Million Settlement with Tea Garden Owner

Posted on May 3 at 9:27 a.m.

So disappointing...and so bizarre to go after just this one when there are two more just up the road a stones throw away. Can't wait to hear the "whys" on this one. At least there were no arrests! Just a question, have other states with medical marijuana dispensaries, like Colorado and Montana for instance, had DEA raids?

This raiding only causes fear, which only forces people underground, operating in secret. Things that operate in secret, especially under fear, rarely head down a good path. Stop forcing this sketchiness! Let there be transparency!

On Dispensary Raided

Posted on May 2 at 4:49 p.m.

It's terrible what happened to this couple. But it seems like injustice that the Tea Garden property owners are the ones to take the financial hit. I understand that the students who started the fire probably don't have the cash, but they're the ones who are really at fault.

On Burn Victims Agree to $6 Million Settlement with Tea Garden Owner

Posted on April 27 at 11:21 a.m.

I had to look up whether or not mountain lions are considered endangered and here's what I found on the CA Department of Fish and Game:

Are mountains lions listed as a threatened or endangered species?
Mountain lions are not threatened nor endangered in California. In fact, the lion population is relatively high in California and their numbers appear to be stable. Mountain lions are legally classified as "specially protected species". This has nothing to do with their relative abundance and does not imply that they are rare.

So it looks like, protected yes, endangered no. But I would assume "protected" would apply to a live animal.

The critter wasn't purposefully killed. I suppose I have a different perspective towards the dead...just an empty vessel. If our plane went down in the Andes, and I died and you were starving, I'm totally fine with you eating my body. ;) I don't think I'd care any longer!

On Paws Sawed Off Dead Mountain Lion

Posted on April 27 at 11:06 a.m.

A Tibetan-Buddhist nun? And he didn't stop to help? Oh man, he's royally screwed on so many levels! He's definitely coming back as a rat...he sorta already looks like one! Accidents happen, but how does one not stop to help???! I think it could only be worse if it were a child. Well I hope she recovers fully and quickly...unless her walk on this earth is meant to be complete. Perhaps she's reached the continuous bliss and emptiness. But for the sake of the rest of us, we could all use a little more good in the world, and any loss of it is mourned.

On Police Arrest Hit-and-Run Suspect

Posted on April 27 at 10:33 a.m.

I think Cottage should bring in some of the saved might be hard for the neighbors to complain about the inconvenience of waking up to a stroke victim who narrowly escaped death. SHHEEESH peoples!

On Cottage Hospital and Its Discontents

Posted on April 27 at 10:08 a.m.

I heard they're calling for arrest now! Well...I hope they don't find them because it seems absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary to me. They're offering up $1500 from somewhere...and then to do what? Arrest some people and throw away the paws? Do you ever have that feeling where you feel like you must be missing some part of the story, because for the life of you you can't come around even an inch to thinking along the same lines? I mean, the mountain lion is DEAD. The lucky-foot-bandits didn't kill the mountain lion...they just sorta harvested a mini trophy from an already dead animal. Maybe they plan on making a mountain lion foot necklace or something. ;) Was the state/county/whatever planning on stuffing this critter or something? Are mountain lions protected? Is there a black market for mountain lion paws? What am I missing???? If I came upon a dead eagle you can sure as hell bet that I'm gonna pluck a feather. Isn't that the same thing? It doesn't feel wrong to me. I might even keep the whole thing...pluck the feathers...bleach out the bones...lots of treasures! As for the mountain lion...I'd be more interested in the pelt and skull! Ha! Except (don't worry!) wouldn't see me out there trying to saw anything off of it...I'm too fragile and soft to deal with that much gore! I would never hack it as a hunter! If we went back to hunter/gatherer days I'd definitely be a gatherer.

By the way, I was cracking up at your comment John Locke. No disrespect to your view, but I couldn't reconcile your name and view! I watched some LOST and I think that the John Locke character would've probably been the first to saw off some mountain lion paws to wear around his neck!

On Paws Sawed Off Dead Mountain Lion

Posted on April 2 at 2 p.m.

Awwwwwww! Buddies!

On The Dogs of Rincon

Posted on March 30 at 2:17 p.m.

I like how some of you question "who writes this stuff?". What I find funny about it is that we all use fake names, while the writer's name is clearly attached to the story. Perhaps you mean to ask, "why write about this?". It's a good thing you're not the writer! Knowing how to ask the right question isn't everyone's forte!

While I don't condone drooping in on someone, the story did make me laugh-out-loud a couple times. I'm digging the artwork too!

On On Fire with Arson

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