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Posted on June 8 at 4:59 p.m.

I am glad the plan finally got approved.

What a great quote to wrap up the article! Yes, the Botanic Gardens is focused on research, education, conservation, as well as display. The facilities are in dire need of renovation and I am glad the Board of Supervisors realized this too. While it is a beautiful place, the Garden is, like Nancy Johnson, much more than just a place for visitation.

I am proud of the Board and am satisfied Santa Barbara will be tremendously proud of its Garden once renovations are completed.

On Modified Botanic Garden Project Approved

Posted on May 20 at 3:17 p.m.

The proposed limits are outrageous. I know of no other environment non-profits with such limitations. For example, the Natural History Museum (which is not far from the Botanic Garden) is not limited in this way.

Also, The Botanic Garden's 80 year old mission is to be a place for science and education as well as a nice place to visit. The plan will allow all the Garden's intended purposes to be realized. The Garden has, and should always be, a scientific institution.

On The Carbajal Compromise

Posted on May 19 at 4:13 p.m.

The proposed cap would limit the number of visits by school children, lecturers, and scientists. We cannot expect the Garden facilities to be premiere when we are imposing such limits on the scientific research it provides. The Garden has already proposed limits in accordance with the SB Fire Dept. and many other regulations. By allowing these restrictions, we are just restricting the ability of the Garden to finance and maintain itself.

On The Carbajal Compromise

Posted on May 6 at 5:21 p.m.

I am glad that everyone is getting a chance to voice their opinion on the issue. That being said, I am still confused on how fire safety is a topic of debate. The SB Fire Department has come out multiple times and stated how the Vital Mission Plan will improve the fire safety in the area. I consider them to be the premiere authority on the issue - when they claim something will improve fire safety, I trust that it will.

Additionally, I personally know that much of the resources and facilities at the Garden are currently out-dated. The updates to these are necessary and will provide the Garden with greater abilities to educate and serve SB.

On Botanic Garden Waiting Game

Posted on April 29 at 6:04 p.m.

I am glad that the local chain of banks has the funding that will helping it survive the end (hopefully) of the financial crisis. Assuming the real estate market and employment rates get back to healthy levels, this puts investors in a strong position. The question is how the bank's culture and dynamic will change now that it is backed by someone not considered to be "local." I guess we will just have to wait and see how this plays out.

On Texas Billionaire Buys 91 Percent of S.B. Bank

Posted on April 29 at 5:57 p.m.

Not sure if this article gives me a sense of irony or karma....or both?

Kudos to Mrs. McGrew for handling the situation well. I am sure Sgt. McGrew was very worried that there could have been a more dangerous situation - I am sure he was very relieved to learn it was just a couple DUMB teenagers.

On Burgling the Wrong House

Posted on April 29 at 5:42 p.m.

Mr. Chytilo, yes I have been following the Garden’s plans and have gotten a tour of the Garden where their staff graciously showed me where the new buildings will be. Whether it’s 91% open space or 99% open space – it still stands as a very small plan. I understand your concerns for fire safety being a neighbor of the Garden, but I don’t understand why you believe the Garden is going to bring so many more people. Currently the Garden has no limitations on visitors or events. With their plans, they are going to put a cap on visitation at a level that is far below the number of visitors they’ve had in the past – only around 1.5% increase. Why are you so afraid of classroom children coming to the Garden to learn about nature, and having guest professors do research and give lectures to the Garden? Do you just not want anyone coming through “your neighborhood” to enjoy the Garden if they’re not a “local”?

On Botanic Garden Propaganda Wars

Posted on April 29 at 10:51 a.m.

First off, I agree that fire safety in the area must be a priority. I attended a Planning Commission hearing on the issue in which representatives from the SB Fire Dept. spoke of how the the Vital Mission Plan would greatly IMPROVE fire safety in the area. How is there still debate about this issue? Is there anyone who would know more about this issue than the Fire Dept.?

Also, the plan will keep the Garden 99% open space, it will limit the number of guest/events for the first time, and the Garden will shut down on "red flag" fire warning days. All of these things will keep the facilities as a beautiful, natural open-space while still providing updates to the scientific aspects of the Garden that are much needed.

I recommend that individuals form their opinions on the plan by reviewing the facts - not on someone's critique of the Garden's plan for getting the issue out there.

On Botanic Garden Propaganda Wars

Posted on April 29 at 10:20 a.m.

I agree completely with Ms. Keeler. The plan will keep the true heart and soul of the Garden in tact but will make it more accessible and update the facilities. These updates are much needed.

Ms. Keeler is correct in that fire safety should be an issue of concern for the area and it is great to know that the Fire Dept. supports these renovations.

The Garden will stay 99% open space!!!!!

Additionally, I personally think that the fact that it is a place for school children to take field trips is a great feature of the Garden. These kids can gain a first hand experience of the science they cover in class - making their studies more exciting and interesting.

I know there are many conflicting views on the Garden but I applaud Ms. Keeler for seeing through all these opinions and evaluating the factual evidence. I am sure that more people would agree and support the plan if they formed their opinions based on these facts.

On Two Views of the Garden

Posted on March 10 at 6:43 p.m.

The Garden is going through a very important time in its history. The strike, the departure of Mr. Schneider, and the Vital Mission Plan are all very important issues. The point of this article though was to discuss the future of the Garden. I personally am glad that the Garden is focused on improving its position as a valuable asset to SB. Despite the changes, I feel that the SBBG will emerge stronger than ever. The Vital Mission Plan is key to making sure this happens. The Plan's focus is to improve the facilities for the visitors (by making it accessible to all) and for the preservation of plant specimens.

I look forward to seeing the Garden emerge from all of this controversy and becoming an even more beautiful and important part of our community.

On Botanic Garden Critics Converge

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