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Posted on June 3 at 5:42 a.m.

This is a great start. From the bicycles they can easily transition to scooters or reasonably sized motorcycles. Nothing sexist here, most people have motorcycles that are too large, often far too large, for them. Spritely is good.

I have ridden them all for decades and can attest that, in traffic. you are worlds and away safer on a motorcycle. More visible and capable of locomotion similar to the deadly enemy of us all, cars. They don't see you and they care less than that. Where is my iPhone, coke, mascara, pet, kids sit down...?

A cadre of healthy women on scooters/motorcycles opens the door for others to try their hand. In our sunny climate leave the cars at home. Let the motorized two wheelers take their rightful place in our transportation mix.

On Pedaling with Wings

Posted on May 31 at 8 a.m.

What "Goleta boosters would like to see most: people who come to explore the Good Land itself."

Exactly what/who is a "Goleta Booster"? Could that possibly be synonymous with Real Estate Developer?

The operative word in Goleta The Good Land is "land", not beach. The only remaining vestige of Goleta The Good Land is the Bishop Ranch. Without a firm plan in place for preservation of the ranch in it's entirety, Goleta The Good Land is lost forever.

We are out of water, have been for decades, stop the developers.

On Goleta Getting “The Goodland” Hotel

Posted on September 11 at 5:27 p.m.

Form follows function...

On City Dedicates New Type 3 Fire Engine

Posted on September 11 at 9:26 a.m.

Absolutely certain that my ferrocement home would survive the Tea fire I simply stayed inside. In an eerie way the experience was reminiscent of staying inside during a rain storm.

Just as houses are constructed to survive rainstorms it should be mandated that new/replacement construction in wildland fire zones must be capable of surviving the next inevitable onslaught.

Post Tea fire it was disheartening to observe that the majority of the reconstruction employed exactly the same construction materials and techniques as had just burned to the ground.

Very few individuals took the que. In the majority of the cases the primary change was the absurd expansion of each home's size to the maximum permitted envelope thereby providing a bit more fuel for the fire next time around.

On On the Safety of Firefighters

Posted on June 29 at 9:58 p.m.

It's great that these people were able to achieve so much personal gratification through their athletics.

However, did anyone stop to ask any of the academic departments, especially math and science, if an injection of half a million dollars would be useful for equipment in their departments to stimulate student interest in math and science?

Athletics are mass media marketed 24/7/365. Very sexy.

Math and science need help, the fate of our economy hangs in the balance.

Astro-turf seems like a waste of precious resources, in these budget strapped times .

On San Marcos Gridiron Renamed Warkentin Stadium

Posted on December 8 at 8:16 a.m.

Apparently no one recalls when Jostens was a local company. They used to manufacture those rings in the building in Summerland that is now occupied by QAD. Our elementary school class was given a tour of the facility in 1960. By the time that we reached High School (Go Royals) we were already familiar with Jostens. However, there was no assembly related to Jostens, just some pamphlets. A better practice for next year would be to distribute pamphlets and allow Jostens to set up a kiosk for anyone who may be interested.

On Selling Graduation

Posted on September 16 at 9:01 a.m.

I recall during the 1970s attending a number of fantastic performances at the Music Center in Los Angeles. The tickets were printed with the words, "No one will be seated during the performance." If one arrived late one gained the privilege of mulling around the lobby until intermission when they would then be allowed to take their seat. You can bet that ninety-nine percent of the seats were filled when the curtain rose. This policy enforces decorum, and establishes who is in charge, right from the get go.

On Middle-Aged Concert-Goers Behaving Badly

Posted on March 7 at 9:57 p.m.

Also a life long resident I do find it distressing that these types of hardened individuals are walking our streets. But hey, we also had Jesse James Hollywood walking our streets and he appears Caucasian to me. The issue here is not race.

The real culprit here is the dismal failure known as the War on Drugs. These gangsters are the result of the extraordinary money to be made in the distribution of black market products. Stop the madness, End the prohibition now.

It has taken over thirty years of Corporate/Congressional meddling to screw things up this bad. A period or readjustment will be required but the status quo is clearly unacceptable..

On Witness to Leal Murder Assaulted

Posted on October 12 at 1:20 p.m.

Bravo! This is what it will take to make a change. Once you have elected your candidates keep their feet to the fire about CFR Campaign Finance Reform. Nothing is going to change significantly from the present status quo until the campaign financing field is made level for all players.

On UCSB Leads in Nationwide Voter Registration Contest

Posted on September 30 at 6:39 p.m.

Better yet tune to 98.7 or 90.7 FM for KPFK Pacifica Radio. Their hands are not tied by corporate CPB/NPR or University regents like the other stations listed in this story.

On KCRW Off Santa Barbara Air Till Saturday

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