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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
Posted on September 18 at 11:21 a.m.
The wind farm can provide for our transportation needs as well if we build this electrically powered transportation system to accompany it. www.unimodal.net
On Final EIR Released for Lompoc Wind Farm
Posted on September 3 at 8:51 p.m.
An entire page of text and the most obvious question is not even broached. Were these runners running with their backs to the oncoming traffic or facing it as the law requires? I see joggers all the time running with their backs to the oncoming traffic. If one runs facing the oncoming traffic one affords themselves the opportunity to possibly jump out of the way of a driver impaired by prescription medications or alcohol. The local schools used to drill us on this every year. Did someone eliminate this from the lesson plan?
On Drunk Driving Death on Las Positas Road
Posted on July 2 at 10:04 p.m.
Yes, Power arrives at Glenn Annie substation from the north via transmission lines that are now located directly in the fire. When the flames engulf the wires it creates a path for the electricity to flow to ground. This immediately causes circuit breakers to cut off the power. That is why the lights were flashing. Edison has now stopped the flow of electricity and isolated the sub station. City of Santa Barbara and points south are able to receive electricity separately from Glen Annie and are presently powered up by the Edison Street sub station in Santa Barbara.
On Gap Fire Evening Update
Posted on June 18 at 5:58 p.m.
This article only serves to perpetuate the myth that we are in some way going to pedal our way out of our transportation system woes. In that sense the article does a disservice. The Caltrans, Oil, and Big Construction lobbies appear to have brainwashed everyone into believing that all of the alternatives are on the table. Check out www.unimodal.com for enlightenment. If you really want to donate some space to motorists build this system from SLO to VTA. Power it from the projected one-third excess capacity of the Lompoc Wind Farm.
On How Bicycle Riders Donate to Car Drivers in Goleta
Posted on June 18 at 5:42 p.m.
40 MPH, 40 mile range. Ha! My grandmother's 1921 Rauch-Lang electric would do that. According to these results zero improvement in 90 years. In actuality there has been a 35% improvement. Still not enough to make electrics mainstream. Electric cars are not pollution free. They simply transfer the source of the pollution to the power generating station which is more than likely nuclear or gas fired. The answer is not in any one mode of transportation but a mosaic of overlapping modalities. The technology of choice is modern clean burning Diesel engines in hybrid vehicles. The power produced by Diesel engines is much more suitable for use in hybrids than gasoline. Basic engineering, horsepower versus torque. Check it out. What is more the BioDiesel fuel is best derived from Hemp plants that can be grown on lands that are otherwise unsuitable for food crops. Hemp requires little to no fertilizer, pesticide, or irrigation. Additionally Hemp plants can be grown much closer than the customary 18-24 inches required for Corn. Therefore much higher yield per acre. We also need to pull more scooters and motorcycles into the mix. We sorely need this www.unimodal.com Get Caltrans the oil and construction lobbies out of the way.
On <em>Citizen McCaw</em> Filmmakers Defy <em>News-Press</em> Owner
Posted on June 5 at 9:27 a.m.
A now deceased friend of mine worked many years for the City of Santa Maria Community Development Department in a position not unlike that of Michelle Gibbs. He was often at loggerheads with the department's directors and accused of not being a "team player." One project that I recall in particular was a housing subdivision to be built on an abandoned oil field. My friend's position on the matter was ignored, more correctly subverted. Today there is a law suit taking place because oil is seeping up into the people's back yards. There is talk of demolishing the homes. My inclination would be to trust Gibbs' judgment. Where there is smoke there is fire.
On Shootout at Miramar Corral
Posted on June 5 at 9:04 a.m.
Better late than never. A regional installation of the Unimodal system www.unimodal.com will eliminate the purported "need" for freeway expansion. The Unimodal system can be powered with the excess electricity produced by the Lompoc Wind Farm. Please check out the link. They have done a thorough analysis. They answer all questions except who has the will to take on the entrenched transportation cabal?
On Santa Barbara Warned of Oil Shortage Impacts
Posted on May 30 at 8:25 a.m.
I travel through this area with some regularity. My observation is that vehicles, usually SUVs, at the highway exit ramp and the exit from La Colina's parking lot fail to come to a complete stop. They "roll" these stop signs. These are obviously overwrought parents in search of their children as the vehicles exiting the highway inevitably pull into the La Colina driveway. Now that the speed issues in this area have been addressed the La Colina pick-up and delivery traffic reveals itself as a major contributor to traffic safety. Perhaps some adult education by the La Colina administration would help to alleviate the problem. Installing yet another traffic light is not going to improve the operating skills of the parents and simply serves to move the problem somewhere else. Each additional traffic light increases air and noise pollution in addition to increasing everyone's safe commute time. The vehicle operator should be the first stop in the quest for traffic safety.
On Pedestrian Struck by Car at Foothill and Cieneguitas Roads