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Posted on November 2 at 2:23 p.m.
Beach Fan - I speak only for myself, but from what I've seen of your comments, you're pretty biased against anything EDC says or does, so I myself couldn't justify putting the time in to answer your question. I'm sure you'd allege another vast left-wing wing conspiracy based on one comment out of context. But its all public record.But tell me, what's wrong with using your real name and owning your comment? The First amendment protects your right to free speech, so the black helicopters won't come after you. JohnLocke - your response is hilarious - got the facts wrong about timing of events that didn't exist and you claim that this isn't getting the facts wrong. Made my day. BTW, What's your excuse for hiding your identity?
On Dude, Where's My Wind Farm?
Posted on November 1 at 4:02 p.m.
Commenters - get your facts straight - the wind farm is being challenged in court only by COLABite attorney Richard Adams (Brother of the supervisorial candidate Peter Adams, Adams Brothers Farms who unsuccessfully sued the county over wetland delineation years ago). And has been rejected at every turn, so sounds like he really doesn't have a meritorious environmental case or even genuine environmental issues. Sounds like EDC, using the public review process, helped make the project better. But that is old news.Siting new renewable power plants like this is tricky - some sites are better than others, and some sites are just not appropriate at all, even though there are environmental benefits. It takes some careful study.But the impediment the Lompoc facility and other renewable projects face is uncertain economics, as these projects need subsidy themselves to compete with heavily subsidized and externalized fossil fuel power sources. Congress has been downright ignorant when it comes to thinking ahead about our future on the planet and shifting to sustainable power sources. Hurricane Sandy provides an example of some of the externalized costs of carbon based electricity that will now be paid in disrupted lives, severe economic costs, and higher insurance premiums, among many. Bring on the renewable power, but do it right. We in the environmental community all looked pretty carefully at the Lompoc project, helped make it the best it could be, and it was approved expeditiously. The mysterious John Locke should look in the mirror and see if his own political allies are in fact to blame for the delays reported by Mr. Stewart. But I'm not expecting an apology or retraction.
Posted on June 1 at 11:49 a.m.
Funny that you, Joe, an elected official, would cast such aspersions at politicians. Does this mean you will really just finish out your term and retire from politics?
On Senator Dianne Feinstein Visits Santa Barbara
Posted on May 17 at 5:31 p.m.
If Measure Y fails, the entire project approval is dead, and the entire project will have to go back to the City and start again. The Coastal Commission considered the revisions to the City Local Coastal Plan (LCP) associated with the annexation of these lands from county to city, and requested that the City make modifications to the Veronica Meadows portion of the LCP concerning what kind of development is appropriate in the creek buffer zone. Under the Coastal Act, the City had to accept those modifications within 6 months, or the LCP submittal would be deemed rejected and the LCP amendment process would have to start anew. The City did NOT accept those modifications, and so the LCP processing must also start again with the Coastal commission.
On Our Dueling Mayors
Posted on May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
discoboy - as it turns out, the City did prepare a workplan to restore this whole section of the creek, but put it on a shelf when they approved Lee's development.
On Y is a Lie, Opponents Say
Posted on May 6 at 8:45 a.m.
Lee hired Davies Communications to help sell the project to city voters. Most of the Yes commenters first registered on the Indy page in July 2009 and commented in favor of another ill-conceived project that was extensively green-washed by Davies - the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s expansion plan. Jfitz, Num1ofAn fit this category. GoGouchos122 registered for the Veronica Meadows project and clearly is another Davies/Lee stooge. All other commenters are familiar names that, not surprisingly, all find fault with the City giveaway of parkland for this private developer. Too bad the reporter didn’t take the time to cover the issue, only the press conference. If he had, he would have reported that the bridge on city parkland will cause a permanent negative impact to the creek, even with Lee’s “restoration benefits.” People would realize that the trail will encourage pedestrians and bikes to cross a 55 mph roadway with only a crosswalk - that’s not safe! This project builds the wrong kind of housing in the wrong place - sensitive coastal creek habitat. Santa Barbara knows better - Vote No on Y!
On Yes on Y Campaign Kicks Off
Posted on February 22 at 3:34 p.m.
Congrats and THANK YOU to Mary Ellen for sustaining this long and arduous battle, and securing the right outcome in the federal courts. The Adventure Pass was wrong when it was started, and its wrong today. Public lands should be available to the public - we've already paid for them and funded their improvement and maintenance. The Adventure Pass was a relatively blatant first step to privatization of public recreational lands. This win won't stop those pursuing this odious agenda, but shows we can and should fight to preserve free access to and use of our public lands.
On Court Attacks Adventure Pass
Posted on July 22 at 2:14 p.m.
Very funny. A little levity helps us all get through these looong hearings.
On Comic Adventures at City Hall
Posted on July 5 at 12:35 p.m.
This article reads like a Venoco/Crustal Studies puff piece. Everyone knows they are not objective - if this is news, lets see some analysis and issue discussion. Please get the facts straight and make them clear - 5 mcf/day from this seep, or all seeps in the ocean? Mr. Vo - don't think that just because other news outlets publish press releases as news its OK in the Indy. We hold you to a higher standard.
On Voyage to Coal Oil Point
Posted on June 22 at 1:27 p.m.
Zorro - Sue Adams never supported paving trails - she was the probably most forceful opponent of the Garden's use of synthetic pavers on their trails - and to my recollection never supported the Meadow Terrace Events Plaza. Barbara Lowenthal rarely attended or participated in the Botanic Garden's proceedings before HLAC.
On Cops Union, DA Endorse Early
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