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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
Posted on June 9 at 10:27 a.m.
This is good news for all of us living and those invested in property downwind. Previously PGE had asked that the "final approvals" be delayed until more accurate seismic studies were completed, allowing the NRC to continue their processing of the application up to the point of final approval. NRC's decision to stop processing should mean that the agency's internal evaluation will be stopped until the data is available, which makes considerable sense. The license has plenty of years left so there will be no immediate affect on the plant's operation, but the ultimate relicensing decision will not be prejudged and have the benefit of more accurate data. Given the potentially catastrophic consequences to the entire county from the unlikely event that large amounts of radiation is released from the plant, relicensing should be evaluated only when all the salient data is available.
On Diablo Canyon Relicensing Possibly Delayed for Years
Posted on June 1 at 4:16 p.m.
Caltrans could have designed a barrier that would not have blocked views from the bridge while deterring suicides, like was done at the Golden Gate bridge, but chose not to. And sadly, few of our elected officials would stand up and insist Caltrans give the alternatives a chance. they were all summarily rejected.
On Suicide Barrier Gets Green Light
Posted on June 1 at 4:10 p.m.
Mercury in the western US has been traced back to Chinese coal fired power plants. But if the coal interests continue to fight mercury controls here in the US, its hypocritical to ask the Chinese to control theirs. Its all connected . . . and now we shouldn't eat fish . . . so sad.
On California Fish Laced with Mercury
Posted on December 16 at 10:53 a.m.
Joe served with dignity and will be missed. We usually disagreed on individual actions, but not always on the goals. Born at Naples and raised on the Gaviota Coast, Joe was eloquent in his love for the region and understood well the need to preserve it. But then he'd vote for the development. Joe supported public transportation for poor folk in north county long before the cities realized they needed it. And his door was always open to meet and discuss any issue. I will miss his presence on the Board.
On Centeno's Last Board Meeting
Posted on October 22 at 2:02 p.m.
Self wasn't elected but appointed, as the next highest vote gatherer, to fill Helene's vacated seat in November 2009. This has been city protocol honored for many years - I doubt Self would have been the choice of the majority, but they followed decorum and appointed her. Assuming Das leaves Council, the next highest vote-getter from the November 2009 election is the appropriate person to be appointed to his seat to complete his term and stand, if they choose, for the next election.
On Gridlock Looming for Plan Santa Barbara
Posted on July 16 at 11:18 a.m.
Responding to Tabatha - Caltrans relied heavily on the Bloor Street Viaduct suicide barrier results as support for their contention that the barrier here, like there, would reduce suicides. Earlier this month physicians associated with the University of Toronto released a study of suicide rates after the barrier there was constructed in 2003. Their conclusion: the Bloor Street Viaduct barrier had no effect whatsoever on regional suicide rates - it simply shifted the location to other buildings and bridges. It did conclude suicides at Bloor Street were reduced, so a local project would address the officer safety issue, however that issue can also be addressed with a heightened rail that does not involve the significant impacts of the mesh barrier.
On Suicide Barrier Hits Stumbling Block