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Posted on July 30 at 9:35 a.m.
While LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant's main reason to come to SB may have been to teach kids the fundamentals of basketball & life, he did a lot more. Kobe, his wife Vanessa and members of their Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (#KVBFF) took time to visit our CASA of Santa Barbara County's office to meet staff, learn about the great work that CASA of SB is doing for foster kids in our area and to hear the personal stories of two incredible CASA youth too! Together, Kobe and Vanessa were wonderful and gracious guests, they were genuinely attentive, caring and did not leave before making a commitment to support CASA of SB and visit again soon! Thanks to Kobe and Vanessa for making a difference in our CASA kid's lives.
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Posted on July 18 at 11:40 a.m.
Goleta Beach Park is a wonderful place. It offers its 1.5M annual visitors a place to recreate, enjoy the beach, fish from the pier or onshore, surf, kayak and ride stand-up paddle boards and personal watercraft, launch a vessel from the park's hoist or via the park's dirt parking lot and beach ramp, have a picnic or share a meal at a local restaurant with million dollar views at an affordable price.
The beach park was was built on a sand spit and at the outfall of a creek and lagoon. With a channelized creek aiming its winter storm energy at the park on one end and an exposed unprotected coastline scouring its shores -- if left alone the park will disappear in time.
So the question for our community (residents, beach park users, business owners, county staff, consultants and elected officials) is how do we protect the park and its popular amenities to the fullest extent possible. The easy approach is to load our collective emotionally charged bows with arrows and fire away at the other side -- aiming to blame those in favor of total park protection or those who seek another option for their dumb ideas. I suggest we all try another approach.
As a good faith effort in protecting Goleta Beach Park for future generations, I'd ask everyone to take a look at project Alternative 2 – Temporary Revetment Retention and Pilot Coastal Protection Projects with Beach Nourishment. As a former member of the working group for the Surfer's Point Managed Retreat Project in Ventura, a community that works together for a common goal has the potential to do great things. Yes, I know. Goleta Beach Park is no Surfer's Point. But there are many similarities -- a popular beach, free parking, easy access and very limited funds to make it better.
In addition, I would encourage everyone to request SB County staff and officials to broaden their Goleta Beach Park 2.0 Draft EIR to include the installation of an experimental beach cobble/sand dune stabilization project, mitigation options for replacing lost park facilities including parking spaces and beach boat launching access and parking and a requirement that the entire project include the upgrading of the park for ADA accessibility. After all, the park does belong to all county residents and members of our disabled community deserve the right to use the beach too.
R RojasGoleta, CA
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