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Posted on March 12 at 3:40 p.m.

Um, since no one mentioned fire safety, allow me. The problem most of us have is that the new BG plan is to radically alter it from a place for nature and research to a place for weddings and other large events.

Yes, the Garden wants a blank check on how many people can attend and how many events they can have.

The result is that nearly 200,000 additional people would be attracted to the Garden. What's wrong with that?

Well, first of all, it is the very description of mission drift. But that aside, it is a safety issue. Mission Canyon, which is highly prone to sudden, vicious, fast moving fires would be very hard to evacuate. The residents who live off Mission Canyon barely evacuated in time during the recent devastating Tea Fire.

Imagine the chaos and logjam if a fire occurred during one of the big events. Imagine how people would evacuate this 2 lane road if it were jammed with tour buses at the same time.

I believe that many of the issues for expanding the BG could be resolved if they agreed to a cap on the number of events and guests. But the BG has fought against any reasonable caps. Thus the threat to the lives of residents and visitors is a drop dead issue. Santa Barbara's Board of Supervisors, who right now are wondering how to fund the Fire Dept. to its current levels, will want to avoid having potential blood on their hands if the BG persists in wanting to become a big commercial venue for events having nothing to do with horticulture or research.

On Botanic Garden Critics Converge

Posted on March 9 at 6:09 p.m.

Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but I'm pretty sure that most of SB County's indebtedness is due to labor contracts signed well before Wolf took office.

However, if Bush hadn't wrecked the national economy with tax cuts for the rich and a $ trillon dollar Iraq war we didn't need, if Schwarzenegger hadn't wrecked CA's economy by cutting the car registration fee that would have raised $5 billion annually, SB County would have plenty of $$ to pay a decent wage and provide decent services.

Secord understands medicine...and needs to keep practicing. I'm told he's a good doctor.

On Janet Versus Dr. Dan; The Rematch?

Posted on March 9 at 8:25 a.m.

It will be a waste of time and money for Secord to run again. If he couldn't beat Janet when, as he says, she had little name recognition and experience, how does he expect to beat her now?

Secord is betting on a "throw the bums out" strategy. But his long service on SB's City Council contributed to the mess the council is in now, so it's not like he would come in with clean hands.

Secord should not waste the time and money of his supporters and what will be a losing cause. Been there, done that. He should just enjoy his retirement.

On Janet Versus Dr. Dan; The Rematch?

Posted on March 5 at 8:27 a.m.

It's no substitute for U.S. Mail noticing, but people should also know they can get notices via email by signing up at the Goleta website. The direct link to the relevant page is

On Goleta Trims and Grows Project Noticing

Posted on March 5 at 8:21 a.m.

Thank you Margaret Connell for standing for open government.

On Goleta Trims and Grows Project Noticing

Posted on March 5 at 8:19 a.m.

With Schneider's imminent departure, the Botanic Garden has a real opportunity to "re-set" its image and relationship with its volunteers, the Mission Canyon Assn., and the entire community.

The Botanic Garden Board should seize this opportunity by involving the community in an open recruitment process. It's time to heal the wounds and come together. Doing so would be a sign of security that the Garden and its plan can stand some outside influence and scrutiny.

A little cooperation can go a long way. We hope that the Garden Board will capitalize on this chance so we can all come together.

On Striking Botanic Garden Volunteers to Meet

Posted on March 3 at 8:14 a.m.

Pro and Anti Oil Settlement Parties,

Isn't it time you went into private mediation. We seem to have the same goals. Sounds like you need a neutral third party to facilitate communication.

We who support both sides are getting whiplash from hearing your arguments.

Let's get together on this...

On PXP and EDC: A Grand Plan

Posted on March 3 at 8:10 a.m.

As a friend of mine once reminded me (in rhyme)

Parent, regarding children,
it doesn't matter what you do,
In a few years they'll be on couch,
Talking about you!

On Fall from Cool

Posted on March 3 at 7:59 a.m.

Those of us in most of SB County are well represented by Congress woman Lois Capps But we are frustrated when Gallegly invariably votes contrary to Lois, essentially canceling our voice in Congress.

Even if we don't live in his district, we need to support Tim Allison to defeat Gallegly and get our voice back.

Tim is the right person for the job of defeating Gallegly. We need to get Congress and this country moving again.

On Democratic Candidate Makes Bid for House Seat

Posted on March 1 at 7:58 a.m.

We have both donated items and bought items from the Re-Store and it was convenient and easy. Plus the items we bought were a really good price.

Our contractor first scoffed at the idea but since then has been back many times and bought excellent items for good prices.

Thanks Mr. Cox for shining a light on this great Goleta store.

On Recycle, Reuse Refined at the ReStore

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