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Posted on August 25 at 1:53 p.m.
I agree with edgy01 that skateboards should not be on the same pathways as pedestrians. The point of the authors article is to make this point exactly. If skateboarders are no longer considered pedestrians and are considered vehicles as are bicycles, then they can ride in the bike lane and be subject to the same traffic laws as all other vehicles. The fact that you will get a ticket in the downtown area for riding a skateboard on the road has probably caused many skateboarders to use the sidewalks so they are not as visible to the cops thus creating an unsafe situation. Now that I've over analyzed this topic, lets go skate!
On Skateboarding Is Not a Crime!
Posted on August 20 at 9:16 a.m.
The double standard of racial bolstering in the fight for "equality" is nauseously ironic.
Posted on August 18 at 1:50 p.m.
What if I don't speak Spanish and in a panic I can only find information in Spanish? wouldn't that create an unsafe situation as well? maybe we should choose one language to broadcast all emergency information in so everyone can be prepared to understand any and all communications being put out to the public. Also, what percentage of the 44.1 Hispanic households have someone living in them that speaks and/or understands some English?
On Trailblazing for Safety
Posted on August 14 at 3:09 p.m.
Driving on State between 101 and Micheltorena servers only as a route for people watching. totally agree that it would make downtown a much more interesting and ped/bike friendly place, see the 4th street promenade in Santa Monica. Since Chapala and Anacapa are both one-way streets, I don't think there would be more congestion from State closing. Share lanes are an alternative to more bike lanes without reducing car lanes, but like communism, they really only work in the minds of idealist.
On Bikes and Cars
Posted on August 11 at 4:09 p.m.
DrDan, I think you have a good idea of what an ephemeral stream vs.sheet flow (flows only during rain event) is in that area; I too have spent some time wandering up those small tribs. I would say a good rule is if the creek can support decent riparian growth (willows are a really good indicator) then it could potentially support a spawning steelhead due to a relatively constant flow in the wet months. Right now of course the current dams block their migration so they don't go there, but potentially adding a fish ladder for example could re-open some habitat and put less pressure on Hilton Creek to be their only hotel if you will.
On Collective Chill Pill at Cachuma
Posted on August 11 at 7:32 a.m.
Steelhead are anadromous similar to salmon in that they spend a considerable amount of their life in the ocean and return back to where they were hatched in (traditionally) the upper reaches of river systems like the SYR. I believe the Southern Stealhead trout spawn in the spring when there would be the best chance for natural flows in those upper reaches.
Posted on July 25 at 6:28 p.m.
@dewdly, the point of calling the "Survivors" of Abortion closed minded is to emphasis their ignorance in projecting their beliefs onto others. Engaging in consensual and educated dialogue is the key. Yes, my comments have nothing to do with Miller-Young.
On UCSB Professor Pleads No Contest in Theft, Battery Case
Posted on July 24 at 8:26 p.m.
I think we should welcome the "survivors" of abortion to hold their signs and disperse literature. The more exposure we as a free thinking society get to such close minded ideology only strengthens our case of acceptance for all.
Posted on June 20 at 2:51 p.m.
Since all reptiles are exothermic, when it's cool out, or has recently be cool like that foggy morning, they do not have a lot of energy and move very slowly and deliberately to conserve energy. this is likely the reason it didn't rattle if it was in fact a rattlesnake, or maybe it was misidentified. rattlesnakes and all pit-vipers for that matter have a very distinctive diamond shaped head when looking down on them and have a "pit" forward of the eyes that's also a good indicator.
On Lucky Friday the 13th
Posted on June 13 at 12:05 p.m.
Ken, I'm not an expert, but i think the outcome of this type of lawsuit is forced agency action; I do not think the BOR will actually have to pay out money since there is no real beneficiary of the damages other than the fish as you point out. Also this type of lawsuit will create case law that will set a precedent for how agencies operate in the future. There was probably a BOR meeting once where they weighed the options of spending money on fixing the pump into Hilton Creek vs. potentially being sued over inaction.
On More Dam Problems