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Posted on September 19 at 6:31 a.m.

Great story on the bike but the link to the story “How Not to Get Your Bike Stolen,” gives a 404. This would be a great link to fix.

The friends with the LoJack should look into a kickstart program. It's a great way to get a new product off the ground.

On Retrospectives that Pedal On

Posted on September 5 at 6:30 a.m.

I find it hard to believe that billc can push his willfully ignorant agenda in an article about one family's tragic loss of their daughter. It is beyond heartless; it is abusive.

The uncomfortable truth is that 50% of murder victims are killed by someone they know. When the murderer and the victim are that closely associated, the murderer can easily use any number of weapons to kill their victim including something as innocent as eye drops.

However, that has nothing to do with a psychopath killing numerous people at random or almost random. In those cases a gun and especially an automatic weapon is the deadly tool that is almost exclusively used. I don't understand how billc can purposefully ignore that fact.

On Family Mourns Death of Santa Barbara Woman

Posted on July 4 at 7:33 a.m.

I've been paying by city utilities like this for the last ten years. How is this news?

On City Launches Online Utility Payment System

Posted on June 18 at 6:26 a.m.

The problem isn't the two thirds rule, the problem is a party that has found a cynical way to manipulate that rule to get their way. The purpose of the rule was to ensure that the majority of the people would sign off on needed expenditures; the effect is that the minority of the politicians ensure that no one gets their way. Dump the abusive, uncompromising party not the rule.

On Say No To Minority Rule

Posted on April 21 at 6:29 a.m.

I was also at that meeting. The article sounds vague but the goal that they have set for themselves is somewhat vague. They have adopted what they are calling an "overlay" policy. This means that rather than specifying exactly where the trail will be placed, they are identifying a corridor through which the trail will go. So in an overlay area the trail may be placed somewhere in that corridor, maybe to the north or to the south depending on which property owners or Caltrans or who ever are amenable to having the trail go through their property. This sounds vague but it has muted the strong objections of some property owners that would have killed the whole trail right from the start.

GavPAC knows that they are looking at a long term plan for the trail as the various sections are more finely defined and any obstacles are overcome. They have expert advisers in people such as Mike Lundsford, the recognized expert on the Gaviota coast. They also have legal council present so they don't have to undo some mistake they made ten years from now. The process is slow but deliberate and may wind up with a solution that will be acceptable to trail users and property owners.

On Trailblazing Gaviota the Slow Way

Posted on April 11 at 6:47 a.m.

We are the ones who did the trail work on Hurricane Deck East a few days before you got there. Our work was cut short by rain and hypothermia. You can read more about it here: and here I haven't posted my pictures yet.

You can also see the work that we helped with on Lost Valley trail here

If anyone is interested in continuing or helping with our work on the trail leave a message on

On East Hurricane Deck Loop-Backpack

Posted on April 9 at 6:36 a.m.

"a huge bough from a Eucalyptus tree fell and dented the front of a park supervisor’s vehicle, a John Deere Gator"

Ahh, so the tree removal was an act of revenge by a powerful politico.

Maybe we should remove all the trees for "safety sake" - but then there are meteors falling out of the sky. Maybe we should remove them too. And there's water and electricity that falls out of the sky too. Let's get those removed too. Only then will our children be safe and Mr. Gator avenged.

On Eucalyptus Removal Kerfuffle

Posted on April 6 at 6:32 a.m.

Mr. Hormozfar was very helpful and honest. We wouldn't complain about ringing up a sale for a couple of nuts and bolts that you needed to fix something around your house. I know that during the recession he was worried that he would have to close the store. I tried to go there as often as possible so that that wouldn't happen. It really was a nice neighborhood store in a part of town where a few of those still exist. He will be missed.

On San Andres Hardware Owner Dies

Posted on March 26 at 6:34 a.m.

I've done this several times in the past but not since the fire. We usually just go back down Tunnel Trail. Several people have had to be rescued trying this including local politician Lanny Ebenstein who spent a cold two nights out there.

Please be careful and always be willing to turn back if you are totally lost. And don't just rely on a phone with little care to the S&R personnel who are volunteers and probably don't know this particular route any more than you do.

On La Cumbre Peak Off-Trail Scramble

Posted on February 13 at 9:22 p.m.

Thanks for writing up your trip. Please keep in mind that a young man died up there on that route and not that long ago. It can be deadly in the summer or unexpected spring heat. It's important that people know that there is no water at all on Hurricane Deck and due to the thick almost impenetrable brush, the five mile portion on the ridge may take a lot longer than you expect. I've done it at time at less than 1 mile per hour.

On Two-Day Hurricane Deck Backpack

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