Comments by Travis

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Posted on March 4 at 11:19 a.m.

Best wishes to Rory for a speedy recovery. A lot of good people came out for the benefit Thursday night, I hope it makes a difference!

On Olympic Cyclist in Bad Crash

Posted on September 23 at 1:27 p.m.

In case I wasn't clear enough, we all need to vote no on Proposition 23 this November. If passed, this deceptive initiative, funded by huge oil companies based in Texas (like Valero and Tesoro), would disable California's groundbreaking effort against global warming and short circuit our budding clean energy economy. Proposition 23 is terrible. Please vote no.

On Smoggy Status Quo

Posted on September 23 at 1:23 p.m.

This is disappointing. Santa Barbara county and all of its local governments should be doing everything within their power to reduce global warming pollution.

Global warming is a serious threat to our well being and that of our children. For example, last year Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the Los Angeles Times that “We’re looking at a scenario where there’s no more agriculture in California.” Our state will face water shortages as global warming causes up to 90 percent of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada to disappear by the end of the century.

Our county shouldn't act as if this is going to be someone else's problem. Instead, we should show leadership and get to work, now.

On the positive side, the things we need to do to cut pollution -- boosting energy and transportation efficiency and increasing clean electricity generation -- can create jobs and grow our economy at the same time. There's no good reason not to act.

The first thing every Santa Barbaran (and every Californian) should do is to pledge to vote no on Proposition 23 this November, which would repeal our critical global warming laws. Then we need to tell SBCAG and its member governments to do a better job on reducing global warming pollution.

On Smoggy Status Quo

Posted on October 29 at 12:06 p.m.

We need to preserve the open space we have. Let's keep the existing BMX facility where it is, and leave the southern part of Elings Park unchanged.

On BMX Move Angers Residents

Posted on October 26 at 12:47 p.m.

The park is wonderful as it is. Let's leave it that way.

On Save Elings Park South

Posted on June 9 at 12:03 p.m.

I agree that the Jesusita fire offers a good opportunity to rebuild the front-country trails.

I personally would like to see a new trail that travels horizontally above the city -- from Goleta to Montecito, or maybe all the way to Carpenteria. The trail should be relatively gentle in grade and designed for people walking.

Boulder, Colorado, offers a great example of what I am talking about. The "Mesa Trail" connects the fields of wildlflowers above Chautauqua park to the sheer cliffs of Eldorado Canyon State Park, travelling horizontally across the mountains above the city. It creates a lot of wonderful loop hike opportunities as it crosses trails that travel up canyons, much like the trails here. It traverses very rugged terrain while rolling gently up and down, making it an ideal place for people of all ages and abilities to get out into the mountains. And runners absolutely love it.

I think building a trail like the Mesa Trail in Santa Barbara's front country would be a great way to enhance our trail system as we rebuild and recover from the fire.

On Time to Rebuild Local Trails

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