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Posted on May 10 at 11:33 a.m.
The San Onofre plant needs to stay offline permanently. Design flaws and patches are a bad mix for nuclear power, especially in earthquake country. Time to decommission and spend tens of millions of dollars over a few decades cleaning up the mess, much of which will be deadly for centuries.
On San Onofre Offline This Summer
Posted on May 5 at 4:39 p.m.
Infrasonic sound (below 20Hz) is more felt than heard, thus unlikely even to be detected on an ordinary meter. Wanna' bet if a dubstep promoter would know that? It would be fun to know if the elephants at the zoo reacted during the concert since they apparently use those very low frequencies to communicate, along with cetaceans, some Navy sonars, mighty pipe organs, earthquake monitors, and Chevys with amps bigger than engines.
On Earl Warren Disturbs the Peace
Posted on May 3 at 3:55 p.m.
The numbing bass line might be integral to DJ Robinson's style, but it rattled out walls and windows several miles away from EWS (on the other side of the Bowl). It was so loud we actually went outside to figure out who the heck the obnoxious neighbor was. Mr. Grieve needs a better db meter, plus a consultation with an acoustical engineer to understand how sound travels in this town, plus some lessons in community relations since this is hardly the first incident. In budget crunch times, there are other uses for that accessible urban land.
Posted on April 26 at 9:55 a.m.
I've heard that there are varieties of "clumping bamboo" that mind their place and don't send runners all over the neighborhood. Anyone have experience with those? Bamboo is a great barrier plant IF it could be tamed.
Posted on April 24 at 2:15 p.m.
The rendering makes it look incredibly tacky and out of character, even considering the Deckers tilt-slab box across the way. Goleta seems to be modeling Oxnard. Future generations will regret those decisions but find no way to undo them once the land is filled in with mega-junk.
On Targeting Goleta Target
Posted on April 12 at 12:18 p.m.
The brick pile is a gathering point for crusties. Sadly, moving it is a good idea. So is crafting a few blocking-the-sidewalk ordinances that will give the cops the legal authority to do something about the problems in our occupied downtown corridor. How about a little gumption from council/mayor? How much worse must it get? The police department's hands are largely tied until something serious happens, and the crusties well know it so they push the limits as far as they can. Cops get disrespected just like other citizens. That's become a game for the street urchins, and their sick sport is harming the State Street corridor badly and making it unpleasant for the rest of us - something they seem to relish.
On Cops Take Aim at Public Art Piece
Posted on April 11 at 5:06 p.m.
It seems unwise to downgrade the emergency manager slot. The person in this job is responsible for coordinating pre-plans, monitoring preparedness, and providing liaison among local, county, state, and federal agencies in dangerous times. This demotion will make it tougher to deal with department heads used to rank and seniority, as well as politicians. The kind of experienced candidate the county needs will think twice about it. In addition to everyday risks, we live in earthquake country and regularly deal with fires that sweep over large areas requiring multi-agency responses. Yet the supes decide to cut chump-change and make this job less desirable and more difficult? As BeachFan says, someone is not taking the long view.
On County to Save Money By Reclassifying Position
Posted on February 4 at 9:54 a.m.
Another poor choice for a closing night film, this time because of the heavy Yorkshire accents. Even Brits have trouble with that one. Don't the organizers preview important films with the Santa Barbara audience in mind? Definitely needed subtitles if they were going to screen it in that slot. We wished we'd chosen ANYTHING at the Metro IV rather than this film which should have been a highlight. Otherwise, after 30+ films, we were thrilled with this year's offerings and had a blast at the festival. Looking forward to next year.
Posted on January 24 at 12:45 p.m.
Perhaps the American Riviera is given for best performance by a big name when actually showing up live to generate reportable hype for an award ceremony? Was Tarantino the understudy all along?
On Tarantino Replacing DiCaprio for Film Fest Award
Posted on January 24 at 10:50 a.m.
Tragic and pointless, and more like dogslaughter than an accident, especially given the disgusting but very telling quote, "..sorry bro, had to put your dog down" and the orange collar. That's no accident; it's an admission of a deliberate act.
Cops are put through months of weapons training and simulations to hone their reflexes and learn restraint, yet they still can screw up under pressure. But for some stupid reason it's OK for a couple of lame-brained yahoos to traipse around near a campground with loaded rifles and their heads set in reflexive killer/predator mode. Well, they did get a kill to brag about during the Super Bowl - his name was Billy. This is not 1787, despite what the NRA and the death lobby might want, and brainless dog-killing creeps do not a "well regulated militia" make, any more than a pack of gang-bangers doing Darwin's work on each other with assault pistols do.
On Remembering Billy the Dog
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