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Posted on June 7 at 5:01 p.m.

JediSurfer: Byrne is not on the Board of the MCA; she is the organization's Executive Director, hired by the board, taking orders from the board.

Also: Not all MCA board members are residents of the east side. Check their website for more information, if you want. ...And I agree with Lucas: district elections, dividing the city by ethnicity/race districts or "wards", as it was called when Santa Barbara had them before, is silly. Santa Barbara is too small to be divided into false interest groups, but, interest groups will be created where none have existed, unfortunately.

On Even-Year Elections Proving Elusive

Posted on June 4 at 11:18 p.m.

Diaz-Alley has moved to Ohio or someplace far, far away; Landecker lives in District 4 and hopes to be on the WaterCommission; Wiscomb would not be foolish enough to challenge Rowse ...or would she? As for Aldana, Colonne said not all the plaintiffs would.agree - there are 4 plaintiffs.

Not all Democrats agree with even years - Gerry DeWitt wrote strongly to keep the vote on odd years, using the arguments that Aldana also used. Voters can choose whether or not to vote. Every registered voter gets a ballot with a stamped envelope -- and if they lose the envelope, the ballot they can go to city hall for another. This is a small city - if people choose not to vote, that's their choice, no matter what Larimore-Hall wants.

On Even-Year Elections Proving Elusive

Posted on May 21 at 9:56 p.m.

Thank you for this reporting. Outstanding and very helpful in getting an appreciation of what happened.

On Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline

Posted on May 21 at 8:30 a.m.

JJ - you lose whatever credibility you have, and occasionally you do make readable points, by choosing to call the president of the US by the name of his stepfather. Thanks for pointing out about Susan Rice's $40 mil portfolio — clearly, it's good to be in public "service". A small amount of it, max of $50K, is in Royal Dutch Shell: http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/asset...

On As Refugio Oil Slick Spreads, Spill Estimate Rises

Posted on May 20 at 11:24 p.m.

Eckermann is right: it is indeed a systematic failure. And those who will lose the most are those the most innocent, the wildlife. It's the season when the young pelicans just fledged, just learning to feed themselves, come to the mainland; it's also the season of the whale migration north; there's never a right time but this is among the worst.

Checking pipelines on a regular, daily basis needs to be required and done. Railing against oil is pointless: if you don't drive a gas-powered car, you probably fly or use plastics. Oil exists and is needed. A casualness about safety is not and should be heavily punished. It won't bring back the dead sea creatures, but may help prevent others in the future.

On As Refugio Oil Slick Spreads, Spill Estimate Rises

Posted on May 20 at 4:54 p.m.

Hurrah for the citizens volunteering, but where will those buckets be emptied? The wildlife number given is that of the OWCN, a statewide, Davis-based organization that takes charge of all oil spills in a rather militaristic way that is somewhat effective, even though by the time the washing stations are set up, many birds will have died. The locals have little to nothing to say....

Mr. Carbajal is the epitome of a politician politicking. Boo to platitudes.

Das Williams is the only one to say something of value, "We will also seek answers through a district hearing in the coming days to understand how a breach in the leak detection technology this serious could have occurred without raising alarms to the pipeline operator. We need answers to these serious questions and to find out why the response communication apparently broke down.”

On As Refugio Oil Slick Spreads, Spill Estimate Rises

Posted on May 19 at 5:54 p.m.

Thanks for this op-ed. Helpful would be if there were police presence citing bicylists who do not obey the law (just as they do for car drivers.) Ticketing those blowing off red lights or stop signs should result in easy money for the city.

France's right idea of a separate bike lane sounds great, but unlike in California cities, many urban French do not own cars, having an excellent Metro and the cars are small, so although Paris, for instance, seems clotted with cars, there is space to have a separate bike lane. That's not so in Santa Barbara where there would be few streets that could have a separate bike lane and still have parking and vehicle traffic. Milpas, for instance!

Alternate bike routes, alternate from the main drags, would be helpful, but along Cabrillo, for instance, more bicyclists use Cabrillo or the sidewalk than use the once-labelled "bike lane" that's taken over by walkers, joggers, tourists on motorized carriers.

On How We Ran Off the Road

Posted on May 15 at 6:55 a.m.

A very good decision, ending years of EDC's attempting to accelerate the normal coastal processes. Indeed, on some beaches revetments do long term damage, but that has not been shown to be so on the bay that is the Goleta Beach area.

It would be interesting to know how much time, money EDC has put into this losing effort, money and energies that would have been better spent for the public good. Hopefully, thought will continue on how to protect this extremely valuable county recreation location, including looking at a variant of the cobble suggestion used in Ventura.

On Coastal Commission Grants Goleta Beach Rocks

Posted on May 14 at 9:21 a.m.

It's Consumer Choice Aggregation (not Consumer Choice Energy) — Mr. White needs an editor to help him in what is a poorly-written op-ed — and CCA is a good thing, worth pursuing. (If it is not on the city council agenda, please put it there.)

Desal. is a huge energy hog and the environmental costs are potentially very high. We should be using this drought time to enlarge the storage reservoirs for when it does rain, assuming it will do so again. We should also be seriously looking into converting wastewater. Also, we should also have a moratorium on all new building, especially, but not only in profligate Goleta, not just talk about changing the voters' choice, Prop. 218.

On Desalination: A Necessary Step

Posted on May 14 at 7:10 a.m.

I think she was referring to the salamander population, J_A, not the plan, even though her misplaced comma makes the sentence not too meaningful. But as for her point, we, the taxpayers, we humans, should be paying for that plan since we humans are the ones moving in on the territories of all non-humans. It is important work to study, to know our effects on wildlife populations.

I'd agree with nativegeo, landscapes and their rocks being a passion of mine, but Paso R. Is in SLO County, not the wished-for Mission County.

On Survival for Who?

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