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Posted on August 26 at 11:18 a.m.

IV is a cesspool - it always will be, as long as students/renters make up the populace. The best thing would be for UCSB to annex and bulldoze the entire place.

On Improvements Needed

Posted on August 25 at 10:22 a.m.

Stay out of Santa Barbara! Our trails have been ruined by "volunteers."

On Montecito Trails Foundation to Hold Annual BBQ September 28, 2013

Posted on August 22 at 1:58 p.m.

More renters....ugh.

On Metro to Build Arlington Apartments

Posted on August 20 at 10:30 a.m.

I've been running Rattlesnake at least twice a week for the last 13 years. Since the Jesusita Fire, four years of relentless, aggressive "trail taming" by well-meaning volunteers have turned Rattlesnake from a quaint, rugged, single track, where you felt like you were 100 miles from civilization, to, in many parts, a Griffith Park-like fire road, suitable for baby strollers (which I have seen numerous times). In past years, they used to simply trim back vegetation, and repair damaged sections. Now, each time these volunteers pass through, they severely widen and smooth the trails, slash vegetation and trees, remove naturally occurring rocks, and destabilize the soil, making it hazardous for hikers and runners alike. I remember with horror when they drilled into one of the large, natural boulders at the second creek crossing and removed the top of it - I assume this was done to make it more "convenient" for hikers to ford this beautiful part of the creek. What they did recently to the Tunnel-Rattlesnake Connector almost brought tears to my eyes. One of the charms of these lovely trails was that you really felt that you were in the wilderness, despite being only a few miles from home. You never new what you would discover around the next curve. The trail "maintenance" people have, basically, taken that away from us, turning these charming trails into dirt roads that scar the sides of our mountains. Oh, I forgot to mention how much I love stepping in all of the horse crap that they leave behind when they are done with their day of destruction. Ugh.

On Rattlesnake Canyon Loop

Posted on August 9 at 1:34 p.m.

I wish them luck. Unfortunately, the wholesome-sounding message doesn't jibe with the grody reality of SB's skatepark. Basically, a significant contingent of foul-mouthed, cigarette and/or pot-smoking teenagers (first hand observation) who ignore safety equipment rules and intimidate and bully the few skatepark monitors the city tried sending down there. The bikers are even worse. I have personally watched a huge gang of 20 - 25 punks on bikes taunting and swearing at SBPD officers after they were told to leave the park. Skateboarding, as a sport, may be a lot of fun, but skateboard culture is gross, and should not be sponsored by the city.

On Skateboarders to Speak Out

Posted on August 3 at 11:36 a.m.


On Sheriff Brown Arrests Stabbing Suspect

Posted on August 1 at 3:18 p.m.

Not very many Hispanic names on the Old Spanish Days board. Maybe we should call it Old Anglo Days.

On Flamenco Wars Leave Students Out of Luck

Posted on August 1 at 3:12 p.m.

More than 10 to 15 officers just for this ride? Lighten up, people.

On Crackdown on Fiesta Cruiser Run

Posted on July 31 at 8:21 a.m.

Pini: SB's own Teflon Don. Does he have something on city officials? Are they in cahoots? I can't imagine any other reasons for Pini's lax treatment over the years.

On Dario Pini Settles with City Hall

Posted on July 29 at 8:14 p.m.

I wonder if any of them are "DREAMers." Gag....

On Three More Arrested in Cottage Grove Stabbing

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