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Posted on September 1 at 8:04 p.m.

JohnLocke, please consider this. The Council originally considered using a few thousand dollars of funds that had already been committed to and budgeted for public art to realize the Lightblueline art project, a project which been approved by the public art committee of the city though a year-long process of public meetings. Because of the (either uninformed or contrived) umbrage over this decision led by the News Press, private individuals volunteered to donate these funds. And so the City would have spent nothing on the project, releasing funds back into the budget line for... other public art projects.
Francisco parlayed this orchestrated confusion into a third place "win", garnering something like 10 percent of the number of registered voters in the City.

On I Yap, Therefore I Yam

Posted on September 1 at 9:36 a.m.

I believe that the Poodle's point here, again illustrated by the comments, is that people can somehow get angry over a public art project (which, at the end of the day would have cost the city $0), in part because of a contrived notion that it might impact property values; while they refuse to get angry (or, at least to show this anger in their political expressions) about the folks who profited (and the regulators who didn't do their jobs) while destroying the same property values through financial shenanigans. Where is the Beaver now? What does Francisco have to say? Why isn't the News Press doing 13-part front page stories about this?
BTW... climate change models do predict increasing changes for wildfires (and also flash floods) in the Southwest US due to changing rainfall patterns.

On I Yap, Therefore I Yam

Posted on September 1 at 7:21 a.m.

The Lightblueline was also a simple geography lesson. 7 meters, 23 feet: the amount of sea-level rise help captive (for a while at least) on top of Greenland; the height of the Indian Ocean tsunami and the Katrina storm surge. Unfortunately, as a UCSB Bren School report shows, it only takes 1 meter of sea level rise before Santa Barbara's beachfront, water supply, and (brand spanking new) airport are in real trouble. Labor day weekend is coming up. Time to get out the SUV and drive!

On I Yap, Therefore I Yam

Posted on March 12 at 9:15 a.m.

A seven-meter tsunami wave like the one that hit northeast Japan is a rare (100 year?) event. What would this scale of event look like in Santa Barbara? Here is an image from the lightblueline project (7 meters is also the amount of sea level rise in the Greenland ice sheet). The map shows inundation to the current seven-meter elevation in the city. The data are from a high-resolution digital elevation model from UCSB.

On Tsunami Inundation Hazard Zones in County

Posted on February 6 at 12:19 p.m.

Great to see quality science writing in the Independent!

On Archaea: The Third Domain of Life

Posted on March 20 at 9:28 a.m.

The lightblueline project projections were for 500 years or so... the time it would take for Greenland's ice to end up in the ocean. Do the math (1.4 meters in 100 years = X meters in 500 years)... Note: upper Mississippi River residents experienced a 500 year flood last year. Sea-level rise is like that, only the waters don't go away.

On State Commission Estimates Rise of Sea Level

Posted on March 19 at 5:09 p.m.

The talk was thought-provoking... so I blogged a few thoughts of my own here:

On UCSB Prof Lectures on Facebook

Posted on June 6 at 3:34 p.m.

Almost 30 years ago, Joe officiated at our wedding at a home on Hope Ranch. Before the ceremony, Joe and I were dressing in a guest room. He was getting into his robes while the TV played in the background. We were awaiting the signal to emerge, talking and casually glancing at the TV. We noticed it was some PBS program about Basque sheepherders in Idaho. They were showing how the Basque castrate the sheep. Joe turned to me and said, "Not quite what you want to be looking at on your wedding day!" It was a fine ceremony, and we've been friends with Joe and Sheila since then.

On Joseph Lodge Superior Court Judge

Posted on April 14 at 6:53 a.m.

Former Mayor Sheila Lodge was invited to speak at the Santa Barbara Club when she was Mayor, only to discover that she was not allowed in the front door because she was a woman. Glad to hear this organization has joined at least the 20th Century.

On Private, But Not Exclusive

Posted on March 24 at 11:17 a.m.

Can we vote for our fav?

1156... this guy is definitely guilty...

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