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Posted on March 25 at 9:45 p.m.

Goleta has sold itself to the lowest bidder.

On New Subdivisions Going Up in Goleta Valley

Posted on March 23 at 10:46 a.m.

Leave Ventura at 6 am and arrive in Goleta just before 8?? How slow is this train? And what is a "siding" in train parlance please?

On Commuter Train Service Expected by Spring 2016

Posted on March 22 at 2:17 p.m.

Some years ago a friend of mine with threatened with jail by a local Superior Court judge for refusing to allow her four year old daughter to get in the car when the child's father showed up visibly inebriated to pick up his daughter for his weekly visitation. I might add that the man had a history of violent abuse. Anyone wonder if this woman just felt she had no other choice but to disappear in order to protect her little girls?

On Orcutt Mom Believed to Have Kidnapped Daughters

Posted on March 22 at 1:59 p.m.

Nice link, JJ

On 101 Fight Flares Anew

Posted on March 22 at 1:13 p.m.

It sounds as though no one locally has heard of the new State law Governor Jerry Brown signed this year, mandating sustainable management of groundwater resources. There is no legal definition to the term :sustainable", so that will have to be adjudicated, but the days of just drilling a well and pumping water from the aquifer no matter what the environmental consequences are soon to be over.
http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/09...

On Well Moratorium Dead on Arrival

Posted on March 22 at 1:01 p.m.

If it hadn't been for the City for Santa Barbara standing firm against Caltrans for a couple of decades, we would have a big ugly overpass between Garden Street and Bath instead of the underpasses that finally got built. Remember the four minute red light at the bottom of State Street? Santa Barbara's demands for underpasses were called too expensive, unrealistic, perpetuating gridlock. The same arguments about "just getting it done" were used back then. Don't build it unless you do it right makes a lot more sense, and the Mayor is right to stand in the way of a bad plan. Yes, having to sit in traffic on the freeway is a drag, but I live here in SB, and I don't want more congestion on our city streets. They are bad enough as it is. Carpool, people, or take a bus. And definitely a big yes to the State claiming eminent domain on the tracks and having commuter rail service between Ventura and Goleta. What other country do you know where the passenger trains have to wait while the freight rolls by?

On 101 Fight Flares Anew

Posted on March 22 at 12:43 p.m.

Certainly, we can get better coffee in this town than at Starbucks!

On Historic Santa Barbara Wine Country Video

Posted on March 22 at 9:53 a.m.

Really people, you look at this awesome video showcasing some of our community's coolest members, and the best you can come up with is racial slurs?? How far has this town fallen!

On Historic Santa Barbara Wine Country Video

Posted on March 13 at 2:37 p.m.

Best local gas station: the 76 station at the Santa Monica Road exit Northbound 101.
Worse local gas station: Mobil at Glenn Annie/Calle Real in Goleta, followed by Chevron at Hollister and Glenn Annie/Storke. You got to be pretty dumb or running on fumes to buy gas there!

On Report Finds Santa Barbara Likely to Overpay for Gas

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

Signing up for State water was a fool's bargain that got us rampant development, because all of a sudden the number of new water meters available each year was supposedly no longer restricted by limited local water resources. Only, State water is only available when you don't need it, and the increase in the number of local residents has compounded the effects of the drought, aside from lowering our overall quality of life.
I suppose we could build aqueducts from the Mississipi to California. After all, the Ancient Romans did it. It would be like the Keystone pipeline, only for H2O, and it would help mitigate the epic floods they get while we go thirsty.
In the meantime, California should mandate water capture, grey water systems, and solar panels on all new construction and major remodels in the State.

On Water Rates Rising, Lake Cachuma Dropping

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