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Posted on June 25 at 3:12 p.m.

Might've helped if the local media had any sort of timely information posted, or the PG&E "outage map" had even showed an outage in this area, or the PG&E "report an outage" line had anything other than "we are unable to take your call due to system problems".

Not excusing people's idiocy at calling 911, just adding that the local media and the utility company didn't help the situation one bit.

By the time that information started to get posted, we'd long since gone to bed in the hope it'd stay off and we'd get to sleep in!

On 9-1-1 Dispatchers Flooded With Non-Emergency Calls During Power Outage

Posted on June 24 at 1:25 p.m.

Any time we try to control animal populations, things get out of whack.

Save all the pinnipeds because they are cute, and there's lot of shark food around. We put ourselves in increased danger.

Kill all the rattlesnakes because they are scary, and enjoy the rodent population bloom that infests everything.

Examples abound. How about letting nature take its course. It's hard to see a cute sea lion dying on a beach, but saving it upsets the balance in some small way.

On Saving White Sharks

Posted on June 24 at 11:14 a.m.

They've been protected against take by any sort of recreational fishing for years. All this adds is take for scientific reasons without a special permit, and bycatch by commerical fishermen.

On Saving White Sharks

Posted on April 9 at 8:11 a.m.

"Same deal in Solvang; they have their bike races and the whole town has to shut down so a few people can benefit at the expense of others.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2013 at 6:37 p.m."

Not sure how that relates to this discussion, but the Tour of California affects Solvang for 1 day out of the year (and not since 2011) and you may want to ask the local businesses how they did with tens of thousands of people in town for the race. That's not a "few".

On Cal Poly Student Found Dead at Campus Point

Posted on January 23 at 8:03 p.m.

It's appalling that this guy is on the road, and on the Pass to boot! The road you most need your skills online and he's high or drunk or impaired somehow.

Having been nearly killed in the 70's (when laws were lax) by a drunk who was racing and on a multiple-times suspended license, it's unacceptable that we allow this level of BS to go on nearly 40 years later. There should be no loopholes in these laws, no exceptions.

On Man Trapped Overnight in Wrecked Car

Posted on December 22 at 1:33 p.m.

A few years ago she scaled back the distribution and we no longer received the SYVJ. The only thing I missed was the Police Blotter because it was usually funny. The rest of the paper was good for lighting the barbecue and lining the bird cage.

On <em>Santa Ynez Valley Journal</em> Prints Last Paper

Posted on June 27 at 11:58 a.m.

Reusing bags or keeping them from blowing away isn't even a drop in the bucket towards solving the problem. The problem is the massive numbers that end up in landfills and otherwise in the environment, where they stay for a long time.

Even if you reuse them, they still go into the landfill eventually. The solution is finding something less long lasting and potentially harmful and making it cheap, plentiful, and easy.

On Carpinteria Settles Bag Ban Lawsuit

Posted on June 20 at 6:41 p.m.

That links to some place in Stockton? Not the same place.

On Valley Brewers Opens in Solvang, CA

Posted on June 7 at 7:03 p.m.

SB geography in part creates the problem. 101 is the only major road to get through the area. The effect of traffic is not caused by widening the road.

Absolutely agree with someguy in terms of where we live and work. I grew up in SB, work in Goleta but live to the N because we couldn't afford million dollar tract houses in town. Wouldn't move S because of the nightmare commute.

Ideally the industry would be outside of SB and we'd all live there and commute to the N or S. It's not supposed to be work in paradise and commute from elsewhere!

On Highway 101: Big Fix, Big Problems

Posted on June 6 at 7:16 p.m.

"SAR members are volunteers, so we really didn't pay for anything. Kudos to the team for another great effort!"

It's not just people. Equipment, fuel, peripheral support. . .

The Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue team is composed of volunteers who donate hundreds of hours per year and spend hundreds of dollars on personal equipment in order to perform their duties. While the Sheriff's Department provides some funding, most team equipment is purchased through the donation of funds from many charitable foundations and generous individuals.

The team is currently pursuing funds to purchase equipment. To help the team, please contact us by phone or email. All donations are 100% tax deductible and sincerely appreciated! Secure online donations by credit card can be made through and checks can be mailed to:

Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue
PO BOX 6602
Santa Barbara, CA, 93160-6602

On Mother and Daughter Rescued from Painted Cave Rock Face

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