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Posted on August 2 at 5:20 a.m.

I think that cyclists are among the most arrogant of all folks using the road. They run stop signs, cut across lanes, block traffic, and generally seem to do whatever they please.

Not sure why there's a need to generalize like that? Not all cyclists are like that. . .

On Crackdown on Fiesta Cruiser Run

Posted on August 1 at 8:33 p.m.

"failure to ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb" this goes on 24-7 around here especially with the bike racing guys in their neon spandex."

I am a cyclist, but not part of the cruiser ride and just want to point out that this goes both ways. I've been cut off, stopped in front of, had things thrown at me, and on and on, all while in the bike lane and violating nothing.

We cyclists need to follow the laws, but motorists also need to give us room as the law allows. It really comes down to giving respect in order to receive the same.

On Crackdown on Fiesta Cruiser Run

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

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