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Posted on April 24 at 3:56 p.m.

To the naysayers on improving bike safety, speeding traffic flow and helping businesses, look what New York City has accomplished with relatively little funding and in a short time. Click on this short TED talk video: http://www.ted.com/talks/janette_sadi...
(or this if the above link doesn't work)
http://tinyurl.com/nn5manz

On Public Health Menace Grows

Posted on February 19 at 8:47 a.m.

No, I think you have it all wrong. We should restrict all bikes and pedestrians from this area. We need to make this areas safe for larger, faster cars and trucks. And we should increase the speed limit or get rid of it all together. Who are these arrogant local residents who want to walk and ride here???

Bikes and pedestrians are just another form of traffic calming devices. Let's keep this city safe for cars and trucks. The heck with everyone else, especially around our historic areas that we are saving for tourists and other outsiders.

I think anyone with half a brain would agree.

On County Approves Mission Canyon Improvement Plan

Posted on February 6 at 9:24 a.m.

JarvisJarvis,

"Revert back?" Have you ever heard of anything reverting forward?

Your facts are as flawed as your grammar. Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland all have thriving economies that are fundamentally socialist. England is doing fine too and it has free college education including for any foreigners including Americans. All of these thriving economies have socialized healthcare and it's a lot less expensive than our costly system.

Please get your facts and grammar straight and please, lighten up.

On Big Money Approved for Montecito-Yanonali Bridge

Posted on February 3 at 1:53 p.m.

One has to wonder the sense in bringing a water and energy gobbling facility to one of the busiest intersections on South Coast Santa Barbara. Is it because the nearby ocean, bike path, Girsch park courts and fields are not enough? Is it because our schools lack vast playgrounds?

This will prove to be a waste of resources so that a privileged few can try to win Olympic and Ice Capades fame. It's the wrong resource in the wrong place at the wrong time. We'll regret it.

On Ice in Paradise Gets $225,000

Posted on January 15 at 9:59 a.m.

Starshine,
Though your columns usually rock,
This one has earned just one knock,
Proper research discerned,
Where a loogie’s concerned,
The proper verb is not hawk, it is hock.

On New Year’s Resolutions for Laggers

Posted on December 21 at 8:50 a.m.

While this revision contains many welcome enhancements, it has a major flaw. There is really no easy way to find phone or email information on how to deal with a public safety condition or emergency!

A major site tab is titled "HOW DO I?" Clicking on it you can find how to do just about anything from the very important to the much less important. But no where does it say "How to Report an Emergency" or "How to Report a Dangerous Condition."

So if you need to know how to contact someone about an obstruction on a street, a downed power wire, dangerous animals...you have to "go fish."

Let's get this site RIGHT and help people find help when they need it most!

On County Unveils Modernized Website

Posted on November 13 at 11:58 a.m.

For those still paying attention, the population increase projected in the article is somewhat inaccurate in 2 ways.

1. It overstates the number of students to be added. The total is 5,000 additional students, a total that INCLUDED grad students.

2. It understates the number of total people to be added to UCSB property and the south coast in two ways.

First, many of the 1,380 grad students and nearly 2,000 faculty and staff that will be added will be people with spouses and children. So if you count spouses and children (and assume all of the 5,000 undergrads are single and childless) probably more like 5,000 grads, faculty, staff and their family members will be added along with the 5,000 undergrads.

Second, probably for every person added to the 8,000-10,000 people added to campus, at least 2-3 people will need to be added to the community to provide needed services - teachers, nurses, retail, etc. So the result of this expansion will be to add at least 16,000 people to the surrounding area in addition to the 8,000 people added to UCSB property. One has to wonder if these support people will try to live in the already stressed south coast housing stock or commute on already rush hour crowded freeways.

One has to wonder where the water, classrooms, parks and other services will come from to serve this expansion.

On State Commission to Hear UCSB's 15-Year Expansion Plan

Posted on October 2 at 8:32 a.m.

This is a great deal. Trading one car parking space for 14 bike places makes a lot of sense for everyone! It's especially great for pedestrians who will not have to navigate sidewalks where bikes often are forced to lock up, around trees, gates and signs. And the nearby businesses are going to attract a lot more revenue from bikers.

This is a real bargain for everyone and should be extended to other spots.

City officials are to be commended for trying this great idea.

On Downtown Gets First Bike Corral

Posted on September 28 at 8:48 a.m.

Kudos to the Independent and Hoffman for shining a light on this forum. The incumbents hoped that their absence would go unnoticed. It has been that kind of arrogance that has resulted in billing snafus and late responses to our water problems.

Thanks to the Indy, we got this excellent, detailed report, not only on the incumbents' arrogance but also on the intelligent views articulated by the two challengers who did show up.

Both candidates sound like they have the interest of the public at heart on one of the areas most important to our local businesses and families - water we can afford and use safely.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Indy for providing such detailed coverage!

On Goleta Water District Issues Debated

Posted on May 28 at 10:26 p.m.

I remember broken records that kept repeating until you nudged the armature. So keep saying "union" so we won't be able to see all of Roger's huge donations from developers and oil. Or you could see this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1BSWU...

And say, Roger complained that HE wanted the SB police union endorsement. If he got it, would you still complain about union support? Such hypocrisy is truly a sight to behold.

On City Cops Endorse Wolf

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