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Posted on March 27 at 1:11 p.m.

Great work by the Independent - thank you! I absolutely agree with the opening comments of ecoguy - and "do not believe a single word coming from TEPCO."
Very grateful we've got the SB ChannelKeeper actually monitoring & measuring the amount of radiation here in the SB channel.

On The Fukushima Fallout

Posted on January 23 at 9:48 p.m.

Hey people, how about expressing a bit of gratitude here? These good people pulled a freakin' half-ton of garbage out of the ocean! They were not paid to do this - they volunteered their time, contributed their transportation costs, etc. all for the sake of simply cleaning up a small bit of our mess.

These guys are out there doing what they can to clean up the crap we've allowed to be spewed out there. I know I am not the only one who appreciates what they're doing on behalf of us all.

THANK YOU Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper. THANK YOU Santa Barbara Adventure Company. THANK YOU Island Packers. THANK YOU Channel Island Outfitters. THANK YOU Environmental Defense Center. THANK YOU NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries. THANK YOU Aquasports. THANK YOU Channel Islands National Park Service. THANK YOU Save the Mermaids.

On 910 Pounds of Trash Removed from Santa Cruz Island

Posted on November 14 at 2:08 p.m.

Although I think the cruise ships are horribly out of place off our shore, I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, etc. and my real concern is that they're not dumping in the ocean here. So glad they're not, and very grateful to ChannelKeeper for keeping an eye on this for us.

On The Cruise Ship Question

Posted on November 1 at 7:18 a.m.

How cool is that? Congratulations to you all, and please keep up the outstanding work!

On Independent.com Named Best Weekly Website

Posted on September 23 at 6:49 a.m.

@Cartoonz, I agree that the author could certainly have been clearer. If "... there have been 14 pedestrian-related accidents at that intersection, 10 of which involved people turning onto Carrillo..." was changed to "... there have been 14 pedestrian-related accidents at that intersection, 10 of which involved CARS turning onto Carrillo..." the confusion would not exist.

On No More Right On Red at De La Vina and Carrillo

Posted on September 23 at 6:42 a.m.

Maybe I missed something. "The new figures reflect the persistence of gender-based commuting patterns. Among city bicycle commuters, 9.6 percent were male and 3.6 female. "

What gender were the other 86.8% ?

On Bike Commute Numbers Spike

Posted on August 14 at 5:52 a.m.

What would Darwin say?

On Clint Ewing Crashes During Stunt

Posted on June 14 at 5:21 p.m.

Councilmember Francisco appears to have not done his homework. This case has a long and well documented history, and Channelkeeper has been after the City to address its illegal sewage discharges for years. Perhaps he has better things to do than read the files regarding the issues he was elected to help deal with. Councilmember Hotchkiss is quoted as saying “Please come and knock on the door, and don’t knock it down.” How long are we supposed to wait for the City to stop polluting our water? Channelkeeper was knocking on the door for years and the City refused to take effective action until the suit was filed. Shame on those Councilmembers who attempt to smear others for their failures.

I applaud the efforts of the Santa Barbara Channel­keeper. It's not easy to take on City Hall, but every one of us benefits from their work.

On Channelkeeper Tagged for Fee Hike

Posted on May 3 at 6:59 a.m.

What a waste of law enforcement time and our dollars. Obama specifically promised to let the states decide this issue while he was running for President four years ago and his approval of this police action is a direct and very clear contradiction of that promise. We should regulate marijuana like wine - sell it to anyone over 21, tax it and end this nonsense.

On Dispensary Raided

Posted on April 6 at 7:12 a.m.

We cannot maintain our shared infrastructure and beautiful community just by cutting expenses – there is very little left to cut and it’s long past time to generate more revenue.
Every one of these initiatives makes absolute sense and I am going to vote in favor of them. A half-cent increase in sales tax is certainly reasonable. Increasing business tax on downtown bars and clubs to help offset the high costs of law enforcement there is a no brainer (why should the rest of us be asked to subsidize their businesses?). Requiring public-employee unions to kick in the maximum allowed for their own retirement is also just plain common sense.
As a long-time city resident and business owner, I’ll vote in favor of each of these.

On Who Backs the Mayor?

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