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Posted on March 2 at 3:19 p.m.
Beautifully written reminiscence!
On Life in Libya, Pre-Gaddafi
Posted on February 16 at 11:09 a.m.
edhat has pictures of this one (UCSB) and the one at Trinity episcopal:
On Labyrinth of Inspiration
Posted on January 24 at 12:46 a.m.
Finally!!! It boils my blood when I see one of those carefree yackers blithely swerving on Goleta and IV streets, never mind the highway.
On Police Cite 74 for Driving While on Cell Phone
Posted on September 17 at 3:31 p.m.
Another cyclist chiming in about drivers who complain about bikes not stopping at stop signs, red lights, etc. Check out what Randy "the ethicist" Cohen says about it in this 4 min. clip:http://www.streetfilms.org/biking-aro...The part about the ethics of stopping is at about 3:20 into it, but it comes after a piece about riding the wrong way at 2:55.
Beyond that ethical argument that cyclists only need to stop when they would endanger themselves or others, just ride a bit and you'll see how our infrastructure is designed ONLY for cars--like the timing of sequential lights, or the magnetic triggers that let a traffic light know someone is waiting. The stop signs, lights etc. are almost always utterly unnecessary for slower-moving, non-cocooned 2-ft wide cyclists. We don't kill and maim people, you car drivers do. Massively.
On Cyclists Just Want to Have Fun
Posted on August 11 at 3:23 p.m.
I'm glad to hear he'll be ok. I have to say that our bike paths ought to be better maintained--and designed. Has anyone noticed the horrific "improvements" they've made along El Colegio? They increased the car space to 6, yes SIX, lanes through this residential area, with on street bike paths that are ridiculous because there are long uncoordinated traffic lights every block. But they also NARROWED the existing separate bike path (designated California coastal route!) AND ADDED SHARP CURVES at every driveway. What a way to downgrade a nice bike route and make it unsafe.
On Biker Takes Bad Spill
Posted on March 26 at 10:31 a.m.
I don't see that such a tax would affect consumers much. A vast majority of the oil we use in the US comes from abroad, as well as from other domestic producers (Texas, Alaska, Gulf coast), not California.And who pays for the clean-up when those oil companies screw up? Taxpayers of course. Let them put their share into the till, instead of into their executives & shareholders' pockets.
On Nava Says No More ‘Free Ride’
Posted on January 24 at 11:45 p.m.
Great article, names most of the major annoyances I as a cyclist & pedestrian experience. I'd add one more: the huge disaster that UCSB did in redesigning El Collegio from Los Carneros into the campus. Not only did they WIDEN the road to 8 lanes (!!) for cars, but they NARROWED and PUT CROSSINGS and SHARP CURVES into the previously straight and crossing-free bike path. Oh they did add a bike lane to the road, but with 4 (I think) long, new, uncoordinated traffic lights, I have never seen a bicyclist using those. What absolute lack of intelligent planning prevailed there! In spite of all those lanes, it's not even car-friendly. Kudos to the car-heads.
On Dead Pedestrians Make Poor Shoppers
Posted on January 4 at 10:03 a.m.
I live near Devereux slough, and in years past after the first rain the sound of "spring peepers" in the low-lying areas would be deafening. This year nothing, zilch, zip. A friend thought she heard a single frog one evening, whereas we used to be inundated by the critters after a rain--on the sidewalks, under flowerpots, in watering cans, everywhere.It sounds like this fungus is at work here in Goleta as well.
On Amphibians Threatened with Extinction
Posted on November 6 at 10:29 a.m.
In response to that low-taxer, above: One of the consequences of Prop. 13 was that CORPORATE property taxes were locked in at 1970s pre-boom rates (at least until a different corporation takes over--and when does that happen?). That gives such entities a long-lasting tax shelter. And, no surprise here, their contribution to property tax revenues in the state budget has declined precipitously over the years. So it isn't just the little ol' retiree who benefits from Prop 13. We really need to close that corporate tax loophole. And by the way, raising student fees is just another way of taxing those less able to afford it. Taxing the corporations who benefit from the brainpower of the UCs and their alumni would be a much more progressive way.
On UC Campuses Dominate Rankings
Posted on September 7 at 11:16 p.m.
It would be very helpful to have a map accompanying this description--a link to google maps perhaps, or one like this one of the same region:http://venturacountytrails.org/TrailM...orhttp://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sourc...
On Little Pine Mountain