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Posted on October 23 at 10:21 p.m.

This is good news. Back in the late 70s the City got in line with the rest of the world and converted downtown streets to these high-speed arterials to accommodate growth in the surrounding Riviera, San Roque, Samarkand and Mesa, Bel Aire and Veronica Springs neighborhoods.

It wasn't entirely illogical to change many of these streets to one-way arterials, some with bike lanes but the consequence was faster speeds. It would have been and still is appropriate to adopt a city wide speed limit of 30 or a better 25 mph speed limit.

There is this strange notion people develop that their newer neighborhood streets are to be "slow" speed while these mature streets are supposed to be accommodating "high-speed" collector and arterial thoroughfares. Really there is no difference or nothing more special in a San Roque residential street with speed humps than there is in a risky Downtown neighborhood street such as de la Vina, Chapala or even Haley except the downtown streets have more conflicts.

Come on folks slow down and pay attention!

On City Gives Haley, De La Vina New Speed Limits

Posted on October 20 at 9:08 p.m.

Oh poor thing. I don't have a dog in this fight except to say I generally don't like businesses operating in my neighborhood. Sounds like another non-profit in the making.....in need of some PR (I guess that's what this article is) some fundraisers and property tax exempt status to free up capitol to upgrade the kitchen. By the way if you think our rules are tough try doing this in Montecito or Italy.

On Not the End of History for Masini Adobe, Owner Hopes

Posted on October 12 at 4:49 p.m.

billclausen; The difference for Native Americans is as it is for everyone. No matter how flawed Democrats currently are there is at least a concerted effort to equalize benefits across the board. With the Republicans there is a wait and see if something should "trickle-down" from the top. For my own personal integrity I don't care to celebrate Columbus Day or Fiesta. A day of mourning and perhaps a week of mourning would be more appropriate.

On Club Advocates Abolition of Columbus Day

Posted on October 12 at 4:37 p.m.

Finishing off my say with these comments and with just viewing the trailer, I don't know why the author of this critique would expect a "fair and balanced" documentary that is to humorously prod the questioning. Obviously the intent of this documentary is to balance all the crap that is fed to us all directly or indirectly.

AShaw has apparently been so far submersed into the sea of "C" that there is no mention of the current crusade this decidedly Christian nation is involved in. AShaw may also want to look at more localized "C" genocidal attrocitiies. Please see >>> (http://www.independent.com/news/2008/...) <<<
if previous and more ancient "C" violent and deadly crusades are too far distant to research.

And really AShaw; is there any really difference to the dead or living whether one is killed by knives, muskets, measles or 2,000 pound bunker busting bombs. I don't get where the "reward" is for anyone in your above stated understanding of Christianity.

On <em>Religulous</em>

Posted on October 10 at 11:24 p.m.

A Shaw is apparently so closed minded so as to not even have viewed the trailer let alone viewed the documentary. Bill Maher is fairly consistent in his criticisms of religions. If there is more of a focus on religions that do not worship Profit Mohammed it is probably because of Maher's Catholic/Jewish background.

Is billclausen's complaint verifiable; that there are fewer sociatal problems when "people believed it." My gut instinct is that the answer is no, or the answer barely perceptible. If I sample the relatively minor sociatal problems that end up as TV Judge Judy courtroom type litigants, whose necks are adorned with a crucifix, I immediately get the notion that religion does not work. Evolution does not move quickly enough for us to notice noticeable changes in "socialtal problems" in our lifetime or even compared to previous hundreds of years of our current time. Perception is probably the answer here as we usually want to believe things were better during a recent and yet simultaneously far away and different time.

As for me I will probably watch this documentary with an open mind when it airs on IFC, Sundance or etc channels.

On <em>Religulous</em>

Posted on October 6 at 6:48 a.m.

Answer to billclausen; Good question. Perhaps for the same reason that most posts on blogs are anonymous. People seem genuinely afraid of people and being stalked and getting killed.

On None

Posted on September 14 at 9:13 p.m.

I am not sure what David_Pritchett's #3 means. If it means that existing hub serves locals and their needs, (shopping, employment, etc) rather than long distance, commuter needs, he is correct. It might mean needing two hubs or perhaps no hubs but instead more service and stops. Time for the commish's to get on the bus at least a couple times a week.

The Eastside and Westside neighborhoods could use a breather from an increase in residential units during this G.P. Update. Seems to me that the Downtown core could accommodate several thousand units in an aggressive scenario. In all fairness the politically Golden Quadrangle Mesa, Riviera, San Roque and Sammykand neighborhoods should be considered for secondary units but perhaps that political hot potato might be more tasty in the next G.P.

The increasingly gussy-Upped or Outer State street strip malls could be redeveloped with additional units but all those northern eyeballs are already bulging out of their sockets so again I think the focus should be the downtown core in the genre of the new and fashionable Chapala Street. Too bad those phobic can-yon-i-za-tion petitions are out there. Hopefully the developers will fund a sympathetic campaign to end this phobia.

On General Plan Update Stalls on Way to City Council

Posted on September 7 at 11:44 a.m.

I want the council to reaffirm the oil drilling ban even if it is politically difficult. Regardless of the "peak oil" predictions or the opposite, those who proclaim that we have hundreds of years of fossil fuels to pump and mine, oil is risky to our environment, even as risky as nuclear. I would appreciate the reaffirmation against offshore oil drilling from the council and I hope this country gets in front of the next economic boon called "renewable resources."

On Battle Over Oil Hardly Over

Posted on September 3 at 8:28 a.m.

Thanks to the efforts of researchers and enthusiasts I am starting to see a wide variety of cycads planted in front yards. Other than the beautifully typical and easily adaptive "Sago" many more rarer varities can be spotted on the Eastside, San Roque and Samarkand. Probably one of the most prominent cycad is a beautiful specimen in front of a gym on Calle Real north of Fairview. The downtown County administration building also has several nice specimens. Thanks for the article.

On Our Chinese Cycad Connection

Posted on September 2 at 9:29 p.m.

Narcissim is for those who do not think that we are in the same boat here. The agenda I have is your agenda but perhaps I come across as being narcisstic or is it that are too narcisstic yourself to get it. Tally up the numbers folks. Official statistics will tell you all is well, but the numbers of deaths and injuries in this tiny little community add up to a big problem.

On Drunk Driving Death on Las Positas Road

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