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Posted on October 17 at 7:14 a.m.
Give me a break. "Figures presented to the Commission showed that ...air pollution from idling cars would be less than cars restarting." Whose figures? Are these figures from the same experts that showed that the traffic and parking impacts at the Trader Joe's on de la Vina would be minimal? Would the air pollution be less from that 13th allowable car in the 200+ foot line of inconvienced drivers?
I thought this battle had been fought and won for new fast food installations. It's hard to think of a more unappealing and trashy image for a shopping center than a line of idling cars full of lazy drivers. Yes, I understand that there are people with disabilities for whom there are access problems, but fast food installations have no problem making accommodations. Is there going to be a Starbucks or other coffee shop planned? Why not have a drive through for them too? It might be worth considering prohibiting pedestrian traffic altogether.
On Goleta Approves McDonald's Drive-Through
Posted on July 18 at 2:03 p.m.
Italiansurg: first of all, sorry for misspelling your name earlier.
If I read your conclusion correctly, you're saying that if white guys had been breaking into those units, an innocent white teenager walking to his unit could just have easily been shot dead by Zimmerman. Okay, now I see Zimmerman as a much fairer person than I thought before.
On Stand By Your Dog
Posted on July 18 at 7:58 a.m.
Italiansburg, there is no proof that mindreading is possible, so you are 100% correct that none of us can prove that Zimmerman was "looking for trouble". Since none of us could read Zimmerman's mind, would you care to speculate on the chances a white teenager walking home in that complex would end up shot dead by Zimmerman?
Posted on April 12 at 7:12 a.m.
It would be a public service for The Independent to run a comprehensive article on the laws that govern dealing with homeless, money solicitation, harassing, etc. With 90% of the citizens and 100% of the business owners asking for decades for a solution and action by the City Council and the cops, we should know what action is possible and what may be constrained by existing legislation.
It would also be good to ask each Council member and the Police Chief directly for his or her stance on what, if anything, should be done to address this issue. And publish their responses.
If it turns out that there is really little that can be done legally, it would be good to have that understood.
On Cops Take Aim at Public Art Piece
Posted on February 13 at 6:45 a.m.
Good work. As a lapsed Catholic and an English major, I liked your column. I lapsed over fifty years ago, and each year that goes by reveals more previously-unthinkable sins committed by clergy at all levels. These crimes are in addition to the non-criminal, antediluvian stances on women's rights, marriage for priests, birth control, etc. The Catholic church will be dragged, kneeling and screaming, into more enlightened positions, but it will be as slowly as it admitted that the Earth was not the center of the universe. As an English major, I liked the phrase "fetishistically hierarchical ", even though you were just showing off.
On Ruff Enuff
Posted on January 5 at 11:59 a.m.
Are some of the thrift shops here for-profit companies, or are they all like Goodwill?
On Thrift Store Prices
Posted on August 16 at 12:15 p.m.
I don't understand this column. Usually the Poodle can get rabid about the slightest controversy, with the column exploding in hyperbolic righteousness. But today, we get a column that seems to be searching for some reason to let these guys off the hook. How much more wrong can a board member be than to put personal feelings above the basic charge and civic responsibility of this Board?
Is the Poodle saying that it's okay these guys abstained en masse because they didn't offer a reason for their abstentions? Wait a sec--I think I have a good guess why they abstained even if the Poodle can't figure it out. I read the Poodle column because I like the over-the-top rhetoric, the feigned objectivity (which I agree with politically), and the sense of moral outrage over insignificant local squabbles. The let's-give-them-a-break stance here is pretty thin gruel. If I want a reasoned opinion from a nice guy, I go to Barney's column.
Posted on July 21 at 7:19 a.m.
Mr. McDermott, I was going to explain why Lotusland is an extraordinary resource and a great example of how a non-profit organization can benefit and educate the community without depending upon government funding. But a second reading of your posting makes me believe that this would be a waste of time. If you think only in terms of lost revenue, the educational, botanical, environmental, and aesthetic importance of places like Lotusland would be shrugged off as having little value.
On Her Life Was an Opera
Posted on February 1 at 2:33 p.m.
What anecdote did I offer?
That bulbouts reduce the distance for pedestrians?
That bulbouts make cars slow down?
That a pedestrian standing on a bulbout has less of a chance of being in an accident that the 20 accidents reported for de la Vina and Figueroa over the past 10 years?
What point was anecdotal?
I'm glad you supported traffic circles, but it seems that your logic is that you don't support bulbouts because they're unproven, but they can't ever be proven because we can't try them. I guess you'll never lose any debate with that approach, but I think you'd lose to common sense.
So I go back to my original premise. If you don't like them or don't want them, make your case--but saying they don't increase pedestrian safety is really a non-starter.
On Dog's Best Friend?
Posted on January 30 at 4:49 p.m.
I realize that people may have different opinions about bulbouts, but to argue that they don't improve pedestrian safety defies logic. It's as dumb as saying that people standing on a bulbout are at some increased risk of being hit by a car. They force cars to slow down at pedestrian-busy intersections. That is their purpose, and it works, just like it reduces the distance of the pedestrian crossing. If you want to argue that the crash rate at de la Vina and Figeuroa doesn't merit a bulbout, make your argument--but don't waste everyone's time with trumped-up, ridiculous statements.
This end-of-the-world fear of traffic changes is just like when some of SB's traffic Neanderthals thought putting traffic circles on Milpas and Coast Village Road would result in mass confusion and carnage. I think those work unbelievably well. How are they working out for you?
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