Comments by johnvasi

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Posted on September 2 at 11:32 a.m.

It would be helpful if the Independent could work with the Arborist to provide information on how to recognize when various types of trees need irrigation as well as the best methods to irrigate. I have a stone pine in front of my house. The root system is half covered by the street paving and the other half is under a loose stone driveway. The tree always drops needles in late summer, but I don't know what amount would be excessive. Is needle drop the first sign of drought problems? Should I irrigate with a drip along the half of the drip line that's not covered with asphalt? Or is there a better way to reach the roots?

I think this would be useful information for all homeowners who have street trees.

On Stone Pines Distressed by Drought

Posted on July 24 at 10:58 a.m.

John Adams--I am definitely not a Cars Are Basic person, but I don't think it makes much sense at all to impede car traffic at one of the busiest intersections in the city. It's really that simple. Pedestrians have rights, and there is need to consider aesthetics too, but it's hard to understand the rationale here. With regard to cars, the inescapable conclusion is that the planners believe that clogging up that intersection is okay. If you want to ridicule my armchair opinion, fine. But then let's hear your thoughts on the CPUC's concerns that the traffic jams could cause problems as far back as the railroad tracks. Maybe the drivers could be trained.

On La Entrada Hits Snag

Posted on July 24 at 8:01 a.m.

Duh. Is it possible that narrowing State St. down to one lane at Cabrillo could actually cause a long line of cars to back up as far as the railroad tracks? Could no one have ever thought that there might be some deleterious effect on traffic? Sure, the crosswalk is shorter for pedestrians, but there is necessarily an opposing cost to car traffic. Who's been studying the traffic issues for the past 13 years...the same engineers who said that the extra traffic for Trader Joe's on de la Vina wouldn't cause tie-ups and had sufficient parking?

On La Entrada Hits Snag

Posted on May 23 at 8:46 a.m.

Like King Kong, the old black and white original was the best by a long shot. The long, long prologue before the monsters show up was long and lame. The MUTO's looked, oddly enough, like they were computer generated transformers rather than organic things, and Godzilla's fire breathing was disappointing and literally colorless. There were some good destruction scenes and really nice tip-of-the-hat scenes to classic horror flics, but who goes to a monster movie to wade through an overly-complex plot that is going to make no sense anyway? And one last comment. In the beginning of the movie, there is a transition from one scene to a time fifteen years later. But Bryan Cranston has not aged one minute. Not one gray hair, not one wrinkle. The absence of aging is stunning coming right after the "fifteen years later" statement. My wife and I immediately looked at each other like "what...?"

On Review: <em>Godzilla</em>

Posted on April 16 at 4:52 p.m.

Two comments: the prices for some, not all, items are pretty high, but this is downtown SB. If you expected bargain butchers and five dollar lunches, you were mistaken. I hope they sell enough produce to stay in business there. It's beautifully displayed and is labor-intensive to prepare.

Secondly, the noise level from the air handling system is ridiculously loud. I am especially sensitive to this because I have hearing problems, but everyone needed to raise their voice just to be heard above the roar of the ventilation system. I couldn't think of sitting inside to have coffee or eat lunch. It's that bad. Saving money by not adding some sound abatement was a bad decision.

On Santa Barbara Public Market Opens

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?

On Stand By Your Dog

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

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