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Posted on October 30 at 1:57 p.m.

Thank you, Ethan, Nick, and Jean, for writing the spot-on YES on P endorsement, and thank you, Marianne, for your decision to publish it. I am truly grateful to each and all of you for your remarkable courage in working the matter through in this way.

The YES on P endorsement that now appears in the Independent deserves the widest circulation over the remaining days of this campaign. I urge those who read my words here to read again and carefully the words of the YES on P endorsement that appears above these posts.

If you have been undecided up to now, I think you will see how vital is your and every vote for YES on P.

On An Anti-Endorsement

Posted on February 19 at 4:29 p.m.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to you, Reeve, and to the many others who spoke at the hearing as representatives of the overwhelming majority of local residents and voters who favor development alternatives that protect the inestimable public interest values of the Gaviota coast from lasting harm caused by those whose notions about purchased property rights are profoundly delusional and outdated.

Reeve and others are plainly correct in asserting that the supervisors failed to insist on an appropriate balance of the public and private interests involved in this case. May their serious mistake be undone in coming deliberations by better informed and more knowledgeable decisionmakers.

On The Math on Paradiso del Mare

Posted on November 26 at 10:24 p.m.

I venture to say that neither Carla Frisk nor any of the other environmental activists who have accepted recognition as an Indy Local Hero over the years would agree with the assertion by Barney Brantingham-- the author of the tribute to Carla-- that "there are many flash-in-the-pan environmental activists ​— ​here today, gone tomorrow."

I have been an environmental activist in this community since 1969, and I know of no one to whom such a denigrating description could legitimately apply. Neither do any of the several environmental activists whom I have asked about this in recent days.

What were you thinking, Mr. Brantingham? Kindly return my call about this. Better yet, kindly let us all know what was on your mind in beginning your piece about Carla with such a baseless put-down of others in her field of public service.

On Local Heroes 2012

Posted on August 7 at 8:39 a.m.

An obviously false analogy, Ken.


On As part of its Chapter 11 reorg, Alma Rosa Winery should

Posted on August 6 at 7:51 p.m.

"Fair game"?


Really . . . .

On As part of its Chapter 11 reorg, Alma Rosa Winery should

Posted on August 4 at 11:23 a.m.

Indy editors have shown extremely poor judgment in making this a topic of its readers' poll.

On As part of its Chapter 11 reorg, Alma Rosa Winery should

Posted on June 14 at 6:16 p.m.

Several years ago I had the great good fortune to work—and play!—with the remarkable Mike Kresky as we pioneered for the renowned UCSB Environmental Studies Program one of the nation’s first university courses in the then-fledgling field of ecopsychology. Barefooted, be-dredded, and barely clothed at times, Mike seemed at first to some to be from some other planet. Right up to the moment when we came to see Mike as being more deeply and joyfully connected to and conversant with this planet and its several worlds and communities of life than anyone we could have imagined. Here, right in our midst, was a real Earthing. Mindful, heartful, playful and loving.

I am glad that I will have Mike’s field guide with me from now on. And I am glad to have learned with and from Mike and our students that each person has far more than merely five senses and that one’s self is certainly not confined within the surfaces of one’s skin.

On S.B. Backcountry Tracking

Posted on March 28 at 8:16 p.m.

The assertion by "Tolyabe" that "lawsuits are a source of income for environmental groups" is a clumsy attempt to deflect attention from what is really going in the instant case.

S/he wants the uninformed reader to believe that ForestWatch is an "extreme green" group that uses "lawsuits as a source of income."

If "Tolyabe" could set aside his/her ideological ax-grinding for a moment and take a close look at what is actually going on in this case, s/he might learn a thing or two about the reasons why Congress and state legislatures continue to encourage environmental groups to litigate in the public interest in order to assure that governmental agencies carry out their duties in a lawful manner.

On Fuel Break Squabble

Posted on March 28 at 4:51 p.m.

I and my neighbors who live in Painted Cave and other mountain communities support well-considered and lawful efforts by the Forest Service and others to plan and implement fire protection measures in our areas. I am confident that I speak for for most of us when I say that we do NOT support careless and illegal efforts by the Forest Service or any other organization in this regard.

In the present instance, I think most of us would join most others in the wider community in thanking ForestWatch for insisting that the Forest Service conduct its planning efforts in full compliance with all legal requirements.

Mr. Madsen's effort to characterize Mr. Kuyper as some kind of misguided troublemaker makes me wonder about Mr. Madsen's fitness to serve as the Public Information Officer of the Forest Service. Mr. Kuyper speaks for ForestWatch, an environmental protection organization whose effective work has earned the respect and support of thousands of citizens throughout the region.

If litigation becomes necessary to make the Forest Service do its work in a lawful manner, many of those thousands will be providing support to ForestWatch.

On Fuel Break Squabble

Posted on March 5 at 7:40 p.m.

Friends of the Bridge was formed in 2005 in order to present to Caltrans and local elected officials a plan that was far superior to the cage barriers that have now been installed. That plan was strongly supported by the only qualified expert on the subject of dealing with suicide from bridges who submitted comments to Caltrans, but Caltrans and certain local elected officials refused to listen.

The cage barriers now deface the bridge. As a founder of the Friends of the Bridge group, I have written this message of thanks for their efforts to prevent it:

Dear Friends of the Bridge and friends,

Work was completed this past week on the $4 million project to install the so-called suicide prevention barriers on the Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge. For over 5 years we did our best to prevent this deeply flawed and fiscally irresponsible project from defacing the unique grace and beauty for which the bridge was widely renowned since its completion in 1963.

In the end, our efforts were doomed by the failure of local elected officials to meet their stewardship responsibilities regarding this iconic community environmental and historic resource. Make no mistake about it: a far superior solution to the problem of occasional suicide at the bridge was made available in a timely way to these officials and could have been implemented if adequate care and courage had been exercised by them in connection with the Caltrans proposal.

Former Assemblyman Pedro Nava and former Supervisor Brooks Firestone pushed hard in semi-secrecy to get the barriers proposal off the ground in 2005, and current Supervisors Farr, Wolf, and Carbajal cast critically important votes to ratify the highly dubious transfer and allocation of funds to carry out the barriers project. Other local elected officials who behaved similarly could also be called to account, but it is time to move on to other challenges and opportunities, not to settle scores.

I am grateful to each and every one of you Friends of the Bridge for your help in our campaign. We did not achieve our primary goal, but we were successful in obtaining court orders to set aside violations of environmental law and in illuminating clearly the responsibilities of our elected officials to act as protective stewards of the community's environmental and historical resources.

Best wishes for your being and doing wonderfully well!


On Cold Spring Bridge Suicide Barrier Complete

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