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Posted on January 19 at 7:55 a.m.

That's pretty cool they have come up with a plan to give our creeks a path back to functioning existence.

To me it's about more than just the fish.. it's about poorly thought designs that have previously not accounted for the special place in which we live. I've heard the stories from fisherman and old timers about how it used to be.

I think our Santa Barbara in 2012 deserves a balance of well organized development that enhances and benefits our natural beauty instead of killing off such awesome.

Check out this photo from way back:

On Wooing Steelhead Back From Extinction

Posted on December 12 at 1:12 p.m.

Super interesting article. Thanks again for writing something insightful as well as fact based for a general audience.

On Can California Do Without Nuclear Power?

Posted on October 19 at 4:44 p.m.

It's all about responsible use. As a trail runner, mtn biker, and hiker myself... I've seen all three types of users make poor choices... me too in fact. Continued education about preserving our Santa Barbara and positive actions like SBMTV will make the difference. Divots from horses, dog poop (in or out of bags) from hikers, a skid mark from bad braking on a bike.... they are all there for folks to see and collectively work on reducing.

Don't know who the crazy dude @mjvande but IF the article that dude posted above is you... then I hope you live nowhere near our SB... trying to kill people isn't welcome here.

On The Path Up and Down

Posted on July 18 at 10:49 a.m.

Excellent article and awesome comments. This is a timely article given the massive increase in bikes I've seen downtown in the last year. I mean like 5x more bikes.

As a cyclist who obeys the laws I too get annoyed by bikers that blow stop lights... just like cars that speed and roll stop signs.

This weekend I had a driver blast me for riding in his lane after leaving farmers market. Traffic was moving 5mph and the "door zone" made riding to the right far too dangerous. He cussed me out when I stopped at the stop sign and said, "you're not a car you ***hole." You're right buddy.... I'm a bike. He must have been escaping Carmagedoon and trying to ruin our peaceful community.

A little more respect from all sides goes a long way. Bikes are here to stay, so let's all accommodate the little bit of space they need, and enjoy roads with less traffic and more parking spaces.

On Where to Ride My Bike

Posted on July 18 at 10:24 a.m.

I appreciate this good discussion here. Thanks Matt and Ranger Dodge for clearing it up.

@Jeff Butler (verve825) As a hunter I abhor with you the glass factory and the yahoos that shoot without common sense. They are rarely hunters though.. the are simply people with guns. The majority of hunters I know are respectful and aware people who understand the land. Personally, I hunt to know where my food comes from and be a part of that cycle....

On Hunting Banned Along Paradise Road

Posted on June 24 at 10:59 a.m.

I think the proposal is a great idea and should move forward! The speed and size of that street are unnecessary and it would serve the community much better to have bike lanes, slower cars, and SB feel to it -- instead of a highway.

On Should Cliff Drive be reduced from 4 lanes to 3?

Posted on May 11 at 4:14 p.m.

I went to the Gasland screening several months ago at the Lobero. Given that the movie was completed in late 2010 and reviewed the current state of fracking, it's obvious that sound technical review is lacking and scary things are happening. While it make be safe someday with different chemicals, there is NO WAY at this point (IMO) we the process is safe. We should pause it's use here until further review....

On Frack This

Posted on March 3 at 3:47 p.m.

I bike ride Gibraltar on occasion (very slowly up) and can say most riders are quite well prepared to handle their bikes. A few go too fast. I think it's far to say the same for driving in general honestly. And in my experience on the mtn roads car drivers and motos sometimes rip up there too. I've been passed by WRXs, Audis, and motos going well over 45mph in sections.

Let's be honest and say that everyone needs to take it down a notch sometimes to coexist.... A few bad apples shouldn't label all cyclists as risk takers, just as the 30,000 car deaths every year in the US don't make drivers inherent killers.

Just as @menchar notes, when UCSB student Kendra was killed on Gibraltar it was a truck trying to pass her on a blind curve instead running her over.

I have friends that have raced on Echelon and always said good things about Rory (though I've never met him). Good luck on the recovery!

On Olympic Cyclist in Bad Crash

Posted on December 16 at 1:47 p.m.

Indy (and Matt),

Thank you for doing the kind of journalism that SB needs - thoughtful, in depth, and deeply interesting stuff that adds value to the local/regional discussion. I'm glad to know we've got some "good" guys/gals hacking as well.


On Just the Hackers You Need

Posted on September 17 at 10:43 a.m.

I'm particularly interested in seeing some of the firebrands that often post about the excesses of government comment....

It seems like they are always taking shots at people like @ChrisG, but apparently the numbers Mr. Welsh detail flesh out where some pretty big dollars are being spent.

On Skinny on 'Fat Cat' Bureaucrats

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