Comments by nginther

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Posted on June 9 at 3:54 p.m.

What a relief that this process is finally finished! Although I had hoped that the limits on visitation would be reconsidered, I am incredibly glad that the Garden will be able to proceed with its rebuilding and improvement plans. The Garden has been in need of new facilities for years and even if the approved version of the VMP doesn't encompass all that the Garden hoped to accomplish at least it will be able to make a huge start in the right direction.

I'm excited to see what the Garden will be like in 10 years. Their commitment to preservation, education and research is so strong already; I think that with improved facilities the opportunities at the Garden will be truly incredible!

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Posted on May 31 at 3:54 p.m.

This sounds like an interesting idea. Perhaps if people knew what it was they might be more willing to join in! Publicity is everything :)

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Posted on May 31 at 3:51 p.m.

This sounds like a great opportunity to learn more about our local sea life. The ocean is such a part of our lives here in SB so it's nice to see that there are ocean-specific educational opportunities for the community's children. Hands-on learning experiences are so memorable!

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Posted on May 23 at 6:58 p.m.

The current condition of our state is truly unacceptable. I hope that our next governor will have more success than Governor Schwarzenegger has had. Balancing the budget and dealing with such a significant deficit will not be an easy task, and while I doubt that people will enjoy the ramifications, something needs to be done. Few people want to be taxed more heavily, but many want services increased, thus something must change. We can only hope that the change will occur soon; our state needs financial help!

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Posted on May 20 at 6:25 p.m.

I'm glad to read that others see the proposed limits on attendance as excessive also. Setting the yearly cap at 110,000 is ridiculous. When you think about that limit in terms of how it would impact daily attendance it is easy to see that it is an unfair limit. By talking to garden staff regarding past attendance records it is apparent that there are often far more visitors than what the proposed average of 300 per day would allow.

The concern here is not whether "rock concerts" will be able to visit the garden. (I sincerely doubt that the botanic garden is a venue many rock musicians seek out) The garden should be available to whomever wants to visit, either to relax, learn or simply enjoy the scenery.

Fire safety is extremely important and this plan is working to address the concerns of the community. However, outrageous limits such as capping yearly attendance at such a low number will not help with fire safety, it will only hurt the garden.

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Posted on May 19 at 3:26 p.m.

I hope that Biela never experiences another day of freedom. Taking a life is inexcusable.

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Posted on May 19 at 3:24 p.m.

I understand the complicated that Salud is in, but I do not think that this is a fair compromise. The garden's plans have already been scaled back drastically and this "compromise" would require the garden's already simple plan to be reduced much further. I am particularly concerned about the incredibly strict limitations being suggested for visitation. Limiting attendance so severely will be detrimental to the garden's mission; they will have to turn away researchers, lecturers, visitors (including neighbors!) and students. That is unfair. Very unfair. In exchange for being able to make needed improvements the garden should not have to impose such ridiculous and potentially harmful restrictions upon itself.

On The Carbajal Compromise

Posted on May 16 at 8:32 p.m.

This little temporary skate part is always full of kids. They seem well-behaved and happy to have a place where they are actually allowed to skate.

I hope that the real skate park ends up being built. It's so important for children and adolescents to have safe places to socialize and be active.

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Posted on May 16 at 8:26 p.m.

This sounds amazing. As a relatively short woman I often want to wear high heels but like the article said, I just can't justify being crippled by the pain they cause.

I'll definitely have to look into this!

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Posted on May 7 at 5:27 p.m.

As a life long animal activist I can't believe that I've never heard of "Be Kind to Animals Week"! I'm so excited to see this article.

I hope that local schools recognize this week. Teaching children to respect animals is so important- it truly influences how they treat animals throughout their entire life!

I'm glad that going vegetarian, or at least meat-less on some days was mentioned. Raising livestock is such large quantities as is currently practiced is quite detrimental to the environment. Furthermore, the animals are often treated completely inhumanely. Buying cage free eggs is an easy way to make an effort to respect farm animals!

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