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Posted on May 20 at 3:52 p.m.
Camino Real Marketplace has many, many positives.
But there are a few negatives...
1)Where are the bike storage boxes and showers for employees promised in the EIR?
2)Where is the bus station promised in the EIR?
3)What happened to the pedestrian/bike crossing across the 101? Storke/Glen Annie is not so great on a bike or walking, and only a few years ago a second (since 1970) young woman was killed running across the 101. Stupid, I know, but the shortest route from Dos Pueblos High to the Camino Real Marketplace goes right across the freeway, and there are far fewer pedestrian/bike crossings in Goleta (none, actually) than in downtown SB or Montecito.
4)What happened to the $1 million in mitigation that the Camino Real Marketplace developers gave to the County for widening of El Colegio? El Colegio got widened, but that money didn't contribute.
The string of broken promises is a simple and straightforward reason to turn down the Target proposal.
On Target Targets Goleta
Posted on May 16 at 6:30 a.m.
Our airport also gets fogged in... on a foggy morning, if you miss the first flights out that landed the night before, you can spend the whole day taking a nice bus trip to LAX.
It always made more sense to get the airport out of the Slough and out of the fog. The City of Santa Barbara's environmental sensibilities stop at about La Cumbre... when it comes to the Goleta Slough they are similar to Big Oil.
I remember during the hearings for the terminal expansion, City of Santa Barbara employees said pilots had no control over where they fly as they take off... about 10% of planes swoop over Isla Vista (subdivided in 1925 before the airport was there) and make a big racket. Nothing any pilot could do, the City said.
On Siphoning Off Goleta Slough
Posted on May 15 at 2:03 p.m.
Yup, huge rise in mosquito bites in the IV/UCSB area too.
Historically, Devereux and Goleta Sloughs connected... still remnants of dikes & flow control machinery near the UCSB plice station. Wonder if they could flow through there, or open the flow channel again during the dry season.
The Goleta Slough was a bird stopping point for 100's of millennia. Early settlers described the sky going dark when they all went airborne together.
To the City of Santa Barbara, those birds are now just a nuisance.
Posted on May 8 at 2:58 p.m.
I'm shocked, shocked to learn that a whole crowd of young people, in a community of 15,000 where the average age is 20, filled a balcony that overlooked the gorgeous Santa Barbara Channel. Who'd of thunk such a thing was possible?
Round up the usual suspects.
On Isla Vista Balcony Collapse Victim Files Lawsuit
Posted on April 29 at 4:14 p.m.
Once every few years a very drunk student gets lost and somehow wanders into my back yard in Isla Vista, and tries really hard to open the back door. When I talk to them they are so disoriented they have no idea where they are, and fixate on the door and somehow decide it leads into their apartment.
So I get the foot patrol and they take them away... never have felt threatened, they are really harmless drunks...about 5 or so times so far in 25 years. Once a boy and a girl, no clothes. I've been burglarized too, but the disoriented drunks are a well defined helpless group.
Pretty sure they were all in total blackout. The amazing thing is they could walk and talk at all... must be that some people in an extremely drunk state don't just pass out, but become a bit like a zombie. Most of them know their names and addresses, which didn't help when they were from out of town, and couldn't remember why they came to IV.
In that state, it is easy to imagine them going over the cliff with no clue whatsoever as to what happened. Death during blackout.
When the foot patrol sees utterly wasted young people on the street, they arrest them. But inevitably a few will be missed on DP, and end up going over the cliff. It is tragic.
Noah Krom was a different case. He jumped over the fence on purpose, and lost control and fell. Maybe he was evading a taxi fare. Still tragic, but for a whole different reason.
On The Deadly Cliffs
Posted on April 15 at 8:41 a.m.
You mean, tlacuache, IV should subsidize the rest of the County even more than the $1,000,000/year documented in 2001.
On Deltopia Is Just a Drinking Party
Posted on April 15 at 6:19 a.m.
The tragedy of Giselle Ayala might well be related to the raid of a house party; in fleeing from the police, she might well have made a wrong turn in the confusion, at least according to the Santa Rosa newspaper. Odd how our local media has not followed up on that possibility.
Coming to the Santa Barbara area to party has a 200-year-old tradition, at least if you believe Richard Henry Dana, Jr. The vast majority of participants that I saw at Deltopia had a wonderful and harmless time. Spent a lot of money in local businesses too... vast lines out of Freebirds.
As for the costs, never, once, has a full cost/benefit analysis been done. It is as if students did not pay sales tax that supports our roads... wrong, they do. It is as if they did not buy food or rent hotel rooms and pay bed tax (a fair number did that). It is as if they did not pay for taxi rides... IV was swarming with taxis over Deltopia.
The only fiscal analysis of IV done by a neutral third party was related to cityhood in 2001. IV was a net moneymaker of $1,000,000 a year for Santa Barbara County. Of course, the County would love to increase that by spending the minimum possible in IV.
Since I live in IV, I can definitely say the impacts on Deltopia to me: about the same as UCSB move-in day. A little less, actually. Sure, my life would be a little easier without Deltopia, but I can't really get too worked up over that problem. Seems to me Deltopia mainly involved liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In contrast, the tragedy of Giselle Ayala weighs heavily on me. If it turns out a party raid by deputies scattered young people over the cliff, better safety procedures need to be developed by the Sheriff. Bill Brown walked the precincts of IV during his first election, BTW. IV helped elect him. His department might (or might not) have to step up and analyze whether their current procedures helped (in part) cause a tragedy.
Posted on April 9 at 4:56 p.m.
In fact, the Press-Democrat is reporting that she disappeared immediately after deputies broke up a party.
Seems to me like some alcohol + the panic of evading the deputies might have led to her heading toward the cliff. Who knows what happened in the chaos. Her friends looked for her but couldn't find her... being from outside of IV, the idea that she accidentally fell from the cliff would not have occurred to her friends. Gosh this is tragic.
It is imaginable that some other party goer was aware, at some level, that she went down but did not come back. But who knows, it was dark, late, and not everyone would begin to imagine the danger.
On Cal Poly Student Found Dead at Campus Point
Posted on April 9 at 4:44 p.m.
Yup noozhawk is reporting that the Sheriff's Department says her injuries are consistent with a fall. Darn it all, a friggin' tragedy, she had a whole life to live. I'm so sorry for her family & friends.
Portions of the UCSB cliffs have fences, due to falls in the 1950's. But there are still gaps in IV. The biggest killer in IV is definitely the cliffs.
Posted on April 9 at 1:28 p.m.
If someone hired Orange County lifeguards for that one day,
it could happen. And I've seen the public bathrooms down in OC... not a one on or near DP.
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