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Posted on April 10 at 2:20 p.m.
I like the ideas of planting a new tree for future generations and using the wood from the existing tree for benches, etc.
On Tree Down at Douglas Preserve
Posted on March 19 at 6:11 p.m.
Jail time for a homeless guy wont help him reform or improve himself. He should be given a chance to do time restoring a county park or working on some trails.
On Homeless Man to be Sentenced for Montecito Motors Fire
Posted on February 28 at 2:30 a.m.
There are a number of federal DoD employees who work in Goleta with the various engineering companies. While the federal and defense budget needs to be reduced, a 20% reduction in salary is just not right. There are better approaches to address the personnel part of the budget.
- Federal employees with over 15 years get 8 hours annual and 4 hours sick leave per two week pay period. Reducing the annual leave to 6 hours is a 25% savings. Or, following many industries, combining the annual and sick times into personal time and reducing the 12 hours is another smart tactic.
- Many federal supervisors supervise 2-3 people. Set higher minimums.
- Federal employees with 30 years can retire at age 56 and draw their basic pension, tap their 401k AND draw a pension called "Social Security Offset" which is equal to their future SS paycheck.
I did like the Republicians suggestion that Congress not get paid until this is solved is a good idea. I would suggest not to pay the entire legislative and White House staff until the budget is balanced is a better idea.
On Squeezed by Sequester
Posted on February 14 at 6:31 p.m.
So tragic and so sad. I have encountered many loose dogs in my life. Even my own dogs have temporarily escaped my control at times. There are many ways to assert your dominance over a dog (and wolves or coyotes) other than shooting it. And sometimes you might even get a little hurt. just deal with it. Shooting is the last option. But the easiest if you already have a gun at the ready.
I have a real problem understanding how these outdoor hunters could mistake a curly haired terrier with an orange collar with a truly wild dog.
On Remembering Billy the Dog
Posted on February 14 at 6:07 p.m.
I like the future technology approach that replaces roof shingles with solar panels that all feed into the grid with decentralized storage systems. One system lets the power companies lease and maintain your roofs.
Also in a cash poor, water short state such as California, I never understood why the Central Valley's concrete lined aqueduct system is open. Why not lease the thousands of acres of aqueduct to be covered with solar panels? This will reduce water evaporation AND generate revenue for the state.
On No Longer a Rational Option
Posted on February 14 at 5:47 p.m.
People who support diversity really need to support the idea that EVERYONE can freely have their own opinions and lifestyles. (Which is how I understand the Constitution.).
One doesn't have to agree with their view and one doesn't have to eat there. In my view, they are just one company with an opinion. Live and let live.
P.S. if it matters to anyone, I support gay rights AND eat at Chick-a-Fil.
On Opposition to Chick-fil-A
Posted on February 14 at 5:28 p.m.
Wonderful write up, Eric Hvolboll! Your two families represent the old wonderful SB some of us grew up in.
On Glenn Parks: 1921-2013
Posted on February 14 at 5:20 p.m.
You need hardened facilities only if you are in a state of war or constant attack or feel threatened. While a defensive bunker seems safer, reducing a threat means you need to forward and work with the people.
I like Vancouver's approach which has reduced crime; i.e. a focus on giving tickets to kids for good behavior or deeds. Things like a pass to a movie or the pool.
On Security Gates for Police Station
Posted on February 14 at 5:03 p.m.
"Bikes get lost in the shuffle?" When cop bikes were first introduced years ago in IV after the riots, they helped improve the student-cop relationship.
But bikes do work better in flat cities during an 8 hour shift.
I do think that while these trikes do have a Dork Factor, even when compared to Segways, they do match SBs eclectic factor.
On Cops on Trikkes
Posted on February 14 at 2:13 a.m.
Damn! It was a right-of-passage to speed through the parking lot. Double points if you could peel out and burn rubber!