Comments by patwalker11

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Posted on June 10 at 3:31 p.m.

Hi Nick,

The weather weirdness is definitely attention getting.
There is little more impressive than seeing that little Snowy Plover jezebel sitting on her nest for 28 days, with a stiff wind sand blasting her face and doing its best to bury her and her eggs. She may be a floozy, but she's a floozy with a mission.
This weather has been tough.

On Let Sleeping Dogs Die

Posted on June 10 at 3:22 p.m.

Really! What a bunch of ignorant, self-centered comments.
I'd have more respect for your opinions if you knew what you are talking about. How many of you even know what a Snowy Plover looks like on the beach?
For SmileySam on Surf: The beach would remain open if people would stay out of the fenced off areas. There is a huge area open for recreation, but after 50 or so trespassers, the military shuts down THEIR beach. And no, I don't suppose you'd notice a Snowy from the train tracks--they live and die by being camouflaged, and match the sand.
Critical habitat can be as simple as a place for migrants to rest and feed. And NO, they wouldn't nest at Hendry's...they don't like cliffs, which is why low beaches like Coal Oil Reserve and Vandenberg are so important.
Dogs off leash are not only detrimental to Snowy Plovers, but they are a menace to all shorebirds. They chase them and make them unnecessarily expend fat reserves. They keep them from feeding areas, and cause mayhem between chicks and parents. Dogs on leash can coexist with most of us, except people afraid of dogs.
Share the planet's not yours alone. Be informed, and leash your dog. It's not a matter of who dictates what your dog should's a matter of how you impact the world. Oh, and it IS illegal to have your dog off leash at Goleta Beach, Ellwood and East Beach. It's a county law.

On City Hall Squawking over Snowy Plover Protections

Posted on February 23 at 8:57 a.m.

Darn. When I heard the head of the Botanic Garden was leaving I had hoped it was Symington. He's been nothing but a leach on the garden, and his push for the vital plan very divisive to the Garden's community support.

I used to be a garden member and supporter, but not since their push to pave the garden, put their archives in a fire prone area, and generally turn the garden to a wedding event center instead of a Botanic Garden. Their treatment of the volunteers was the final straw. Frankly, I don't know where Aruiz and GauchoScott get their ideas that the general community is behind this plan.

On Ed Schneider to Leave Botanic Garden

Posted on January 29 at 8:48 a.m.

I've known Jenna for years, and she is an honest and caring person. As a single mother she's struggled gracefully, and this is a nasty thing to do to her.

I'd always felt a little bad when I went to Starbucks in Goleta on Saturdays rather than deal with the limited parking at the Coffee Beans etc. near my house. I won't feel bad now, and I'll make sure to go to Starbucks and Zizzos instead. I thought better of the CB&TL. I guess it really is true that it's better to deal with a local small company. Zizzo's is looking to be a better choice to me.

On Trouble Brewing at Coffee Bean

Posted on October 1 at 9:42 a.m.

All the above comments are on the mark. Too many resources of the Botanic Garden are being spent on irrelevant things, and the teahouse is one of them. I have to wonder how the house escaped the fire, yet so much of the garden burned, including the historic house on the property. This is really a PR piece for the garden. Was it written by the Garden staff? Frankly, I thought the teahouse garden to be ugly and stilted. I am a great fan of Japanese gardens, and love their atmosphere, but the Roji here was never nice, and never serene.

On Teahouse's <em>Roji</em> on Mend

Posted on May 8 at 9:58 p.m.

These google maps are a pain and impossible to read, because the graphic overlays migrate all over the place. A new or better way is needed. Please provide a link to the county info page rather than these silly google maps.

On Firefighters Gird for the Worst

Posted on May 7 at 5 p.m.

I would hope this would make the Botanic Garden board realize how stupid it is to plan more buildings in the canyon, especially plant archives. The best place for such things is in the city proper, where wildfire safety isn't an issue, and where archives would be safe, and trying to evacuate worker housing in a fire would not be an issue.

On Botanic Garden Structures Burned

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