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Posted on June 4 at 2:52 p.m.

It's one thing to stay safely in your own camp speaking to people like yourself but those, like these two gentlemen, who build bridges between communities do the really hard work. More power to them.

On Concern for Ocean Unites Fishers and Enviros

Posted on March 17 at 6:21 a.m.

Are revetments and seawalls the same thing? ... I thought that issue was already settled. It's clear that the revetments work - the beach may come and go but the park remains.

I think it comes down to where your priorities lie ... with the beach (sand) and ecological purity or with the Park (lawn and tables) and the people who use it.

If the protection of beachfront property owned by the 1% warrants the use of revetments then so does that beachfront property owned by the rest of us.

And to those building their careers on 'managed retreat' fie on you ... we do not consent to your proposed use of Goleta Beach as a lab experiment. How about you suggesting removing the rocks protecting UCSB's beachside facilities instead?

On County Will Decide on Goleta Beach Plan This Week

Posted on March 12 at 6:35 a.m.

Graphic depictions? Sure and let's start with pictures of the maimed and mangled young civilian victims of our undeclared wars and illegal invasions - and post them outside all the recruiting offices and campus ROTC offices for prospective volunteers to see as a form of full disclosure. Perhaps it will promote a long overdue conversation.

On UCSB Professor Accused of Assaulting Anti-Abortion Activist

Posted on August 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Beach Fan -

When was Brian Roney let go ... and will that 'certain Deputy CAO' be following him?

On Proposed Beach Parking Fees All but Dead in the Water

Posted on April 27 at 12:54 p.m.

From the California Fish and Game website:

Why can't mountain lions be hunted in California?

With the passage of Proposition 117 in 1990, mountain lions became a "specially protected species," making mountain lion hunting illegal in California. This status and other statutes prohibit the Department of Fish and Game from recommending a hunting season for lions, and it is illegal to take, injure, possess, transport, import, or sell any mountain lion or part of a mountain lion

Animal Specimen Salvage Issues

No one, even a holder of a Scientific Collecting Permit (SCP), can pick up road kills, native bird feathers, or collect owl pellets or other animal parts without a SCP authorizating the salvage of dead amphibians, reptiles, birds, and/or mammals

Although Fish and Game Code section 2000.5(a) states the accidental taking of game by a motor vehicle is not a violation of the law, it does not authorize the possession of animals taken by a collision with a vehicle. You may wonder why this is the case since it seems like it would be a waste of a deer to not be able to place a tag on it and perhaps save another from being taken. The reason is that some poachers would use the “collision” excuse to take deer at night with their vehicle and just attach their tag to justify the action."

Poaching, especially of large carnivores, is on the increase due to the value of their body parts - especially overseas since it is believed that the consumption of certain organs enhances sexual performance. Claws are also used in the jewelry trade. The first reports I saw indicated that the animal's genitals had been removed.

On Paws Sawed Off Dead Mountain Lion

Posted on March 11 at 9:08 a.m.

A minor correction:

"All California sheepheads are female until they are seven or eight years old when they morph into males, which they remain for the rest of their fifty year life span ..."

On The Coastline's New Rules

Posted on February 4 at 8:54 a.m.

“We need to find it within ourselves to contribute to the whole,” he said, “and we can most effectively do that by first making the best possible contribution to our own selves, through education, questioning, and personal growth. Then, stay on the path that leads to your goal. In fact, head for a goal that is so far out of reach you cannot even imagine what it is.”

Inspiring! Thank you for your service Mr. Hicks.

On Real-Life <em>Red Tails</em>

Posted on January 19 at 5:04 a.m.

Please look at the obituary for Diane Winkleman over on Edhat:

She was one of the victims of this outrageous behavior on the part of these 'dedicated public servants'. Her family claims she died of exposure following following the theft of her bedding and belongings. I hope she gets justice. RIP Diane.

On Sheriff's Office Investigates Two Deputies

Posted on January 3 at 1:21 p.m.

Thanks for the info and maps. I stand corrected. I just got off the phone with Tom Mason (DFG - 562 342-7179) and he confirmed your information. Didn't realize you could enlarge the map to see the actual area better.

On New No Fishing Zones for California

Posted on January 3 at 12:53 p.m.

Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Goleta Slough northward of latitude 34° 25.02' N.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for take pursuant to routine maintenance, dredging, habitat restoration, research and education, maintenance of artificial structures, and operation and maintenance of existing facilities in the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

In waters below the mean high tide line inside the Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve as defined within Section 630, the following restrictions apply:

1.Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited.
2.No person shall enter this area and remain therein except on established trails, paths or other designated areas except department employees or designated employees of Santa Barbara Airport, City of Santa Barbara, Goleta Sanitary District and Goleta Valley Vector Control District for the purposes of carrying out official duties.

You can also verify the details and map at the link posted in the article.

On New No Fishing Zones for California

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