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Posted on January 29 at 10:22 a.m.

This anger at Reverse 911 not working is startling. Reverse 911 was just introduced in the County several years ago, and now residents believe it is their right to be notified by a Government Agency at the first sign of trouble. They seem upset they first heard the news from their neighbors and not the Government. Isn't that how news has been passed on for the decades of living up there before Reverse 911? We should look at Reverse 911 as another tool in responding to disaster, but not the first and certainly not the best tool.

On Tea Fire Questions and Answers at Montecito Forum

Posted on January 2 at 11:55 p.m.

With the recent holiday time off from work to take some nice bike rides through our local foothills, it becomes apparent that some of the most pleasant parts of town, Mountain Drive, Gibraltar, Mission Canyon, Old San Marcos/Painted Cave, are nicely wooded areas with quirky yet beautiful homes. I don't imagine those areas would be as highly sought after nor as nice to spend time in if they were stripped of vegetation and felt more like tract homes. In fact these wooded roads are a big part of Santa Barbara's identity and what gives the community a nice feel.

The fact is, the owners of homes on these roads know they are in high fire risk areas. They know they have limited evacuation options. The list of Tea fire homes that burned held few surprises, Mountain, Gibraltar, and homes on the West side of Sycamore Canyon, are all wooded and hilly, with winding roads with difficult access and historically fire prone.

To me (and this comes from a very anti-tax person) it should be more about an additional property tax for fire prone hillside homes that can go towards better fire prevention and protection for those homes. The homes down in the gridded area of Santa Barbara, however more tract-like and less secluded, are far less susceptible to wildfire and far easier to protect. The flat-landers should not be footing the bill for the hill-siders in terms of fire protection.

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Posted on November 3 at 2:09 p.m.

I checked the Ventura region of CHP Incident at 8:15am and there was nothing on it, including 'filed incidents' or 'custom region.' The closure started around 7am. This is the 2nd time in 5 days that the CHP has failed to notify the public about a major Highway (101) closure that lasted for hours and snarled traffic throughout town. They had other SB incidents on the page while this was going on such as "Debris In Roadway" just a few miles away. Serious problem going on there.

On UPDATED: Avoid the 101

Posted on September 24 at 10:29 p.m.

I don't see these guys getting too rich if you keep the photo up of his wallet with the credit card, including his name, all 16 digits and the expiration date. Or was that part of the honesty test?

On Takes Lost & Found into the 21st Century

Posted on July 10 at 9:18 a.m.

Ray you have a great way of piecing this all together from a solid perspective. Here is a photo I took from Fairview a few minutes (timestamp is 5:49) after the fire started on July 1st:

Also, do you know what ridge that dozer line is on that they made from the Haney Tract down? You can see that dozer line from all over town and I was wondering if you knew where it was on your Google Map.

Thanks Ray for your contribution to the community.

On On the Ground of the Gap Fire

Posted on July 10 at 8:51 a.m.

Are these thumbnails supposed to be click-able? I'd love to see them. You rock Indy.

On How the Fire Grew

Posted on July 9 at 12:55 p.m.

Wow speaking of the Gato Trail, new stuff is showing up on my map every minute in Google Earth. I believe Ray, in his awesomeness, is updating such things as Broadcast Peak, the Gato Trail, etc on the map as we speak.

Ray is amazing.

On Gap Fire Weather Turns Hot

Posted on July 9 at 12:37 p.m.

Thanks for staying on this Ray. The detailed descriptions and maps from you are always the best.

On Gap Fire Weather Turns Hot

Posted on May 10 at 10:45 a.m.

Glad this guy pulled out of this OK. A 1989 Honda will get somewhere in the 50mpg range (remember we are talking about a 4 stroke here) and take up less parking space than a car.

That NB Fairview offramp backs up in the afternoon rush hour onto the freeway and there is often trouble from drivers unawares. If CalTrans would have re-built that bridge/intersection correctly it probably would have saved these sort of incidents from happening.

On Goleta Man Breaks Leg in 101 Motorbike Accident

Posted on March 9 at 9:11 p.m.

Amazing report and photos once again Ray. The long lasting repercussions of the Zaca Fire are mind boggling. Thanks for keeping the community informed.

On Will The Backcountry Trails Be Opened Soon?

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