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Posted on April 13 at 11:35 a.m.

I agree with an Edhat poster: "I used to think this was a good idea. Then I saw what happened after me and many others donated to the Douglas Preserve. (In short: Gone to the dogs.)"

My limited experience with the beach at Hollister Ranch was with an escorted tour. I was blown away with the tide pool wildlife. We even saw an octopus.

Perhaps we can have some areas kept as true reserves with limited access given with supervision. This is how other delicate ecosystems are treated in places like the Galapagos Islands.

On Hollister Ranch Showdown

Posted on March 31 at 12:59 p.m.

Here is more information!

On 37th Annual Isla Vista Juggling Festival: Open Juggling and Workshops

Posted on March 27 at 4:21 p.m.

My main objection to dirt blowers is the fact that they blow dirt. Does it matter what motor blows the dirt?

When people are walking or biking why should they be assaulted by dirt blown into the air in their path for them to breathe?

If this assault were made by throwing dirt in someone's face would this be acceptable?

The city should send a notice to every "gardening" and lawn care business. There can't be that many.

And law enforcement should enforce the law as the problem is seen by them. I am sure they see it a lot.

On Leaf-Blower Enforcement

Posted on March 22 at 5:18 p.m.

The top priority is clear, based on the fact that about five people have died in recent years as pedestrians and as bicyclists:

We need real bike lanes.

And we need a median that provides a refuge for pedestrians crossing the street.

The quickest, easiest way to do this? Move about a dozen parking spaces on the ocean side of Hollister to off-street lots. That gives the space for the bike lanes and for the median.

We had hundreds of hours of meetings back in the mid-90s and these were the top priorities. After almost twenty years and five people dead, can we just do it? Now?

On Old Town Goleta’s 'Life After Redevelopment'

Posted on November 18 at 12:58 a.m.

For some reason the full hike description was left out of the listing. Here it is:

Romero Canyon to Buena Vista Bench: Short but steep 3 mile round trip morning walk to a hidden bench.

Always interesting to experience a new spot in an area you think you already know!

On Sierra Club Buena Vista Bench Hike

Posted on November 7 at 8:47 a.m.

Where are the Goleta election results? I only see Measure G.

On Santa Barbara Votes: 2012 Presidential Election

Posted on March 13 at 10:53 a.m.

I guess I will have to find a new bank after so many years with the local Santa Barbara Bank. Before that I was with Santa Barbara Savings and Loan... until the Bank of America (I call it Bank of Atrocities) bought them out.

At that time, BofA was supporting the Apartheid Regime in South Africa. And their board in Guatemala was running death squads there. Nice corporation.

Not sure what these big corporations are thinking when they buy local banks and almost everyone closes their accounts as a result.

On Union Bank to Buy Parent Company of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust

Posted on December 9 at 4:24 p.m.

Eckermann's early comment is right on the mark. Mr Armendariz is all about political ideology.

His is an ideology of being tough on people who are down on their luck. Of demanding personal responsibility when compassion and support are more productive and appropriate.

This is certainly the end of his political career. Yes, he risked harming others by drinking and driving. But every day he harmed many more by his political actions that cut funding for essential services. Ironically, services that include help for those with substance abuse problems. And, he never missed a chance to oppose funding for transportation for those who choose not to drive.

It is unfortunate that political careers are ended for personal mistakes rather than for the real harm done by hurtful political actions.

On Carpinteria Councilmember Joe Armendariz Arrested for DUI

Posted on December 29 at 10:53 a.m.

Here is the full program:
9:00AM Pre-March Program and Rally at De La Guerra Plaza

10:00AM Unity March up State Street to the Arlington Theater

11:00AM A Stirring Program at the Arlington

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March and Rally

Posted on February 5 at 11:45 p.m.

Where are the updates?

On Film Festival Program Announced

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