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Posted on May 21 at 4:26 p.m.

Nick, you are truly amazing, thank you. The oil companies always lobby hard for limited regulations. Then, when an incident occurs, they declare loudly that they were following the law. The same thing is going on with fracking. Mark my words, 10 years down the road when the groundwater is all contaminated with fracking chemicals, the drillers will announce their strict adherence to all regulations. How can a pipeline company operate without leak detection alarms? Ludicrous.

On [UPDATE]: Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline in Santa Barbara County

Posted on May 20 at 9:04 a.m.

Goleta does not care about the agricultural community. Goleta would rather the agricultural community dry up and go away so that the unbridled growth of the city can continue unabated. Hey Goleta, watch out, you reap what you sow. Can you say San Jose?

On Water Is Life

Posted on May 9 at 1:14 p.m.

The solution to this and many of the housing woes in California is the rezoning of single family to allow for second units. This provides affordable housing, retirement housing, child care housing, or perhaps some cash income to help pay the taxes. The single family, white picket fence model we have used since Levittown after WWll, creates unsustainable transportation, land coverage, infrastructure and security pressures, and breaks up the historically extended family. This leaves parents to have to pay for childcare and retirement homes instead of utilizing the wisdom of the older generation to help raise the children. It adds to security as there is more often someone on site, it provides a spot for the hated short term and coveted long term rental, and doesn't require new construction. We have too long based our economy on this ill conceived, actually accidentally adopted model. Now, all together: NOT IN MY BACKYARD!

On Vacation Rentals Take Homes Away

Posted on May 9 at 1:02 p.m.

Hey Ernie, Sounds like typical Santa Barbara self entitled, liberal NIMBIism to me. If you were actually concerned with the effect of housing on the fabric of society, you would be lobbying for a zoning change. I refer to making all "legally constructed" second units legal. This would provide, affordable housing, security, and a better answer to the fractured nuclear family. Home owners could use legally constructed second units to rent, or for live in child care, for extended generations, grandma and grandpa, or to make a little cash to help with the increasing tax burdens of living in CA. This little solution also decreases the need for further expansion, a process that needs to end in CA. Now, all at once, Not In My Backyard!

On Vacation Rentals Take Homes Away

Posted on May 7 at 6:21 p.m.

Can you say "peripheral canal"? The second part of the twice the advertised cost, California Aqueduct, that Pat Brown tricked the voters into building. Just like Bush and the Iraq war, Jerr has something to prove to his father. If constructed, these tunnels will allow the State Water Board to divert all the water in the Sacramento river upstream of the Delta, leaving the delta to go back to nature. No longer needed, the levees would be abandoned, the farmers ruined, the communities destroyed, and the Delta would revert to a giant marsh. All the water in California does not belong to Jerr and his lapdog the State Water Control Board.

On Delta Water Grab

Posted on March 17 at 11:15 a.m.

I am going to guess the head injuries sustained by vehicle drivers in the US far outnumber the ones sustained by bicycle riders. Let's have a rider on congresswoman Lui's bill requiring everyone to wear a helmet while driving.

On Mandating Bike Helmets Could Decrease Safety

Posted on March 13 at 6:17 p.m.

Another good reason to modify zoning ordinances statewide to allow legal second units. Cheaper than putting mom in a care facility, she could be augmenting neighborhood watch, and providing child card. Don't have elderly parents? You could be making a little extra money toward the mortgage while providing desperately needed affordable housing. More to follow.

On City Struck by Rash of Burglaries

Posted on December 25 at 5:43 p.m.

You guys are way off base. The storm water runoff problem is being addressed through city, business and agricultural entities coordinating within drainage areas to self monitor, ie sample, storm water runoff. What happens if the suit is successful, is the EPA will come to your house, sell you a stormwater runoff permit, and charge you a gazzillion dollars to sample the stormwater leaving your SB mansion. Of course, they will need a huge fleet of new vehicles and an army of freshly minted know it all college do gooders to spend all the money sitting around in the shade waiting for it to rain. They will use the most expensive labs, the very best and newest equipment, and YOU are going to pay for it. So before you submit your worthless two cents, take a look at all the water leaving your property when it rains. Is it clean? What are you doing to prevent contamination from leaving your property?

On EDC Sues EPA Over Storm Water Runoff

Posted on December 7 at 8:54 a.m.

CalTrans has gotten too rich and too powerful. It is time to redirect their funding to competitive bidding with hard and fast contracts with time contingencies. The opportunity cost of lost time and decreased safety generated by these never ending freeway projects should be figured into the construction plans. They were able to rebuild the damage to the LA freeway system after the last earthquake, under budget and ahead of schedule with simple economic incentive. How about it?

On Bummer-to-Bummer Traffic Guaranteed

Posted on December 7 at 8:10 a.m.

I know its a long shot, but you can buy motion detect actuated wild game cameras that would prove the forced entry as long as you disguised it so the criminals missed it. Was your insurance company perhaps Allstate? They denied and underpaid many claims after the Tea Fire.

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