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Posted on March 15 at 8:39 p.m.
Agricultural vandalism is up again, and the budget crises is reducing the rural crime task force. Why don't you mobile home folks get a job living in the country helping a working person guard his fields, pumps, engines, tractors and pipe.
On RV Dwellers Seek to Reopen Lawsuit
Posted on February 17 at 3:53 p.m.
This dog owner is probably the one who has been leaving plastic bags of her dog's feces on the beach, in the woods, at the parks etc., for her mom to come pick up. Leash laws are designed specifically so that, in the case of altercation, there is a legal response available. Let's fine her for not having her dog on a leash and move on. Oh yeah, how come all you seal watchers didn't post a video of these shenanigans?
On Seal Bothering
Posted on January 16 at 7:27 a.m.
Dear Gene, Thank you for the letter. The form of the ideal tree, is, in my opinion, a myth. Trees are like children as they all have their own personalities. Santa Barbara has become the Berkeley of the rich.
On Arborist on a Tear
Posted on October 11 at 6:04 p.m.
This is really a sad state of affairs. I applaud the councilman who volunteered to help with the permit process. But when I saw "coastal commission", the writing was on the wall. Dealing with Federal Planning, aka TRPA, Coastal Commission etc, is worse than the pinheaded local bureaucrats because it is entirely politically driven so there is no hope of logic. Meanwhile, the fact that SB city council is driving business out of business is obvious and deplorable. Push a little harder and we might get a chance to see who's been buying all the firearms.
On The Big Kick-Out
Posted on September 10 at 7:12 a.m.
I am in complete agreement with the author. A suggestion for the dog poop bags left littering Hendry's Beach. You will need a hand truck, a garbage can, a lot of change and a camera. I am sure that the people who bag the poop and leave it on the ground for their mother to pick up, would pay a dollar for an enterprising person to take the bag from them. If they don't, take their picture leaving it on the ground, and we can post them at the beach, or on line. Business will be slow at first, but once the public is trained up to bring the dollar and the poop bags to the beach, you should make a tidy living. Don't worry about the necessary permits for now. Once established, we can use the power of the Indy to lobby for a waiver. While I do not ever leave the bags on the ground, I hate carrying them, so I will be your first customer on Tuesday afternoon.
On Litter Bugs
Posted on September 3 at 6:16 a.m.
Inebriated or not, this hiker did the correct thing. STOP: stop, think, observe and plan. Years of back country search and rescue taught me that a moving target is a lot harder to catch. It also taught me not to complain about too many call outs. Next thing you know, all you'll be doing is training, which is very hard on moral. Nice work. Keep reeling them in.
On Beer, Heat and Hiking Lead to SAR Rescue
Posted on August 29 at 8:10 a.m.
Factory system based food production creates an inexpensive product but concentrates any contamination or mistake making it possible to injure vast numbers of consumers. Mistakes happen, food becomes contaminated, people get sick, but if the food system were less concentrated, it would be localized, not nation wide. This is not anyone's fault. While the large growers tend toward the rapacious, it is the natural evolution of capitalism to concentrate. We, as a nation, are shortsighted to put all our eggs in one basket. What do we do? Vote with your wallet. Stop buying food from strangers. Buy your food from someone you know. Create the demand, and the industry will respond. Bringing the government into the mix will just create another expensive level for mistakes to occur, and raise taxes. Far better to spend the regulatory cost up front on food produced on smaller sites. This is essentially a problem of scale, just like "to big to fail".
On Egg Recall
Posted on August 27 at 7:05 p.m.
Sorry to hear about the ticket. That kind of thing can ruin my entire week. I grow and sell fruit for a living right now, and I can tell you that $1.50 is a lot of money when you earn it farming. If it makes you feel any better, the convenience fee is probably what SB City has to pay to the online payment processor they use. If you add up the time, fuel, and possible parking fee if you have to wait, then it is probably a deal. Perhaps the city is listening, and they could change the moniker to "online process fee", or "online fee acceptance overhead". Don't forget to look both ways at intersections, the rich are saving their brakes.
On Parking Ticket Blues
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