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Posted on April 13 at 9:46 p.m.
RexOfSG said, `Snugspout seems to be overlooking the fact that regardless of where any bikeway goes, skateboarders and roller skaters, among others, will be quick to use it'
*Any bikeway*, really? I specifically listed the following bikeways that are free of skateboarders and roller skaters:
The Obern Class-I, the Maria Ygnacio Class I, the Class-I's on the UCSB campus, and the Class-I next to El Colegio and the new Class-I through the Rincon next to the 101.
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Posted on April 13 at 6:47 p.m.
You mean, he *should* wear them.
On Capps Announces She Won't Seek Reelection
Posted on April 13 at 5:51 p.m.
Huh? Because I want ruthless conservation of the public dime, I'm in some kind of union corner, JJ?
You are the one who pointed out a study that omitted the vast majority of double dippers.
Posted on April 13 at 4:54 p.m.
Well, JarvisJarvis, CalWatchDog certainly omitted Military double dippers from its list, so please understand when I call `BS'. You didn't volunteer anything about the Military pay-as-you-go (not prefunded) pensions.
And profiteering on the public dime is out of control in military contracting, as well as public oil (and other resource) extraction. Just try to transport a barrel of oil to a refiner... try to find a non-private common carrier pipeline. Hey! Turns out royalties are after transport costs, and so the oil companies win from monopolized oil transport.
But you don't bring up those exploiters of the public dime... why not?
Posted on April 13 at 3:56 p.m.
Of course there should be limits on public spending... for example, we should limit the total compensation of employees in oil companies lifting public oil in California and Federal waters to $200,000 a year. We should limit the total compensation of any single person in a contractor receiving public contracts to $200,000 a year.
Perhaps a few performance bonuses, up to $50,000 a year too.
And of course public pensions should be limited. I'm OK with 1.5% per service year, with no payout until 65. But our public safety officers get 3% per service year and can retire at 50.
Public safety benefits were raised entirely due to comparisons with the the US military, where you can retire at 37.
But once again, JarvisJarvis, you and the CalWatchDog don't bring ever bring up US Military Pensions, which have far, far higher debts per person than the rest of the US public sector.
That is because US Military Pensions don't pre-fund **at all**, they are pay-as-you go. CalWatchDog didn't even include Military double-dippers.
You and CalWatchDog appear to be quite in favor of generous and non-pre-funded public pensions, as long as they are to US Military folks. You appear to be quite happy with huge public liabilities, as long as they are to people you like.
It appears you have no real principles about the spending of public money, as long as your friends benefit from the spending.
If Lois Capps gets a very modest pension from her work as a school nurse, you are not happy. Or if she inherits Walter Capps similarly modest pension from his employment at UC, where... my goodness, the public dime in California paid $0 between 1991 and 2011, you are still unhappy, and will distort the facts to somehow say the UC pension is state-provided.
Posted on April 13 at 12:01 p.m.
I disagree with RexOfSB... the beach bikeway is a very special case because of the proximity to Stearns Wharf, the Art Show, and the beaches.
Even at that I find the beach bikeway perfectly safe, as long as I hold my speed to 10 mph or so and stay alert. Can't go 20 mph there on my bike.
Deaths of cyclists or pedestrians on the beach bikeway: 0 as far as I know.
Deaths of cyclists on the streets of Santa Barbara County in the past few years: 7 killed by careless auto drivers.
The Obern Class-I, the Maria Ygnacio Class I, the Class-I's on the UCSB campus, and the Class-I next to El Colegio are all good examples that are not nearly as obstacle-filled as the beach path. Also the new Class-I through the Rincon.
Class-I bike paths generally work extremely well. To address SB_Guy: what would be great is to connect the east end of the Obern with a Class-I up Modoc on Hope Ranch Property, and then... at La Cumbre get a Class-I next to the railroad tracks all the way to Montecito.
Posted on April 13 at 7:05 a.m.
I don't think State Street has the real estate for a protected bike path since the sidewalks have been widened. On State Street in the heart of downtown, people drive slow already and I feel pretty safe. Many tourists seem to agree with me.
Since the majority of road funding and upkeep no longer comes from gas tax and most comes from taxing *everyone*, through Measure A sales tax, a regular program of improving bike lanes and/or improving the driving habits of auto drivers makes sense, so the non-auto-drivers get value for the tax they pay.
A high priority should be improving bike lanes where auto drivers have killed bicyclists: 7 cyclists have died in the past few years due to auto driver carelessness: Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Erik Okerblom, Kendra Payne, James Hamlin, and Matthew O'Neill.
The Boysel bike path is only 1/2 finished over on Calle Real, and should be finished. A good plan would be to complete Calle Real all the way from 154 through to 101 & Winchester as a Class 1 bike path and name the whole thing after Jake Boysel.
Brace for the auto-trolls to call bicycling some kind of fascist plot to drive everyone out of their cars. Not even close... we have a multibillion $ soon to be 6-lane freeway **FOR CARS ONLY** right through the center of town, which bicyclists and pedestrians are banned from. That the tiny crumbs of improvement paid by everyone (not just auto driver's sales tax) for cycling gets heavily criticized by the auto drivers who have incredible private infrastructure already shows how unbalanced and unreasonable auto-drivers are.
And Cars are Basic brings up real BS... like car gas revenue paid entirely for our roads. BS. The biggest value in our roads is the land itself, not paid for gas revenue, but bonds paid for by everyone, not jus gas revenue... look up the 1910 act that initiated our California highway system.
The whole `Good Roads' movement that got our roads usable for fast wheeled vehicles (other than carretas) originated from **BICYCLISTS** before 1900.
But now many auto drivers want 100.000% of the sales tax revenue to support their activity, and can't settle for 98%.
Posted on April 10 at 5:45 p.m.
You should get a little intelligence, sacjon. I understand that you just want OCD-like focus on stop signs. It probably drives you crazy that everyone doesn't part their hair on the same side too.
I mainly want fewer people to die on the road, a concept too big for your intelligence to grasp.
Treating bikes and cars symmetrically makes no sense whatsoever when all the deaths (see Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Erik Okerblom, Kendra Payne, James Hamlin, and Matthew O'Neill) are caused by cars.
Sure symbolically make bikes obey the law. But you won't save significant number of lives that way.
BTW, I see cars blow stop signs **all the time**. Every month or so we have another car driver get on the 101 the **wrong way**, and every few years a driver like that kills a carload of innocents on our 101.
Your OCD-like focus on arranging your peas and carrots in little rows before eating them and on insuring that every bike does a complete stop at a stop sign will not fix car drivers killing through carelessness on the 101.
And you just avert your eyes, sacjon, and ignorantly call for symmetric treatment of cyclists and car drivers, when it is the car drivers who cause the deaths.
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Posted on April 10 at 2:14 p.m.
sacjon... `No massive conspiracy against your right to ride a bicycle'....
I said nothing remotely related to your putative conspiracy, my friend. That is an example of *you* `flailing for an argument, you are putting words into my mouth and creating scenarios that don't exist. '
you say `it is snugspout who always make excuses for cyclists doing this as if it's no big deal.'
What excuses? Oh yes, I was saying that cyclists blowing stop signs have never killed a car driver. Is that an excuse or a simple fact? Oh, now I remember, it is a simple fact.
You, sacjon, never mention or accept the responsibility for the car drivers whose carelessness has killed Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Erik Okerblom, Kendra Payne, James Hamlin, or Matthew O'Neill.
Your silence has been deafening on that point.
Posted on April 10 at 11:40 a.m.
Sacjon, that a near miss with your son is clearly **INTENTIONAL** but regularly killings of cyclists by car drivers are clearly **ACCIDENTS** pretty much summarizes your illogic.
Of course you only suggest that cyclists obey the law.. you see no reason for car drivers to obey the law and drive carefully, because they are always right and never lie, in your world.
Me, I think everyone should obey the law and driver or cycle carefully. I just think that cyclists stopping at all stop signs won't save nearly as many lives as auto drivers driving better.