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Posted on June 6 at 11:08 a.m.

Friends of the Bridge offered but Caltrans and
SBCAG rejected a superior plan to address the problems of occasional suicide at the bridge (roughly 1 per year on average since the bridge was completed in 1963 compared to an average of 4 traffic fatalities each year elsewhere on Hwy 154). The Friends plan would have cost a fraction of the $4 million fencing cage barriers plan foisted upon the public by these fiscally-irresponsible agencies, and the Friends plan would not have destroyed the magnificent views enjoyed by the millions of people crossing the bridge each year.

On Suicide Barrier Gets Green Light

Posted on May 29 at 11:13 a.m.

Good reporting job. Lots of us who supported Farr are disappointed that she has not done a good job in office, and I think that she, her advisers, and potential supporters should think twice about her chances for re-election-- no matter how the third district lines are drawn.

On She Won (Get Over It)

Posted on January 12 at 10:51 p.m.

I have no idea if pedronava = sevendolphins, but I am certain that Pedro Nava and Poco Nada are one and the same, as others have suggested.

Shame on NadaNava, who abused his position in Sacramento by trying to steal $1,000,000 from funds expressly set aside for traffic safety/collision reduction purposes in order fund the caging of the bridge, and who conspired to keep local historic preservation and environmental protection groups in the dark about the proposal until-- he hoped-- it would be too late from them to mount effective opposition to the caging proposal.

Shame on NavaNada, who gained office by ruthless disregard for campaign ethics, and who today would cynically laugh at the idea that the two words could be placed side-by-side.

And shame on him for using this issue to try to keep alive his ego-driven hopes to one day regain political power.

Pipe down, Pedro.

On No Bridge of Agreement

Posted on January 12 at 3:58 p.m.

Yesterday the Santa Barbara City Council agreed unanimously to take an important step to resolve the controversy over what this story calls the "bridge of no agreement." (Bad timing, Indy.)

By a vote of 7-0 the City Council directed that a letter be sent to SBCAG in time for consideration at its Jan 20 meeting, requesting that SBCAG, as a co-sponsor and funder of the cage fencing barriers proposal, to urge Caltrans to come clean about why it has made the so-far unsupportable assertion that it would not be feasible to install an appropriate variation of the under-the-roadway horizontal barrier design that has been approved for installation on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Caltrans has claimed that considerations of "homeland security" prevent it from backing up its "not feasible" assertion with appropriate data and information that can be independently evaluated by the State Historic Preservation Officer who had requested it but was rebuffed by Caltrans.

UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT was achieved by the City Council on this important issue, and no less should be expected of the 13 members of SBCAG. The time has come when Caltrans must be made to listen not only to our judges but to our elected representatives about how to do its work in our community.

It is not too late for Caltrans to come clean, to give up on trying to install tall fencing cages, and to get to work on coming up with a far better project. It is precisely the right time for our elected officials to be making this demand.

Unanimously.

On No Bridge of Agreement

Posted on January 6 at 9:25 a.m.

Do editors look at these poll questions before they are published?

If so, how low-brow can you go?

There have been many ridiculous polls in the past, but this one is particularly awful.

On In 2011, the world will:

Posted on December 23 at 9:55 a.m.

Human beings are an endangered species due to lack of sufficient capacity for empathetic connection-- not to mention love-- between themselves and between themselves and the other earthling beings with whom they could not seem to share their passing world.

Alas.

On Endangered species:

Posted on December 9 at 10:04 a.m.

This is a very important step that needs to be taken to improve public safety for those who travel on or live near the Highway 154 corridor.

As the most recent head-on collision near San Marcos Pass resulting in multiple fatalities/maimings clearly indicates, Caltrans
must-- at long last-- place median dividers on certain stretches of this sometimes dangerous winding road.

It is past time for the County to demand that Caltrans remedy the extremely hazardous conditions that Caltrans has created by poor roadway design and engineering and that it has for far too long allowed to persist.

It really makes me mad to witness the continuing carnage that poor Caltrans traffic safety planning is causing to families in and visitors to our community. In the face of this continuing carnage it is more than maddening to know that Caltrans is still trying to move forward with its $4,000,000 to divert suicidal people from the Cold Spring Bridge to other places in the community.

Hopefully, newly serving Assemblyman Williams can help to make Caltrans change its ways and to undo some of the serious mischief caused in these respects by his predecessor, Nada,

On Supes Look to Ban Hazardous Materials on 154

Posted on December 8 at 10:18 a.m.

As I said, I am carefully listening. So, if you will, Chato, what facts can you cite to support your opinion that "the museum needs to expand/rebuild to remain relevant"?

Thanks in advance for your attention and response.

On Longtime Local, First-time Objector

Posted on December 8 at 9:30 a.m.

The turmoil that arose-- for very good reasons-- over the misguided expansion effort by the Botanic Garden went completely unnoticed by the Museum of Natural History "leaders"?!!

Geez, Louise, talk about asking for a storm of contention and controversy!

Then again, maybe there are very compelling reasons, so while I am amazed, I am prepared to carefully listen to and evaluate the situation.

On Longtime Local, First-time Objector

Posted on December 2 at 9:51 a.m.

Let Sheila Lodge do it. She clearly knows how to do the job, having served previously on the Council and as elected Mayor.

On Dog in the Manger Bluez

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