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Posted on January 18 at 4:59 p.m.

Tasers have a range of about 35ft and I have a hard time believing the LEOs in question were getting much closer than that to the subject, since the article makes it sound like he was actively firing on them with the BB gun. I'm not necessarily defending the decision to shoot the guy, but I'd be more than a little surprised to read an article where LEOs under fire (from any kind of projectile weapon) /didn't/ shoot back... just the realities of the world we live in, I guess.

On Panhandler Shoots Youths, Deputies with Pellet Gun

Posted on December 16 at 8:20 a.m.

LA attorney for our local police chief?

On Chief Sanchez Sued

Posted on November 19 at 8:47 a.m.

Gosh I guess I'll just have to take my boys camping myself then. Oh wait, I already do that. Be prepared... leave the pedophiles at home.

On 'Be Prepared' to Be Scared

Posted on November 17 at 7:31 a.m.

"How many young people will watch this movie and be inspired to take senseless risks in the wilderness?"

After the arm amputation scene, not many?

Sure he screwed up, and he lost his arm for screwing up. Was that not enough for you? Does he need to die for you to be satisfied that he's paid a price for his recklessness?

Maybe people can come away from this realizing that there's every good reason to take precautions, but even if you do, you still may forced to face these kinds of ultimate questions. Let's not focus too much on how he got into that situation, but rather, what he did once he was in it. I am pretty sure that's the point of the story.

On 127 Hours of Hellish Hope

Posted on November 10 at 9:05 a.m.

Thank you for what you're doing, Mr. Schomer & Mr. Zimel! This is a real service to the community, both in terms of prevention, and education. Cycling is a wonderful way to enjoy our town, is great for your health, and just a lot of fun. Little kids get this, and it behooves us to give them the tools to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible. Thanks again for your great work, it is truly appreciated.

On Keeping Little Heads Safe

Posted on November 4 at 2:16 p.m.

There's absolutely nothing punk about a $50 t-shirt.

On Where Did All the Punk Rockers Go?

Posted on September 17 at 9:55 a.m.

Great article. The bicycle scene here in town is growing, and as this article points out, it's growing in the direction of an exciting blend of utility and "lifestyle" riding, wherein people simply park their cars (or sell them!) and take advantage of just how easy it is to live in Santa Barbara and use a bike for the majority of your transportation needs. I take my son to kindergarten on our bike (an Xtracycle) and then go to work, where my employer provides indoor secure bicycle parking. On the way home, it's easy and trivial to pick up some groceries and other errands. On the weekends, we load up the bike with beach gear and enjoy a fun day out without the hassle or cost of parking the car. In just under three years of living this lifestyle, I've lost over 40lbs in extra fat and am in better shape than I've been in years. It's been easy and fun and my kids love it - they ask to ride on the Xtracycle instead of the car nearly every time. And they *LOVE* Bike Moves!!

On Cyclists Just Want to Have Fun

Posted on September 15 at 8:21 a.m.

Talk about coming full circle! My family and I have loved Coffee Cat for years and have many fond memories. I wish Jason and Krista the best of luck with this new venture, see you in there soon. Oh, and bring back the Belgian waffles and the San Marcos hot sandwich, please! :-)

On Midwest Company Buys Downtown Coffee Shops

Posted on August 13 at 11:42 a.m.

People won't come here if they aren't offered jobs. The way to fix the problem is on the demand side, not the supply side. If we want to get serious about illegal immigration, we need to start by addressing the employers who offer them jobs, not penalizing the people who go well out of their way to take the jobs.

On Towed Away

Posted on August 11 at 2 p.m.

With a half dozen officers on every corner, floodlights on both sides of every block, and tons of marked and unmarked police cars filling the streets, it seemed more like a police state than a celebration on the lower blocks of State St. We went out Friday night and while we enjoyed a nice meal at Dargan's, and were not "contacted" by any LEOs, I can't say it was a joyous experience. The Children's Parade Saturday morning was much more edifying.

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