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Posted on August 19 at 9:15 p.m.

If a business entity, say county government in this case, were to declare bankruptcy, wouldn't that put everything back on the table for re-negoitiation?

On County Releases Pension Data

Posted on August 19 at 7:10 a.m.

You got to be kidding?
I am so done with this unsustainable, unfair, ridiculous scam of public money. PENSION REFORM NOW!!!

On County Releases Pension Data

Posted on August 18 at 5:36 p.m.

Great story Martha, glad you made it back relatively unscathed and certainly humbled by your experience. For the record, that hiking section has caused a lot of people problems over the years because when they cross the SYnez River—usually in various places as the river crossings change so much—they don't know whether to go upstream or downstream on the road or where the road even is. And yes, a map would have helped. Try it again sometime!

On Search & Rescue’s Got Your Back

Posted on August 16 at 11:34 a.m.

How ironic with the timing of this story! Last week, much less so this week, the "volcano" past Sea Ledge Lane was stinking up to high heaven via the onshore flow, at times choking the air of the residents off Cliff Drive and Braemar Ranch. I wouldn't classify it as being quiet!

On S.B. Volcano

Posted on July 28 at 10:03 a.m.

I seriously doubt, in the entire history of the Bixby Ranch, that any "disking" of this sort has every took place on these coastal mesas before. Seeding, with what type of seed? Non-native hay? Oh then they'll have to import some "H20" to water it. I can see where this is going...
Question: didn't the former owners of the Cojo/Bixby Ranch sell (some or all?) of their development rights to the Air Force at Vandenburg? What and where?

On Bixby Being Bad?

Posted on July 22 at 7:10 p.m.

So it seems this is taking place on some immediate ridge lines right behind SB... I would like to hear via the Forest Service fire fighting perspective on how effective this "mastification" is. It must be much easier to control "weeds" than chaparral especially when clearer spaces are needed for dumping fire retardant (hopefully that mixture gets better) when fighting fires. Personally I'm not too upset about it here because this area doesn't fit my idea of "remote" and is much more of a wide urban/wildland interface. Certainly not wilderness. Maybe it just comes down to different interpretations of what type of fire suppression to engage in. I hear all of the chaparral arguments, but in this case and with how terribly fast we've seen fires move in the past, this is one issue I can live with. The much bigger watersheds in the real backcountry wilderness are thankfully immune from this type of clearing. Sometimes we just need the sacrificial lamb... live with it.

On Hidden Wonders of Our Threatened Chaparral Forest

Posted on July 9 at 12:02 p.m.

Hmmm... obviously there are many different opinions and attitudes regarding "wilderness", coupled with lots of grey areas and individual interpretations. I've found that many people consider wilderness to be our local canyon foothills and trail systems right out our backdoor. To others, wilderness starts when one has to drive a minimum of an hour away to a trail head and start hiking in to remote places, not in view of cities or highways.
So I'm still trying to interpret that map but the resolution is bad. Could someone offer up a higher resolution? In a side note at the bottom, it does say that Gallegly has not endorsed these areas yet. What is the current status? When are public meetings going to be held?
As it stands, the proposed Condor Point section doesn't really cut it for wilderness designation. Rugged, yes, but not wilderness. It also appears that the Tequepis trail would become off-limits to bike riders if approved. Strike one for bike enthusiasts that have been using and maintaining this trail. Whatever, this area should not make the final cut as it has no redeeming "wilderness" qualities, though it is rugged and steep and will easily stay that way.
Due to resolution issues, I can't form an opinion about the Dick Smith and San Rafael, etc. proposals. Still, with no redeeming mineral or timber resources to bother with, and watershed management coupled with active mulit-recreation use, why bother changing the status quo? It works for a wide range of people. Like waz asked, what difference is it going to make? Bottom line: the FS does not have the resources to manage what we currently have. I'm over the so-called "enviro" groups with their petty lawsuits, they're taking away time, money and FS staff to deal with them. We should all put our money where our mouths are and start a movement to have our government re-fund the Forest Service, not starve them.

On Making the Los Padres Even More Wild

Posted on July 6 at 9:53 a.m.

Nice article. Can you please be more thorough and include the exact locations where "Hundreds of acres have been felled and more land is being clear-cut each day." I would personally like to go and see this for myself. Thanks!

On Hidden Wonders of Our Threatened Chaparral Forest

Posted on June 30 at 11:01 p.m.

I just wish groups like the Forest Watch would really put their money where their mouth is... they should become lobbyists FOR the Forest Service to get back the funding they have been stripped of since the senior Bush administration. Then the Forest Service would have the money to do these things. As it is, there is no money, it's getting worse not better so there really isn't any "victory" here because there won't be a way to keep em "real", just broke and understaffed. Too many lawyers... too many petty lawsuits in the face of so many other pressing matters.

On Rare Species to Get More Protection in Forest

Posted on June 24 at 11:16 p.m.

No fear mongering is needed when observations are common sense. Our area has enough wilderness, we just need to do the best possible job managing it. It's well known the Forest Service doesn't have enough money to adequately maintain our existing trails and routes, much less any new additions. Especially when the FS is constantly tied up in petty litigation, even here locally. Ask Forest Watch why a lawsuit they filed has resulted in the closure of the Paradise Road Recreation area back to Red Rock. Too bad the FS can't do their regular road maintenance just like they've been doing for decades. In this particular area, it's a heck of a lot less than what nature does throughout the rainy season. So much for public access and recreation in our forests. Get out of the way, not everyone thinks like you. Stick to picking on your oil and gas buddies, they're the ones who pollute and do the real harm. Forest Watch has pushed this one too far.

On Making the Los Padres Even More Wild

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