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Posted on March 26 at 10:58 a.m.
I didn't get the 1/2 a lane analysis either...but its worth adding the service, especially since it does not interrupt UNP's rail service, I for one certainly have not seen any freight service before 8am, they're a big run at 4am, and nothing until later in the AM going southbound at least.....UNP needs to be pressed into alowing this.
On All Aboard the Commuter Rail?
Posted on March 23 at 1:30 p.m.
The problem with commuter rail, is that when Amtrak was set up, the main railroads contributed their passenger service to the consortium, they did not contribute their track or right of way; instead they leased it and in doing so, maintained priority for their fright service.
In the North East, which is mostly double tracked, that does not matter so much, but in California, which is all single track, it makes a huge difference, and effectively means commuter rail is DOA from a time/efficiency standpoint.
Unless more track can be added, or more substantial sidings, its a waste of time and money, and double track between here and LA has a lower chance of happening in our lifetime than does Gerry's Bullet Train.
On Commuter Train Service Expected by Spring 2016
Posted on March 17 at 11:20 a.m.
Yes, a roundabout!
Think about it, it makes all the sense in the world; if the hotel is having a big event or if its a big holiday like Fourth Of July, there's going to be a lot of people and a lot of cars.
An old fashioned intersection with turn lanes and signals is going to do nothing but back up cars in all directions.
A roundabout keeps the traffic flowing and works like the one on Milpas..
Here are the plans;
On From Miramar Ground Zero
Posted on March 16 at 11:28 a.m.
Do the math: 434 Spaces for 850-950 cars???? NO NO NO
There's a potential AVERAGE of 850 cars (400 event guests, 200 club members and 250 in the restaurant, EXCLUDING another 100 for the hotel guests) for 434 spaces.
1. SHRINK the CLUB AND THE EVENTS CAPACITY: Reduce the size of the 'club' to 100 per the tentative plan, reduce the event size from 400 to 300
2. INCREASE the PARKING. Increase the parking spaces back to the original plan (which I recall was closer to 734). Previously an underground structure was in the plan; bring it back.
3. COLLABORATE with space on a new ROUNDABOUT AT SAN YSIDRO RD to move the traffic: Require, by collaboration or eminent domain, that Caruso provides land and partially contributes to an upgraded round about intersection at San Ysidro Road; to minimize traffic back ups at signal lights, and move traffic as the Milpas and Montecito round abouts successfully do.
Then Build it.
And Tigershark; if a development adds to the burden of existing infrastructure, the development should be forced to pay for part of the cost, not just the tax payers..
Posted on February 5 at 10:30 a.m.
You think the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) offers scholarships to undocumented Americans? When they do, lets talk...
On Few Scholarships for Undocumented Students
Posted on January 25 at 6:32 p.m.
TOO MUCH HOTEL; TOO LITTLE PARKING and WE SHOULD NOT BELIEVE CARUSO's PLANS TO MITIGATE THE PROBLEM; Make him scale it down, and if the economics don't work...so be it...he can sell it at a loss and pave the way for an economically viable scaled down project that's consistent with what WAS there.
Here's a little history:
1. 8 or so years ago, Caruso takes over the project and comes in with guns blazing saying he was going to rebuild the hotel within the scope of its past....What we got was a project which was nearly equal in size and scope to Fess Parker's and almost as ugly.
2. Next he gains support from the community by telling (lying) to us that he is the go to guy to build it because he and his organization do not rely on external financing, such as banks or insurance companies for capital. Well, by 2009, we realized, after he applied for numerous extensions 'owing to the lack of financing" nothing could have been further from the truth. He gainsed our support as the go to guy to build it by telling the community he had the capital, when in reality he didn't. Pure Lies. Andy yet everyone seems to have forgotten this important fact. This is not an honest man.
3. Next the markets crashed, and he tells everyone he can't build his permitted project because he cannot obtain financing....and nobody seems to remember point number 2...but still, everyone continues to give him a pass.
4. So now, he comes back to Montecito and to the county, with an equally bloated project, which is now worsened by the elimination of a parking structure which would have minimized the impact on our neighborhoods, and we're supposed to believe it when he tells us he's going to contain club memberships, the size of the events, and 'manage' parking?????? I DONT THINK SO.
Based on his history, there's no reason to believe Caruso will act in the interests of the community, in ways consistent with what has been established by the MPC.
I urge the appropriate people to appeal this project, send it back...and scale it down to something which suits the site and the community, namely;
1. fewer rooms,2. a smaller club3. smaller restaurants, and4. no beach functions
If that means that Mr. Caruso can't make money...so be it...he won't be the first person to have to dump a project at a loss, but note that would clear the way for an economically viable, scaled down Miramar, consistent with what was there before.
On Miramar Approved, but Not So Fast
Posted on October 15 at 3:06 p.m.
When we have real issues like poverty, homelessness, not to mention EBOLA and ISIS, its really comforting to know that Nick Welch and his Enviro-Nazis are busily creating an elitist environmental utopia to save a few dubiously monikered trout so that reality deprived Santa Barbarians can really feel good about themselves.
Good Going Nick, my faith in you is restored.
On Shooting Fish in a Barrel
Posted on September 16 at 3:33 p.m.
You enviro nazis have nothing more to think about than ice plant and non native eucylyptus trees?
What about the fact that kids in your community are murdering eachother, that there's out of control homeless....it goes on and on.
Shame on this stupid rag of a newspaper for even bringing reporting such silliness. Get real
On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB
Posted on June 7 at 7:44 a.m.
What is it with you...you think that just because we're farmers we don't have any regard for land, and for its stewardship? You think that we don't spend time investing millions in technology and improvements to be among the most water efficient farmers and farming regions in the state, if not the world. You think that we don't care about the land we live on and what its going to look like for the 6th, 7th, and 8th generations of family that will farm it? You think that we don't even think twice about flushing a toilet or make an effort to take a 2 minute shower. You think that we don't throw gray water on the organic lettuce we grow in a kitchen garden. You think that just because we believe in a bit more of a balanced approach to utilizing resources, especially water, and that we're willing to meet environmental concerns in the middle, because that's reality...that we're a bunch of slobs? Think again.
On Feds Kill More Steelhead
Posted on June 5 at 7:47 p.m.
Well if you want fruit and vegetables on your table and meat on your plate I suggest you begin to think about balancing the needs of wildlife and habitat with mans need for bread and water.
Farmers in Ventura and SB counties are the most progressive in the country (admittedly that may not be saying much) but in reality we lead the state and country in water efficiency crop productivity and bio diversity.
And yet we are still disproportionately hard hit by enviro extremist policies.
There has to be a balance. Farmers have come a long way. It's about time you environ think about meeting us in the middle