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Posted on July 3 at 3:07 p.m.

we need more skate parks and we need a few bike parks. There should be beginner and expert sections at each one ideally. In my opinion the Art Walks section on the pier side of the skate park is a bad idea. it creates too much walking/tourist traffic in a generally high traffic area. Try to ride your bike on the "bike" path through there and you will be blocked by many people looking at art and standing in the bike path. yes I know it is multi use, but it is a through traffic path not a stand around in big group path. So -- get the Art Walk traffic away from the pier and the skate park to start. get a bike park to separate the bmx from the skaters or have bike hours like there are kids hours. maybe create a volunteer skaters point advocacy group that is willing to manage the park or fund raise to pay a manager/security. maybe even charge for use like they do at the Muni Tennis courts. All said and done though the behavior was not acceptable and is unfortunate that people think it is Ok to act that way.

On City Beats Strategic Retreat in Struggle over Skater's Point

Posted on July 18 at 4:05 p.m.

This is purely a multi-user conflict resolution issue. The thing that sucks is that a small percent of users are the ones that cause the conflicts.

On Where to Ride My Bike

Posted on August 29 at 9:07 a.m.

Saw the show Friday night. It was great, very entertaining. Nice work everyone and congratulations Rick! Fun hanging out with you all at Live Culture after. I am going again Sunday!

Call, tweet, FB, email your friends. Go out together and watch people do their thing. It is a good experience and what the play is all about.

Then update your status.

See you there!

On The Making of <em>Bad Daddy</em>

Posted on July 25 at 12:03 p.m.

Jack up the price of gas. That is the solution. If you are worried about the burden falling on the poor, then offer gas stamps to the needy. The rest will take care of itself. Streets will turn into bike ways and walk ways and public transportation will prevail. Those dependent on the car industry will have to adjust. Local business will thrive once again!

Slow Down and Move On Santa Barbara!

On Rubber Hits the Road

Posted on December 12 at 10:54 a.m.

The Farm boy did not move to the city, the city people moved to the country where the gun shooting farm boy lives. Some people moved right next to the boy's firing range and did not build a protective wall strong enough to stop the bullets. How does the rest of the story go??????

On Trail Gnomes Charged in Jesusita Fire

Posted on September 16 at 2:34 p.m.

Thanks for reporting this. I am sure many people saw the work being done and passed it off as official trail work. If more people know there is rogue work being done they might be more apt to find out if it is official work and report it if not. Also thanks for keeping this user type neutral. There are only two kinds of users in my opinion, responsible/sharing and irresponsible/selfish.

It is amazing that this type of work can go unnoticed by officials for that long. Maybe a volunteer trail watch group would help. I could always use an excuse to go to the top!

On Illegal Trail-Cutting Efforts Continue to Concern Forest Officials

Posted on August 27 at 9:47 p.m.

I am dying to know if they passed the test?

On Driving Test Taker Crashes into DMV Building

Posted on August 25 at 6:31 p.m.

Two things to think about:

1) There is no proof that the fire was started by the power tools, therefor you get a situation like the Tea Fire. "Most likely" is not guilty. Someone could have tossed a cigarette right where the gnomes were working. A piece of glass could have magnified the sun into a hot spot. etc. My guess is whoever was working on the trails might not even be able to tell you exactly how the fire started, just that they happen to be up there.

2) People want someone to blame so bad it becomes a witch hunt of sorts. There is little incentive to "come out" and face this. Look at the guy who started the sycamore fire with the kite. Apparently the neighbors chased him out of town.

On Good Deed Gone Really, Really Bad?

Posted on June 4 at 9:17 a.m.

Tribalism has a very adaptive effect in human evolution. Humans are social animals, and ill-equipped to live on their own. Tribalism and ethnocentrism help to keep individuals committed to the group, even when personal relations may fray. This keeps individuals from wandering off or joining other groups. [from wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribalism]

You figure it out!

On Mission Impossible?

Posted on May 21 at 8:23 a.m.

There is conflicting news regarding the open status of the trails. Look for clarification on this matter and heed the request of the residence in any trail head parking areas.

On Jesusita Burn Area Trails Re-Open

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