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Posted on November 14 at 10:16 a.m.
Good story by Catherine Lafuente. Wonder how many other vets are quietly out there contributing in ways small and large to our communities? Most of them I'll bet.
On Vets Hopeful About the Future
Posted on June 1 at 1:20 p.m.
Thanks for the article on how some of the Chumash's new wealth is being used. While cynics and critics may mock these changes in the tribe's circumstances, I think they stand in stark contrast to the ways the really big money Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers are recycling their bonuses, according to what I've read.My only question about the tribe's casino is when will its managers and owners convert it to a completely nonsmoking facility? Given the cancer-causing effects of secondhand smoke I'd say employees and customers need more than a small piece of the second floor in which to escape.
On The Sustainable Chumash
Posted on January 4 at 11:19 a.m.
Context is as important as definition when discussing MPAs. It should be noted that when I researched a December 2010 Goleta Grapevine on the subject I found the South Coast Region (SoCal Bight) already had protected, to some degree, 182 square miles, 7.7% of the total zone. That included 168 square miles protected by 13 federal MPAs, mostly around the northern Channel Islands.
So even if California has added 186 square miles to the total protected in this zone we are discussing around 15% of the Bight. Granted, not all of the state's coastal waters from Point Conception to the Baja border are equally productive or attractive to human use, but come on folks let's give crucial ecosystems a chance to recover. These areas are coastal insurance policies for our future.-- Vic Cox
On New No Fishing Zones for California
Posted on October 7 at 9:13 a.m.
Glad to read that fun-raising plans for local libraries are gearing up. Hopefully they do not include Barney's tongue-in-cheek suggestion of "Nude Dancing with the Authors" since the general result would likely be counterproductive, sending potential donors screaming for the doors and windows.
On Don’t Ban My Book
Posted on July 23 at 1:28 p.m.
I found D.J. Palladino's eulogy moving, informative and, so far as I knew Bob Potter, true. I would only add that among his many facets he was a realistic optimist in those things to which he devoted his amazing creative energies. His family, friends, and the community have many reasons to be grateful for Bob's contributions.
On Bob Potter, 1934-2010
Posted on July 12 at 12:31 p.m.
And let's not forget our debt of gratitude to the 70% of voting Carpinterians who recently sank Venoco's arrogant end run around the environmental protections citizens and their city councils had built to protect not only the bluffs but also one of the most livable cities on the South Coast. But this was only a round in an ongoing struggle; so long as Americans cling to their oil addiction these local battles will have to be continually fought.
On The Call of the Carpinteria Bluffs
Posted on May 10 at 10:34 p.m.
Glad to know that Dr. Seuss got it right with "Green Eggs and Ham."
On Green Eggs
Posted on March 28 at 5:20 p.m.
This is a nice intro to the, for many people, hidden gem of the Sedgwick Ranch Reserve in Santa Ynez Valley--as are the open houses and public hikes themselves. The Sedgwick, the Coal Oil Point Reserve, and the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve are part of the seven reserves that UCSB administers for the UC system; these three are open to the public on at least a limited basis.There are other reserves that host guided hikes and, where appropriate, open houses; most regularly welcome visits from K-12 students. But the main purpose of the reserve system is to safeguard ecosystems that would allow scientific research in relatively undisturbed habitats.Vic Cox
On Come See the Sedgwick
Posted on March 2 at 4:03 p.m.
Webmaster--Just got this message: "Hi Vic,I just noticed that the link to our website it broken in the article. Is it possible to have it fixed?Thanks,Angelique "
When I checked the link was still broken. Please try www.sbhabitat.org/restore.php.Thanks,Vic
On Recycle, Reuse Refined at the ReStore
Posted on November 23 at 1:36 p.m.
To Dr. Bob's family:He and I were Dons, graduates of the Class of '60, and my chief memories are of him enjoying school life and friends as a young man. We were not close, went our separate ways, and only bumped into each other a couple of times after I returned to SB in 1982, but he still had that ready smile. I learned much about his recent life and achievements from Ms. Bardach's tribute, and hope the family will accept her, and others', comments in the spirit in which they clearly are offered. BTW, it is standard (and respectful) journalistic style to use the person's last name in second references, though some papers also use titles.
On Robert Young, M.D.: The Good Doctor
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