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Posted on March 17 at 11:28 a.m.

True, the current procedures allow development decisions to be appealed, up to the Goleta City Council. Missing from Ms. Connell's thoughtful and useful column were facts on the costs of these appeals. The present schedule charges $516 for a "minor" appeal and $2,062 for a "major" appeal, according to the city's list of user charges and fees. It does not define the difference between the two, though I suppose that definition is somewhere among staff procedures and guidelines.

On Zooming in on the Zoning Code

Posted on January 29 at 4:27 p.m.

Your tribute to Jonny Wallace was understated but eloquent, just like Jonny herself. Well done Cynthia, Margaret and Jack--and thank you for an appropriate coda to a life that shaped Goleta and was beautifully lived.

On Jonny Wallis: 1946 - 2013

Posted on January 27 at 2 p.m.

Right you are, Cat, to be a good film you must have a good story, but it does help to have clever and amusing twists and turns. My wife and I were part of the "Safety Last" crowd laughing loudly at Harold Lloyd's antics. We hope more young people like you and your son will take the "risk" to see a silent film and realize what another era of moviegoers found funny, exciting or moving.
And thanks to pianist Michael Mortilla, UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Lloyd Foundation for enhancing the experience with appropriate music and a crisp new print. Hopefully, we'll see more of these afternoons downtown (or in Goleta).

On Silent Film Speaks to Me

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

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