A bear was hit and killed by a car on Highway 154 early this
week. According to California Highway Patrol officers, a BMW
station wagon hit the unfortunate creature on Monday evening. The
driver of the car was not injured.
In a somewhat somber show of support for Measure D, an
assortment of educators, law enforcement officers, politicians, and
parents turned out Monday morning for an impromptu press conference
at the entrance of La Colina Junior High on Foothill Road. Pointing
out that Measure D would provide up to $64 million for the Santa
Barbara County Safe Routes to School program, Congressmember Lois
Capps and Jim and Karen Boysel (pictured next column) – the parents
of the 12-year-old La Colina student who was fatally injured by a
car while riding his bike to school in September – addressed the
crowd and assorted media representatives. By coincidence or not,
the conference took place at an intersection devoid of traffic
lights and sidewalks.
A fourth-year biopsychology major from UCSB died tragically last
week in a bizarre car accident on Highway 101 near La Conchita.
Alisa Naret was headed southbound toward Oxnard early Thursday
morning for a medical internship when a tire broke loose from a big
rig headed north, bounced over the highway divider, and collided
with Naret’s windshield. Naret was pronounced dead at the