Comments by EastBeach

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Posted on December 6 at 3:12 p.m.

That's an interesting observation ... district elections could actually dilute the effect of Latino voters in the long run.

Considering the Latino voter population is the fastest growing group on the South Coast, it has the potential in the medium term to be very influential. But local socio-economics being what it is, that growing population will probably remain geographically distributed more or less the way it is now for some time to come.

That suggests district elections would dilute the voting power of Latino voters compared to at-large voting! Sounds like a poor short-term gain to me.

Why settle for two seats on the council when you'll soon have enough potential voters to influence more than two seats? That's assuming Latinos can take advantage of the situation and increase registration and voter participation.

On District Election Case Set for April Trial

Posted on November 19 at 11:41 a.m.

Cherry picking as usual by climate change skeptics like loonpt. You have to read the entire article. As the last three paragraphs of the Scientific American article summarizes:

"But picking a period of a decade or so where one part of the Earth's climate system fails to warm and using it to discredit all of climate science is a fallacious argument, and one driven by those with an agenda to discredit climate scientists, the researchers say."

On VIDEO: Rare Hammerhead Shark Sighting off Anacapa Island

Posted on November 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Running up the backside of Cold Spring sounds like the killer part.

Years ago, the dam keeper used to have a bunch of dogs at his house that would bark at anything passing nearby. Wonder if there are still pooches there.

On Red Rock 50

Posted on November 14 at 10:20 p.m.

"Community empowerment takes many forms, and often those in power do not appreciate the competition ..."
-- pedronava

Who's the power and who's the competition in this case?

With Barry Cappello and Frank Banales trying to force district elections down our throats, I can definitely see who wants to be in power. Qualifications (or lack thereof be damned).

On Doubling Down on Milpas Street

Posted on November 14 at 10:06 p.m.

"If the owners of just more than 50 percent of the assessed property value approve ..."

That means the large commercial properties have a decided advantage over the little fish in deciding whether this business district comes to be.

" ... apartment owners could not be included among the businesses assessed for fear that the additional cost would be passed on to their tenants."

What about mixed-use properties?

"Milpas is where visitors now go if they’re seeking “an authentic local experience".

So Los Agaves and La Super Rica now represent all of Milpas Street? What hath Julia Childs wrought!?

On Doubling Down on Milpas Street

Posted on November 9 at 2:14 p.m.

In the Oct. 16 issue of the smugnificent Montecito Journal, the MWD's Tom Mosby wrote a letter to the editor claiming that recycled water isn't cost effective. He claimed it would cost $15M to provide recycled water to 1% of its customers. It wasn't clear to me whether that 1% alluded to 1% of accounts or 1% of potable water used.

That "1%" included the SB cemetery, parks, schools, private golf courses, and agricultural users.

Mosby's letter was in response to a previous letter from Save the Ocean's Hilary Hauser who suggested expanding the use of recycled water.

On Drought Emergency Persists Despite Trick-or-Treat Rains

Posted on November 9 at 11:41 a.m.

In addition to Denton, TX, San Benito CA also passed oil drilling regulations similar to Measure P. Chevron and the other oil companies spent less than half of what they spent here in San Benito.

On Burger King Election Whoppers

Posted on November 9 at 11:22 a.m.

On the one hand, those Harleys that can set off car alarms are way too noisy.

On the other hand, I don't want my own motorcycle to be too quiet because I count on the exhaust's noise as a safety feature to let car drivers know I'm on the road with them. I've been almost hit too many times due to inattentive drivers.

No way I'll ever get an electric street motorcycle in this town. That's asking to get hit by a car.

On Noisy Motorcycle Exhaust Offends

Posted on November 9 at 11:10 a.m.

Not sure about disc golf. One of the things that makes the Evergreen course in Goleta so fun to play at is the variety of terrain. At Muni, it's just open expanses of grass, no?

And if you look at the average disc golfer, income levels aren't on par (pun intended) with that of traditional golfers so they won't add much to the revenue stream.

On Privatizing the Muni Links?

Posted on November 9 at 10:48 a.m.

East Berlin was a dreary place for this inexperienced traveler in the 80's. I recall dull gray concrete buildings and the sense that eyes were on us everywhere.

@Checkpoint Charlie, we learned we weren't allowed to leave without surrendering our eastern Marks. So me and the rest of the kids in our group ran around desperately to find candy or other goodies to buy. Surrendering our coins was made a little easier because they were minted from aluminum and seemed kind of cheesy.

On East Berlin Through 10-Year-Old Eyes

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