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Posted on September 16 at 3:50 p.m.
wait, but he's wearing a Titleist.......oh
On Man Robs State Street Bank
Posted on September 16 at 8:38 a.m.
maybe they're planting Lemonade Berry but that's a small tree at best; I don't think they meant lemon-scented eucalyptus. Eucalyptus has been thought to contain compounds in their leaves that inhibit growth in their leave litter, though the inhibition probably has more to do with competition for resources.
On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB
Posted on September 12 at 3:12 p.m.
loonpt, to follow your logic, do you think parents who put their kids in private schools should also see a reduction in property taxes?
On Anti-Vaxxers on the Rise
Posted on September 11 at 4:09 p.m.
what no one is arguing is whether or not vaccines actually work, i.e. create the appropriate antibodies in the host to fight off a low level infection. I also agree with historypete that it's every parents' right to not vaccinate their children, but they also have a responsibility to not put other children at risk. The herd immunity mentioned above is the statistical immunity gained when a high enough percentage of a population is vaccinated, so even if you are vaccinated, there needs to be a high enough percentage of other people in the group also vaccinated for your vaccine to be truly effective. As loonpt mentioned, JUST LEAVE OTHER PEOPLE ALONE and home school your un-vaccinated children.
Posted on August 25 at 1:53 p.m.
I agree with edgy01 that skateboards should not be on the same pathways as pedestrians. The point of the authors article is to make this point exactly. If skateboarders are no longer considered pedestrians and are considered vehicles as are bicycles, then they can ride in the bike lane and be subject to the same traffic laws as all other vehicles. The fact that you will get a ticket in the downtown area for riding a skateboard on the road has probably caused many skateboarders to use the sidewalks so they are not as visible to the cops thus creating an unsafe situation. Now that I've over analyzed this topic, lets go skate!
On Skateboarding Is Not a Crime!
Posted on August 20 at 9:16 a.m.
The double standard of racial bolstering in the fight for "equality" is nauseously ironic.
Posted on August 18 at 1:50 p.m.
What if I don't speak Spanish and in a panic I can only find information in Spanish? wouldn't that create an unsafe situation as well? maybe we should choose one language to broadcast all emergency information in so everyone can be prepared to understand any and all communications being put out to the public. Also, what percentage of the 44.1 Hispanic households have someone living in them that speaks and/or understands some English?
On Trailblazing for Safety
Posted on August 14 at 3:09 p.m.
Driving on State between 101 and Micheltorena servers only as a route for people watching. totally agree that it would make downtown a much more interesting and ped/bike friendly place, see the 4th street promenade in Santa Monica. Since Chapala and Anacapa are both one-way streets, I don't think there would be more congestion from State closing. Share lanes are an alternative to more bike lanes without reducing car lanes, but like communism, they really only work in the minds of idealist.
On Bikes and Cars
Posted on August 11 at 4:09 p.m.
DrDan, I think you have a good idea of what an ephemeral stream vs.sheet flow (flows only during rain event) is in that area; I too have spent some time wandering up those small tribs. I would say a good rule is if the creek can support decent riparian growth (willows are a really good indicator) then it could potentially support a spawning steelhead due to a relatively constant flow in the wet months. Right now of course the current dams block their migration so they don't go there, but potentially adding a fish ladder for example could re-open some habitat and put less pressure on Hilton Creek to be their only hotel if you will.
On Collective Chill Pill at Cachuma
Posted on August 11 at 7:32 a.m.
Steelhead are anadromous similar to salmon in that they spend a considerable amount of their life in the ocean and return back to where they were hatched in (traditionally) the upper reaches of river systems like the SYR. I believe the Southern Stealhead trout spawn in the spring when there would be the best chance for natural flows in those upper reaches.