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Posted on November 19 at 3:02 p.m.

The City has a moratorium on development within 250' of 101, because of pollution concerns. The 250' value was justified by a 2007 Air Quality study; that study contains a simple numerical error. The correct value should have been just under 1000'. Now the City wants to exacerbate the pollution by approving the widening of 101. No need to worry about dying from a left-turn induced accident; lung cancer is more probable.

On Way More Heat than Light on 101

Posted on May 24 at 6:50 a.m.

Facts I hope can be accepted:
- SB has an air quality problem bad enough to justify a moratorium on Multifamily development within 250' of 101.
- the 101 widening project will exacerbate the air quality problem in SB

Another fact, not well known: the Air Quality Study created to justify the 250' value is flawed by a simple numerical error.
Correcting the error shows that hazardous air quality extends to 1000' from 101.

On Which Way to Widen 101?

Posted on March 21 at 1:36 a.m.

So why is it that only the most regressive tax can be passed with a simple 50% majority? Answer: political reality.

On Sales Tax Increase Looms

Posted on January 4 at 7:10 a.m.

500 block of east Cota

On Bici Centro Moving to Haley

Posted on December 2 at 12:50 p.m.

Thanks, Barry, for starting the Berkus Boyz Bball game on Sunday mornings; and for building the house on Bolero Lane in Huntington Harbor, where my parents lived for 9 happy years.

On Barry Alan Berkus: 1935-2012

Posted on May 25 at 10:34 a.m.

Adding the HOV lane will result in additional traffic reaching the downtown core during rush hour, and worsening pollution. Concern about existing levels of pollution has already resulted in a moratorium on residential development within 250' of Highway 101.
But the 250' was based on a mistaken calculation in the Air Quality Report created EIR of the SB General Plan update;
a correct calculation would have resulted in a 1000' prohibition corridor. CalTrans should acknowledge the mistaken calculation, and identify a remedy to the pollution issue before proceeding with the HOV project.

On Caltrans Extends Public Comment for Carpool-Lane

Posted on September 9 at 9:13 a.m.

We have heard this debate for the last 40 years. Of course current residents want minimal further development; it is in their self interest. And current residents will say "Not everyone can live in Santa Barbara". Of course, they did not say that before moving here. The State of California has an interest in ensuring that all State residents can obtaining housing. Bakersfield may not want to house all the poor, and Bakersfield has more voters than Santa Barbara. So the State is going to continue to pressure us to accept more low cost housing.

So why not adopt Portland's approach? Define an urban boundary, and limit high density to the urban core. The south coast has two obvious urban cores at present: downtown Santa Barbara, and Isla Vista. Put the high density there.

On Saying No in Noleta

Posted on May 25 at 9:59 a.m.

Ms. Zimmer, what is your position on the construction of Icarus V hang gliders in the coastal zone?

On From Lawyer to Artist to Coastal Commissioner

Posted on August 18 at 5:41 p.m.

It's a gamble for the developers, but they are not dopes.
Yes, the market is currently in the tank; but the market changes. It will be interesting to see if/when they pull the trigger and start spending $ on construction drawings.

The staff report says there are 29 one bedroom units, ranging in size from 658 to 1251 sqft (pretty big range). Unfortunately,
the staff report did not provide a breakdown. So if there is one unit at 658 sqft and the rest at 1251 sqft, this is a luxury project.
Can anyone enlighten me?

On New Vision for Old Vons Lot

Posted on June 24 at 9:34 a.m.

I'm 62. For decades I thought the cold war would never end. Now my conviction is that our country will never have a rational policy regarding drug use (legal or otherwise).
And the chances for a rational policy on immigration look pretty slim as well.

On Pot Shops Limited to Three

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