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Posted on July 5 at 12:22 p.m.
Trouble at Skaters' Point:
Is this another “tragedy of the commons” example? Or simply a point where the park’s population has shifted to a majority of people who see rules as optional? Should the City be enforcing the rules more effectively, discouraging rule breakers from using the park? Should the skaters get together and enforce the rules that would prevent the situation from getting out of control? Can a civil society of skaters accomplish that?
When Skaters’ Point was built, it was seen as a way to prevent skateboarding through the downtown (which was already illegal). Skaters who were breaking the law could find a better place to skate where it was legal and fun. And so the founding moment for the park was to give people who were already OK with breaking the law (it’s a minor offense) a space of their own. Expecting them to follow City rules in this space on their own is perhaps not a great idea.
Still, it would be nice if all skaters could respect a time in the park for little kids to use it safely, and perhaps this is something that the skaters themselves could agree upon.
I had one of the first Hobie fiberglass skateboards back in the 60s...with clay wheels. Ouch. rode a lot of places I was not supposed to. Never hit anyone.
On City Beats Strategic Retreat in Struggle over Skater's Point
Posted on July 19 at 9:43 a.m.
Poorly done polls do not reflect well on the Independent. Who wrote this?
On The More Mesa development proposal
Posted on May 23 at 6:49 a.m.
Actually, the library was built on an historic Chumash ping-ping arena, so this is just a restoration of an ancient practice.
On Progress for Library Plaza Ping-Pong
Posted on May 9 at 12:07 p.m.
Sounds like a great use of that space. And should problems arise, then these can be addressed. This is our library and our lawn, so getting more/better use from this should be encouraged.
On Ping Pong for Library Plaza?
Posted on September 8 at 8:17 p.m.
Because anonymity bring out the snark in some people.
On Supes Approve Cleaner Climate Plan
Posted on September 8 at 8:39 a.m.
Looks like they've done a very thorough job on this plan. It's a great piece of work, and precisely why we have a County government. I'm impressed.
Posted on September 4 at 7:26 a.m.
jfklbj, I might suggest that Francisco had very little to do with the fate of that environmental art project, apart from the News Press giving him a full page to rant. I believe that the Poodle is simply saying that his rage about an art project impacting property values was and (since Francisco keeps bringing it up) still is a bit absurd if it is not matched with a similar rage against the people (both parties included) who actually benefited while sucking trillions of dollars from the economy, and really putting people's mortgages underwater. It's a yapping Poodle reality check.
On I Yap, Therefore I Yam
Posted on September 1 at 8:04 p.m.
JohnLocke, please consider this. The Council originally considered using a few thousand dollars of funds that had already been committed to and budgeted for public art to realize the Lightblueline art project, a project which been approved by the public art committee of the city though a year-long process of public meetings. Because of the (either uninformed or contrived) umbrage over this decision led by the News Press, private individuals volunteered to donate these funds. And so the City would have spent nothing on the project, releasing funds back into the budget line for... other public art projects.Francisco parlayed this orchestrated confusion into a third place "win", garnering something like 10 percent of the number of registered voters in the City.
Posted on September 1 at 9:36 a.m.
I believe that the Poodle's point here, again illustrated by the comments, is that people can somehow get angry over a public art project (which, at the end of the day would have cost the city $0), in part because of a contrived notion that it might impact property values; while they refuse to get angry (or, at least to show this anger in their political expressions) about the folks who profited (and the regulators who didn't do their jobs) while destroying the same property values through financial shenanigans. Where is the Beaver now? What does Francisco have to say? Why isn't the News Press doing 13-part front page stories about this?BTW... climate change models do predict increasing changes for wildfires (and also flash floods) in the Southwest US due to changing rainfall patterns.
Posted on September 1 at 7:21 a.m.
The Lightblueline was also a simple geography lesson. 7 meters, 23 feet: the amount of sea-level rise help captive (for a while at least) on top of Greenland; the height of the Indian Ocean tsunami and the Katrina storm surge. Unfortunately, as a UCSB Bren School report shows, it only takes 1 meter of sea level rise before Santa Barbara's beachfront, water supply, and (brand spanking new) airport are in real trouble. Labor day weekend is coming up. Time to get out the SUV and drive!
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