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Posted on December 9 at 9:38 a.m.
EB - there may be larger issues involved, but for me the real stink of the Adventure Pass is that it has never done what it was put in place for.
It was started as a pilot program to fund improvements. It was initially run by FS staff, with outside vendors in town selling the pass as well. There have been no improvements that I've seen, or that are listed publicly where we could all see what a benefit this has been (yeah, right). Now it is run by an outside for-profit concessionaire, so how much of the income is even going to the FS for these nonexistent improvements?
p.s. thanks for the suggestion about ignoring the kiosk. I tried to do that once and maybe it was just a bad day to be there, but I had the woman who was there yell at us and stand in front of the car when we tried to go past (this is several years back). I'll have to try it again.
On Los Padres Forest Proposes Changes in Recreation Fees
Posted on December 8 at 9:09 a.m.
It's hard to avoid having to deal with the pass when you go to the Paradise Rd areas since the concessionaire has a kiosk and gate across the road.
I've never bought the pass and never will, but it does prevent me from getting past that gate into the upper Paradise Rd areas. I go up there less than I used to for that reason.
Posted on November 26 at 4:32 p.m.
Anyone who has explored out there a bit knows that the islands are extremely rugged/potentially dangerous. We need to be careful about increased access where it could lead to increased need for rescues, more possibility of lawsuits due to death/injury, and a resulting spiral into ever more and more development in the name of "safe access".
Not to mention the many Chumash sites and indigenous flora/fauna.
My vote - leave them exactly as is. Access isn't that easy, so there aren't a lot of yahoos getting into trouble.
On Future of the Channel Islands
Posted on September 30 at 11:48 a.m.
The details posted don't make sense.
Landed near Mariposa Reina, took off again at El Cap.
So he drove on 101 for about 10 miles?
On Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Highway 101
Posted on September 18 at 10:42 a.m.
EB, not what I meant.
There are X miles of coast between Bacara and Conception.
Yet the pangas come ashore more at only a few spots, one of which being AQ.
They have to offload large cargos. Doing so next to 101 with a big truck parked there in the middle of the night would be noticeable to motorists. Far easier to pull big truck into private road or driveway. How do they get access to that?
On 18 Arrests Made in Arroyo Quemada Panga Incident
Posted on September 17 at 9:53 a.m.
Has anyone noticed these often make landfall in similar places? Why is that? What's at those places? Could that have to do with who was going to receive the shipment?
Posted on August 2 at 5:20 a.m.
I think that cyclists are among the most arrogant of all folks using the road. They run stop signs, cut across lanes, block traffic, and generally seem to do whatever they please.
Not sure why there's a need to generalize like that? Not all cyclists are like that. . .
On Crackdown on Fiesta Cruiser Run
Posted on August 1 at 8:33 p.m.
"failure to ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb" this goes on 24-7 around here especially with the bike racing guys in their neon spandex."
I am a cyclist, but not part of the cruiser ride and just want to point out that this goes both ways. I've been cut off, stopped in front of, had things thrown at me, and on and on, all while in the bike lane and violating nothing.
We cyclists need to follow the laws, but motorists also need to give us room as the law allows. It really comes down to giving respect in order to receive the same.
Posted on June 25 at 3:12 p.m.
Might've helped if the local media had any sort of timely information posted, or the PG&E "outage map" had even showed an outage in this area, or the PG&E "report an outage" line had anything other than "we are unable to take your call due to system problems".
Not excusing people's idiocy at calling 911, just adding that the local media and the utility company didn't help the situation one bit.
By the time that information started to get posted, we'd long since gone to bed in the hope it'd stay off and we'd get to sleep in!
On 9-1-1 Dispatchers Flooded With Non-Emergency Calls During Power Outage
Posted on June 24 at 1:25 p.m.
Any time we try to control animal populations, things get out of whack.
Save all the pinnipeds because they are cute, and there's lot of shark food around. We put ourselves in increased danger.
Kill all the rattlesnakes because they are scary, and enjoy the rodent population bloom that infests everything.
Examples abound. How about letting nature take its course. It's hard to see a cute sea lion dying on a beach, but saving it upsets the balance in some small way.
On Saving White Sharks
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