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Posted on October 23 at 12:51 p.m.
Actually Unocal sprang up in Santa Paula, California.
It is interesting that the modern Bards are all Democrats and served in the current Governor Browns, first "Moon Beam" administration, as Chairperson of the state Water Resources Control Board, no less, spending five decades as an environmental activist.
Oil is so 1800's and needs to be replaced as an Energy, but rather than commit Seppuku, it would be better to have a replacement first.
The socialists just Hate corporations but Lockheed Martin put out a press release last week that they have their "Skunk Works" working on a compact nuclear fusion reactor.
This would potenitally solve many many problems. Given the success LM has had with war machines maybe they can solve the hydrocarbon issue for World Peace?
Now the largest environmental disaster in California and the Western States has been the damming and diversion of water, tens of millions of acres of wildlife habitat has been destroyed since the 1930's New Deal Water Projects, much greater than anything Big Oil can ever be held accountable for.
Overpopulated cities with constantly leaking sewer pipes, virtually killing all the shoreline along the Pacific Ocean, goes on each and everyday, along with constantly reduced habitat for animals that have surrvived.
Hey Water Guardians, Big Oil and Farmers may be easily emotional hot button prey for the low information voter but all of their ill deeds pale in comparison of the wildlife habitat that has been destroyed so you can live on the Gold Coast and point fingers at others.
A very well written article.
On Have You Kicked Your Inner Poodle Today?
Posted on October 20 at 9 a.m.
So a White Shark attacked a one person outrigger canoe 2 miles off the Lighthouse, this weekend, already they are beating the drums for a killing frenzy, way to many sharks.
Really, compared to my youth, hardly any sharks. I remember an Ericson 30' sailboat that was molested for hours by an Orca, broke the knot meter off the hull and scared the hell out of the owner while he headed back to the harbor. Even starting the engine, for noise, did not dissuade the Orca.
We are just another of the many species on this rock, we don't own it and life is Risk, from the moment of conception until death.
On Hiking, Dogs, and Bears
Posted on October 19 at 8:58 a.m.
Santa Barbara, home to "I have never seen a Variance, that planning did not like". Why spend money on creating Planning Rules, when everyone gets a variance anyway?
On Can Creek Restoration and Affordable Housing Coexist?
Posted on October 17 at 11:08 a.m.
You do realize that the USA has not been a Republic for so very long, it is Mob Rule, that is why the Politicians tell so many lies, to incite the Mob.
The Cherokee Nation, during Manifest Destiny, fought and won in the United States Supreme Court, a ruling that the Yankee Carpedtbagging Jackals in Washington D.C. could not take their lands and relocate them to Oklahoma.
Did the Executive Branch of Government care about the SCOTUS ruling, no they did not.
Sane people today find themselves between the Corportists/Federal Reserve Banksters on one side and Socialists/Unionists on the other, both equally destructive groups and ideology, the Rule of Law and the Republic died a long time ago.
You mention NZ, in NZ it is bad manners to discharge a rifle without a sound suppressor (silencer) affixed to the rifle. People realize the value of keeping the noise down. So you can build your own or buy one, without Government involvement.
Do the same in USA and you will be wearing silver bracelets in the Federal Pen, brought to you buy the do-gooders Socialists that brought you Alcohol Prohibition.
So yes if you want Freedom, one has to find a smaller society, one that does not have either of these destructive ideologies running the show, which is hard, but not that hard, they do exist.
Common Sense, Self Actualization and Truth only exists in Free Societies. Corporatism and Socialism frown on Freedom they seek to destroy it and dumb down the people, so they can Rule them.
Smile and Wave, the People of the USA just keep getting dumber, perfect excuse for Regulating every part of their Life.
Posted on October 15 at 10:07 a.m.
This reminds me of the woman that was killed in Orange County, around Ortega Highway, she was riding a mountain bike, god I hate those noisy mechanical contraptions in the wilderness, she went through a choke point and a big cat got her from above and behind, they found her partially eaten several days later. Should we ban Mountain Bikes?
My good girl may she RIP were walking in Elings, years ago, with a couple that had greyhounds, a Yote jumped out of the bushes and the dogs started after it, I called my girl off, it is good to be pack leader, the greyhounds went nuts and OHOD they went towards Valerio with their people chasing after them, I and my girl continued our walk.
The OP makes some valid points about dogs, most are poorly trained. So do we ban all dogs or just the dumb ones. The dumb ones are the rule not the exception. Who decides?
Considering the number of Search and Rescues around here the dumb ones seem to be the rule instead of the exception.
Maybe the we should have Wilderness Licenses, regulate who can use the wilderness after they pass some kind of test? The Governor just signed a Recreational Boating Licensing Bill (SB941), law starts in 2018.
Lets Regulate Life, so the dumb ones, which seems to be the Majority are protected from themselves? Don't you just love Utopia.
Nature has the best solution, runts die and the strong survive, its cruel and not fair but it will be that way long after humans are extinct.
I feel for the majestic bear, we stolen their water, killed their fish off, make them live in an increasing small domain with what they have left and then kill them if they step into ours.
Alisal and the San Lucas Ranch, the Vickers woman that all the Yankees hate, are the only real Sanctuaries in the area for the eagle, vulture, bear, mountain lion, bobcat and a deer herd large enough to feed them. The rest is truly a survival contest were the animals lose.
The root cause, water damming and diversion. The dirty little secret that no one wants to take ownership of, smile and wave.
Posted on October 14 at 3:04 p.m.
I see both sides of the in the wild issue. But the big picture is damming natural water courses and the decades it has taken to see the real damage and all the City People that have moved in because of it.
The Black Bear sure liked his fish but we in our wisdom have dammed all the free running water courses mostly since the great depression. Prior to the great depression Los Angeles destroyed the Owens Valley and San Francisco destroyed the Hetch Hetchy Valley, everything else was water year round or seasonal, allowing fish runs to take place.
I have hiked the Alisal, mandatory guide, and seen healthy black bear scat and evidence of deer kills. Deer need water, they water 6 or more times a day, and along with everything else provide a food source for the black bear and other animals.
My Father was an outdoors guy, as his Father before him, my whole life has been spent in the California outdoors, I could ride a horse before I could ride a bicycle, just the way it was then.
Water damming and diversion has put tremendous strain on the Black Bear especially the loss of fish runs, their natural environment and chosen food source has not been available for decades.
Dogs, yes it amasses me how little people currently know about animals.
My old friend Henry traveled everywhere with me, everyday after school I was in the front country until dark, no cell phones or get help services, you were on your own, a good well trained dog was essential.
Henry was a blue aussie, born on a working ranch, not an over-bred nut case that you see today but a working dog that could put an unruly horse into the trailer with ease. Never went after any animals on the trail, never wore a leash, did not need one.
City People and their Culture are a strange lot, don't know how to be at peace with nature or raise their children or pets to be at peace.
Nature today is contrived and plastic, but I guess if you don't know any better you think its natural which it is not, you are just seeing the remnants of once was here in California, my Father really got the best of it.
From what I see, probably people and dogs should be on leashes.
Posted on October 7 at 9:56 a.m.
When the self proclaimed and self righteous Water Guardians.
Advocate for the removal of the dams built on the Santa Ynez River and that the coastal desert City of Santa Barbara exist only on its Natural Water supplies without stealing water from the Santa Ynez Valley or elsewhere and allow local Nature to repair the damage done by 100 years of Yankee Water Diversion Projects, the greatest natural disaster ever to occur in California, then I will listen.
Until then they are just a group of Carpetbagging Yankee Socialists wagging their forked tongues at everyone else, unwilling to look at themselves in the mirror. Isn't self righteousness grand?
Want to be True Water Guardians, stop diverting water, I don't see that anywhere on your webpages, just the same old GOO platform.
On Mail in voting begins October 6. What say you on Measure P?
Posted on October 5 at 10:32 a.m.
Most every established city in California is living on infrastructure built 100 years ago. Just look at all the water pipes busting in Los Angeles, on a weekly basis, and the tens of millions of gallons of wasted water. Most sewer systems on the coast leach into the soil, which makes it to the seashore. Outdated water treatment plants, non-working reclaimed water plants, aged and failing electrical grid, bridges, dams, it goes on.
The people YOU elected as your representatives are INCOMPETENT and continue to be, you get what you vote for.
For Congressperson you get a choice of Lois Capps or Chris Mitchum, two over-the-hill do nothings, well that is no choice at all, until you stand up and demand qualified Candidates, the decay will continue.
Reactive Government in place of Proactive Government is a recipe for the disaster you now have.
You need Leaders but fail to elect them, just look at Mayor Blueline.
On City Faces Massive Repair Backlog
Posted on October 2 at 10:14 a.m.
Having a daughter that survived College, she told me that boys that ask you out on a date, its for sex, you don't even get dinner these days.
Our culture has become hedonistic and no longer values emotion and meaningful relationships, look at the divorce rate, it goes much deeper that College years, it is a Cultural Collapse, the hopelessness of the Government Fueled "Nanny State". The current generation lives only for today as they have NO Future, no tomorrow, it has been stolen by the debtors of today, ain't Socialism Grand.
On Sex and Rape in Isla Vista
Posted on September 27 at 4:09 p.m.
Understanding how much damage has been done to Santa Barbara and the Northern Channel Islands depends on how long you have lived here, it is relative to what you remember. The costal area is dead compared to what it was in say 1970. It is mostly dead sand out there, this is the same for once pristine La Jolla Shores in San Diego. Over population and sewer plant discharges have made a moon scape out of a once beautiful underwater world.
Desalination, for each gallon of fresh water makes one gallon of heavy brine water, were do you think they will discharge it, out of sight and out of mind, back into the ocean.
The pollution goes all the way out to our once pristine island waters. Some of us remember when we had an annual Underwater Film Festival that drew the likes of Al Giddings and other greats to our emerald kelp forests, when they first started out.
Our underwater environment used to be so magical and now it just dead. We have to go all the way to San Clemente Island and Cortez Bank to find what was once found on our doorstep, a gift that was squandered by all the new comers and their constant desire for expansion.
Today we don't need ten of thousands of dollars of underwater movie equipment, a simple GoPro will do but there is nothing left to film.
I can tell my children stories about abalone beds with hundreds of the sought after snails, caves full of large lobsters, rock scallops as big as dinner plates, purple urchin galore, species of fish rarely seen anymore etc. but they will never see this in their lifetimes.
Your lust for expansion will be your undoing, rational actors do not exist on either side of Santa Barbara's political spectrum.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau tried to teach us how important the Ocean was to humanity, but it seems no one got it.
On Council Clears Path for Desalination