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Posted on March 27 at 2:53 p.m.

Just take a cup of coffee and sit on the bench in upper Orpet Park during the hours El Encanto employees start for work. You will see a steady stream of people in work attire heading for El Encanto. In fact if you look at the grass you will see a worn path that was never there before this new El Encanto. All of these people park their cars on APS. Then there is another group that parks on Mission Ridge. Others park though out the neighborhood. El Encanto promised that their employees would NOT park in the surrounding areas, it was part of what got them the approval to remodel. That is the important issue here !!!

On El Encanto Sparks Parking Wars

Posted on February 25 at 6:34 p.m.

Here's the best reason to have a brake on your bike: Some idiot cars pulls out in front of you. You T-bone the side of the car and break your femur. The ambulance takes you to the hospital, meanwhile a cop is looking at your bike and says "this idiot was riding with NO BRAKES !!"
All of a sudden the crash is Your Fault !! Forget getting compensation for medical bills, really forget a Pain and Suffering settlement.
Just put a brake on your bike, it's the law to have one. It's up to you to use it.

On The Fixie Phenomenon

Posted on December 9 at 2:49 p.m.

Nice article !! Glad it the adventure didn't "go south" !!

On When in Doubt, Paddle South

Posted on October 30 at 11:10 a.m.

Why does every planning entity for the City of Santa Barbara continue to under estimate the impacts of parking ?? There should be space to park 2 cars for every bedroom in each unit and 10% extra for guest parking. There should rarely be a need for street parking. That is NOT the case for any current or recent project.

On Rental Housing Project Survives Challenge

Posted on October 16 at 10:47 a.m.

Hopefully planners can fix the abysmal way the entrance and exit was originally planned. Since the original plan had NO provision for pedestrians anything new with pedestrian planning has got to be better (hopefully !! ).

On Goleta Approves McDonald's Drive-Through

Posted on October 1 at 8:22 p.m.

If the Santa Barbara City Council REALLY cares about keeping plastic bags out of the ocean then they should have all the Waterfront trash cans emptied on a daily basis. We've all seen these trash cans overflowing and then invaded by the gulls and homeless. Once the contents are scattered on the ground it's just a small breeze away from ending in our ocean.

On City Council Enacts Plastic Bag Ban

Posted on August 7 at 4:49 p.m.

McDonald's could easily add Car Hop service, use the existing parking, and not add more vehicle traffic. All they have to do is place a sign on the side of the building. And/or use Smart phone ordering. Drive Thru lanes are so last century solutions !!

On Will McDonald's Drive-Thru Supersize Traffic?

Posted on June 12 at 11:21 a.m.

It's very unfortunate that the Orient Express El Encanto is NOT the good neighbor that it has when Eric Friden owned the hotel. The Orient Express promised that the impact on the immediate neighbors of the hotel would be small, but that has not been realized. The staff and guests are now using the streets around the El Encanto as a parking lot. When the plan for the hotel was before the city the Orient Express staff promised that there would be sufficient parking for the hotel guests and staff. It may be that there is sufficient parking, but the El Encanto is apparently charging $35 to park so people are using the surrounding neighborhood. Currently street parking in the area is unregulated, so there is no law against hotel staff and guests using it.
Like many developers, promises were made specifically so that they could do their development and some of those promises are not being kept. Developers know that the city of Santa Barbara doesn't have the staff to enforce many of the promises made, so developers, like Orient Express, know that they can get away with not fulfilling the promises made to get their development thru the planning stage. It's time that the city enforce promises made, regardless if they were part of the written approval process, or a verbal promise made to the city planners. The city should start with daily fines and then even remove the El Encanto's license to operate if they do not comply.

On Legendary El Encanto Hotel Reopens

Posted on April 30 at 5:22 p.m.

It's interesting that Goleta government now wants Target, when not so long ago Goleta government said NO to a Target located on the SB airport property. The reasons that they gave to deny Target back then are still valid today. The only difference is that now the store would be part of the Goleta tax base. The people that run Goleta are just a bunch of empire building money grabbers !! The growth in North Goleta is way out of control.

On Targeting Goleta Target

Posted on April 30 at 5:03 p.m.

PLEASE !! Don't get chickens (or any other barn yard animals) unless you have a very large yard and you can truly contain the noise and smells that they make !!

On Backyard Chicken Keeping 101

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