7% of Santa Barbara residents now commute by bicycle, while accidents are up 18% year to date. A recent enforcement sting was conducted to help reduce this uptick. According to officers, the three most common infractions made by bicyclists are: riding on the sidewalks, rolling through stop signs and failing to stop at red lights.
The City has summarized the situation in the following video:
72 degrees this past Saturday, nice change from the steady rain a week ago. I was on boat taking photos of some outrigger and SUP races when we saw a woman with dolphins circling her. I can see a camera hanging around her neck, her photos must be amazing. The water was so clear we could see down twenty feet. (click to enlarge photo)
Santa Barbara is experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history. The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department have taken a creative approach to watering the historic Italian Stone Pine trees on Anapamu by using stationary watering devices called irricades. Funding of the irricades was provided by the Pearl Chase Society.
Learn more in this short video created by City TV.
Letter to the Editor by Santa Barbara City Councilman Frank Hotchkiss
Claiming police are racist idiots intent on hunting down minority miscreants just for the fun of it has unfortunately become popular among some in the United States today.
Being a cop is a dangerous, thankless and heartless job, they say, performed by people who couldn’t care less about the consequences of their actions. Beat ‘em up and lock ‘em up, particularly if they are a member of a minority.
I disagree. Police work can be dangerous, but it assuredly isn’t heartless and it most definitely isn’t thankless. In fact, it is a rewarding career aimed at helping people live their lives peacefully and happily.
One police friend once told me that being a cop is like sitting in a front-row center seat observing the drama of life. And you see it all — from the very, very good to the very, very bad.
Those of us with more mundane jobs rarely, if ever, encounter the raw substance of daily living, from violent personal conflicts to acts harming others’ person or property.
Cops see this every day. I admire their ability to remain on an even keel, and keep a smile on their face, despite a daily encounter with such people.
Is it thankless? There are times when a cop defuses a domestic situation, solves a problem that might lead to a fight, or steers a young person on a positive track instead of a journey to prison or worse. That must be very rewarding. And they have that opportunity, those decisions to make, over and over again, every day on the job.
But when people who don’t know them reflexively decry their efforts if an untoward incident occurs, then the job must seem thankless. That must make it very hard to continue in the spirit of community service, much less put their lives on the line when the situation demands.
“Politics is to blame, and I did turn my back (to the mayor of New York) out of disgust on how the country feels about cops,” said an NYPD lieutenant with 18 years on the force. (Wall Street Journal, Jan. 5, 2015).
Acknowledging that police are not perfect — who among us is? — but do their best to do it right, I would like to say to each and every one of them, “Thank you, officer.”
Today at 2 pm, at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina St., a special forum will be held to discuss the move towards district elections in Santa Barbara. The free two-hour event, titled “Will the City of Santa Barbara Return to District Elections?” is hosted by the The Santa Barbara chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Former Santa Barbara Mayor Sheila Lodge will be one of the speakers along with Jacqueline Inda, a plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Santa Barbara’s at-large voting system. This November, voters will get the chance to weigh in on the proposal to elect six City Councilmembers from local districts while choosing a Mayor via the current at-large process.
Demonstrators for both sides of the term “illegals” rallied in De la Guerra Plaza on Monday. The hot-button issue made the front page of the Los Angeles Times, reportedly turning “idyllic Santa Barbara into an unlikely flashpoint in the nation’s immigration battles.”
Fairy Castles in the Santa Barbara Channel
We’ve had some beautiful sunsets lately. This evening a little over a week ago was one of the most spectacular. But the amazing show above may have distracted you from something much more elusive and intriguing happening at the horizon. Take a close look at the islands across the channel in the image. The rapidly changing weather caused a particularly interesting phenomena called a Superior Mirage. Where the mirages people are most familiar with (inferior mirages) reflect images as though they are mirror-like pools of water on the road, a superior mirage does just the opposite. The layers of air in a particularly strong inversion layer near the surface act as not only a mirror above objects on the horizon, but they take on the effect of a fun house mirror distorting and repeating images or even making objects appear to float above the surface. The name for these mirages when they become particularly complex is “Fata Morgana” an Italian phrase referring to stories told about the floating islands often seen in the Strait of Messina being fairy castles. Fata Morgana (or Fairy Morgan) incidentally refers to a particular fairy from the legend of King Arthur… but that’s a story for another day.
Be sure to zoom in and explore the image with the controls at the bottom, it is a large panorama with a lot of detail!
The program gets stated at 9 a.m. in De la Guerra Plaza, followed by a march up State Street to the Arlington Theatre for a stirring program hosted by Dr. Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval. The celebration at Arlington Theatre will also feature: keynote speaker Dr. Broaderick A. Huggins, Bishop St. Paul Baptist Church and Choir, Soloist Aleena Ortiz, poetry and essay winners, and the Santa Barbara Dance Institute.