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From Our Inbox: Letters to the Editor for the Week Ending Feb. 5, 2021 | Opinions

Relating to Noozhawk’s Feb. 2 story, “With Council Approval, Santa Barbara Able to Energy Up Electrical Bike Program at Waterfront,” if it weren’t for the Shazam password “bike,” this system to put in business for-profit, intrusive infrastructure on public streets and locations on this city could be laughed off stage.

The truth that the Ebike vendor, BCycle, has managed to persuade our managers and Metropolis Council that their alternative to make a buck is an indication of a wholesome metropolis is greater than odd. One assumes that different communities have resisted this co-option. Why are we not?

Among the many inappropriate points of this transfer are:

» It subsidizes direct competitors towards present native bicycle rental corporations that pay for his or her enterprise area and that contribute taxes to the native communities affected by their course of.

» It usurps public areas created for pedestrian and different makes use of. No non-public celebration is allowed to park a automobile for indefinite intervals on public streets, however these autos will accomplish that. Whereas the town has a precedent to permit eating places to impinge on public sidewalks, not less than the area was rented for that use. There seems to be no such rental settlement in place for this use.

» Selective entry. Apparently, solely people with “apps” on good telephones can really borrow/hire the bikes from most websites. There are growing documentations of the privateness loss incurred by way of apps in abnormal every day exercise. Many individuals select to not permit this theft of non-public knowledge and life behaviors. Excluding these people is a concession to the money-making mannequin of Ebikes however a disservice to the individuals of this city.

» Obvious lack of concern in regards to the legal responsibility incurred by the town for actions of these it permits to make use of its public areas with impunity.

Not way back the town aggressively stopped the infestation of electrical scooters. Now the town is welcoming a transparent aggressive enterprise. Why?

Does the bike foyer exert such nice attain inside our authorities that it might probably act with little oversight, convert public areas to personal achieve, ignore the esthetics of their constructions, favor a non-public vendor over many others doing related enterprise, and permit non-public gathering of non-public knowledge by digital means on our personal group?

The reply seems to be Sure. This “experiment” will not be on behalf of the individuals of Santa Barbara, however a couple of zealots and a non-public operation that they favor.

It shouldn’t have been permitted, and it shouldn’t be continued below the presently drafted permissive guidelines.

Glen Mowrer
Santa Barbara

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Relating to Santa Barbara Unified Faculty District board president Kate Ford and Superintendent Hilda Maldonado’s Feb. 3 commentary, “Permit Faculty Districts to Reopen for In-Particular person Instruction Instantly,” the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce strongly helps safely reopening our colleges to in-person studying.

The chamber’s relationship to the group and due to this fact to training, has by no means been extra vital than proper now. We now have at all times had shut ties with the varsity districts and better training since we all know that training, enterprise and group go hand in hand.

Our current findings from our Roadmap to Restoration program of labor requires colleges to be reopened on-campus. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the Santa Barbara County Public Well being Division have recognized confirmed strategies for security; we name this the COVID-19 Security 5-Step Technique. This technique consists of sporting a masks, sanitizing all surfaces and correct handwashing, social distancing of not less than six ft aside, air flow or outside operations, and the usage of plexiglass and limitations between people.

The chamber’s Roadmap to Restoration focus teams emphasised that to ensure that companies to flourish and staff to succeed, colleges should be in session on campus.

Distance studying, hybrid or all in-home fashions, introduced challenges for college students, working dad and mom, lecturers, employers and staff with out kids. The hardships amongst staff have been, in some instances dramatic, and disproportionately affecting ladies within the workforce.

The science and knowledge do help that on-campus studying might be secure and doesn’t pose as a excessive a threat of hurt as maintaining our youngsters, of all ages, away from their studying environments, their friends, their actions and their sports activities.

The CDC has launched a report that lastly supplies concrete scientific reassurance that colleges aren’t seeing outbreaks and unfold.

We all know that the Santa Barbara Unified Faculty District has struggled and wrestled with the timing of reopening colleges. We provide our voice of help for reopening as quickly as potential or round March 1. Ready for much longer than this timing causes individuals to lose hope that colleges will reopen this 12 months.

Kristen Miller
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce

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On Feb. 4, my husband had an appointment to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital drive-through clinic. I went with him and was so impressed by the way in which every little thing was arrange and carried out. It was properly organized, everybody was useful and pleasant, and it took about 20 minutes for my husband to get his shot.

Bravo Cottage Well being. Nice job!

Diana Thorn

•        •        •

The Santa Barbara County Administrators’ Collaborative is advocating for early care and training workers, preschool workers and household suppliers — who’re working straight with kids or households and offering important training providers — to be in a precedence place to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. The Administrators’ Collaborative is a voluntary group of preschool, early care and training administrators from all through the county who’ve been assembly since April 2020.

The Santa Barbara County Public Well being Division presently lists “training and baby care” as being in Tier 1B for the vaccination. Typically now we have seen the phrases “educators” or “training” consult with the Tk/Ok-12 system, with pre-school being omitted or neglected. That is the time to acknowledge the integral half that baby care suppliers play in restoration from the pandemic.

The prioritization of those important employees is solely one in every of logistics. Guarantee that baby care and early care and training employees are afforded the flexibility to register for a vaccine appointment as quickly as vaccines can be found. Display screen the registrations and permit these actively working with kids a immediate place in line. Work has already been accomplished to compile an inventory of these employees.

The Director’s Collaborative is bringing consideration to the truth that many kids are presently being cared for out of doors their houses. These employees are caring for others at a threat to themselves, their households and to the rebuilding of our native economies.

Our neighborhoods and financial vitality depend on important employees with a purpose to get well and maintain our well being and vitality. Deal with baby care suppliers as important employees and with the popularity, respect and help they deserve.

Native kids and baby care, early care and training facilities are sending postcards to officers asking that their lecturers be prioritized. We commend and thank Santa Barbara County colleges Superintendent Susan Salcido for her Feb. 4 letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, reminding him that maintaining vaccination of kid care employees and educators a high precedence will speed up the well being and security of environments for in-person instruction.

Robin Palmerston
The Kids’s Home Montessori Faculty
Santa Maria

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Relating to Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley’s Feb. 1 commentary, “Can Grief Permit Us to Be Joyful and Comfortable Once more?” I’ve at all times admired Dudley and now take pleasure in and thank her for this text on grief.

I, too, misplaced my beloved husband. It’s been simply over 5 years in the past. We’d been married virtually 68 years and he was my happiness. I nonetheless cry however not as usually. He was nearing 97 and had lived a very good life so I can’t actually complain.

It’s merely the lacking of contact, dialog, caring and so many different little however vital elements of our being collectively.

I additionally misplaced a mother or father, my mom, however too early in life, from pancreatic most cancers. That grief by no means left however was put away in candy recollections lastly.

Dudley wrote this with good perception that helped me. It gave me one other street to observe for pleasure. I cherished to share the early night sky with him and the moon when it was full. I do know I can take pleasure in these moments once more; I simply should let it occur.

My recollections are a consolation, and I decide to decide on the very best. So thanks once more, Joyce, on your useful ideas.

Vera Margolis
Santa Ynez

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Thanks to District Legal professional Joyce Dudley for her fantastically written article about her grief and the method of restoration from the lack of her beloved life accomplice. The essay was a present to every of us. Thanks for publishing it.

Lois Phillips
Santa Barbara

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Relating to the Feb. 3 article, “Developer’s Proposed Lot Break up in Los Alamos Sparks Concern Amongst Neighbors,” Los Alamos is within the midst of a growth blunder aided by our personal Santa Barbara County Planning and Improvement Division. This could occur to any small city, or any neighborhood inside a metropolis.

A builder seeks to develop and construct as many as 11 dwellings on a 1½-acre lot that’s bordered by three roads.

One of many potential entry roads has long-provided a secure and quiet place for strolling and jogging, pushing infants in strollers, younger kids driving tricycles and bikes, and people strolling with a cane or in a wheelchair. This street can be, nonetheless, the simplest and most worthwhile selection for the developer.

How has our Planning and Improvement Division dealt with the allowing course of? County transportation specialists first downplayed or sought to disregard the one-lane bottleneck on this street. It could expertise drastically elevated visitors and corresponding threat for accident and damage. The transportation planning supervisor then acknowledged that he was not involved, as “Legal responsibility is roofed by design immunity so long as we observe adopted county/federal requirements and pointers.”

Relatively than attempt to perceive the group, or name for a visitors examine, the planner merely opened the Site visitors Engineering Handbook, turned to a normal formulation and plugged in some numbers to generate a solution.

The planner additional assumed just one new dwelling on every of the parcels throughout the lot. Zoning right here, nonetheless, permits for as many as three dwellings on every parcel. So once more, his conclusions grossly underestimate the variety of autos and ensuing visitors issues.

County planners should pay extra consideration to realities on the bottom and to the pursuits of present residents. They should respect the distinctive traits of a avenue or a neighborhood, and keep away from damaging the material of communities.

There might be stress from Sacramento for our county to broaden the housing inventory. There are, although, a number of different heaps in Los Alamos which are extra appropriate for a number of dwelling growth.

Seth Steiner
Los Alamos

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Relating to the Jan. 31 article, “Film Roles Come and Go, However Santa Barbara County Is At all times the Largest Star,” it was nice to see so many locations used within the county for films.

However Noozhawk missed one which occurred on Parra Grande Lane in Montecito: Scarface. We lived simply down the road and we neighbors referred to it because the Heuy Property, however they moved on earlier than the film scene was filmed.

It was a scene the place a mansion within the tropics was blown up. The landscaping of the mansion was good as was the architectural design. Parra Grande Lane was closed off for a couple of week. Neighbors snuck into shrubbery to see what was occurring. I as soon as noticed a black panther wandering the grounds. The ultimate explosion could possibly be felt by many on the road.

The mansion remains to be there, but it surely’s a non-public dwelling so there isn’t a public entry.

Casey Bemis
Santa Ynez

•        •        •

So we would like all new building of economic and residential constructions to be all-electric? Nicely, I’m 75 and I bear in mind within the Fifties they constructed all-electric houses and it broke residents in power prices.

It’s similar to battery-driven automobiles. The very best automobile is a hybrid because it makes use of each gasoline sources and reduces emissions.

So mandating all-electric houses and business buildings is pie within the sky when pure fuel is cheaper and never the true wrongdoer to world warming. What’s extra, different nations — specifically, China and India — will do nothing as they’re categorized as growing nations.

The Inexperienced New Deal is a hoax. With out fossil fuels, prepare for $6 fuel and all of the merchandise which are from petroleum. What can we use for that because it’s not simply fuel from oil?

I assume it will get votes, but it surely’s not actuality.

John Sween
Santa Barbara

•        •        •

Risky hydrocarbons. A case of whose nostril is greater, could I undergo y’all humbly? It merely comes all the way down to what scent is extra acceptable.

Grape skins emit smelly, yummy hydrocarbons. Hashish does the identical. Each have an effect on one another. Case closed.

Make an agricultural designate within the county for hashish first and wine welcome. We might experiment! Appellation for hashish designate is the long run. Depart the prevailing winemakers alone and don’t permit cultivation to mass scale the place they exist. Mother and pop, nice! Discover new area now.

I’ve labored as a winemaker in Santa Barbara County and a cultivator so I can see either side. Suppose greater!

Jason Housel
Santa Barbara

•        •        •

How lengthy will it take for the COVID-19 aid invoice to get handed in Congress?

President Joe Biden signed the chief order final month. He despatched it to the Home of Representatives. He despatched it to the Senate.

They’re speculated to have a vote. They appear to not vote. How lengthy earlier than they take motion?

I want my cash! Each AMERICAN wants cash!

I’ve to exist on Social Safety — not sufficient cash. The examine doesn’t sustain with the rising prices.

I urge each AMERICAN to put in writing letters to all the Home of Representatives. I urge each AMERICAN to put in writing letters to all of the Senate. I urge each AMERICAN to put in writing letters to each authorities worker.

Let’s get this accomplished quick. You want the cash, all of us want this cash.

Jerry McGovern

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