Will New Ruling Inspire a Return to a Sane Affordable Housing Policy?

February 26, 2009

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Moro Cojo Low-Income Housing Project Under Construction – California’s 6th District Court of Appeal has now ruled that low-income housing restrictions placed on these homes before they were sold are valid and enforceable. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Moronic Convergence – How Stupid Laws and Selfish People are Pushing California Off a Cliff

February 18, 2009

Running a civilized society and creating a climate in which private enterprise can thrive takes money. Sewage treatment plants, roads, power grids, water projects, firefighters, police, courts, prisons, control of infectious disease, schools, universities, job training programs, services for the destitute and the mentally ill, urban planning, control of air and water pollution, food and product safety inspections, and on and on and on, all take money. Money that very few people indeed would genuinely like to see California stop spending.

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Big Sur Weathers the Storm

February 17, 2009

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Clearing Storm

The storm the National Weather Service predicted would stall out over the Santa Lucia Sunday night, instead stalled out just off the coast. Read the rest of this entry »


The Tour of California Arrives in Santa Cruz

February 16, 2009

Rain may stop golf tournaments, but it doesn’t stop a bike race …

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Crowds pack the streets of Santa Cruz for the finish of Stage 2 of the Tour of California. Not a bad turn-out for a day when sunshine kept alternating with hammering rain. Read the rest of this entry »


AT&T Pro-Am Hits the Beach – And Almost Hits Us

February 14, 2009

While we appreciate the boost the AT&T Pro-Am gives our local economy and are grateful for the money it raises for local charities, we generally do our best to avoid going anywhere near the actual golfing action. Today, however, we went for a walk on the beach and the PGA Tour brought the action to us … Read the rest of this entry »


Big Rain Coming?

February 14, 2009

So far, we’ve been lucky. We’ve gotten through November, December, January and half of February without a single major storm. The rain has come in such small doses, in fact, that we’ve been wondering whether we shouldn’t be more worried about drought than about the much feared post-fire floods and mudslides. Read the rest of this entry »


2002 Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp Steelhead Massacre Back in the News

February 1, 2009

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A large steelhead summers over in the Little Sur River downstream of the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. Dozens of endangered fish like this one were killed in 2002 (and quite probably in other years as well) by camp operators who apparently felt that getting their lake filled quickly was more important than keeping the fish alive. Read the rest of this entry »