As You See It, Aug. 13, 2010: Preserve beaches, ditch seawalls

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Grrrrr

San Jose, CA

#1 Aug 13, 2010
"The other day I was waiting patiently at that chaotic intersection by 24 Hour Fitness. A lady stopped and waved me on. A large pickup behind her had to slam on his brakes and swerve into the next lane to avoid plowing into her. That was extremely dangerous. I appreciate people wanting to be courteous, but they really should consider those who are driving behind them just as much as the pedestrian standing in front of them. It isn't about rights, it's about safety."
There is a smart general "rule of thumb" that if a car on the road is stopping, there is probably a good reason for it, and you should slow and become extra aware of what's ahead of you.
Especially in an intersection or crosswalk.
I've seen cars stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, and then watched the car behind them mindlessly and quickly switch lanes to go around the stopped car and almost hit the person that was legally crossing the street.
And in this writer's story, it was the pickup behind the car which had stopped that was not watching and/or was driving too fast and too close to the car in front of them.
THAT was not driving safely.
So again, drivers, realize that if a car is stopping in the road, there is a good reason for it, and BE AWARE!
Dude in Capitola

Berkeley, CA

#2 Aug 13, 2010
Liquidate ALL incumbents!

Career Politicians have spent decades creating the mess we're in now!
agreeeeeeeeeeeee

Pleasant Hill, CA

#3 Aug 13, 2010
Geoffrey Smith
Mitch Stricker
Pat Weber
William Scherer
Take ur Meds

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Aug 13, 2010
Yes William, Rich people like you who depend on your wife's income so you can play do NOT need tax breaks!
homeless leeches

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Aug 13, 2010
Dear Arlette Lees, my sister and her husband do not make a lot of money and have chosen to live in a part of the country where they can get by on what they have. They don't live in a beautiful coastal city, but they enjoy their independence and are proud of the trailer they own.

I think most of the homeless individuals could enjoy the same if they didn't expect to be taken care of by taxpayers, or demand to live in Santa Cruz. These homeless individuals are self-entitled leeches.

The homeless leeches in Santa Cruz live better than many Native Americans.
Jennifer

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Aug 13, 2010
I'm confused by Mr. Scherer's letter. If our economic problems are the fault of those in government, then voting against John Laird means voting for Sam Blakeslee, who is...an incumbent. Perhaps he is suggesting we vote for another candidate, or simply stay home on election day, but one of these two men is going to be our next state senator, and realistically, the choice is between them. Mr. Blakeslee has been very vague about his plans to solve the state's problems. Laird has been specific and realistic. He gets my vote.
Dear Pat Weber

United States

#7 Aug 13, 2010
The PCS model is to isolate high ability kids from the rest of the school-going population. It doesn't take a genius to see that this is not a replicable model.

What we need to do is to ensure that ALL of our schools are excellent. Every child has the right to attend an outstanding neighborhood school. It is OUR job as a community to deliver that.

“On your left”

Since: May 08

Watsonville

#8 Aug 13, 2010
Homeless:
The concept of social services were put into place to help local residents in times when they are down on their luck and where our (tax paying) community wants to help their neighbors. Currently, the homeless in Santa Cruz County are primarily not from this county. Prioritize who gets service (residents with a family history in SC Co) and help others return to their town of birth.

Sea Wall/Beaches:
ONe aspect that affects this issue is the sources (streams; rivers; sand sources upcoast from the Monterey Bay e.g. Ano Nuevo area) of sand that deposit on our beaches. Only through a comprehensive management plan of our water sheds can something really be done to deal with the protection of our beaches.
Seacliff Local

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Aug 13, 2010
Dear Pat Weber wrote:
It is OUR job as a community to deliver that.
Sure, I'll put that on my to-do list right now.

“Where Did All the Money Go?”

Since: Sep 08

Ben Lomond, CA

#10 Aug 13, 2010
Jennifer wrote:
I'm confused by Mr. Scherer's letter. If our economic problems are the fault of those in government, then voting against John Laird means voting for Sam Blakeslee, who is...an incumbent. Perhaps he is suggesting we vote for another candidate, or simply stay home on election day, but one of these two men is going to be our next state senator, and realistically, the choice is between them. Mr. Blakeslee has been very vague about his plans to solve the state's problems. Laird has been specific and realistic. He gets my vote.
I agree that Mr. Laird has been very specific. I a strongly disagree with all of his proposed solutions. His "solutions" represent more of the same failed policies that help deliver California into its current fiscal chaos.
Portia

Sunnyvale, CA

#11 Aug 13, 2010
Seacliff Local wrote:
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Sure, I'll put that on my to-do list right now.
Glad to hear it! If every one (including those who complain about schools) donated 10 hours of volunteer time in the classroom, library or grounds each year, contributed $50 and supported local funding for schools, it would make a world of difference for thousands of kids.
dON

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 Aug 13, 2010
Generally speaking, armoring bluffs results in the loss of beach in front of it. Sarah Damron, Santa Cruz

FROM THE SANCTUARY:

In the nearshore environment of the sanctuary there has been localized modification or loss of coastal habitat, primarily through armoring of coastal bluffs and beaches, erosion of sandy shoreline, and landslide disposal on rocky reef.

http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/condition...
Arnoldo

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Aug 13, 2010
It's amazing that so many people seem to have forgotten the financial crash engineered by the banks so recently. Somehow, all of our fiscal woes are now the fault of our legislators, or at least the ones of the other party. Blakeslee is an incumbent, Laird was one until recently. If there is fault there, it is shared. I have no problem with those who want to see new faces in Sacramento, but that's not one of the options in this election. Laird is by far the better qualified candidate, and he gets my vote.
Appointment

Seaside, CA

#14 Aug 13, 2010
I appoint John Laird to pay my state taxes.
Huh

United States

#15 Aug 13, 2010
Jennifer wrote:
I'm confused by Mr. Scherer's letter. If our economic problems are the fault of those in government, then voting against John Laird means voting for Sam Blakeslee, who is...an incumbent. Perhaps he is suggesting we vote for another candidate, or simply stay home on election day, but one of these two men is going to be our next state senator, and realistically, the choice is between them. Mr. Blakeslee has been very vague about his plans to solve the state's problems. Laird has been specific and realistic. He gets my vote.
Ah, but Mr. Blakeslee has been trying to reduce the costs of California's Democrat majority out of control excessive spending for two years now by attempting to reduce entitlement spending, cutting waste and reducing taxation! Problem is, he's a Republican and the Republicans have been stifled and shut out for about 50 years now by the Democrat controlled Senate and Assembly!

Maybe you aren't aware, but back during Democrat Jerry Moonbeam Brown’s two terms as Ca Governor (late 70’s/early 80’s), he instilled collective bargaining for government employee unions and our states expenditures and budgets have been sky rocketing us into insolvency ever since!!! Laird was a good little Liberal Democrat Socialist tax and spend proponent during his terms before being termed out. He’s part of the problem! He wants to be part of the problem again as demonstrated when he moved to an Aptos rental just in time to qualify for the district vacated by Rep. Maldonado’s appointment to Lt. Governor.
The Democrats need two more seats in the Senate to have the supermajority top decide and control when they c want to raise your and my taxes at will and repay their union donors with ever more lucrative contracts providing ever more expensive wage compensation and benefit packages thus increasing our budgetary expenditures!
Huh

United States

#16 Aug 13, 2010
Arnoldo wrote:
It's amazing that so many people seem to have forgotten the financial crash engineered by the banks so recently. Somehow, all of our fiscal woes are now the fault of our legislators, or at least the ones of the other party. Blakeslee is an incumbent, Laird was one until recently. If there is fault there, it is shared. I have no problem with those who want to see new faces in Sacramento, but that's not one of the options in this election. Laird is by far the better qualified candidate, and he gets my vote.
I'll be a good little compliant tax payer!

I'll bend over and be quiet while Laird and the Democrats stick to me again to provide ever increasng job security and excellent wage and benefit packages to the governmet employee union donors and entitlement recievers for their promise to vote Democrat for continued free stuff!

Thank you sir, may I have another?
Thank you PCS

Santa Cruz, CA

#17 Aug 13, 2010
PCS takes ordinary students and challenges them to excel, providing them with the tools, training, and high-quality education they need to succeed. They're not "high ability kids" when they enter PCS in the seventh grade, but they are when they graduate from high school.

Keep up the good work, PCS, and don't let the turkeys get you down!
Not clear

San Francisco, CA

#18 Aug 13, 2010
Thank you PCS wrote:
PCS takes ordinary students and challenges them to excel, providing them with the tools, training, and high-quality education they need to succeed. They're not "high ability kids" when they enter PCS in the seventh grade, but they are when they graduate from high school.
Keep up the good work, PCS, and don't let the turkeys get you down!
I agree, PCS does do some great things. My concern is with the board preference. I think PCS could continue to excel and at the same time end some of the criticism by eliminating the board enrollment preference.
Elijah

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Aug 13, 2010
For a comprehensive discussion on both sides of the PCS issue, without having to go into it all over again here, go to topix forum http://www.topix.com/alerts/forum/source/sant...
Really - no really -

San Jose, CA

#20 Aug 13, 2010
Okay - if what you say is true, regarding mr laird being specific, are you in agreement that the problems we are facing can be solved by increasing revenue (taxes) taken from the working public? If so then cast your vote for mr laird. One note - mr laird is not legally allowed to run in this election as he does not reside in the district but the DA is too busy figuring out how to deal with the sleep in folks to look into it. oh back on topic ........ Mr. Blakeslee has my vote and the vote of the four other adults that live legally within the district at my address.
Jennifer wrote:
I'm confused by Mr. Scherer's letter. If our economic problems are the fault of those in government, then voting against John Laird means voting for Sam Blakeslee, who is...an incumbent. Perhaps he is suggesting we vote for another candidate, or simply stay home on election day, but one of these two men is going to be our next state senator, and realistically, the choice is between them. Mr. Blakeslee has been very vague about his plans to solve the state's problems. Laird has been specific and realistic. He gets my vote.

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