As You See It, Aug. 13, 2010: Preserv...

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

There are 40 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Aug 13, 2010, titled As You See It, Aug. 13, 2010: Preserve beaches, ditch seawalls. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

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Richard Saunders

Belmont, CA

#21 Aug 13, 2010
John Laird has a 25 year record of liberal failure in local and state politics and you say he is the most qualified. He has never held a real job in his entire adult life.

If his recent stint in the Assembly as budget chair is a record to go by, we are in for even a rougher ride than what we got now. After all, he was the one who sent us down this primrose path of self-destruction.

You liberals amaze me.

Would you vote for Arnie or George Bush in for a 3rd term if you had a chance?

I seriously doubt it.

So why would you vote in John Laird who has even a more abysmal record than both of them?

That is the thing with you liberals, you are shameless hypocrites.

If John Laird was a Republican with the exact same record, it would be a cold day in hell before you would vote for him again.
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.
loweroceanlocal

Longview, WA

#22 Aug 13, 2010
Grrrrr wrote:
"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!
if the large pick up was driving a safe distance behind her, which is the legal and responsible thing to do , then this would not have happened. as for stopping for a cross walk that is the law.
loweroceanlocal

Longview, WA

#23 Aug 13, 2010
homeless leeches wrote:
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.
the people who live in santa cruz now are greedy leeches, they insist on leeching every cent off of the proper4ty that they can, they care more about money than they do about people. why do the rich and upper middle class think that they are the only ones entitled to the beaches and redwoods that god has created for everyone? when they get to heaven i am sure the rich will fill that they are entitled to be there, and they will whine and complain as god lets all the poor people in, and sends the rich straight to hell.
You mean

Ben Lomond, CA

#24 Aug 13, 2010
Dear Sarah Damron, Santa Cruz

I have seen no proof of beaches being destroyed by any of the sea walls in the area. The San Lorenzo River and the intensity of storms are our local determining factors for whether there is more or less beach at any given time during the year.

I don't believe the report the dON the idiot posted either. The Coastal Commission is largely a group that will not look at studies objectively. They only promote 'findings' that support their forgone conclusions.

Never could figure out the counter-intuitive "Save Don't Pave" stickers...., uh, its Pave or Lose the cliff.
English speaker

Alameda, CA

#25 Aug 13, 2010
Portia wrote:
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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.
I'll volunteer to speak English at home. That alone would do marvels for our schools.
All knowing

Santa Cruz, CA

#26 Aug 13, 2010
loweroceanlocal wrote:
<quoted text> if the large pick up was driving a safe distance behind her, which is the legal and responsible thing to do , then this would not have happened. as for stopping for a cross walk that is the law.
I agree with this completely. Memorised DMV instructions- usually called common sense? No reason at all to go like blazes, change lanes unexpectedly, imagine 'you' as a driver are the only person on the road, imagine that you 'know' why the car in front of you is slowing or stopping. Santa Cruz is way too small for "Speed Racer".

Back to your Oakland self.........

“Where Did All the Money Go?”

Since: Sep 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#27 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.
Engineered by the banks? Who was buying all those subprime mortgages in the secondary market? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And who set these enterprises? I'll give you a hint: Fannie and Freddie are GOVERNMENT-sponsored entities, or GSEs. Who blocked reform at Fannie and Freddie back in 2003? Congressman Frank--the same Congressman Frank who co-authored the financial reform bill, which exempted Fannie and Freddie, and who infamously said "I don't think that Fannie and Freddie are financially insolvent. I don't think they need large bailouts," just two month before both were seized by the U.S. government. The U.S. taxpayer is now on the hook for JUST a few hundred billion dollars.

Read and learn.

Blog: Fannie, Freddie, and You as the Secret Santa
http://soquelbythecreek.blogspot.com/2010/02/...

California's failures are almost entirely of it's own making. Other states with sane fiscal policies have weathered the downturn significantly better.

Only California has ranked dead last in business climate since 2006.

California relies too heavily on a too-progressive income tax scheme, which results in massive swings in revenue.

California now spends 2000 TIME MORE on public employee pensions than it did a decade ago.

You can't blame our problems solely on the banks. Read "The Golden State's War on Itself".
http://www.city-journal.org/2010/20_3_califor...

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#28 Aug 13, 2010
Why does PG&amp;E advertise so much? asks Geoffrey Smith.
Excellent question.
jaj

Sunnyvale, CA

#29 Aug 13, 2010
Dear Pat Weber wrote:
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.
How?
Monkey

Ross, CA

#30 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!
Utter rubbish. Only a few seats at PCS is not open to ordinary students. Most are taken by a closed group of the elite. Stop talking drivel.
Public money means it should be open to the public - right?

100% of seats should be available to the "ordinary student" - you turkey.
Drivel

Ross, CA

#31 Aug 13, 2010
Only a few seats at PCS are open to ordinary students
bikerscum

San Jose, CA

#32 Aug 13, 2010
I completely agree with Mr. Smith. PG&E has us over a barrel so they really don't need to advertise. I'll dislike them no matter how much advertising they do. I'd much rather that money be spent on rate reduction than trying to make us think they are wonderful with their misleading advertising. Who do they think they are fooling and how stupid do they think we are?
James Anderson Merritt

San Francisco, CA

#33 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...
Why? Because people vote with tribe mentality? There are four candidates in the race. Two "insiders" or incumbents, and two alternatives. Were you present for or have you watched via streaming video last night's four-way debate at Cabrillo College? ALL of the candidates seemed like serious grown-ups, and each made some excellent points. If people think beyond tribal party loyalty, and vote for what they really want, it is not at all clear to me that Fitzgerald or Hinkle couldn't be sent to Sacramento. I think that either man can handle the job, maybe not as well at first as the long-experienced Blakeslee and Laird, but then again, those two insiders have had years to do what they could to straighten out the mess in Sacramento and NEITHER has succeeded; indeed problems became worse during their respective tenures.

Putting a Demo or GOP candidate into the 15th district senate seat will only perpetuate machine politics. Sending an alternative candidate to Sacramento will also send a powerful message to pols-as-usual: YOU CAN BE REPLACED by "concerned citizens" (the phrase Fitzgerald used in the debate) who are more concerned with cleaning things up than immediately running for re-election or higher office. Blakeslee kept lamenting the polarization and "lack of bipartisanship" in Sacramento these days. Hinkle got an approving laugh when he said that whenever Libertarians hear the word "bipartisan," they get the mental image of two wolves and a sheep trying to decide what's for dinner. Both Blakeslee and Laird alluded to grand ambitions that, one way or another, they would like to have voters purchase through tax revenues. Laird was, to his credit, more obvious and honest about that, but Blakeslee, too, felt that the sheep should periodically be shorn to pay for all the services "we" want and need. To HIS credit, Blakeslee wanted to make the State more business-friendly, so that there would be more sheep and they would grow thicker wool, metaphorically speaking. Laird: Honest about his wolfishness. Blakeslee: Kinder in his wolfishness. Both: Still wolves.

If you don't want to be treated like sheep, break free of the flock and vote for an alternative candidate next Tuesday. Otherwise, you may one day have cause to exclaim a "BAH" of disgust, but to those of us who tried to warn you, it will sound like "BAAAA ... BAAAA."

If you want to watch the debate, here's the link to the video recording of it:

http://www.kionrightnow.com/global/video/flas...
James Anderson Merritt

San Francisco, CA

#34 Aug 13, 2010
bikerscum wrote:
I completely agree with Mr. Smith. PG&E has us over a barrel so they really don't need to advertise. I'll dislike them no matter how much advertising they do. I'd much rather that money be spent on rate reduction than trying to make us think they are wonderful with their misleading advertising. Who do they think they are fooling and how stupid do they think we are?
According to one of the candidates at the 15th State Senatorial district debate last night at Cabrillo, we pay more than 1/3 higher electric rates than the rest of the country. Also, Californians typically consume electricity way under the average for the rest of the country. I know that at my house alone, we consume well under the national household average. We use less. We pay more (per unit). I would also like to see less advertising by PG&E until they can reduce our rates or otherwise quit punishing us for being uncharacteristically frugal.
Not clear

Redwood City, CA

#35 Aug 13, 2010
Drivel wrote:
Only a few seats at PCS are open to ordinary students
Just for clarification; what exactly is an ordinary student?

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#36 Aug 13, 2010
James Anderson Merritt wrote:
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According to one of the candidates at the 15th State Senatorial district debate last night at Cabrillo, we pay more than 1/3 higher electric rates than the rest of the country. Also, Californians typically consume electricity way under the average for the rest of the country. I know that at my house alone, we consume well under the national household average. We use less. We pay more (per unit). I would also like to see less advertising by PG&E until they can reduce our rates or otherwise quit punishing us for being uncharacteristically frugal.
I agree. Another reason for the higher rates is tied to the tighter EPA standards imposed on California's industries. Someone has to pay for the reduced emissions.
Can't wait to see the bill the "smart" meter brings.
James Anderson Merritt

San Francisco, CA

#37 Aug 14, 2010
loweroceanlocal wrote:
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why do the rich and upper middle class think that they are the only ones entitled to the beaches and redwoods that god has created for everyone? when they get to heaven i am sure the rich will fill that they are entitled to be there, and they will whine and complain as god lets all the poor people in, and sends the rich straight to hell.
Here's an idea for you: Heaven and Hell are the same place. For the rich, the pollution of paradise by "those people" makes it hell. For the poor, far better conditions than they ever enjoyed on earth makes it heaven. Win-win. God would seem pretty clever (and efficient!).
Love Santa Cruz

United States

#38 Aug 15, 2010
Take ur Meds wrote:
Yes William, Rich people like you who depend on your wife's income so you can play do NOT need tax breaks!
You need to check your facts. I know he has two businesses and does a lot of charity work. Do you realize that the rich are paying for everyone's unemployment checks now? They are also paying for the police and illiterates we have on he Santa Cruz City Counsel now. Their pay certainly isn't coming from the middle class.

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#39 Aug 15, 2010
Love Santa Cruz wrote:
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You need to check your facts. I know he has two businesses and does a lot of charity work. Do you realize that the rich are paying for everyone's unemployment checks now? They are also paying for the police and illiterates we have on he Santa Cruz City Counsel now. Their pay certainly isn't coming from the middle class.
Well, actually the middle class is paying their fair share of the bills. Most of the "middle class" doesn't qualify for lifeline rates on phone bills, utilities, etc. Nor do they receive gubmint assistance. They do, however have to make the house payments/rent, car payments, taxes, utilities, and various other fees and charges. When they are not able to do this, they are no longer in the middle class.
loweroceanlocal

Longview, WA

#40 Aug 15, 2010
All knowing wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree with this completely. Memorised DMV instructions- usually called common sense? No reason at all to go like blazes, change lanes unexpectedly, imagine 'you' as a driver are the only person on the road, imagine that you 'know' why the car in front of you is slowing or stopping. Santa Cruz is way too small for "Speed Racer".
Back to your Oakland self.........
i wish i was from oakland, the people there are a whole lot less racist and classist than the people from santa cruz, actually up here in washington i am ashamed to tell people that i am from there, because most of the people here think that upper middle class self involved white people like yourself should just grow the hell up and realize that we are all equals on this planet. besides oakland has way more famous people from it, and has contributed more to the world than santa cruz ever will, the wet suit was invented in sanfrancisco, by oneil, lol then he moved there, he aint even a local.

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