Here’s a short video of San Luis Obispo’s city council serenading to their various advisory body members… on March 11, 2014. A side of council you don’t get to see at the council meetings!
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The County Board of Supervisors will be voting to approve or deny the purchase of the Edna Valley trail property on August 21, 2012 The meeting starts at 9 AM. and the item is fairly early on the Agenda just after the Consent items. Here is a link to the staff report on the purchase. The Staff report is fairly negative despite a unanimous Yes vote by the County Parks and Recreation Commission and endorsement by all the surrounding cities, agencies, and related commissions, committees etc. Below is the updated list of supporters:
City of San Luis Obispo
City of Pismo Beach
City of Arroyo Grande
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
San Luis Obispo County Tourism Business Improvement District
Spanish Springs Housing Development Price Canyon
the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County
the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition
San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Advisory Committee
San Luis Obispo County Trails Advisory Committee
Heal SLO (Healthy Eating Active Living)
San Luis Obispo County Association of Parks and Recreation Administrators (SLOCAPRA)
San Luis Obispo Parks, Open Space and Trails (SLOPOST)
San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club
Safe Routes to School
National Parks Service
Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers
San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District
Action for Healthy Communities Coalition
Bob Jones trail was PACKED today BTW… the parking lot was full with the overflow parked all over the place in every spot available. We obviously need these class one (off highway) multi purpose trails!
Congratulations to all. Our County Parks Commission has voted yes to support the acquisition of the old Pacific Coast Railway parcels that lead through Edna Valley and down into Price Canyon. They have sent a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to purchase the parcels with Parks Facilities Funds (or other Funds). Supervisor Paul Teixeira spoke at the podium mentioning that there may be alternate funding opportunities and thus we might not need to use Parks Funds for all of this purchase. Many local businesses and agencies spoke in favor of the project. Not one person spoke against. The vote was 4 -0 (one commissioner was absent)
The item will now proceed to the Supervisors… and you will all need to show up then and voice your support.
Posted in california cultural anthropology, creative class, Uncategorized, tagged beat culture, Beat generation poetry, Beat poetry, beatnik poetry, Big Sur, Big Sur beatniks, Eric Barker, Nepenthe on December 8, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Eric Barker is my namesake. My mom and dad used to visit him and other fixtures up in Big Sur back in the 1950’s. I have only recently discovered his work. Here is a poem of his:
Lines for a favorite cat:
Escaping for twelve years
The nearly always imminent deaths,
My wary and beautiful cat
Died last night
In the teeth of a masked
And murderous coon.
Loudly caterwauling his rage and terror
At the full moon
As she turned away
Her blandly betraying bitch face
From the floodlit death arena
Roller of bobbins, balls, dice,
Old three-striker at gopher holes.
This is the way things are:
I have carried your bedding of ferns
To the deep hole I have dug, crossed
Your paws in the way
You used to sleep.
This is the way life is,
And I must make do somehow,
Even making a pet, perhaps, of your enemy
The coon, who has cleaned your dish
And is already picking the lock
Of the back door
With dexterous and beseeching hands
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged China rising, china shipping container volumes, chinese imports, containers, Growth of China, made in china, ocean frieght, shipping containers, us exports, us imports on June 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
I found this graphic in a Harvard Business Review article titled “what the west doesn’t get about China. This graphic represents millions of 20 foot shipping units… ie containers. Most big containers are 40 footers… and thus would be 2 units… but there are a lot of 20 footers as well… thus the unit. ANYWAY… notice that the majority of shipping is intra asia… 44 million shipping units went from point A to point B in Asia.
Only 11.5 went from Asia to North America… and a little less than half of even that, only 6.5, went the other way from North America to Asia. So you can see that the largest amount of production activity in the world is in Asia proper… and the vast majority of what is being produced is staying there. Kind of interesting. The image seems to be missing the North America to Europe and visa versa numbers…. but it was in an article discussing asia’s rise so I suppose it isn’t needed. I kinda would like to see the US and european numbers though… just to get a complete picture.
Posted in art, Uncategorized, tagged cool hunting, cultural anthropology, fashion, hipsters, music fashion, non conformists, punk, styles, trend forecasting, trendforecasting, trends, trendwatching, trendy on March 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Exactitudes is a site that cuts straight to the center of things. Distilling various trendmongers down into clear and exact categories. Sometimes with audio if you choose their “slider view”.
Everyone thinks they are being so different… yet we are all just conforming. I dare you to be truly unique… it’s quite difficult.
“Technohippies” shown just below… circa 2005
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Eric Meyer, Genealogy, History, history is wrong, History of Simple, History of Simple Shoes, incorrect history, incorrect information on the net, Simple, simple shoes, Simple shoes founder, the movement on December 2, 2010 | 7 Comments »
This post doesn’t really match up to my stated topic for this blog… so feel free to ignore it and move on…. but my Dad died two weeks ago and I miss him. He was an interesting fellow… a 1940’s and 1950’s Modernist architect… and a real Beatnik. (Although he would hate me calling him that… I think he would prefer philosopher or curmudgeon… or intellectual… or most likely a four letter word said with great emphasis and a big smile). Anyway… I have never really understood about my distant family history very well… and his passing got me thinking.
So I went to the computer and started looking online at the various genealogy links. What I found is that they have me on these links… and my mom on these links… but for some reason… these genealogy links have my mom’s ex husband as my dad… whom she divorced years before I was born. And my dad… is nowhere to be found! Hmmm… who writes this stuff!
so I Googled Eric Meyer… looking to see what other incorrect info I might find. (It turns out there is some internet guru also named Eric Meyer… so I had to refine my search. )
WOW… I found out that “when he was a young surfer dude” (cough) “Eric went to USCB”. This was in “the late eighties and early 1990’s”. I learned that “he also started making his own shoes when he was in college”… and “he made them by hand”… with a hammer and an anvil I suppose… “all by himself”
Hmmm. Didn’t go to USCB… Didn’t go to college in the late 80’s and early 90’s… and didn’t make the first shoes by hand when I was in college…. but this is how I’m carved in history by the internet now…. and with the wrong dad no less.
IN FACT… probably at least 50% of what I found on myself was wrong.
I’m not famous… and I don’t have kids… so I suppose it doesn’t matter really. But it makes me wonder:
How much of history is wrong?
yours truly… in 1966