Thursday, July 21, 2016

Turkish military coup attempt: was it genuine?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(NOT-Former) President of Turkey


MEDIA CREDIT: SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Last Friday (7.15.2016), many news sources told Americans and the world that there was a military coup underway in Turkey that appeared to be attempting an overthrow of the president and a takeover of the Turkish government. In the aftermath, there have been other opinions...

The following English language quote is from www.zynisk.blogg.se :

Excerpt:

Source: ZYNISK blog
Note: "Zynisk" may not generally fit into typical topics here at "Give Me A Moment" blog. However, it is interesting that the one quote (excerpt above) was presented in English on the sourced website.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

TOD Honolulu: transit oriented development

TOD planning concept in high-density rail corridor
Communities of higher density residences and services that are designed for walkablity and located near to a light rail transit station.



TOD Honolulu: neighborhood planning areas
(Excerpt) "It is easy to forget that at one time—over a half century ago— Oahu had street cars and trains... [before] the private automobile rose to prominence. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) rail transit system is the newest phase of the ongoing evolution of our island-wide multimodal transportation system.

After more than three decades of planning, [light rail] rapid transit is finally nearing fruition. The rail system will not be isolated, but rather closely integrated with our buses and roadway system. The rail component will serve as the spine of an island-wide multimodal transportation network that... will change the way we get around.

Rail transit and the concept of a high-density rail corridor are also part of the City’s strategy to manage and direct growth... [by]... channeling development pressure to rail station areas. This goal is possible through transit-oriented development (TOD) -- compact, mixed-use development within easy walking distance of a transit station. TOD is designed to encourage walking, biking and [light rail] transit... Since this type of urban development uses land more effciently, it will enable these [TOD] communities to accommodate growth [and preserve agricultural or environmentally sensitive land] for many generations."




Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
HART route map and travel times



Elevated Light Rail Project Progress
(Excerpt) "The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation [HART] has completed five miles of guideway for Oahu’s rail transit system, which accounts for 25 percent of the project’s elevated guideway work for the 20-mile system.

'This is an important milestone,' said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. '...As commuters drive by and look at the guideway, they know that an alternative to sitting in traffic is on the way.'

The five miles of guideway includes more than 215 spans. Each span, which is the portion of guideway between two columns, typically consists of 12 segments. And each segment weighs about 50 tons."
Source: HART Press Release, 12.4.2015


On Topic:
HART: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
Honolulu Transit photostream on flickr


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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cali HSR: Silicon Valley to Central Valley

The Pacheco Pass is an area of the Diablo Range in northern California. This relatively long low mountain pass lies in a possible high-speed rail (HSR) corridor apparently being considered between Gilroy Station and the City of Chowchilla in the Great Central Valley.

More information about a northern extension of HSR
Source: San Jose Mercury News CALIFORNIA, 2.17.2016



2018 California State Rail Plan
(Excerpt) "Your answers to this survey will help inform the development of the 2018 California State Rail Plan, which will provide an exciting new framework for California’s rail network and set the stage for new and better rail service and community connections in the State for the next 20 years and beyond. Caltrans plans to make the rail network more efficient, seamless and better integrated and connected to provide a better transportation alternative for Californians. The plan supports efficient movement of freight by rail, which benefits California by reducing roadway congestion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions."
Source: 2018 California State Rail Plan Survey

On Topic:
Cali HSR Authority: new 2016 Business Plan


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Saturday, February 27, 2016

California: Pacific Standard Time. Always.

By 1949 law, what's going to happen twice a year at 2:00 AM?
2016 voters may ultimately decide for in California...

MEDIA CREDIT: QwkDrw

Law's Author: Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose
California Legislature -- 2015/16 Regular Session

Proposed law in California: AB 2496
(Excerpt) "It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish United States Standard Pacific Time [PST] as the standard time within the state during the entire year."
Complete text: AB 2496

Okay then. It is about... time. It's TIME to stop the often ineffective, perhaps dangerous, and certainly disruptive biannual clock changes mandated by a practice too-long endured: spring forward/fall back for daylight savings time (DST).

Electorate approved inititive in 1949
that put DST into practice
(Excerpt) "...voters approved [DST] back 1949 via Proposition 12... Reversing the electorate of 1949 would mean going before today’s voters and asking them to make the change, assuming... [AB 2496] passes.

Assemblyman Chu said, 'This could be a very controversial one [AB 2496]... but when he informally polls constituents... the results are very positive.'"
Source: The Sacramento Bee, 2.24.2016

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On Topic:
Daylight Savings Time (DST)


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cali HSR Authority: new 2016 Business Plan

Phase 1: Extend to Northern California
Construct High-Speed Rail (HSR) passenger service to connect California's Silicon Valley and Great Central Valley by 2025.



California High-Speed Rail Authority: Draft 2016 Business Plan
(Excerpt) "This Draft 2016 Business Plan provides an update on the progress made, the changes that have occurred and the lessons we have learned over the past two years... [the California High-Speed Rail Authority describes their 2016 plan] to deliver high-speed rail service connecting the Silicon Valley to the Central Valley, and offer high-speed rail passenger service between these two important economic regions within the next ten years."
Source: Draft 2016 Business Plan, 2.18.2016

Intitial Operating Section Extention
(Excerpt) "While the core of the construction has always been focused on construction in the Central Valley first, the Initial Operating Section [IOS] has always had two options: extend from the Central Valley northward toward the Bay Area (IOS-North, San Jose to Bakersfield), or southward to Southern California (IOS-South, Merced to San Fernando Valley)

IOS-North Extention: Silicon Valley to Central Valley
... based on a more recent analysis of the funding available and time necessary to bring an IOS online per the legal requirements, the... [California High-Speed Rail Authority] is now proposing the IOS-North be implemented... This is being called the Silicon Valley to Central Valley Line, and it is expected that sufficient funding will be available to bring this online by 2025...

Construction on the... [Initial Operating Section near Fresno in the Great Central Valley] began in 2015 and is expected to end in 2019, after which it is proposed that the... [San Joaquin - Amtrak California] train use the line for faster conventional rail service... until HSR [High-Speed Rail] trains use the line."
Source: Wikipedia

On Topic:
San Francisco Transbay Transit Center
California High-Speed Rail
San Jose Diridon Station


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

2016 SF Giants: 4 in 7 World Series Champions?

Giants miss the post-season playoffs in 2011, 2013, and 2015
2015 was the third straight time a San Francisco Giants baseball team followed winning the World Series Championship with a season that did not even put them in the playoffs. This may be a good opportunity to mention that currently there is an even-year run of World Series Championships by a Giants team that includes winning the title in 2010, 2012, and 2014. In 2016, manager Bruce Botchy may see an extention of those consecutive even-year title wins.

Regarding a possible next even-year championship:
(Excerpt:) "... the Giants [in 2016] are looking to once again rely on their tried and true formula of strong pitching and defense and a lineup filled with contact hitters who can pressure the opposing staff... 'Across the infield and outfield, this is as set as we've been and as good a defensive club as I've ever had.'"
Source: (Future) Hall of Fame Manager, Bruce Bochy
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ae9f8e4e97ba4dd7b524424fdb3a2074/giants-hope-productive-winter-leads-4th-even-year-title

Walt Disney World sets up a December 5, 2015 event:
Hunter (All-Star) Pence proposes to (now) Fiancee Lexi Cozombolidis
Source (1:45 video): http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:14777142

Hunter and Lexi are optimisitic about their future together. The San Francisco Giants are optimistic about next season -- of course, many can be optimistic at this time in a baseball year.

Perhaps prophetically for the Giants, it takes 4 wins in 7 possible games to win a World Series Championship.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

San Francisco Transbay Transit Center

"Grand Central of the West"


Transbay Joint Powers Authority
(Excerpt) "The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)... oversees the $4.5 billion Transbay Transit Center Program... [A new multi-modal transportation hub, high density developments, and open space in downtown San Francisco] will connect 11 different public transit systems in one facility and build a 40-acre pedestrian friendly [walkable] community on former state owned parcels with seven new high rises, including the tallest building in San Francisco, approximately 4,500 new housing units, commercial and retail developments, and 11 acres of new parks. By providing... public transit options and by creating a livable community (emphsis added) near transit, employment, shopping, and other urban amenities... [the Transbay Transit Center Program] is a national model for the integration of land use and transportation planning."


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Peace for Paris: allo?

Peace for Paris

Source: Jean Jullien

A French graphic designer, Jean Jullien, currently lives in London.
(Excerpt) "He... did a graphic design degree in Quimper... graduated from Central Saint Martins... and from the Royal College of Art... His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work."

Jean Jullien posted the above cartoonish illistration on 11.14.2015 -- his icon has resonated globally. Perhaps the next iconic symbol to seep into the awareness global politicians may be drawn by the reader. Here is your blank canvas:

Peace for the World



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Single Level Housing Development Incentives


Overarching Premise: An increasing number of people in American society would benefit from homes that are permitted and intentionally designed as single level homes -- from selected living areas, to exterior doorways, to parking.

Organizing Design Principle: Create one level housing units that include: barrier-free access in core habital space, barrier-free access for entry and egress, and barrier-free access to close proximity vehicle parking.

Possible Requirement: Responsive planning departments and local politcal juristitions that will authorize incentives, within existing and future land use ordinances, that will encourage development of single level homes.

Hillside Locations:  Specifcally hillside locations may have potential for planning departments and local politcal juristitions to incentivize single level housing development. Alternatively hillside locations, rather than generally less costly to develop prime agricultural land.

Conceivable Harm: Short term, if not long lasting, environmental damage may occur in hillside development if the site design and mitigation measures do not accomodate existing conditions and provide for a project's reintegration into the original context

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

"Salt is good..."

Causing to Stumble
(Excerpt) "Be salty. 'Salt is good...' I think salt is one of those biblical images that has so many meanings. Salt is a preservative; it maintains life. Salt is the way in which we live our lives with favor and zest. 'Salt is good... .'

So, Jesus... [might say,] be salty... be filled with life, with zest -- preserving life."
Complete audio of this sermon: "Whose Responsibility?" Rev. Rolfe Granath, 9.27.15

Scriptural basis - Mark 9: 38-50
(Excerpt) 50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Complete text that contains this passage: Mark 9: 38-50 

A Humble Spirit
(Excerpt) "Create a pure heart in us, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in us. Our sacrifice is a humble spirit; you will not reject a humble and repentant heart."
A church publication, CPCC, 10.4.15

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sermon on the Mount

"This is the way, walk in it."
If you want to live your life following God's will and walk in the ways of Jesus, read: Sermon on the Mount.
Listen to this sermon: "When We Journey Off the Map, Jesus Leads the Way," David Lange, Youth Pastor, 8.9.15

Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5-7; complete text here: BibleGateway.com

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Salinas, California: "All-America City"


National Civic League:
“…outstanding civic accompolishments.”
(Excerpt) “The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges.”

John Steinbeck: native son
(Excerpt) “[Ironically,] …people in Salinas feel isolated. Steinbeck wrote that the fog turned Salinas into ‘a closed pot’ cut off ‘from the sky and from all the rest of the world,’ a line that still gets quoted by residents even though their city is a California crossroads. It’s right on the 101 [freeway], linking the coast and the agricultural inland, north and south. Even if you’ve never stopped to visit, you’ve almost certainly driven through [Salinas, California]… .”

2010 US Census
It is reported that this small city in Monterey County currently has approximately 155,000 people. From numerous door-to-door interviews and weeks of first-hand observations during the decennial census in the Salinas region and beyond, I have primary source level knowledge that not all of these souls are responsive (at first contact) to voluntarily submitting answers to an officially mailed government questionnaire related to the number of persons residing at a specific premises. Unfortunately for this writing, I am contractually sworn to secrecy regarding specific information obtained as an official US Census Bureau Enumerator. So, tell no tales.

If that were not the case, a screenplay for a movie, “The Enumerator” would probably already be produced in the private sector, with a collaboration of select census enumerators as consultants, and would be available on DVD or streaming online. If the right team was assembled, this action/comedy would write itself. Somebody take notes.

However, it may be legal to mention that my analytical abilities were proven over time and came to be respected by the bureau’s hierarchy. Supervisors frequently would pair me with another veteran enumerator when our other far-ranging team members were deployed to also gather granular census information in sensitive situations — and always one in my pair would be fluent in Spanish. I do not speak Spanish.

My personal opinion: Enumerators are like the small exploring fingertips on a large will-not-be-denied hand that a curious government extends over a geographic area to discover specific information that may be useful to its all-knowing brain.

Specifically Salinas, California
(Excerpt) “Salinas has the advantage of youth—its average age is less than 30…

It’s known as the Salad Bowl of the World, a center for producing healthy foods—leafy greens and berries—at a time when such foods have never been more popular…

‘Rich in Land. Rich in Values. Ripe With Opportunity,’ reads the slogan on a city website… [Indeed,] Salinas might be the richest poor city in California…

Salinas is just eight miles from the Pacific [Ocean]. It might have the best weather in the state. It’s part of the prosperous Monterey Bay region, and close enough to Silicon Valley…

[There is] …an excellent community college and the newest California State University campus a 10-minute drive away…

Jobs in the region’s… agriculture and tourism economies are so plentiful that employers have been complaining of labor shortages…

[Salinas is culturally rich] …Ask its residents where they’re from, and they’ll answer you with the name of their neighborhood—and a colorful description of it.

But ask people in Salinas why the city ranks so miserably low in so many measures—crime, schools, public health—and you’ll likely get puzzled looks.

Why does Salinas add up to so much less than the sum of its parts?
Two of its handicaps are fundamental: it’s a small city and it’s in California. Salinas [current population approx. 155,000] is one of 60 small cities in [California] …between 100,000 and 300,000 people, too many of [those 60 small cities] are dysfunctional…

Salinas-sized cities in California often have similar problems.
Salinas’ municipal sisters include bankrupt Stockton and San Bernardino. The problems for Salinas-sized cities is that many started as smaller towns and grew to where they have all the problems of any urban place, while retaining the weak local governments and public resources of small towns. California’s governing system—which famously limits the power and discretion of local officials—imposes heavy regulations on local communities while giving city governments precious little power to shape their own destinies…

Of course, Salinas has problems that are peculiar to it. While residents like to tout the size and wealth of the city’s agriculture industry, the hard truth is that for most, agriculture is an industry that doesn’t pay all that well, which is why agriculturally-oriented cities are typically poor and too often plantation-like in their social structure…

[Also,] …Salinas’s prosperous surroundings do it no favors. The economic successes of Monterey and the Bay Area [Silicon Valley] can make the climb Salinas faces seem steeper than it really is.

Salinas is an ‘All-America City’ … suitably, it’s a double-edged award. It recognizes all the efforts in Salinas to address community problems — of which there is an all-American abundance.”


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Disincentivize Easy Divorce

Choose to repair the current marriage
In some cases, it may be too easy to just call it a day and bail out — perhaps to a waiting co-adulterer. In settling the divorce proceedings in this type of case, the courts might consider removing some advantages of a divorce, so that people in that situation may no longer want to choose an easy divorce over kicking the extra-marital affair(s) to the curb.

In addition to other thoughts, the courts might consider rulings that require a newly divorced couple to continue living together in the same premises as before the divorce (excluding cases with abuse, of course) and require the same ownership of real properties, businesses, and other financial instruments to continue as before the divorce.

Removing some morally vacant and quick freedoms from a divorce may or may not also incentivize the emotionally hard work to repair a current relationship. But at least with these considerations there exists day-to-day opportunity in familiar surroundings.


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

City of Baltimore Land Use Zoning Law

Misrepresentation of the mayor’s statement:
The current mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, appeared to be working closely with the city’s police department when she stated what may have been an unintentional and perhaps immediate implementation of land use zoning law. It’s not clear what role, if any, the City Planning Department or other officials may or may not have had in this mayoral executive action.

Standing with political and community leaders, Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s recorded statement included:

(Excerpt) “We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” Source: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, 4.26.2015

Economic Law of 'Unintended Consequences'
Will this immediate and temporary mayoral executive action in Baltimore unintentionally create any lasting precedents that politicians, City Planning Departments, property owners, or community leaders in other jurisdictions may find useful to implement immediate change in established but somehow socially untenable and economically unrealistic land use zoning law?

Baltimore's mayor made it very clear:
In the video below, it was not her intention to effect land use zoning law:

Source: Digitas Daily on youtube.com


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Going feral

“GOING FERAL”
Proceed to survive instinctually; independently. To untether and necessarily move away from reliance on a freedom stifling and parasitic paradigm. Example: Legacy voters are ‘going feral.'

Currently, the phrase GOING FERAL isn't defined in the UrbanDictionary.com -- until it is.


On Topic:
Proposed new word for lexicographers to consider:
(Excerpt) "Authentic human; a hybrid with potential longevity, improved physical capabilities, and greater spiritual wellbeing. The pharmaborg's original biology has been modified with scripted symbiotic pharmaceuticals and integrated synthetic mechanical components."
Similar to: cyborg
See also: "The Borg"

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pluto's Fresh Food Restaurant

FRESH FOOD for a Hungry Universe...
in the urban core of San Luis Obispo, California

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(Excerpt) "Pluto’s, started in 1995, fills a much-needed niche in the vast nothingness between fast-food and full service restaurants.

Its mission is simply to offer great-quality, American-style fresh food at unparalleled value with friendly but efficient service in an inviting setting. Pluto’s has a special “neighborhoodly” quality and serves as an extension of your kitchen...

And, unlike fast-food establishments, Pluto’s is absolutely committed to wholesome fresh food, low fat ingredients where possible, and the use of the latest healthful cooking techniques in its food preparation, such as steaming, char-grilling and roasting. Pluto’s continues to grow in cities around the country hungry for our fresh food!"
Source: Pluto's Fresh Food

4.4.2015 Update:
Pluto's on Urbanspoon
It was a pleasant surprise to find such a heart-healthy meal for lunch; that can be a difficult search. Pluto’s Fresh Food Restaurant in San Luis Obispo is relatively new among several other longer established and also very good restaurants nearby in the downtown area.

At Pluto’s, we were able to get a meal size substantial fresh salad with grilled meat and seven other healthy toppings of our choice. The salad prep area is set up with a huge selection of foods and employees that assemble the customer’s choices into bowls using sanitary gloves behind a clear shield. Wholesome breads are also available.

The elevated window counter with tall stools was a wonderful sun-lit place to sit, eat our delicious salads, and watch the street’s activities outside the glass. There are many good tables with chairs on the floor, but next time as well, two of the available four stools at the window counter will be our preferred seating. A future meal alternative might be one of their freshly built sandwiches.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Truth Quotient

Truth Quotient
If "truth" can be mathematically quantified into a percentage, this might be called the truth quotient. The higher a percentage, presumably the greater likelihood of a pure truth being present. Thereby, is it reasonably logical that something may be expressed in a 100% pure truth form, or alternatively, in varying percentages of lesser truth -- partial truth -- or even just... "truthiness?"

It is said that most successful comedy contains at least some (unspecified) amount of truth -- and great delivery timing. Humor attempted with an inappropriate truth quotient may yield a clearly non-humorous moment, or worse.

"Partial Truth"
(Excerpt) "...this whole area of partial truth is a plague upon us these days." In this sermon titled: "Partial Truth," Rev. Rolfe Granath mentions examples and explains the origin of his sermon title at approximately the 8:00 minute mark on the audio clip below. You can listen to the entire sermon from the beginning for other inspiring spiritual teachings by the Christian Pastor.
Source: 20:53 audio clip, Rev. Rolfe Granath, 3.15.2015, cambriapres.org


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Shoreline Beach Cafe

Santa Barbara, California
On Leadbetter Beach. Below is an artist's rendering with possibly a historical (if not fantastical) perspective view of a former building that, for me, resembles the Shoreline Beach Cafe as it may have existed at Leadbetter Beach sometime ago. City of Santa Barbara Parks Division present-day inactive map here.

Source: Limited quantity poster from proprietor.

Source: Shoreline Beach Cafe brochure

Source: Shoreline Beach Cafe brochure

Click image below for more regarding this restaurant:
Shoreline Beach Cafe on Urbanspoon

Our visit to this delightful place to relax and have a meal was on a warm bright sunny day. Our perch was at a table slightly raised above the beach sand on a deck with a mostly glass partition/guardrail facing the Pacific Ocean and Leadbetter Beach. Multi-colored fabric covers the deck for sun protection and designed to allow cooling breezes. It was a great meal and wonderful time together that compelled us to favorably compare it with some similar restaurant locations in Honolulu, Hawaii.

On Topic:
Amtrak California Day Trip: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara Round-Trip
MTD Santa Barbara: Downtown & Waterfront Electric Shuttles


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

MTB Santa Barbara: Downtown & Waterfront Electric Shuttles

Two Routes Near the Amtrak Train Station in Santa Barbara
Downtown: State Street
Waterfront: Shoreline/Cabrillo Blvd.

Amtrak Train Station in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara's train station is located directly adjacent to State Street. Also, the station is approximately 2-1/2 blocks from where State Street intersects Cabrillo Blvd. at the Stern's Wharf Pier on the beach. Access from the train station to both MTD electric shuttle routes is easily walkable -- a fortuitous discovery on our recent Amtrak California Day Trip: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara Round-Trip.

(Excerpt) "[The] two MTD electric shuttle routes serve the Downtown... and the Waterfront... daily for 50 cents per ride, children under 45 inches ride free. Plus, a free transfer [between the two routes] is available... ask the driver for a Shuttle Transfer."


Running on approximately perdendicular routes along two heavily traveled streets, the open-air all-electric shuttle (small) bus vehicles have 10 to 30 minute scheduled intervals at designated stop locations for passenger loading and unloading. Both arterials have been designed and developed with nearly continuous adjacent pedestrian sidewalks/walkways.

The Downtown route runs along State Street nearly perpendicular to the beach and straight inland from the Stern's Wharf Pier on the beach.

The Waterfront route runs along Shoreline/Cabrillo Blvd. nearly parallel to the beach.  The Waterfront route crosses State Street at the Stern's Wharf Pier on the beach. Near the Waterfront route's western end is the Santa Barbara Harbor.

Stern's Wharf Pier

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Santa Barbara Harbor

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All-Electric Shuttle Vehicles

MEDIA CREDIT: KEN BURRIDGE

(Excerpt) "MTD Santa Barbara currently operates only 20 [all-electric shuttles]... Their first battery powered electric shuttles were acquired between 1991-1994. In the year 2000 MDT Santa Barbara picked up another 13 battery powered Ebus Electric Shuttles."
Source: EV.com

Outrigger Canoe

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The selection of human-powered paddle-craft available to rent on the waterfront in this apparent paradise may not have been advertised as Hawaiian alternative modes of transportation. However, this beached outrigger canoe did contribute to our illusion of being in Honolulu while visiting Santa Barbara.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Amtrak California Day Trip: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara Round-Trip

A one day round-trip. Simple, good times. Fun, in one...

A Casual Day Trip by Train
It's approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours riding on the train down to Santa Barbara. Then there's seven to eight hours to explore Santa Barbara's downtown and waterfront areas. To end the day trip, it's approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours again riding on the train back up to San Luis Obispo. This round-trip is fun and can be done in one day.

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The Train Schedule
Check the website Amtrak California and source links shown below for published times, fares, and policies. To-the-minute accuracy of schedules may not always be relied upon, if timing is personally important during a casual day trip. One important note to mention: don't miss the train.

6:30AM -- San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station.
Get to station in time to assure boarding before the southbound train departs in the morning. Long term parking is available.

6:55AM -- Train departs from San Luis Obispo.
Source: Pacific Surfliner-Southbound, Train #774 (Daily)

9:24AM  -- Train arrives at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.

5:15PM -- Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.
Return back to station in time to assure boarding before the northbound train departs in the evening.

5:43PM -- Train departs from Santa Barbara.
Source: Pacific Surfliner-Northbound, Train #777 (Daily)

8:30PM -- Train arrives at San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station.

Long Term Parking at San Luis Obispo Station (Lot B)
Several days before the trip, it is possible to visit the station to purchased tickets in-person and also be issued a free longterm parking pass. On the date of the day trip, this may somewhat simplify parking a personal vehicle and boarding the southbound train on that morning.

The Meals
There is a "Cafe" on the train attended by one crew member. It has a basic selection and there are a few tables. We wanted to have two meals (one each way) on the train and brought a "food bag" to our seats. We had planned and packed familiar breakfast items (coffee and milk were purchased from the Cafe) plus a few bagged snacks for use later in the day while walking around Santa Barbara. We had lunch in the waterfront area at a very pleasant restaurant (discovered while walking around) with beachside tables on a covered deck. From that restaurant, we bought "to go" boxed meals for our dinner on the train while traveling back up to San Luis Obispo. In this way, the train's coach seats, tray tables, and on-board waste bins accommodated two of our day's meals.

The Scenery and Views
It would be hard to imagine finding a better seat on the train than ANY seat on the right-hand side of the southbound train. Ocean, cliffs, and beaches -- for approximately 70 percent of the train ride. Some of the train's route follows the California coastline through the isolated Vandenberg Air Force Base and other areas that are not seen from major freeways. You may wish that the train windows would open for unfiltered access to take photos.

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MTD Santa Barbara: Downtown & Waterfront Electric Shuttles
Two electric shuttle routes are immediately available near to the Amtrak Station in Santa Barbara; the Downtown Shuttle and the Waterfront Shuttle. Adult fare is $0.50 per one-way ride with a one-time free transfer available between these two routes. There are shuttle stops along the nearly continuous pedestrian walkways on both routes. Both the pedestrian walkways and shuttle stops are designed as functional elements of the street architecture. The open-air electric shuttles run on schedules and will pull over for passenger loading and unloading at the designated stops.

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The Day: it's all about you.
Our day was Valentine's Day 2015. We found Santa Barbara's downtown and waterfront to be easily walkable, beautiful, and diversely interesting. Sun protection, layered clothing, and a small backpack is advised. There are enough attractions and activities to discover that one may wish for a bit more time. However, the seven or eight hours between Amtrak trains on one pleasant day -- spent exploring on foot and occasionally riding open-air shuttles -- seemed just about right... on our day.

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