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letters cont’d We simply can’t wait any longer — we must restart SYU now. We encourage the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors to consider this matter post-haste and to support this temporary trucking permit.

—Kristen Miller, CEO, Goleta Chamber of Commerce, for the chambers of Santa Barbara, Buellton, Santa Maria Valley, Solvang, and Lompoc

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xxonMobil is proposing to restart its offshore oil platforms in Gaviota that have been shut down since the 2015 Refugio oil spill and transport the oil via 70 tanker trucks, 24 hours a day along Highway 101. The cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo all oppose Exxon’s trucking proposal. Offshore oil is risky anywhere, which is why even Republican-controlled states like Florida oppose it, but California has the largest GDP of any state, and 80 percent of that economic activity is in coastal counties. With its economic importance, coastal population, and marine biodiversity, California is the worst possible place to drill for oil offshore. The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill off the coast of Louisiana caused $22.7 billion in lost tourism dollars alone. A similar spill in California would cost trillions. This is why new oil leases are prohibited in state waters, and why thousands of businesses and a number of Chambers of Commerce have joined defendthepacific.org to oppose offshore oil leases in federal waters. The trucking proposal restarts offshore oil from a federal lease and adds the additional risks of trucking. The benefits are paltry compared to the economic and human costs. The oil industry contributes less than one percent of county revenue, even when ExxonMobil was fully operational. Meanwhile, Exxon’s oil facilities were the largest source in the county of greenhouse gases and major air pollutants linked to lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. And trucks are the least safe way to transport oil, posing an ongoing danger to local roads and drivers. Let’s not replace a broken pipeline with even —Katie Davis, Goleta riskier trucks.

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egarding “Loan Closet Saves Pain”: As a physical therapist dealing with decreasing Medicare reimbursements and experiencing the trickling down effect to the distribution schedules and availability of durable medical equipment vendors, the Loan Closet is a saving grace. Many of our patients do not

need a brand-new $60-$500 piece of equipment. At discharge from the hospital, we often suggest the Loan Closet and call up Bob Krumm to see if he has something specific available. If not, we reach out to drug stores if time is of essence, or we refer patients to online shopping. With the recent changes to insurances and reimbursements, if the Loan Closet was not available to our community, it would be a major struggle to get our patients home safely. I, also, wish he had more space, but I am absolutely grateful it exists. Thank you, Bob! —Laura Isham, Buellton

Farewell, Chef

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Here are just some of the Facebook comments following the death of Chef James Sly:

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Judie Dietenhofer You were so loved and the best

chef of the West. Go cook it up with Jim. He is waiting to dine with you. Bless your soul and your family. •Moises Bernal Man! I am losing my chef and mentor! That really saddens me. RIP my friend James, till we meet again! •Harold Whiting James was also a European car journalist. Spent many a time discussing cars with him when we were neighbors in Carp. Great guy, he will be missed. •Mark Mooney That guy knew how to cook a steak! •Stephen Goularte Respect, Chef. Your talent will be remembered.

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¶ Among the myriad cannabis facts in last week’s paper, regarding the Carpinteria greenhouse appeal, it was ozone levels, not oxides of nitrogen (or NOx), that the county did not violate for the first time in 40 years. That project falls outside the coastal zone and cannot be appealed to the Coastal Commission. Also, Proposition 64 qualified for the ballot in 2015 (not 2016), and grower Graham Farrar purchased a home, Ferrari, and sailboat from the proceeds of his Software.com stock, not WaveFront. ¶ To last week’s news story “Can Solar Grease Oil’s Wheel?” we add that although TerraCore proposes to install three megawatts of solar panels, none of the power will be used to generate steam for the oilextraction process, which would require an estimated 1,000-acre solar array. The Independent welcomes letters of less than 250 words that include a daytime phone number for verification. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Send to: Letters, S.B. Independent, 12 E. Figueroa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101; or fax: 965-5518; or email: letters@independent.com. Unabridged versions and more letters appear at independent.com/opinions.

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