From the Editor:

The Log was designed to give voice to those who use Goleta Pier on a regular basis and all reporting is from their point of view   concerning a number of ongoing issues that they believe negatively impact the public's enjoyment of this facility. 

Since we are increasingly a visually oriented society the Log relies heavily on pictures to document those concerns.  Attempts are made to respect and protect individual privacy. There is no intention to demean any individual or groups so pictured. The focus of any story is on the issue and not the actors. 

As an editor my contribution is to attempt to frame the resulting discussion by providing additional context and links to relevant resources in the hope that meaningful solutions may emerge. 


The need for such an outlet arose during the almost daily conversations I have had with individual members of the Goleta Pier community since I entered active retirement in July 2000. 

The participants include anglers, park staff, daily strollers, UCSB researchers, students (and their parents), tourists, teachers, lifeguards, police and fire officials, concessionaires, wildlife rescue, animal control, Department of Fish and Game, survey takers and others. 

Typically however most of those conversations would end on a pessimistic note of  'I guess there just is nothing we can do about [insert issue here] ... nobody is listening anyway".

At the same time I was participating in Ken Jones' online angling website and messageboard ( where I had been a member since its inception in 1997. That site currently has over 6000 registered pier and shore anglers with up to 100 or more postings per day.

The unique thing about his site is that it is much more than just a 'fish pictures and bragging rights' venue ... many of the discussions involved the public's negative perception of anglers and the need to improve the sport's image. 

Suggestions for improvement usually fell into one of two categories: more enforcement or more education. Both approaches though were narrowly focused on motivating some distant official or agency to act and did little to overcome the belief that we were powerless without their cooperation.

Realizing that real change would have to come from the dominant group on most piers - the angling community itself - a statewide non-profit educational organization was created to help empower those individuals to address their local issues. Goleta Pier was chosen as the location for the first attempt at such organizing. 

In 2006, for various reasons, I gave up sport fishing and found myself with time on my hands. No longer fixated on the next big fish I began to notice just how neglected the pier had become in recent years and decided to enroll as a volunteer in order to to help turn things around. 

Currently I spend 12-15 hours per week actively cleaning the pier and another 20 or so in research and writing for the Log. 

Questions or comments? ... email  Pierhead