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A Little About Us - 20th Year Anniversary

Cars are Basic™, Incorporated (CAB™) is a transportation policy watchdog, motor vehicle infrastructure ombudsman and motorist advocacy organization since 1998.

Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, plentiful employment and a healthy economy depend, in part, on free movement of people, goods and services. We all have a right to the transportation method we choose. CAB, Inc.™ believes that government must uphold this freedom of transportation choice.

The transportation method chosen by the majority of Americans is a motor vehicle fueled by gasoline, electricity, hybrid gasoline/electricity, hydrogen, propane or diesel. Cars are Basic™ believes government's transportation and transportation infrastructure policies should primarily reflect the transportation choice made by the majority of the population.

Cars are Basic™, is a grass roots organization operated solely by volunteers from the Santa Barbara County. We have been reviewing and advocating transportation issues for over 20 years. CAB™, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and all contributions to it are tax-deductible.


REMINDER: THE CARS ARE BASIC MARCH MEETING IS CANCELLED. April and May will depend on the CV-19 curve.

SONAR from Santa Ynez Valley is questioning the Santa Ynez River Trail project near Fjord Drive and private park property behind homes. SONAR is asking residents to show up at the meeting in Buellton on April 7 (click here.)

Santa Maria has nearly the lowest auto insurance rates in the State of California. This is because of lower accident payout rates. It also has wide streets, with plenty of vehicle capacity and sight distance. Roads are in good condition, with few bushy medians, rare bulbouts and roundabouts and pedestrians and bicyclist commuters seem to stay on the side streets, which also have 1950's traffic design. The era of "the American Dream".

February 6, there is a report of Goleta crosswalk closed for repair because no spare lights are in stock.

San Diego parents protest that after buying $400 bus passes, their children can't get to school because of bus service route cuts.

San Diego finally had enough scooters littering the streets, and over the weekend of July 20, 2019, the City impounded over 2,500 dockless scooters and bicycles with fines of $65 each.

Santa Barbara is experimenting with backing angle parking on Cabrillo Blvd.

Last year Santa Barbara County paid a firm to develop a map that shows evacuation routes, so why are the Cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara continuing to build curb bulbouts and other obstructions along those evacuation routes, and to narrow the streets when automobiles are the most used form for evacuation?

CAB does not advocate for or against California Senate Bill SB50, but wants everyone to read this state wide bill, which would change the character of cities in California. Introduced on December 3, 2018 by Senator Wiener, it is set for hearing April 24. Click here to view sponsors and progress.

The media does not report many electric scooter accidents, but injuries are increasing in number, as in this San Diego brain injury.

From a "Green Living" website, an article on why people do not like mass transit.

The Six Missions of Cars are Basic, Inc.™

1) Promote freedom of choice in transportation and oppose attempts to deny that freedom.

2) Monitor government transportation policies and distribute information about those policies.

3) Advocate a system of properly engineered, well-maintained roadways which enable the safe and efficient movement of motor vehicles.

4) Advance the principle that alternative means of transportation, such as public mass transit, ride or car sharing, bicycles, skateboards, or walking cannot be government mandates. They must remain a choice to which everyone has a right to make or not make.

5) Oppose publicly-funded, alternative transportation programs which: are frivolous uses of taxpayer funds intended to cater to politicians' favored constituencies, gratify a special interest or redistribute wealth.

6) Explain the contribution that motor vehicles make to a healthy economy.


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