Saturday, April 29, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 40
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Should oil companies be allowed to drill off the coast in SLO County?

Who are we to stand in the way of a company's profits? Drill away!
Yes but we should be sensitive to environmental concerns and only allow a few drilling operations.
No. It's environmentally destructive and the costs of a spill would be disastrous for SLO County.
No. I'd hate to see the view from our beaches spoiled by ugly oil platforms.

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The following article was posted on April 20th, 2017, in the New Times - Volume 31, Issue 39 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 31, Issue 39

Oceanfront property in Arizona

By Bev Phife - Creston

Yes, California could fall into the Pacific but not from any earthquake. As of Nov. 1, 2017, we could all be sucked into Senate Bill 1 quicksand.

In effect, the program is not simply a huge $52.4 billion transportation program for 10 years; it’s a massive and unending confiscation of the people’s resources. The taxes could generate hundreds of billions over the decades. Worse yet, by adding the new taxes, the Sacramento politicians can use existing revenues, which are also increasing, to fund more staff, more raises, more out of control pension costs, more pet projects and patronage.

And, what if Measure J had passed? SLO County taxpayers would now be double-burdened with a new half-cent sales tax plus increases in the state’s gasoline tax, diesel fuel tax, and vehicle license fees. Some of the cities already had voter-approved tax overrides, which, had Measure J passed, would have meant that their citizens could have been triple taxed.

Thank you Debbie Arnold, Lynn Compton, Mike Brown, and Andrea Seastrand for your insight and enlightening us to Measure J’s deceit. Wake up California or we’ll all be “swimming with the fishes.”