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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 July 3rd, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 49 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [] - Volume 27, Issue 49

There's hope amid the unpleasantness

Corona Del Mar

By Barbara A. Peters

Mary Power Giacoletti hit the nail on the head with her commentary about the AQMD’s proposed ban followed by the unfortunate proposed compromise for wood burning on public beaches (“Douse the wood smoke,” June 27).

I live about 500 feet away from the 27 fire pits at the beach we call “Big Corona” in Corona del Mar, and have been involved in this action for a number of years. I guess I should feel good about being within the 700-foot buffer zone, but I know people beyond 700 feet who are suffering.

We’ve been called a lot of unpleasant names beyond “a-holes.” One local fanatic flies a banner on his balcony to “Save the Fire Pits,” knowing that the husband and wife across the street—directly above the pits—have lung cancer. Others call us racist, saying we are making up the science to keep minorities from coming to the beach!

While heartless comments are abundant, I’d like to let Mary know that her commentary gives hope that thoughtful people are out there. And I invite a visit to our local blog,, to see more of what we are doing and find contact e-mails for the AQMD Board.

It is only with the support of many and e-mails to the AQMD that we can hope to make a difference. The vote takes place on July 12, in Diamond Bar. Those concerned can e-mail the board of the AQMD.