Monday, April 24, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 39
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Are you concerned about the recent deaths in the SLO County jail?

Yes, there are obviously some very severe problems and we need a change in leadership.
Yes, but more people die in local hospitals than in our jail. A few deaths per year is to be expected.
No, I think the press is exaggerating. These things happen.
No, I'm not concerned. These people are criminals.

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Increased cost

I read because of Senate Bill 1, California's tax on gasoline is going to be raised by 12 cents per gallon; the diesel excise tax will be increased by 20 cents per gallon with the sales tax on diesel increasing by 4 percent (with an inflation adjustment); and a new annual vehicle fee is going to be imposed, varying between $25 and $175 based on vehicle value (with an inflation adjustment). Is there a study available to d... [ Read More ]

Safeguards against insurrection

Last week, my colleague Al Fonzi claimed that my questioning whether our constitutional democracy would survive President Trump’s authoritarianism was “absurd in the extreme.” Mr. Fonzi offered two points to try and substantiate his claim: 1) the Trump administration has largely obeyed a federal court’s rejection of his latest reformulation to limit immigration from predominantly Muslim countries, and 2) we are ... [ Read More ]

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