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Re: “Trash cans

Thank you for your clear response to all the trash talking about pirates cove. Trash cans....what a novel idea. So sad to see local publications bashing this sacred land based on hearsay...backing greedy developers hopes to pave our beautiful sanctuary to marine life. It should be protected as Chumash land like Montana de Oro. Not to mention the fact that it is home to a once endangered population of sea otters. Locals take bags of trash out every day that were left by tourists. There is no drug dealing or sex. I don't know how this rumor keeps perpetuating and am constantly offended that the local rag has taken their uninformed stance on the matter. Trash cans....seriously...why is this the last thing on the list of solutions to a problem that doesn't really exist? Every beach gets covered in trash due to tourists....this one less than most.

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Posted by Deirdre Loy on 09/21/2017 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Naughty Oak Brewing Co.

Great beers all done in house.Plenty of in and outside seating with a great porch. Many choices from nearby restaurants for delivered food and an ice cream shop next door. Will go again!

Posted by Dave N Jeanette Schneider on 09/21/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Gearhart gets a shot at a reduced prison sentence


Posted by Jake Jorgensen on 09/18/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Central Coast Comedy Theater celebrates one year of hilarious improv shows and classes

Hey, that's my photo of the group, taken by Gwendolyn Garcia of GG Photography. If you like what you see, feel free to check out more photos at for more of GG Photography.

Go Central Coast Comedy Theater.

Posted by Gwendolyn Garcia on 09/15/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Judge rejects developer's demand for $500,000 from SLO residents

This is great news!

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 09/14/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Freedom of speech under fire

Mr. Fonzi: however much I appreciate your dedication to defending our first Amendment right to free speech, you gave not one single example of a violation of said freedom. When you invoke the First Amendment, you are referring to governments' quashing of such freedoms; alas, you only alluded to examples of free individuals deciding to protest someone else's speech, not any kind of government crackdown. Is it rude? Sure. Is it childish? Perhaps. But is it a violation of the speaker's freedom? Not unless it's implemented by an agent of the government.

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Posted by Chris Harmon on 09/14/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Judge rejects developer's demand for $500,000 from SLO residents

The developer sought the identification and personal financial information of all supporters of Friends of 71 Palomar by alleging we opposed the low income units included in the project. No such objection has ever been made, we are seeking a full and valid EIR as to the Historic House, urban forest, and biological assets including raptors.

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Posted by Lydia Mourenza on 09/14/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Freedom of speech under fire

Great thoughts Mr. Fonzi.

And just yesterday, we have the press secretary telling ESPN how to run their HR department.

Please hurry up Mr. Mueller.

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Posted by Mickey Mc on 09/14/2017 at 5:27 AM

Re: “The reality of climate change

Here's an article that's sure to capture Trump's attention...or maybe not. In less than 30 years, scientist's project that Donald's Mar-a-Lago will be several feet underwater over 200 days each year. Get those hip boots out Barron.

By the way, the same scientists who projected the recent total eclipse within seconds of it happening across the globe.…

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Posted by Mickey Mc on 09/14/2017 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Admit it: you were (and still are) wrong

Here's an article that's sure to capture Trump's attention...or maybe not. In less than 30 years, scientist's project that Donald's Mar-a-Lago will be several feet underwater over 200 days each year. Get those hip boots out Barron.

By the way, the same scientists who projected the recent total eclipse within seconds of it happening...across the globe.…

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Posted by Mickey Mc on 09/14/2017 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Gearhart gets a shot at a reduced prison sentence

Bull shot he ripped off a lot of folks knowingly!!

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Posted by Randy Rutkowski on 09/13/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Caleb Lawrence was on point

Fonzi is a fact free zone. He's like a "bobble head" paroting the talking points of the "alt right". Never a disparaging word to challenge the doctrinaire positions of the conservatives no matter how un-Christian their positions are toward those less fortunate.

Posted by sirlaurance on 09/11/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “'Tree' novel chronicles California history through an unusual narrator

'Tree' is a wonderful book. Really engaging, lovely writing, ultimately heartbreaking.

Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 09/10/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Fighting for public land

Great letter, Beki, thank you!

Trump is all about transferring wealth from the public to his rich cohorts. If he has his way, the corps will come in and suck out anything of value using as much mechanization to avoid labor costs, then bail out with bulging pockets while leaving their broken, toxic mess for taxpayers to clean up.

Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 09/10/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “A warning from Houston

Shelter in place strategies and evacuation strategies for nuclear accidents are a lie:

1. The likely event that triggers a spent fuel accident will be a large earthquake that compromises building envelopes by breaking windows, separating walls from roofs, and separating older buildings from foundations.
2. Sheltered people must eventually leave their shelters back into their radioactively contaminated communities that remain uninhabitable for generations. You can not escape a severe accident without exposure.
3. Radioactive plumes travel at the speed of the wind which can be hundreds of miles in a 24 hour period if prevailing winds are 8 miles per hour or greater.
4. Transportation systems, traffic lights, electric grids, and communications systems are knocked out by large quakes, making evacuations nearly impossible during quake triggered nuclear accidents.
5. We experienced gridlock on Sept.8, 2011 across San Diego County when San Onofre's reactors were suddenly scrammed. Power and traffic signals went down and it was impossible to travel 1 mile across Solana Beach in 1 hour.
6. Shelter in place is the first pathetic step of what turns out to be a mass, permanent exodus from areas surrounding severe nuclear disasters. There is no happy ending, return to normal, and no "all clear to return home" siren after a nuclear disaster.
7. Nuclear disasters can = personal financial ruin AND life threatening radioactive fuel particle exposure within minutes of a plume release into the environment.

The former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan spoke to the public at the San Diego County Administrative Center on June 4, 2013 and described how he almost lost Japan as a viable nation when the cooling systems in the spent fuel pools at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant were failing. He said he and his nuclear experts were putting in place contingency plans for the evacuation of Metropolitan Tokyo, the largest city in the world population 50 million, 160 miles away. It was only an aftershock that accidentally opened a jammed coolant valve that averted a nation ending disaster.

Think about that the next time County emergency planners working with PG&E try to confuse your survival instincts by conning you to believe they have a good emergency plan for a disaster at Diablo Canyon. They don't have a viable plan to protect you and your community and never did.

Posted by Torgen Johnson on 09/10/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “A warning from Houston

Even shelter in place won't work. And we won't know where the plumes are as the winds change.

Another major risk are the thin-wall steel dry storage canisters. A two-year old Diablo Canyon canister has all the conditions for cracking. Each canister contains about as much highly radioactive Cesium-137 as was released from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

PG&E has no technology to inspect for cracks in these Chernobyl cans, and no way to repair, maintain or monitor to PREVENT leaks. What's even worse,
they have no safe plan in place to deal with leaking canisters. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission states once a crack starts it will grow through the wall in about 16 years.

All the waste that's ever been generated is sitting at Diablo Canyon.

The waste has already been mismanaged. Over half the fuel waste was loaded incorrectly in the canisters. This can cause the fuel and fuel rods (referred to as cladding) to become damaged. With the high burnup fuel used at Diablo, hydrogen and other explosive gases can build up in the canisters. Mixed with oxygen there is a potential for explosions. How many Chernobly cans can we afford to have leak and potentially explode?

Residents need to advocate for thick-wall casks that don't have the problems of the thin-wall canisters. This is the standard in most of the world. Diablo cans are 1/2" thick. European ones are 10" to 19 3/4" thick). This is just common sense.

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Posted by Donna Gilmore on 09/08/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “The right answer

Great piece, Kristine!

Posted by Amaya Epling Giauque on 09/08/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Ready for 100 percent renewable energy

It's for illustration - you're correct of course that we won't use only solar to replace Diablo canyon. In fact, our state already has TOO MUCH solar. We have to pay AZ to take it in the spring. And we have to back down all other dispatchable resources to make room, which actually causes more pollution (gas plants are less efficient when ramping up and down the whole time). And the real trouble starts when we start getting rid of non-emitting sources (like Diablo and many other hydro plants) to "make room" for more renewables. Do you see the trouble? With Diablo gone, and no solar at night, that means the difference actually HAS TO be made up with gas. And emissions actually go up.
Remember- the goal is REDUCE EMISSIONS! Not "go renewable".

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Posted by Heather Matteson on 09/05/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Ready for 100 percent renewable energy

I wouldn't trust anything written by a member of the Sierra Club. Let sound engineering, energy development, and true economics make the decision. Radicalism has no place here.

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Posted by Excelsior01 on 09/03/2017 at 6:00 PM

Re: “New kid on the block

Hooray for the Shredder's column about Al Fonzi's rants. I've sent letters and made calls about his lack of supporting evidence for his column, only to be told that he is a freelance writer and his columns must be published. Free speech is fine but not if it contains known errors of fact and shady remarks.

Why does NewTimes not have a requirement that columns and letters to the editor adhere to certain word limits?

Susan Crosson
Arroyo Grande

Posted by Susan Crosson on 09/02/2017 at 12:25 PM

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