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Re: “Give county workers a fair chance at fair wages

Excellent article, thank you!!

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Posted by Monica Goldberg on 11/16/2018 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Enough is enough!

I knew a woman once who was driving drunk and ran into a tree. In the hospital she seriously talked about cutting down the tree. It was the trees' fault.....These fires are increasing not just in California. Don't you remember British Columbia being ablaze just months ago? A million and a half acres this year......
Forty years ago Dr James Hanson (NASA's Goddard Institute) testified before congress that climate change will be our future unless we move to clean energy. That we can expect increased droughts and fires. Forty years ago the US Forest Service's budget for fire suppression was 17% of its budget. It is now over 60% and rising. This is not a coincidence. If you want to blame, please blame the cause, Global Warming. Its caused by us, and there are solutions. Cutting down forests are part of the problem not the solution.

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Posted by Bob Rodger on 11/15/2018 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The 'disgruntled' will not rest

In her otherwise laudable letter, I remind Ms. Czech that much of the anti-Harmon resentment was directed at the mayor's requirement to implement earlier building plans that previous SLO City administrations had earlier approved. In other words, and in legal terms, there was/is no going back on mandated construction.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 11/15/2018 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Enough is enough!

OMG, now it's "environmentalists" who are responsible for wildfires in the National Forests??? Not global warming fueled by Big Fossil? Not profit crazy PG&E transmission lines snapping in the breeze and igniting fossil baked brush and timber? Not stupid local zoning laws that allow development in the middle of dangerous wildfire zones? Not Federal policies that have suppressed controlled burns nor the firefighting lobby that makes millions contracting its services?

Ex-probation officer Harmon sounds like she needs a bit more environmental education to get the objective facts. So much easier to scapegoat those enviro socialists.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 11/15/2018 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Thanks for the info, Diana Cuevas.

Just went to their website to TAKE ACTION.…

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 11/12/2018 at 5:30 PM

Re: “I love my kids and opposed Measure G

If you love your kid , you would be against abortion. I will patiently wait for the Tribs editorial condemning abortion

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Posted by Frank Comeau on 11/11/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “I love my kids and opposed Measure G

Jim--Point me to the specific language in measure g where it makes existing oil extraction impossible to continue. Be specific please

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Posted by Charles Varni on 11/10/2018 at 7:18 PM

Re: “I love my kids and opposed Measure G

Nobody is stopping you from NOT using petroleum products Mr. Lewis. Feel free to start any time. Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue to utilize the cheapest, most reliable energy source currently available (aside from nuclear, which the activists have ensured we can't use). If you truly wanted a transition from petroleum, then the simplest solution is to attack the demand NOT the supply. If Measure G had been about expanding so called "green" energy and not eliminating existing supply perhaps it could have been more successful.

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Posted by Voice Of Reason on 11/10/2018 at 6:39 PM

Re: “I love my kids and opposed Measure G

Jim - We need to transition from oil to sustainable energy more quickly. We need to do this for the livability of our planet. And yes, we need to do this for our children and grandchildren. I can understand you not sharing this view as an employee of the oil industry, but I'm sure your grandchildren will look back on your pro-oil view and wish you saw this threat to their future.

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Posted by Jeff Lewis on 11/10/2018 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Gurnee's hypocrisy is on display

Gurnee had been a democrat for more than 20 years. He switched under Clinton, then switched back under Trump.

Posted by Odile Ayral on 11/10/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “We need to look toward the future

Looking into the future means adapting to climate change by slowing growth, enacting drastic water conservation measures and preventing sprawling housing developments within flood plains and on top of areable farmland. Looking into the future is ratcheting up development fees to offset the City's evergrowing infrastructure costs and demanding that the infrastructure be in place before development occurs. Looking into the future means ratcheting up the per cent affordable housing requirements for new development to more quickly meet our RHNA targets. Looking into the future means protecting our assets by preserving views, preserving our historical character and preserving our wildlife and open spaces. Sadly none of this will happen now that we've reelected our incumbents.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 11/10/2018 at 11:49 AM

Re: “I love my kids and opposed Measure G

You are one of many who was confused by the oil company claims that Measure G went too far. I hope you have read the measure. It will be mind boggling to have 420 new oil wells in south county. I am in north county, but I sympathize with those adjoining the ever expanding oil fields. Measure G going down opens the way for fracking too. No, we do not have fracking now, but in other parts of the county now open for fracking, they must go deeper and frack for the dirty oil.

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Posted by Lee Perkins on 11/08/2018 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Don't be fooled by big oil's big bucks

So we can ignore small business for the big business of Ag and Tourism in the county? Interesting perspective.

Somehow I doubt you are actually interested in or concerned about those employees that will lose their jobs. Saying "let's just train them" seems to be an over simplification and is overall disingenuous.

Ag does need water. How is current oil and gas production impacting that? Where is the water contamination? The oil zone being produced does not have usable water. Additionally, all of the wells in the surrounding area have been monitored and have exactly 0 (zero) contamination.

So saying "let's protect our water" when water is not at risk is nothing more than a scare tactic.

Talking about the financial liability of the county, however, happens to be something based in reality and is also listed in that fiscal impact report. Monterey County got to waste a million dollars by passing an unconstitutional measure. It went to court and got overturned. Let's not be the definition of insanity and do the same thing expecting different results.

Vote NO on G.

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Posted by Voice Of Reason on 11/04/2018 at 3:03 PM

Re: “We need to address our disparities before it's too late

What Emily says is all true but the boiling water is the loss of our Liberties that stifles innovation and economc growth. If our government would get out of the way, more prosperity would be shared by all. Fredom survays sown the freest countries have the most vibrant economies. Citizens of Norway, Sweden and Denmark are proud of thei free market economies. Just ask th em.
Prior to government medical programs, private medical insurance was to cover high cost procedures, not every day visits to your MD. Clinics and county hospitals cared for the poor. It is the governement programs that closed the public hospitals and clinics and volunteer MDs to oversee the staff.
It is the high cost of meeting safety regulations that sent companiers overseas to bring back cheap goods we so willingly buy.
It is our young people willing and proud to 'protect America', not realizing that protection comes at a high price in stability around the world. Less interference in other countries would decrease the need to interfere at all.
Yes, we could have all those government solutions.
We could also have the freedom to innovate and provide for all our needs via a free market.
I vote for Liberty!

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 11/03/2018 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Don't be fooled by big oil's big bucks

Hah. Speaking of revenue ... lets talk economics. Agriculture and Tourism are the bread and butter of our local economy- the main resources to our economy. Not oil. Reports show agriculture and tourism together contribute OVER 40,000 jobs (not 32-76 jobs that oil provides) and BILLIONS of dollars to the local economy.
Agriculture and tourism depend on clean and plentiful water. Groundwater contamination could cause significant economic harm.
In Fiscal Year 2017/2018, the oil industry was assessed $2,304,232 in secured, unsecured and unitary taxes. This represents 0.43% of all assessed taxes for 2017/2018. That is less than 1/2 of a percent of the revenue coming into the county.
Here is a thought: how about we train those 32-76 local oil workers in a new profession of clean energy ( or computer technology, anything sustainable) at no cost to them?

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Posted by Heather Dine on 11/02/2018 at 11:20 PM

Re: “We need to address our disparities before it's too late

Most people who can afford a home here have their heads in a box of wine. If we hadn't sent our men to die for Israel over last couple generations we would be on Mars by now.

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Posted by matarbongo on 11/02/2018 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Gurnee's hypocrisy is on display

I voted for Gurnee. The town is tired of SLO being the most corrupt county in the entire country (something New Times doesn't seem interested in covering). Harmon represents the corruption and fake progressivism.

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Posted by matarbongo on 11/02/2018 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Gurnee's hypocrisy is on display


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Posted by matarbongo on 11/02/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Don't be fooled by big oil's big bucks

It's pretty simple James. If this measure was only about fracking, there probably wouldn't be push back. It's the BAN on new wells and the poorly written measure that effectively eliminates the ability to continue production that poses the major problem. That's why all the adds say "it goes too far".

Another way of looking at it is this: If there is no fracking, why are the measure G proponents so hell bent on banning it? I would argue that it is because their motives are to eliminate all oil production, not just ban fracking. Fracking seems to be a useless part of the measure on both sides. So all we are left with is the unconstitutional taking of mineral rights via the banning of expansion and extension of current production.

I'm voting NO on G because a yes vote is a lose-lose for the taxpayers.

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Posted by Voice Of Reason on 11/02/2018 at 8:27 AM

Re: “The Shredder is a coward

The letter writer complains of a no name shredder and then the comments are made by no more no names. This is insane.

Posted by Frank Comeau on 11/02/2018 at 7:05 AM

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