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Re: “Pismo revokes Alex Bar-B-Q project coastal development permit

Its a shame it was torn down. City of Pismo is doing the right thing. I would hate to be that contractor right now.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mark Marshall on 11/16/2018 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Pismo revokes Alex Bar-B-Q project coastal development permit

I like turtles

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Posted by Ticky Tocky on 11/15/2018 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Pismo revokes Alex Bar-B-Q project coastal development permit

Compass Health owns several restaurants, Including Custom House, Oyster Loft, Ventana Grill and Flagship.

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Posted by Shelley McConnell on 11/15/2018 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Pismo revokes Alex Bar-B-Q project coastal development permit

I'm confused. I'm pretty sure that Pismo Beach had to know that Compass Health isn't in the restaurant business. In order for a healthcare facility to be built at that site, in compliance with current California Building Code, it would need to be rebuilt from the ground up. That being said, there seems to have been a lack of honest forthcoming or intentional miscommunication between the Planning Commission and the contractor/Compass Health.

But the biggest loser here is residents of Shell Beach/Pismo Beach. How long are they going to have to look at that demolished ugliness before someone wins the pissing contest going on between the city and Compass Health? Squash it, find a way for Compass Health to make a "generous contribution" to the community's quality of life, and have everyone get on with their lives.

Charles Bird
Los Osos, CA

8 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Charles Bird on 11/15/2018 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Cambria landowners file petition and complaint against SLO County, CCSD

My husband and I have owned a lot since 2001. We would like to join this petition too. The situation in Cambria clearly constitutes A Regulatory Taking and most of the lot owners are paying taxes without representation. This has gone too far for too long. The moratorium was supposed to be temporary. It seems to me that 17 years is not temporary. There is no emergency for water and since the desalination plant was installed and has proven to function well, there should be no water moratorium. Property owners should be allowed to build and this grotesque property rights violation should be put to rest once and for all. The town of Cambria is in sorry need of vitality and new blood. The Cambria Community Service District needs money. This would be a win-win for all. Please reach out to me at joan@re-pro.com.

Posted by Joan Linton on 11/14/2018 at 12:44 PM

Re: “DA declines to charge former Paso police officer accused of sexual assault

Consensual sex leaves the same evidence behind as forcible sex. Proving rape in these circumstances becomes simply a matter of the complaining witness' ability to convince a jury (beyond a reasonable doubt) that forcible sex occurred, because any evidence can be reasonably explained away as evidence of sex, but NOT as evidence of a rape. In these cases, the credibility of the witness becomes paramount, and the trial is often as traumatic as the crime that required it -- especially if the complainant does not convince the jury.
A prosecutor will have amassed reams of information about the specifics of any case that will not be available to a commenting public. That is why we won't always understand a given decision, and why we must, ultimately, elect prosecutors who can be trusted.
We have achieved that here in Mr. Dow. We should all realize that our assessments are performed with the assistance of incomplete information, while the DA's office has total information.
Additionally, a rush to trial with a shaky case will eliminate the chance to try the accused should further evidence develop.
I, for one, am in favor of Mr. Dow's fiscal responsibility in passing on this case, even knowing there would be a flap. He could have just as easily brought the case and wasted a grip of time and money on a losing case in the name of political expediency.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Paul Embry on 11/13/2018 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Cunningham wins second term in state Assembly

So Cunningham paid $13.18 for each vote, while Ostrander spent just $2.90 per vote. Good thing all the corps gave Cunningham so much money. Wonder who he'll be beholden to. Ostrander didn't take money from the corps. He would have been a far better choice. Not least of which because Cunningham is in favor of trophy hunting. Nothing makes that OK.

Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 11/12/2018 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Harmon re-elected SLO mayor, Christianson and Stewart on City Council

GREAT JUST GREAT!!!!Heidi Harmon rubs shoulders with corrupt weed growers and land developers and she got voted in again.AWESOME!!!! SLO FUCKED

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Posted by Concerned local on 11/12/2018 at 4:17 PM

Re: “County measure to ban fracking and oil drilling fails

Mr. Timewell, all this time and you are still operating under false assumptions about me, even after I've told you you are wrong. You are sure I'll be moving on, just like you were sure I was getting paid, just like you were sure fracking was going to become all the rage in SLO County, just like you were sure water is at risk, just like you were sure Measure G would pass. Looks like the only sure thing around here is your ability to be wrong.

Maybe you should start by educating yourself before you go trying to educate others. On the bright, it's nice to see that you can post original thoughts rather than the standard copy-paste. Here is a little secret, if you really want to get rid of me, post something based in reality and leave all the what-if nonsense behind.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Voice Of Reason on 11/10/2018 at 6:34 PM

Re: “SLO County employees threaten labor strike as pay lags: 'Patience has worn out'

Good article but as an on call sitter for a Social Worker, it grossly understates their on call and out of town trips on cases which demands outside assistance at all hours and weekends for their children. Even spouses can not be expected to give up their work scedule for these important jobs. So there is extra expense for dependable child care for employees to perform these county jobs which may include care, meals, transportation to school or events. I would also question if the benefits such as medical are truly that good or do employees have to pay a portion of their pay toward it or high deductibles. I would say there is more to this picture.
Ms. Detweiler

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Posted by fldet on 11/09/2018 at 5:45 PM

Re: “SLO County employees threaten labor strike as pay lags: 'Patience has worn out'

Good article but as an on call sitter for a Social Worker, it grossly understates their on call and out of town trips on cases which demands outside assistance at all hours and weekends for their children. Even spouses can not be expected to give up their work scedule for these important jobs. So there is extra expense for dependable child care for employees to perform these county jobs which may include care, meals, transportation to school or events. I would also question if the benefits such as medical are truly that good or do employees have to pay a portion of their pay toward it or high deductibles. I would say there is more to this picture.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by fldet on 11/09/2018 at 5:45 PM

Re: “County measure to ban fracking and oil drilling fails

Voice of Reason I thought by now youd likely cashed your last BIG OIL pay check (at least the one paying you to disrupt the SLO county election), Im sure youll be moving on soon to spin the same old BIG OIL lies in another community. Then between elections, I picture you focused on other client-driven shit work thats tossed your way, and in your prime maybe you'll find a real job with another wholesome employer like the tobacco industry.

As you move on to your next paycheck, dont worry, well remain behind to continue our work educating the community, and fighting the BIG OIL expansion planned in our county. We'll do that while we enjoy living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 11/09/2018 at 3:54 PM

Re: “County measure to ban fracking and oil drilling fails

The premise of all these comments seems to be that huge changes are coming and that the oil companies won something. To me, it appears land owners simply maintained their rights that Measure G attempted to take away. I believe the voters saw through the fear tactics, just like the ones Mr. Timewell put in his comment. A NO on G vote didn't signal ignorance, as Ms. Christensen suggests, but rather an indication that voters saw through the speculative fallacies of the Yes on G campaign. It does not make sense to me that everyone who read Measure G and voted NO were labeled as "lairs" and "bought and paid for by big oil". The reality is the language of the Measure was inconsistent and poorly written. Yes on G voters continued to convey the intent of Measure without addressing the reality of its contradictory language.

On the bright side, our future CAN move towards other sources of energy. There are two ways to do this. First, advocate for what you believe in WITHOUT trying to block, limit, or eliminate what you don't want. Second, if you don't want to support "big oil", stop using the products provided by them. It is the most simple solution. Removing demand will inevitably remove the supply.

Hopefully we can all move forward and not get caught up in a hypothetical spiral of "what ifs".

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Posted by Voice Of Reason on 11/09/2018 at 1:06 PM

Re: “SLO County employees threaten labor strike as pay lags: 'Patience has worn out'

The demands of working after-hours was a major factor in choosing, after twenty-nine years as a child welfare social worker, to retire. Working a full day, taking calls on and off through the night, and then be expected to work a full day was asking too much, for too little, when I was a young man and far too much on a now sixty year old body.

When I retired, my caseload had a fair number of teens and young adults (former foster children now non-minors in extended foster care). I hated walking out of their lives as so many adults had done before. I miss working with them the most, but also missing working with my other clients as well. However, I had to think of my own health and my own family. This Thanksgiving will be the first Thanksgiving I have not been on call in five years.

My daughter attends Cal Poly. For awhile, she had a job delivering meals for restaurants. Some nights no orders would come in, but she would be "on call" if someone did. She was paid $6/hour to be on standby. Frankly, it was embarrassing that her father made half the much to be on standby to remove a child a from an abusive or neglectful home environment.


Lance Hillsinger

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Posted by Lance Hillsinger on 11/09/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “County measure to ban fracking and oil drilling fails

Rock On, my measure G friends!
We need fighters, we will win eventually, even if we never have that money or the LIES oil companies throw around.

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Posted by cindybarr@hotmail.com on 11/08/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “County measure to ban fracking and oil drilling fails

It is a shame that the voters who have were unduly influenced by misinformation spread through very mode of communication. It was a campaign of false advertising. But many people believed the advertising from the oil companies. As a voter one must be very careful to find out who is really putting out the information. Find out who is paying for the advertising. Eight million dollars spent by the oil companies appears to be enough to buy the opportunity to drill baby drill and frack out earthquack prone lands of SLO County. . Pretty cheap price actually when you think about it. How sad is that. I hope in the next fight the voters will be better informed, read the measure, and vote in their own best interest. We voters just helped big oil to destroy our environment only to line the pockets of oil executives and shareholders. Our future must be a clean energy future. Our water, our way of life, and our planet are on the line.

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Posted by Kate Christensen on 11/08/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “County measure to ban fracking and oil drilling fails

The oil companies won the right to expand and frack. The people of San Luis Obispo have given them permission to put our water in jeopardy and expand the pollution of our ground water. Who won this contest? I think we all loss.

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Posted by Bob Rodger on 11/08/2018 at 10:37 AM

Re: “DA declines to charge former Paso police officer accused of sexual assault

Survivors do NOT come forward to simply be offered "other ways" of support: They come forward because they want justice. They want to see that the perpetrator is held accountable for his/her actions. I am outraged that Dow went against DNA evidence and the SLO County Sheriff's deputy's recommendation because sexual assault cases are "difficult" and "complex." It does not matter if the two people had previous consenting sexual activity: If at some point, any point, there is an unwanted advance, it is force and therefore unlawful. Where is the justice?

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sharine Borslien on 11/08/2018 at 10:12 AM

Re: “County measure to ban fracking and oil drilling fails

SLO county voters have missed a great opportunity to stop the great expansion of big oil in our county. Given this decision and oil prices, we're now likely to see more wild-wild west oil expansion applications in areas where big oil has been kept at bay, we'll see uncontrolled risk to our water aquifers, and most concerning - this decision increases a future risk of industrial accidents and a future with fracking in our county.... but, the voters have spoken.

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 11/08/2018 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Meow or never: Animal services organizations confront cat overpopulation in SLO's North County

There's a cat colony across the street from Paloma Creek Park in Atascadero CA. It looks like they live in or around the United Methodist Church and the Paloma community Garden.I noticed them because I go to Paloma Creek Park alot ,and sometimes at night. They meow like their starving and thier not nuetered because I see all the kittens .I feel so sorry for the cats and kittens , nobody seems to feed them and I've seen a couple of times they get hit by cars.people are always Racing up and down the street day and night.i come up to Atascadero every couple of Months to visit Relatives . I wish there was something I or someone else could do to help these feral cats.

Posted by D.D. on 11/05/2018 at 2:31 PM

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