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Re: “State letter chides SLO County for diminished role of agriculture in groundwater plan

Ms. Arnold tends to not listen to the voters. The people of Santa Margarita dont want gravel trucks going thru town every 2 minutes, but she votes in favor of it. Here, she denied the Estrella-El Pomar-Creston distict a seat at the table (the people actually affected by the plan). In North County, she denies everyone the right to choose for themselves if they want to use renewable energy by voting against the Community Energy project. Elections are coming up, time for a change, vote Ellen for supervisor.

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Posted by Dan Cook on 10/18/2019 at 4:45 PM

Re: “SLO County Supervisor Lynn Compton is part of a lawsuit for failing to pay $5.3 million in debt

J.R. Simplot Company v. Valley Farm Supply, Inc. (2:19-cv-05335)

District Court, C.D. California

Posted by indeliblyinkd55 on 10/18/2019 at 1:39 PM

Re: “A citizen group's repeal could come at a cost to Morro Bay residents

Personally, I can't understand why the residents of Morro Bay would wish to delay or modify the project any further. The site for the new treatment plant is settled. A referendum and ballot vote will not change this - it will only add costs to the residents of Morro Bay due to election costs and, if the ballot measure happens to pass, County property taxes. Why would you want to vote to pay more for the project?

Regarding yesterday's comments from CAL, the entire Tri-W conversation (whether accurate or fictional conspiracy) is completely irrelevant. The treatment plant site has been settled and bought-off by the regulatory agencies. Now those agencies expect Morro Bay to move forward with the project to complete a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and potable reuse facility. Again, delaying or modifying this only incurs additional costs to the residents and risks conjuring the ire of the regulatory agencies if 2023 construction deadline is missed, which could result in fines that the residents would have to end up paying.

I admit that I don't live in Morro Bay and haven't visited in 4 years and may be out of touch. But this just seems painfully obvious. If I'm missing something, please, someone enlighten me.

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Posted by Robert Scholl on 10/18/2019 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Uneven harvest: Few growers survived SLO County's hemp moratorium this year

I love the fact that farmers can try to switch over to hemp as a income source and for research. I dont even mind the smell. But, what we all mind is the barrier that blocks the view. Our 6 year old said, quick, look the other way. Its still pretty on the other side!

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Posted by Jennifer Renke on 10/17/2019 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Uneven harvest: Few growers survived SLO County's hemp moratorium this year

Well, ignoring the smell and the fact that the "hemp oil" is a farce of a product (sold to the unwary), it is fairly preposterous to claim this is a "research" activity, unless the "research" is to see what the county will let one get away with.

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Posted by clovis dad on 10/17/2019 at 6:26 PM

Re: “A citizen group's repeal could come at a cost to Morro Bay residents

Citizens for Affordable Living (CAL) has always promoted clean water, a more affordable sewer system at a less expensive site in addition to its concern for the polution of the estuary which the South Bay Boulevard site presents.

The vast majority of public comment regarding the sewer project has been against the South Bay Boulvard site due to its extreme expense and proximity to the estuary knowing that all sewer pipes do leak over time. A leak from the sewer conveyance system would cause irreparable harm to our estuary.

Unbeknownst to much of the community, the city of Morro Bay signed a secretive Memorandum with the Tri-W Corporation giving them a sweetheart deal, to provide a market appraised value for the 27 acres that the actual sewer would be built on, paved steet on on their property, water to the 400 acres of their property as well as application to LAFCO applying for all of the Tri-W property to be included in Morro Bay's "spere of influence", a not so hidden half step to becoming annexed into city limits. All advantages within this MOU were to the advantage of the Tri-W Corporatiion. The most obvious conclussion was to benefit Tri-W toward development of their 400 acres, all at the expense of city ratepayers! CAL does not believe it is fair for city water and sewer ratepayers to pay the costs of developing that property.

In 2015, Morro Bay initiated 5 water and sewer rate increases with the written promise of repairing sewage pipipes, which are leaking raw sewage into our groundwater, and building a new sewer plant for $75 million dollars. Morro Bay collected the rate incrrases but did not keep its promise to repair sewage pipes nor to even begin construction of a $75 milliond dollar sewer plant. Instead they delayed, implepenting yet a sixth rate incrrase since 2015 and increasing the price tag to $126 million dollars. It is understandable why the majority of Morro Bay Citizens are upset paying $200+ water/sewer bills per month.

Cayucos has set the example building a sewer project for a mere $25 million dollars at the Torro Cdeek site, which is much more affordable, does not endanger our estuary and does not require Coastal Commission approval. Furrher there is additional land available at this site for purchase, which would not encroach upon any neighbors and Morro Bay Citizens would not bare any burden for deveoping this property for any corporation.

Morro Bay is still not ready to build the sewer system because it has not completed all required studies nor purchased all necessary easements nor sewer proprty, and has not obtained all governmental clearances yet.

As I mentioned previously, the majority of public comment in city council meetings has been agaianst the SBB site for reasons named above and that is why they favor a referendum vote by its citizens as our democracy allows. Morro Bay Citizens have been mislead and want their voices heard via a real election. Let Democracy ring!

Dan Sedley
Citizens for Affordable Living

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Posted by Dan Sedley on 10/17/2019 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Uneven harvest: Few growers survived SLO County's hemp moratorium this year

If only they wrote about the beautiful looking ranch a half mile down the road..

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Posted by Nick Allen on 10/17/2019 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Cal Poly faces scrutiny over photo of alleged students ridiculing immigrants

As usual, the media has jumped the gun on this story, without the facts. They were not students...the party was hosted by a Latina, who did not know them, and was not even aware of the incident until the pics were posted. People are attacking Cal Poly just because they like to.

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Posted by Steve Scarich on 10/17/2019 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Forced from their homes, local organizations band together to provide resources for Grand View tenants

How heartbreaking, no one should be subject to living in conditions like this. Mold is devastating to the health and wellness of people young and old. Thank you for bringing more attention to this ongoing problem.

Posted by Kimberly Luker on 10/17/2019 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Uneven harvest: Few growers survived SLO County's hemp moratorium this year

It's okay for Donati and the Greengate Ranch & Vineyard owners to run an AG business, uncontrollably use all the Edna Valley water they want, profit from a wedding venue, and oppose progress in the reduction oil production and water protection in the region - but when it comes to others starting a competitive AG business the "grape-growing bullies" poke up their miserable heads. Cheers Mr. Donati.

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 10/17/2019 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Water board workshop examines the homelessness crisis' relationship to water

I would be more sympathetic if the homeless cleaned up after themselves. I understand many homeless are " "Mentally Challenged"(sorry to use a politically incorrect word) but many are just dirty, look a the picture above, these people could carry their trash away or consolidate it. I live near Prado where there are camps of homeless along the creek. It just filled with their trash. I do notice that some of them, do try and pick up but if you go along the creek, its really filthy ...Poor or homeless doesn't mean you have to be slob...

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Posted by ashely green on 10/14/2019 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Water board workshop examines the homelessness crisis' relationship to water

We need more facilities for the homeless so a homeless person can be directed to where they can shower, use the toilets and laundry.
Business cards with the locations could be passed out by residents. My son used to carry a card with the local Salvation Army locations.
Law enforcement policy should be to pick the homeless up and drop them off at the closest facility.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 10/12/2019 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Water board workshop examines the homelessness crisis' relationship to water

This is why I'm not a homeless advocate. This trashing of everywhere they go is absolutely unacceptable.

Two young men sitting on the bench beside the Library return box tried to beg some money from me awhile back. The place was littered with cigarette butts. Their butts. I told them I might have considered giving them money if they had picked up the trash around them, but they clearly didn't deserve my support. Shocked faces.

BTW, I would have completely ignored them and kept my mouth shut if it hadn't been broad daylight, with lots of buses and people around. Homeless people are not only slobs, but dangerous slobs.

I agree with Gail: we have to face the reality that these bozos are here for good. For our own sakes, we need to prevent them from spreading whatever drugs or disease they have along with their bodily fluids.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 10/11/2019 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Arroyo Grande could be the first SLO County city to ban the sale of all e-cigarette and vaping products

Cool, get those people back on cigarettes!

Posted by Ticky Tocky on 10/10/2019 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Water board workshop examines the homelessness crisis' relationship to water

Provide sanitary facilities. Lots of them!

Not only the homeless appreciate a clean accessible toilet. Successful examples can be found in numerous cites around the world.

Here is the story of just one:…

It is time to face the reality of permanent, happy to be homeless population effectively. That is not by building a wonderful according to code shelter. It is by ensuring their are convenient facilities available to the public , homeless or otherwise.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 10/10/2019 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Arroyo Grande could be the first SLO County city to ban the sale of all e-cigarette and vaping products

How easily might any individual who wished to do so purchase any product a city decides to ban from a source outside the city?

Banning is so much less effective than education if you truly wish to change behavior.

Since this ban is based on reports of high school students use and high school students are in school all day five days a week, is it not possible to add true, factual information on noxious substances to the daily grind of classes?

The U.S Public Health Dept sent individuals on motorcycles to the rural areas of the entire country in the educational battle against Tuberculous and won that battle. Time after time, we have learned the way to change behavior is by spread the word - truth- about dangerous acts and substances.

Why not do the same for tobacco? Tobacco use is down and vapes are part of the reason. Now the truth about the danger of vaping needs to be taught as well.

gail lightfoot, retired RN, PhN

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 10/10/2019 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Newsom signs bill allowing Pismo to take over part of Highway 1

What about pedestrian safety? There was a tourist run over while crossing the street just yesterday in San Luis Obispo.

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Posted by ra237 on 10/10/2019 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Water board workshop examines the homelessness crisis' relationship to water

How about housing as a human right? People on the Central Coast care more about their dogs than they do homeless people. It's going to require state or federal intervention to fix this problem.

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Posted by ra237 on 10/10/2019 at 5:55 AM

Re: “SLOPD officer reassigned after fatal dog shooting

Tether your dogs. There are too many big dogs with large chops. Dogs have NO DEFENSE except biting, which is why people are intrinsically wary when a dog approaches. If a dog doesnt know you, then it WILL BE WARY OF YOU. Since a dog will protect familiar surroundings, owners should understand that an UNTETHERED DOG will bite a stranger if it feels threatened. It appears that the officer acted in accord with generally accepted procedures. The owners should have tethered their dog or restrained it in some way.
The police chief should resign for having lost her gun for 2 hours in July. Major failure, no excuse zone. OUT!

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Posted by Lionel Mandrake, Grp. Cpt. on 10/03/2019 at 7:22 PM

Re: “The Groves on 41 rallies support to keep its sign

Slowly becoming an anti-ag county. Very sad.

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Posted by James G. Green on 10/03/2019 at 8:13 AM

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