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Re: “The biggest problem

You can build as many homes as needed and offer them to the homeless with the condition that the dope pipes and booze remain behind. A large number will choose the drugs and booze.

Posted by Frank Comeau on 02/18/2019 at 8:37 AM

Re: “The biggest problem

Mr. Gomez, can you be more specific about the Major City Goals adopted for un-housed people?

Thank you,

George Hill

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Posted by George Joseph Hill on 02/17/2019 at 1:18 PM

Re: “A wage debate

It's complex is an excuse elites give when talking about something that would bring into question the legitimacy of their position. I mean what, we're not smart enough to understand these big brained issues? We are told the Israeli Palestine question is complex, private prisons are complex, having a national health plan is complex, etc etc etc. I actually think the author lays out the issue decently, albeit in a roundabout way, but you can tell what it's really all about. However please avoid the abstract corporate HR department style language, people tend to shy away from that and it comes off as dishonest whether or not it is. Direct honesty will get people further these days. Like just admit that in a market economy the disabled are screwed, there is no place for them. They won't ever compete with abled bodied and they shouldn't have to. These people shouldn't be working in a market system at all. It's kinda sad and gross to try to integrate them as it just highlights the fact that they aren't suited for the rat race.

Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/17/2019 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The biggest problem

I thoroughly appreciate the passion and dedication that Becky Jorgensen brings to this issue. Her tireless work is a large benefit to our County. I do believe that her representation of SLO City and our priorities is not accurate. For anyone who saw or participated in the Major City Goal process they know that "homelessness" was a large topic of discussion. It actually resulted in the issue being folded in to our Housing goals. Here are the Major City Goals for San Luis Obispo that were just adopted for 2019-2021:

Housing: Facilitate the production of housing with an update of the Housing Element, including an emphasis on affordable housing (including unhoused people) and workforce housing through the lens of climate action and regionalism.

Fiscal Sustainability and Responsibility: Continue to implement the Citys Fiscal Responsibility Philosophy with a focus on efficiencies, strategic economic development, unfunded liabilities, and infrastructure financing (Funding the Future).

Sustainable Transportation: Enhance accessible regional transit, bicycle, and pedestrian mobility to promote a transition to a car-free or shared-car lifestyle and to reduce greenhouse gases.

Climate Action: In response to the climate crisis, continue to update and implement the Climate Action Plan for carbon neutrality, including preservation and enhancement of our open space and urban forest and planning for resilience.

Downtown Vitality: Support the economic and cultural heart of the City with attention to safety, maintenance, infrastructure, and amenities.

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Posted by Aaron Gomez on 02/14/2019 at 2:38 PM

Re: “A wage debate

It's not actually complex. Here are the facts: There are only 39 FOR PROFIT businesses that make use of 14c waivers in the entire country. The rest (close to 2,000) are used by sheltered workshops, which provide work, in a sheltered environment, for people with the most severe disabilities. As such, all efforts to eliminate 14c are nothing more than a misguided effort to close workshops.

14c is not complex at all. People make it complex because they have an agenda.

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Posted by David Ordan on 02/14/2019 at 1:21 PM

Re: “A wage debate

It's "complex". Meanwhile congress votes unanimously to give billions to Israel, a country with a national health plan and a border wall.
USA - first as tragedy, then as farce

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/14/2019 at 10:53 AM

Re: “The biggest problem

Tiny houses are not a solution. You can't raise a family in a tiny house.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/14/2019 at 10:48 AM

Re: “The biggest problem

Their constituents have a huge incentive to block housing, as reducing the supply pushes up their house values. It's NIMBY homeowners who have made SLO into the #6 least affordable place to live in the U.S.

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Posted by ra237 on 02/14/2019 at 6:30 AM

Re: “The trouble with alcohol

You totally ignore the the cultural importance of alcohol in Western society. That's an incredibly important distinction. An rational materialist argument isn't always the best lens to understand society through, there are so many other factors at play other than muh safety concerns.

Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/10/2019 at 6:10 PM

Re: “I no longer drive

Thank you for the story and the full disclosure Marvin. I want to know more about your troubles with Senior Go! I manage the program and might be able to help or make the services better for others.
Sarah Woolsey
(805) 781-1385

Posted by Sarah Michelle Woolsey on 02/06/2019 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Fresh water solution

Well said!

Posted by James G. Green on 02/01/2019 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Help when it's needed

Dont forget the women in the Coastguard Red. Thank you. PO2 Sims USN1978-1986

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Posted by Ramona Hedges on 01/24/2019 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Wanting pain to go away isn't a crime

So true. Thank you

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Posted by Kimberly Corpuz on 01/21/2019 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Warned for free speech

Does the 1st Amendment protect a criminal's right to promote crime? To instigate violence? To advocate for the segregation of America? To promote the erosion of human rights and civil liberties? To destroy democracy? No it does not.

The image of peaceful students singing for peace being compared to Neo-Nazi's is f***ing hilarious, but par for the Republican course. So please --Steve-- stop defending radical white militant nationalist groups like the KKK and the Neo-Nazis. We have Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan for that...

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Posted by E Huber on 12/17/2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “The trouble with alcohol

The bigotry in society directed at "illicit" drug users will be remembered by future generations as one of the darkest moments in American history. It is an enduring indictment of the criminal justice system and law enforcement, which has arrogantly used this tool to undermine, discredit, and destroy whole communities of people they hate. It is an indictment of the education system, who foolishly allowed cops into our classrooms to indoctrinate their children on hateful Drug War propaganda. It is an indictment of the medical community, that happily hooked kids on Ritalin & Methadone for profit and refused to study the benefits of cannabis. It is an indictment of Baby Boomer parenting, which was so terrified that they couldn't even be bothered to do their research on addiction. And it is an indictment of our government for-bribery, which has failed to represent the interests of their constituents over vested interests and promoted the anti-science approach to drug policy that has resulted in our opioid epidemic killing tens of thousands of victims while they pontificate.

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Posted by E Huber on 12/13/2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Warned for free speech

Would the writer have the same opinion if the singers were, say, Nazi wannabes, singing Deutschland Uber Alles in front of a Jewish group? If her answer is yes, then she is consistent in her view.

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Posted by Steve Scarich on 12/07/2018 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Warned for free speech

Agreed. The students are exercising their freedom of speech. Crazy Milo was here and neither he nor his student supporters were shut down. Double-standard?

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Posted by Heather Winslow Dine on 12/06/2018 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Morro Bay's issues are serious

You're talking about Morro Bay's issues but you refuse to mention all the racism, lack of diversity, and the massive percentage of white people in this area? How can you avoid this issue as one of Morro Bay's most serious issue? Do you stand up for white supremacy? You must be a racist....

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Posted by Eric Goodman. on 11/29/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “The latest gadgets cost more than money

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Posted by Eudy Dhe on 11/24/2018 at 4:16 AM

Re: “Those were the days: Cayucos in the '60s

I lived in Cayucos as a child while my father was on maneuvers. Went to a three room schoolhouse where my sister was the entire fourth grade. My teacher was Mrs. Manedi. The principal regularly spanked a naughty girl named Barbara Ferreri. When Pearl Harbor was bombed my father was immediately sent to the Hawaii (code name Plum). Mother,sister and I made a hasty retreat to the safety of Salt Lake City, leaving all our belongings behind except for two guinea pigs that proved to be a hit on the over crowded train. It was their contribution to the War effort. I was seven years old. December 7 is coming up. Remember Pearl Harbor!

Posted by Barbara Dennis on 11/13/2018 at 7:53 PM

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