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Re: “Enslaving the future

Ask yourself; Why would you be required to "op out" rather than "Opt in"? Could it be because they count on the uninformed, busy people to fail to see the small print on the contracts. BINGO!
Just like the schools who require the parents to "opt out" of sex education for their 3 and 4 year old children!

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Posted by Ed Veek on 08/22/2019 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Enslaving the future

So if I want to join the CCE, my city or county needs to join into the CCE. If they do join, and I don't want in, I can then opt out. Seems like a no brainer.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 08/22/2019 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Neighbors from hell

While I have empathy for dealing with frightening neighbors, I also would like to note you had two homes. You did not have to stay there at any time. Chuck, as scary as he is, needs supported housing for mentally ill people. Sadly, we have hardly any resources for mentally ill people in need. I would suggest you should be supportive of more services for mentally ill people, including group homes, if you have compassion and not just privileged ire.

Posted by Jazabelle Armstrong on 08/20/2019 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Saving the future

If you watch the video of the City Council meeting, you will see the questions were answered. It's too bad that Atascadero residents and businesses won't get to choose between two electricity providers like the majority of their neighbors. They will be stuck with one monopoly they've always had and will be paying more than their neighbors for dirtier power. Creating a choice for its customers is what this council put a stop to. Risk of inflated price Ed? customers have the choice to go back to PG&E at any time so no there is no risk of future inflated price costs no matter what happens in the renewable energy world in California.

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Posted by Kimberly Luker on 08/19/2019 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Saving the future

Just because some of your friends want to jump into the river doesnt mean you have to. Community Power purchase the rest of the story:
Thank heaven for a city council that wants to look behind the curtain of unknown information. The questions asked by our Atascadero City Council are valid. Just where is all of this green energy going to come from. Its dark at night and solar power would have to be subsidized with batteries that are not cost effective nor environmentally sustainable. What will the price of purchase and replacement of batteries be in the future? Trying to find and provide green energy would put the city in risk of inflated price costs as dams are removed. Where will energy be purchased from, Candida, Africa? The whole idea smells like a used car sales pitch with very small print in the contract. It sounds good today but whats to prevent the future price going up negates all of the savings today by gouging tomorrow. A city must plan for many years in the future not just tomorrow.

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Posted by Ed Veek on 08/16/2019 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Saving the future

Thank you Ellen! This proven model allows for a choice for cleaner energy at a savings and it baffles me that someone would choose to not support a CCE because they don't believe in the climate crisis, knowing that their decision negatively affects every Atascadero resident and business! Del Rey Oaks had a changing of the guard after their mayor declined to join Monterey Bay Community Power. They are now joining MBCP in 2021.

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Posted by Kimberly Luker on 08/15/2019 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Saving the future

I was at the Atascadero council meetings where a very professional representative of this company answered every question the council wanted to ask, but it was clear that the conservative majority Mayor Moreno, members Ms. Fonzi and Ms. Newsome had already made up their minds and did not want to even discuss the program. They could have directed staff to research any questions they had, but it was clear, they were against it if any trace of the words Climate Change were involved.
These are the same folks who (I am not making this up) in 2014 went thru the cities Climate Action Plan and CROSSED OUT THE WORDS CLIMATE CHANGE where ever they showed up. Yep, crossing out words certainly makes the problem go away. Just like refusing to even discuss this money saving but environmentally safe program makes climate change go away. See the below (abbreviated) New Times article from 1/15/14 for more details, and check out the original article for even more amazement.

If you want intelligent experienced leadership, from someone who listens to and supports the regular North County voters, and who is not rigidly bound to ideology but rather finds true solutions to our problems, vote for Ellen Beraud for Supervisor. Lets change this situation.

January 15, 2014News
Atascadero takes a fine-toothed comb to its Draft Climate Action Plan
FINE-TOOTHED COMBS: Atascadero City Council strips language from Draft Climate Action Plan.
Then the council members had their turn. Heather Moreno and Roberta Fonzi brought out the red pens in an editing session that removed hundreds of wordsincluding entire paragraphsthat made any mention of human involvement in climate change, the effects it has on the community, or the potential benefits enjoyed by the city for the plans adoption.
One line struck from the executive summary, found early on in the 261-page document, reads: The [Climate Action Plan] will also help achieve multiple community goals such as lowering energy costs, reducing air pollution, supporting local economic development, and improving public health and quality of life.
(Yep, 95% of the scientists are lying to us, and we dont want any of this in Atascadero)

Dan Cook, Templeton

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Posted by Dan Cook on 08/15/2019 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Real solutions

Well said. Hopefully this letter is read by the right people.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 08/08/2019 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Hot mess?

Scientists like James Hansen and many others say only Nuclear can have a chance of turning back global warming. France, the big US Navy, now China, South Korea, India, Sweden are building many more reactors. But California decides not to use nuclear?

Why? Many residents saw a Hollywood movie like China Syndrome or the scary, highly exaggerated HBO series, Chernobyl. It seems thats how we make our energy decisions here. Meanwhile our nuclear industry loses jobs and reactor sales in the billions to South Korea, China and other informed nations. Way to go Governor Newsom!! We used to lead- Remember?

Posted by William P Gloege on 08/04/2019 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Shutoffs aren't the answer

Let's be real: PG&E is using the threat of shutoffs to get voters to side with their proposals. For longer-term solutions, there needs to be a discussion of incentivizing the building of housing in areas that are not fire prone. Absurd housing regulations are pushing people out into wildfire-prone areas.

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Posted by ra237 on 07/25/2019 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Cost of resistance

Jay my friend, No one wants people to suffer. People suffering isn't what this is about. If this were about people suffering you would see the same amount of outcry and activism for the opium crisis that is murdering middle America. And if Democrats really need more immigrants to come in then they should be applauding Trump for allowing in record numbers of immigrants. But no one is applauding Trump for bringing in, literally the most immigrants in American history. So what's the problem then? Well the problem is the Democrat establishment wants power and immigration is an effective way to publicly apply emotional blackmail on the Trump administration. It's an issue that the public has been primed for and reacts to emotionally. That's all, it's pure politics. Is there a crisis? Yes, but it's half a century in the making, existed before Trump, has nothing to do with Trump now, and neither party is, either capable or willing, to actually address it. Remember Obama had a much stricter record on immigration, many more deportations, and you didn't hear boo from either party about it, why is that?
I'm not a Trump supporter by the way, he has brought us closer to war with Iran than any other president.

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Posted by Kate Steinle on 07/19/2019 at 1:53 AM

Re: “Our 'never again'

Anyone who supports Trump now is simply evil. No person of conscience can accept what is happening at the border. Only sadistic Nazi scum are pleased with the criminal depravity of the Trump regime.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 07/18/2019 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Cost of resistance

Trump supporters want innocent to suffer & die. They mock the deaths of children like those evil, depraved birder goons did on their Facebook site. Go on any right wing, Trump devotee website & have a look around, if you have the stomach to do so & have a look around. Trolls on such sites suggest harvesting organs from live children or torturing them in front of their mothers. Trump worshipers are psychopaths. No decent person supports the orange turd. Only morons, sadists, bigots & fools admire him.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 07/18/2019 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Our 'never again'

Honored to live in a town with a leader who truly cares about the wellbeing of all people. Thank you for speaking up, and for highlighting that this is not a right vs. left issue. This is a humanitarian crisis that will require all of us to stop competing in our ideologies and to start conversing across party lines about those topics in which we can all relate: What are the origins of your last name? Where is your family originally from? Did your ancestors immigrate here by choice, desperation, or force? Do you remember what it was like to be a child? Can you imagine what it would be like to be taken from your family? Or to have your child or sibling taken from you? We need to remember our humanity. We need to remember these people seeking asylum are human too, they feel like we feel. It feels so much better to love than to hate. It feels so much better to care than to hurt. Those people who are in support of these inhumane policies are scared, let's all make sure that they know they are loved and cared for too. With love and respect for all, thank you for reading.

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Posted by Mary Fischer on 07/18/2019 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Our 'never again'

Yawn. Destroy the middle classes and change the demographics of your country forever because it's too expensive and mean to intern illegal immigrants. Hey Heidi, Ayn Rand called, she want's her ideology back. Remind me again why you call yourself a progressive? I know it's not because of quoting Laura Bush, or criticizing the way illegal immigrants have always been treated. All that weed money gone to your head

And Henry Ramos, a nation of immigrants? Oh come now. Dinesh D'Souza called, he wants his liberal tropes back. Look up the Hart-Celler Act for starters.

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Posted by Kate Steinle on 07/18/2019 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Cost of resistance

Remember when the left was anti-war and Bernie Sanders criticized open borders as "a Koch brothers plan". "Diversity is our strength" is a liberal trope on both the mainstream right and left. The idea that diversity is an end unto itself and can never be critiqued is cult like behavior. Immigration is not popular. If you look at the original statements of Trump questioning immigration policies, they coincided with huge spikes in popularity. Trump was elected specifically because of immigration, while the entire establishment worked against him. That's how powerful the immigration issue is.

Now of course Trump has turned his back on everything he said. No one is moved by tax cuts to the rich, doing everything Israel wants, and "fighting socialism" or whatever tired old liberal ideological nonsense (besides maybe boomer conservatives, but many of them have died since 2016).
So Trump will probably lose unless he makes a radical shift between now and 2020.

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Posted by Kate Steinle on 07/18/2019 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Cost of resistance

We also need lobbying reform.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 07/18/2019 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Our 'never again'

Also, lobbying reform.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 07/18/2019 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Our 'never again'

The unresolved issue of our awful immigration system, like many other issues, is a consequence of the two-party system. These people don't care about good policy, only votes. And if you think that one side is any better than the other, you have been tricked.

What we need is campaign finance reform, term limits, and ranked choice voting.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 07/18/2019 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Cost of resistance

This issue, like so many others, is a direct consequence of the two-party system. These people don't care about good policy, only votes. And if you think that one side is any better than the other, you have been tricked.

What we need is campaign finance reform, term limits, and ranked choice voting.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 07/18/2019 at 9:43 AM

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