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Re: “Not for civil liberties

Bob Cuddy it's always good to read your comments and reporting. I was shocked when I learned Stew Jenkins was elected to chair the local ACLU. Having experienced Jenkins wrath, while serving on the Democratic Central Committee 2003 - 2010, I was curious where his support for this very important role came from. Doesn't seem to fit the personality or the traits that I remember. Surely the ACLU should have been part of the Women's March. Jenkins seems to always come out fighting from a side you'd never expect and can't always understand. Keep alert, stand up for justice.

Posted by Sandra Marshall 1 on 09/19/2018 at 12:49 AM

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

We have been waiting for nearly 20 years also. How do we join in this petition?

Posted by John K on 09/18/2018 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Shame on Atascadero City Council candidate Funk

Susan is a strong supporter of ECHO. This was not a one-time event for her. She is a donor, and regularly cooks and delivers meals. The event organizers encouraged team registrations, with identifying t-shirts, banners, and walking together. The other candidates for city council were also there, but Susan was the only one who took the time and effort to inspire others to join her in their support of ECHO, resulting in more money raised for ECHO than if she had only gone by herself. Many of those Funk team members are also long-time supporters of ECHO, but some, like me, are newer residents, and she converted us into ECHO supporters as well. Susan actively supports involvement in the community and she will be an active council member working hard for everyone's interests, as she's working hard for ECHO.

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Posted by Linda Baker on 09/17/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Like oil and water

"Federal prosecutors say Wieck kept for himself at least $600,000 that a portion of which should have been paid to investors, and that he tried to sell a percentage of an oil well he never owned."

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/busines…

Posted by Doug Timewell on 09/17/2018 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Not for civil liberties

This must be appealed to the So Cal chapter of ACLU...can't they do something about Stew Jenkins trying to ruin the name of ACLU?? I would hope someone has complained. Maybe I will just send them this story and see what comes of it.
Gina Whitaker

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Posted by Gina Whitaker on 09/14/2018 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Socialist organization wants to address housing, homeless issues in SLO

It's funny. You never hear people complain about the cost of the US having the worlds largest military budget (bigger than the next 9 or 10 countries put together), or hear them complaining about the cost of cutting taxes for the extremely wealthy. But the moment you bring up something like free college or making a system that prevents people from going bankrupt from medical bills, all of a sudden, it's "how are we going to pay for it?"

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Posted by Paul Facio on 09/14/2018 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Can we speak honestly about oil?

More from the same article. This is really scary. "What's in your Water"
"DOGGR, apparently stymied by record-keeping problems and miscommunication, has been allowing the industry to inject produced water into protected aquifersin some cases for decades. Nearly half of those permits were issued after Brown took office and after the EPA's audit in 2011 called attention to serious problems with California's underground injection program.
"Let me be clear so that it's not a misunderstanding," Jonathan Bishop, deputy director of the State Water Resources Control Board, the agency that regulates water quality, told the California Legislature in 2015. "We believe that any injection into the aquifers that are not exempt has contaminated those aquifers." Yes on Measure G

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Posted by Ann Berry-Gallegos on 09/14/2018 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Can we speak honestly about oil?

"It's not that injection wells used to produce oil are any more or any less of a threat to public safety or the environment than fracking. Indeed, there is significant overlap between the chemicals used in fracking and those used in injection operations like cyclic steamingsome of which are extremely toxic. "They're basically using the same chemicals," says Seth Shonkoff, the executive director of PSE Healthy Energy, an energy science and policy institute in Oakland, California, and visiting scholar at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley. Dozens of chemicals used in both well stimulation and more routine operations, such as well drilling or maintenance, have been deemed harmful to human health by the EPA and other government agencies." Quoted from the above article. Vote Yes on Measure G Protect our Water

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Posted by Ann Berry-Gallegos on 09/14/2018 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Shame on Atascadero City Council candidate Funk

In her September 13 letter to the New Times, Vicky Morse expressed displeasure that the twenty-plus men, women and children supporting Susan Funks independent run for a seat on the Atascadero City Council visibly participated in the annual community-wide fundraiser and downtown march, Long Walk Home, benefiting the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO).

Ms. Morse, an activist for pro-Trump Republican women, needs a reminder that candidates running for city council are non-partisan, and serve the people of Atascadero, not local party factions or self-perpetuating civic cabals. To that end, Susan Funks campaign from the beginning has sought out residents to listen to them, learn what is working in our city and what is not, and asked their input on how Atascadero could be improved. As a result, she has drawn support from independents, Democrats, Republicans, and even those who have not voted in previous elections. Moreover, Ms. Morse neglected to mention other groups who announced their supportive presence via banners (Kiwanis and Rotary), signs and the official ECHO t-shirt that listed commercial, media, medical and religious organizations, as well as the SLO County Board of Supervisors.

At the barbeque lunch at ECHO following the march, our jury-rigged, garage-resurrected campaign bubble machine delighted children and families who took advantage of our bubble wands to make their own soapy orbs. One memorable family of five that Susan met that day is temporarily residing at ECHO. They told Susan about the challenges facing a family that cobbles together three jobs, faces landlord discrimination, and remains homeless because of the difficulties in accumulating first and last month rent, plus security deposit. This poignant encounter inspired Susan and her supporters to brainstorm additional ways to assist individuals and families just looking for a fair shake.

Gordon L. Fuglie
Atascadero

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 09/14/2018 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Can we speak honestly about oil?

Here's a link to a yesterday's story written by award-winning writer and editor Jim Morris, that provides insight and more information for those who Don't want to be TOLD how to VOTE this November by BIG OIL or their Consultants and Baggage Carriers (you know who you are!!).

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2018/09/12…

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 09/14/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Not for civil liberties

As a card carrying member of the ACLU for over 2 years, I did not receive an invite to any San Luis Obispo gathering in the past or present. My husband, Tim Jouet, has the same story. We are both appalled by this leader of the local ACLU chapter. We didnt know many of the details described in this article. Thank you for your good work.

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Posted by Lisa Jouet on 09/14/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Economy of servants

By itself, the high price of housing is eliminating half of all economic growth nationally and causing $140 billion of lost economic output in California annually. We're strangling the golden goose.

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Posted by ra237 on 09/14/2018 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Bicyclists need to generate road money, too

Motorists benefit from biking when it means there are fewer cars and trucks on the road.

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Posted by ra237 on 09/14/2018 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Cycletracks and ageism

Answer to ra 237: The "older" generation had to struggle to purchase a home in SLO years ago and many of us had to purchase a home elsewhere--Los Osos, AG, Atascadero-- wait 5-10 years, sell it for a profit, and then finally purchase a home here in SLO . Salaries have historically been too low for the cost of living here so we were in the same position that you are in now. The difference is that we lived where we could afford. Your "entitlement" attitude is not flattering, and your claim that you are in a unique situation, is just plain false. We have all been there and resent it when we hear the accusation that we got ours and now we don't want you to have yours. We struggled and found a way without ruining the quality of life of this lovely city by cramming it with more homes than our infrastructure can handle.

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Posted by Odile Ayral on 09/13/2018 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Socialist organization wants to address housing, homeless issues in SLO

Well these are all great ideas until you run out of other peoples' money to pay for all these things.

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Posted by Leslie Halls on 09/13/2018 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Cycletracks and ageism

RA237 -
There is no need to invent "conspiracy theories". Here are the facts. Over 35% of homes in SLO County are purchased cash on the barrelhead...these purchasers by definition are very wealthy. This means that the old (and the young) wealthy, high-paid employees migrating here, the wealthy American and foreign investors, the wealthy parents of students and wealthy 2nd home purchasers are buying homes here. These home purchasers are inflating the price of housing. Don't blame the restrictive zoning. The zoning and subdivision regulations currently add a "whopping" 3.1% to the cost of a house (see: https://www.nahbclassic.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=250611). Where does the majority of the cost lie? In the land. Those of us who have lived in our neighborhoods for decades did not conspire to "price your generation out". If you want someone to blame, blame Howard Jarvis who back in 1978 managed to get nearly 2/3rds of California's voters to reduce property taxes through Proposition 13. Low property taxes necessarily resulted in the inflation of property values, particularly within the most desirable areas in the state. Why didn't we move? Because we liked the quality of life here, the very same quality life that our Council is putting at risk.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 09/13/2018 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Ageism or sexism?

After the Chicken Little hyperbole used by T. Keith Gurnee and Ken Schwartz, the "reckless and stupid" comment comes across as measured and reasonable.

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Posted by ra237 on 09/13/2018 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Cycletracks and ageism

We should be asking ourselves why the older generation is disproportionately represented among area homeowners. The older generation found housing and then priced out younger generations through restrictive zoning. It's the younger generation that's getting a raw deal in San Luis Obispo.

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Posted by ra237 on 09/13/2018 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Hypocrite or politics?

Throwing dirt at people with absolutely no proof (like the accusation against Gurnee) and then lamenting the fact that other people do the same thing... hmm... And trying to portray someone as racist because he linked two words starting with the letter N, and condemned both of them. Is this new journalism?

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Posted by Odile Ayral on 09/13/2018 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Ageism or sexism?

Shredder, whoever you are, if you were a bit more civil and much less biased, people would not be worried about being interviewed by you. But you have such a way of twisting whatever people say or do that most prefer to stay miles away from you. Your page is supposed to be funny, and--yes--you say it is never civil, but at the very least, you could try to be more objective. You are just about as objective and thoughtful as Trump. So... you like Heidi, and you rush to her rescue every time she is attacked by anyone. Fine with me. But, please, don't get into a rant against people who don't share your adulation. Their beliefs are just as worthy of respect as yours.

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Posted by Odile Ayral on 09/13/2018 at 4:10 PM

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