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Re: “Local resident harasses Morro Bay council member

Shameful. No one should ever have to deal with that. Hate is so powerful. It sickens me to read that this crap is still going on.

Posted by Mark Marshall on 02/21/2019 at 8:51 PM

Re: “SLO plans new building codes, programs to curb emissions

I like the idea but we need more details to see how it will affect the cost to live here.
Yes the cost will go up but how much we just dont know.

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Posted by Mark Marshall on 02/21/2019 at 8:47 PM

Re: “How the Central Coast weathered the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history

It might be a good idea to cut back on our dependence on the 'feds'.

Maybe asking Congress to not go beyond the 'enumerated Powers' listed in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution would help bring the services we really want down to the state where voters have a stronger voice.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 02/21/2019 at 2:26 PM

Re: “SLO plans new building codes, programs to curb emissions

Oh, Right.
Raise the cost of living here even more so none of our grandchildren can stay after school ends for them!
Great idea, SLO.
Who needs young people. opps! Who will work in the service industries we need?
BTW: I did not read the article. The headline is all I need to know this is a bad idea.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 02/21/2019 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Inside Pismo Beach's plan to revitalize the Santa Maria groundwater basin

In this report, I did not see Oceano's allocation of water from the State Water Project. Since they recently had to come up with approx. $330,000 as of Jan. 1, 2019 for their participation in the project, surely the number of acre feet they receive from that project should have been included.

I agree with Ms. Replogle's concerns related to the CCB project. It makes no sense to place the project at the Oceano site! This is not thinking outside of the box, and it certainly is not addressing the huge threat of climate change, which is, and has been, affecting global climate changes in unprecedented ways, and will continue to do so.

The Oceano Board, voted 4-1 in their most recent Board meeting, Feb. 13, 2019, to disengage from the Central Coast Blue Committee. That begs the question as to their ongoing support of this ill-conceived project.

Tina Dickason,

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 02/21/2019 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Local nonprofit works to spread awareness about chronic pot use

Why does New Times have a section dedicated to cannabis? Is this a pro cannabis publication? It's highly irresponsible.

Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/18/2019 at 8:51 PM

Re: “The Clean Cruiser Project is biodiesel-bound for Central America

Biofuels are so 10-15 years ago, and are nowhere near as eco-friendly as their advocates believe, or would have you believe.

Posted by Michael Bender on 02/18/2019 at 10:13 AM

Re: “ALS hasn't stopped Devin Ward from contributing towards a cure

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Re: “ALS hasn't stopped Devin Ward from contributing towards a cure

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Posted by FRANK TERRY on 02/17/2019 at 2:00 AM

Re: “Keep it green: Some tips for throwing a more environmentally friendly wedding

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Posted by SLO Botanical Garden on 02/15/2019 at 11:07 AM

Re: “With some paid less than $1 per hour, SLO County seeks to improve job options for adults with disabilities

"Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights for all who are helpless."

Posted by Nitzi Joannes on 02/14/2019 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Third Cal Poly frat this school year gets suspended

Push-ups seem more like a responsible alternative to hazing.

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Posted by ra237 on 02/14/2019 at 6:36 AM

Re: “With some paid less than $1 per hour, SLO County seeks to improve job options for adults with disabilities

Dear New Times Editor,
My sister has been a person seved at NCI Affiliates for the past seven years. She and my mother moved to California from Tulsa Oklahoma to live with me. While living in Oklahoma she was not afforded the oportunity to have sustainable employment, and worked at a little resturaunt down the street bussing tables for $20.00 total for the entire week. Her friends consisted of a few people on the block she lived on and her family and she did not have much of a social life.
Since the move and her becoming a part of the group at NCI Affiliates, I have watched my sister blossom. She makes her own money under sub-minimum wage, and has made several close friends. She goes to the movies and the different activities like BBQs, dances, festivials, and Christmas floats that the NCI group puts on for the individuals. My sister is a part of NCIs Client Advisory, and even sat on the Board of Directors for two years. She has become an advocate for the things she wants and believes in and is not afraid to speak out for herself.
We are a close family, and we do everything together. We all contribute to family dinners and holiday celebrations. My sister loves the fact that she can contribute when we go shoping for holiday dinners and when she can buy a special gift for my mother on Christmas or for her birthday.
I believe in my heart if not for the work opportunities at NCI Affiliates she would not find a place that she could work and be a contributing member of the community she lives in. My sister has a mental disability and with age has taken on some physical disabilites, she takes a while to complete certain things. My fear is that if sub-minimum wage is taken away she would not have the financial or social outlets that have been made availible to her through this agency that clearly has her best interest at heart.
This article was told on behalf of a family that for some reason is unhappy with NCI and does not see what a difference sub-minimum wage can make in a persons life. I am happy their family member was able to find a place she could be happy at, but that does not mean that the hundreds of other families including mine would like to see sub-minimum wage go away. Nor does it mean that we would like to see an article smearing the agency that has brought new life to our family member. There are always two sides to a story, and I do not believe for one moment that NCI Affiliates would do anything to hurt one of the individuals they serve. They have always treated my sister and our family with respect and have been very kind and understanding.
I am sending this to you in hopes that others do not make a decision regarding this agency based on one families story, and understand that there are several other families who do not want to see their family member go without this opportunity.

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Posted by Lameeka McClellan-Breland on 02/13/2019 at 7:54 PM

Re: “ALS hasn't stopped Devin Ward from contributing towards a cure

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Re: “Mom-and-pop pot shop growing their business in SLO

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Posted by Lauren Ashley on 02/13/2019 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Plains All American's pipeline replacement faces environmetal groups' opposition

Plains All American has a terrible record - not just here but all across the country and Canada. Plains All American has been cited for everything from not completing repairs ordered by inspectors and failing to install equipment to prevent pipe corrosion to not having adequate firefighting gear at its facilities and instead relying on local volunteer fire departments.

The LA Times examined data kept by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and discovered that Plains has been cited for 175 safety and maintenance violations since 2006, and incidents involving the companys pipes have caused more than $23 million in property damage while spilling more than 688,000 gallons of hazardous liquid.

Thats more than 3 times the national average for incidents per mile of pipe, the Times reports, adding that among the more than 1,700 pipeline operators listed in the PHMSA database, only four companies had more infractions than Plains.

Plains is hardly alone in its track record of reckless operations. According to another analysis of PHMSA data by the Center for Biological Diversity, there have been 621 oil and gas pipeline leaks, spills, ruptures, explosions and other incidents in the state of California since 1986. All told, these accidents have caused some 200 injuries, nearly 50 deaths and $769 million in damages, the CBD says.

Get out of the business, Plains All American. Your company is a danger to public health and environmental integrity.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 02/12/2019 at 12:42 PM

Re: “With some paid less than $1 per hour, SLO County seeks to improve job options for adults with disabilities

I feel this story is defintely onesided. My family has nothing but good experinces with NCI and it is definetly an organization that I support. They have assisted/provided lots of service not only for my mother, but also helping with job placement for my son. Without NCI Affiliates my son would have never found a job which has instilled self confidence and an abundance of training that allows him to live independently. This organization has helped with so many aspects in our family and we are grateful for the services on all levels because each individual is in fact different. Thank you NCI for all the hard work that your agency does for our community.

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Posted by Shawna Cooley on 02/12/2019 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Plains All American's pipeline replacement faces environmetal groups' opposition

You can't have it all. You can't protest to stop drilling oil while also shutting down our state's largest source of clean energy - Diablo Canyon. Take a look at the CA ISO app, and see how much baseload california actually uses. Baseload is the amount of energy demanded/used that's completely below any up-top fluxuations based on time of day or season. We need ALL of the baseload to be clean energy, and to accomplish that without fossil fuels, we need MORE nuclear, not less.

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Posted by Heather Matteson on 02/12/2019 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Eight cannabis businesses compete for retail licenses in SLO city

GANJA HERB - Smoke WEEED 420 lmao dude bro

Posted by matarbongo2 on 02/11/2019 at 5:19 PM

Re: “With some paid less than $1 per hour, SLO County seeks to improve job options for adults with disabilities

Dear New Times Editor/Dear Peter:
Thank you for highlighting the complex issue of the employment needs of adults with developmental disabilities in your recent front-page article (With some paid less than $1 per hour, SLO County seeks to improve job options for adults with disabilities). PathPoint has been helping low-income people prepare for and obtain jobs for more than 50 years and currently supports nearly 2,000 people with developmental disabilities in five counties, including San Luis Obispo.
We are pleased that the New Times highlighted Ashley Romero, an intern through PathPoint working at Cuesta College. The article also highlighted a person with concerns about us and we are working diligently to address those concerns. We appreciate and value anyone who comes forward with ways that we can improve our services.
The issue of sub-minimum wage is complex and highly charged. Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which passed in 1938, allows employers to obtain certificates from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to compensate workers with significant disabilities with a special minimum wage. The special minimum wage may be below the federal minimum wage but must be commensurate with the workers measured productivity and the jobs prevailing wage. PathPoint is a 14(c) certificate holder and has applied to DOL for the renewal of this certificate, though at the time of the article DOL had not yet reviewed PathPoints renewal application. Federal law allows existing 14(c) certificates to remain in effect during the renewal period so PathPoint is fully compliant.
Many 14(c) certificate holders across America operate workshops and some do pay very low as stated in the New Times article. PathPoint has never operated a workshop, and rather operates small crews of people who work at the location of local businesses. These businesses pay PathPoint as an intermediary and PathPoint pays the wages to the individual workers. PathPoint is working diligently to move each of these businesses to pay at least minimum wage for the employees. However, the reality is that some individuals are not able to work at the productivity rate of a neuro-typical person and would lose their job if a sub-minimum wage position was not available.
This is the crux of the debate on section 14(c). Are we treating people unfairly by paying a low wage or are we taking away choices and options by removing the opportunity to work for someone who could not get a minimum wage job? There are national organizations and elected officials who are passionate advocates on each side of this debate. PathPoint takes a pragmatic middle ground; lets move everyone we possibly can to a job that pays at least the minimum wage and lets keep the opportunity for community-based sub-minimum wage jobs for those who want to work and who would otherwise be unable to do so.
PathPoint will continue to focus on helping individuals reach their life goals and helping expand competitive employment opportunities for all. In San Luis Obispo County, we are proud to work with partners such as Tri-Counties Regional Center, the Department of Rehabilitation, and local and national businesses in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in meaningful work. Thank you for your attention to this critically important issue.
April Lewallen
PathPoint, Vice President, North Central Coast Division | 805.782.8890 ext. 1518

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Posted by April Lewallen on 02/11/2019 at 9:57 AM

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