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Re: “Supervisor Hill says critic has 'bad crush' in online comments

Two privileged old white guys who really do seem like they would make a classic couple. Let's put them in a room together for 24 hours, video it and release the highlights on youtube. Could end up serving as a pilot episode for the next hit comedy TV series. Sort of a Seinfeld/Odd Couple/World Wrestling type thing.

Would it be too much to hope these two passionate and feisty gentlemen get together, sincerely apologize to each other, shake hands and each go back to doing something worthwhile?

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Posted by rightword 2 on 11/17/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Affordability gap: SLO County battles an expensive housing market as it searches for ways to build cheaper homes

It's simple supply and demand. There is high demand for houses and low supply, so prices are high. If you want prices to go down, supply must be higher than demand, which would mean lots and lots of new houses. Which would mean more people, more congestion, more problems.

The high prices make it so there are fewer people, at all, and those few tend to be wealthier. Which is exactly the way most home owners around here want it.

Posted by Ian Tanner on 11/17/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Affordability gap: SLO County battles an expensive housing market as it searches for ways to build cheaper homes

Los Osos Valley Road. Plenty of land there to build all the housing we need

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Posted by Shervin Gholian on 11/16/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Man pleads not guilty to threatening Women's March

If Phares is convicted and goes to jail, his dangerous racist, misogynist views will likely be reinforced by a prison system rife with problems and filled with other criminals and employees who harbor anti-social thoughts and behaviors. We must reform our prison system.

Posted by Sharine Borslien on 11/16/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Affordability gap: SLO County battles an expensive housing market as it searches for ways to build cheaper homes

One of the biggest contributors to SLO's housing crunch is that 50% of our rentals go to Cal Poly students. It leaves teachers, police and other city employees to find affordable housing elsewhere. Here's a fascinating article on both the problem and some solutions:

Cal Poly, the city and county need to work out a "growth plan" where the school doesn't eat our charming city. When you pile in 5 students into a rental home and each share in the cost, average SLO families cannot compete with that math.

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Posted by Mickey Mc on 11/16/2017 at 5:03 AM

Re: “Supes appoint a county administrative officer, ending contentious search

Exactly. We get what we paid for. Do we even really need this position? I say no. For what? Shining the supervisors shoes? Our county sure knows how to blow money. Here's a clue Mr. Dogcatcher..your new and improved county website still sucks. Try to call him at his office..he's so busy in his new job as official pooper scooper his front desk and gate keepers are just as dense as he is. Their job is to assure their workload is not increased when some pesky taxpayer calls in.

Posted by Paula Edrington-Lozano on 11/10/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Latest Cal Poly master plan includes development on campus farmland

Its truly a sad day when mixed use overtakes producing, viable education in agriculture. CalPolys Ag Farm produces the best organic produce product in SLO and teaches tomorrows producers - all while benefitting the community it serves. Will mixed use? Nope- it will add to an overburdened infrastructure, increase pollution snd waste and grow SLOs population and the universitys coffers. Once agsin, $$ overrule good sense and logic. Sigh......

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Posted by Melissa Mason on 11/10/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Supes appoint a county administrative officer, ending contentious search

His first job is to tackle care for Annimals? Lets see how this adds up to his desire to care for seniors or people with disabilities!!! What about our kids before and aftershchool programs?

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Posted by Matthew Maldonado on 11/09/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Judge opposes $85 million Diablo Canyon settlement with SLO agencies

Interesting that this is a news story yet a the fact that a very important public educational event regarding the radioactive waste that will be left on our coastline after Diablo closes is completely ignored by New Times and its staff!!

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Posted by Molly Johnson on 11/09/2017 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Fewer SLO County homeless counted in 2017

Same number as previous year, just more underground due to ICE and heightened policing.

Posted by Melissa Mason on 11/07/2017 at 8:36 PM

Re: “For bike's sake: New bike facilities are coming to SLO, concerning some residents and commuters

On the flip side, the loss of parking and vehicular facilities is going to be a tough transition to work out. A focus on long term planning that serves solving some of the current--and anticipated future--issues for motor vehicles traveling in and through the City of SLO would be really helpful in alleviating the stresses of this transitional period. Plus, for parking-congested areas, looking at some new public or private mass parking facilities might be really helpful--allowing people to park when they get to town, and use bikes once they're here. Yes, some new facilities may have environmental impacts, but sustainability minded planning and mitigations can help ease those burdens. And, in the long term, the net effect on the community and environment would be beneficial for drivers, commuters, residents in need of parking and bicyclists.

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Posted by Sarah Goodyear Flickinger on 11/07/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “For bike's sake: New bike facilities are coming to SLO, concerning some residents and commuters

I became a league certified instructor for the League of American Bicyclists because I heard so many people saying, "I would bike, if only it were safer," and I wanted to be able to help overcome that fear. Cheers to the City of SLO for prioritizing the effort; now we just have to figure out non-city resident commuter circulation that serves neighborhood safety for the long term, and we will be good to go. If you're interested in taking up cycling, please feel free to reach out. There are ways your barriers, thoughts and experiences can help inform the upcoming bicycle plan to make this a safe and comfortable transition for all. If you don't know how to get involved to provide input, City of SLO Bicycle Advisory Committee and Bike SLO County are great first steps. For parents with kids, the Safe Route to Schools program at your school is another great way to get the right changes for how you use (or want to be able to use) our City streets.

Posted by Sarah Goodyear Flickinger on 11/07/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “For bike's sake: New bike facilities are coming to SLO, concerning some residents and commuters

If we're headed toward a "driverless" future, which apparently means there won't be any cars on the road, then why do we need to spend money creating bike lanes? With no cars, the bikers will be able to use the entire roadway at their discretion. I support all forms of exercise but this makes little sense to me. Cars are not going away. If they want to promote biking/walking then they should create a Pedestrian Zone on several blocks of either Higurea and/or Marsh streets where no cars are allowed.

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Posted by Gary Maier on 11/07/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “For bike's sake: New bike facilities are coming to SLO, concerning some residents and commuters

Any changes to help make SLO more bike-friendly would be very appreciated by my family. We would bike commute to work and ride our son to school if there were safer, easier ways to bike across town.

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Posted by Amber Nichols on 11/06/2017 at 4:19 PM
Posted by Michael Berger on 11/05/2017 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Surrounded by communities where marijuana dispensaries could be banned, Morro Bay decides it will have two

Opting out of legal recreational Cannabis will only ensure that the black market stays in place or that residents of the area that has prohibited go to neighboring towns to make their purchases. In the end local municipality that opt out of recreational Cannabis will miss out on tax revenues and business opportunities and still have cannabis consumption just like they do now.

Posted by Ben James on 11/02/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “For bike's sake: New bike facilities are coming to SLO, concerning some residents and commuters

"I'm sure the rest of the town is very much in favor of this until you put the bike lane in front of their house," explained resident Glidden.

Please put one in front of my house. It would be refreshing to see a street with more people (and kids!?) breathing fresh air, and less people driving at reckless speeds through their usual "short cut." Maybe Glidden would consider putting his house up for sale and moving to the mid-west?

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Posted by Peter DUBB on 11/02/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “For bike's sake: New bike facilities are coming to SLO, concerning some residents and commuters

I'm 70+ years old. My bike riding days are in the rear view mirror. The Bike Boulevards are simply very expensive and for a limited audience.
Net-zero Emissions Status is fine. We all need to do what we can to protect our globe. But then to use those words and at the same time not vigorously support Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is the height of hypocrisy. Nuclear power must be included in the zero-emissions mix if we are truly going to go forward to a cleaner environmental future. And our communities will be devastated when the plants close in 2024 and 2025 - while still paying for the effects of a Bike Boulevard mentality.

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Posted by Doug Stevens on 11/02/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “For bike's sake: New bike facilities are coming to SLO, concerning some residents and commuters

There will always be folks who balk at change because it disrupts their sense of control in the world, but they are usually on the wrong side of history. Like it or not, bicycles are becoming more popular as people who embrace the future recognize the need to stop relying on fossil fuels.

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Posted by Sharine Borslien on 11/02/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “County APCD, state parks headed to hearing over dust control violations

Why cant they come up with a natural environment method like planting trees as a barrier from the sand landing in residential areas. Not sure why Trilogy was approved if people who live there are going to ruin ourr area and economy by trying to shut down recreation that has been in our area for 75+ Years. It is ashame to shut down the only area beach that has a huge playground for OHVs. Heck, build a huge retaining wall. I know I have heard that the sand goes theough trees and up and over but this is something the wind will do regardless of whether the OHV riders are playing on the beach. The winds that blew a week ago carried dust for miles and this will never be contained so what is the real problem here. I understand the people for shutting diwn the beach are complaining for health reasons but we have been here for 60 years and no one that I know died from silica sand. Many people have died from smoking, alcohol, diabetes, or pourly ran factories, oil spills leading to problems, cancer, Altsheimers, Parkinsons Disease, even fires that cause pollution but no real scientific proof has shown statiscs about deaths from Silica Sand. If people are affected by the sand why dont they move. Several people have moved here from the Big Cities like Los Angeles, Fresno, Bakersfield, Orange County, Antelope Valley, San Francisco, and other States in the US where the pollution levels are out of this world and some of the highest polluted areas in the US. How has these types of pollutions from bad emissions, Diesel Trucks, fire, poor air quality from smog (chemicals), poison in the waterways, etc. affected peoples health and lungs. Many people have moved here in our area creating more pollution for the licals including heavier traffic, trucks, industries we never had in the past, factories, etc. causing our air quality to decline. So I guess you can say many of the people complaining who recently moved here have caused more problems and pollution for the local area by coming here. Did the developers not cut down trees and other landscape moving dirt and sand to build theses new homes. How about all the silica that was disturbed by pouring new concrete and building pathways, sidewalks, and all the blowers from the landscapers moving sand and dirt and pollution in the air creating more pollution for us.

I guess there are two sides to every story and some of these issues are man made but were not much of a problem years ago. How did this become such an issue when people have been living on the Mesa for hundreds of years with no complaints about their health. Yes the population ha grown but maybe this has caused a lot of the problems as well.

Grow trees, build a wall, divert the traffic away from these homes where the people complaining live but again the wind will not stop blowing in their direction so then what?

Concerned about our economy and people who have a huge stake in this area as well. What is the solution for the hundreds of businesses who rely on the tourists to keep this area alive. Food for thought!

Concerned Local

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Posted by kgpeaches on 10/28/2017 at 8:46 PM

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