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Re: “YouTuber mulls legal action after Morro Bay police chief run-in

There is no obligation in California to identify yourself unless you are arrested for a crime (if you are operating a motor vehicle a different set of standards apply). Concerns for Officer Safety without valid probable cause or RAS do not trump a citizen's right to film in public areas. Handcuffing and IDing someone in those circumstances is actually a violation of law and a potential civil rights violation. Usually these sorts of cases do not get pursued because it is expensive to file suit and hire a lawyer. The public agencies have the advantage of being tax payer funded so unless there is a large hue and cry police often are able to violate the rights of citizens with impunity. We shall see what happens in this case.

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Posted by nate78222 on 02/18/2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “YouTuber mulls legal action after Morro Bay police chief run-in

Diana February is absolutely wrong about a citizen being required to identity themselves to a police officer when asked. There are circumstances when this is true, but it was NOT true in this case.

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Posted by Henry W on 02/19/2018 at 10:52 PM

Re: “District 4, take your pick: South County voters will choose between Lynn Compton and Jimmy Paulding for county supervisor

Lynn Comptons paranoia is becoming unbearable. Ask her a tough question and she is certain to believe you are out to destroy her. There is no way you can fairly or competently represent your constituents if that is your attitude.

There is no question the Board of Supervisors has become more divided, messed up and dysfunctional since Compton joined the board.

35 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by rightword 2 on 03/15/2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Supervisor Gibson's vacation rental votes to be reviewed for potential conflict

As owner of a residential property in Cambria, I, along with a majority of Cambrians, welcomed the County Ordinance put in effect in 2003, in which Vacation Rentals (VCR) are required to be distanced 150-200 feet apart, so that not every house in residential neighborhoods would have the ability to become a Vacation Rental. In Cambria, we are currently inundated with Vacation Rentals, and the last thing we need is for the ordinance to be undermined by changing it from its original intent, so that Mr. Edwards, by representing his clients, can use their properties for commercial use and profit, at the detriment to full-time residents. Let's not forget that for every client Mr. Edwards represents, is money in his pocket, whether he wins or loses on their behalf!
Cambrians and Cayucans didn't purchase their homes to be surrounded by homes purchased for commercial use, in a residential setting. I find it interesting that Ms. Tacker and her partner, Jeff Edwards, who represents clients attempting to find a way to get around the ordinance, live on a property that has an acre of land. They certainly will never be affected by the issue of Vacation Rentals next door to them, will they?
The SLO County Planning Dept. has denied the Vacation Rentals that have come before the Board of Supervisors, and most recently, in an appeal to the Coastal Commission relating to a Cambria VCR, it was denied, yet Mr. Edwards continues to beat the drum for commercial use in single family residential neighborhoods.
Supervisor Gibson stood up for his constituents and the County Ordinance to avoid VCR's next door to one another, for which I, and hundreds of people who wrote letters to the Planning Dept., Board of Supervisors and the Coastal Commission, are grateful for. I do not believe for a minute that this amounts to a conflict of interest, but rather the interests of Supervisor Gibson's constituents.

Tina Dickason,

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 05/31/2018 at 11:06 AM

Re: “District 4, take your pick: South County voters will choose between Lynn Compton and Jimmy Paulding for county supervisor

Lynn Compton has been a huge disappointment. Her lack of relevant work experience equals her lack of compassion for the middle class and the needs of citizens in her district. Her quasi-libertarian/extremist attitudes combined with her over-bearing us-versus-them paranoia, add up to nothing more than rigid ideological approach , supreme selfishness and greed aimed at helping herself and a small band of behind-the-scene backers and close friends.

Jimmy Paulding, on the other hand,is exactly the kind of respectful, competent and fair-minded candidate San Luis Obispo County needs now more than ever. Meet the man and find out. He has the kind of work experience and background that is a perfect fit for the kind of serious infrastructure work that needs to be done in San Luis Obispo County. Unfortunately, that is the kind of leadership role that Compton has handed over to cynical lobbyists who treat her as a pawn and puppet in their self-dealing schemes. She is not a leader. She is a tool used by others to promote their own selfish interests. The evidence is in nearly every one of her board votes.

Put both candidates side-by-side, ask them both the hard questions, and it becomes quite clear that Paulding is the common sense candidate who will answer the questions honestly and do the most to help the citizens of San Luis Obispo County get along and prosper.

If you're looking for an independent, fair-minded and competent candidate for County Supervisor there is none better than Jimmy Paulding. Meet the man and find out for yourself. The right choice becomes obvious.

34 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by rightword 2 on 03/15/2018 at 5:49 AM

Re: “ICE arrested 20-year-old DACA 'dreamer' outside of SLO County Jail, family claims

Boo hoo.

Don't come to America ILLEGALLY you ILLEGAL INVADER. Problem solved. End of sob story.

No, no puedes!

Btw, I'm an American of hispanic descent, surname and dark skin to match, so save your built in retort of calling me a racist. I'm an an American, standing up for Americans whilst too many of you champion for the wrong side of good.

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Posted by M. G. on 12/06/2018 at 7:48 AM

Re: “District 4, take your pick: South County voters will choose between Lynn Compton and Jimmy Paulding for county supervisor

There is little doubt that Jimmy Paulding is scrupulously following campaign laws and will make all disclosures in a timely manner as legally required. When scrupulously following the law, there is no shame in using discretion, wise political strategy and smart timing to respect the legitimate, common sense wishes of those who contribute to ones campaign.

Those who meet Mr. Paulding quickly realize he is the most forthright, honest and competent candidate for Fourth District Supervisor and deserves the respect and support of Republicans, Democrats, libertarian and independent voters throughout the county.

Do the research. Meet the man. Your choice will be clear.

29 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by rightword 2 on 03/15/2018 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Home on the water: One family lives in Port San Luis Harbor but a rent increase is moving them out

I just wanted to raise some points to this comment. First, we do not pollute the bay. We have a compost toilet that puts out zero discharge, that is disposed of onshore , and by the time it is disposed is ready to be used in a garden. Our boat runs totally on solar for our living aboard needs(no gas or diesel generator). Also, we have been paying property taxes here (as well as in San Diego) because of living on our boat. So please get your facts straight. The county services are a joke. The showers are filthy and broken most of the time, the laundry rooms too. These are also open to the public, not an amenity just for liveaboards. I take offense at you saying we're abusing our kids. They are probably the most well adjusted, smart(They have 3.8 and 4.0 GPAs) , friendly kids you'll ever meet. We take care of all their needs and more. How dare you say that without knowing us, Anne Rider

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Posted by Anne Rider on 12/23/2017 at 6:01 AM

Re: “District 4, take your pick: South County voters will choose between Lynn Compton and Jimmy Paulding for county supervisor

Compton will not face the public. Just last week she was at a Town Hall meeting with Ian Parkinson and hid in the front row when questions were directly related to her. She constantly plays the victim card when criticized for making egregious comments. Claiming that she has to wait for more science before accepting the Public Health issue at Oceano Dunes is morally corrupt. People and children are suffering and you can bet that if either one of her children faced a health threat no matter how significantly researched she would take the safe route and be preventative of that threat. She is nothing more than a mouth piece for the elite.

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Posted by Steve Lacki on 03/15/2018 at 12:19 PM

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

This piece is incredibly one sided and not backed with actual facts. I have been an avid supporter of Achievement House and NCI for decades and find this article more of a hit piece. Iam curious to know the real story behind this Trauma story. Best of luck to Courtney House, but this was repugnant I would hope you do some actual reporting for a follow up

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Posted by Kasey Smith on 02/07/2019 at 5:21 PM

Re: “SLO County employees threaten labor strike as pay lags: 'Patience has worn out'

The demands of working after-hours was a major factor in choosing, after twenty-nine years as a child welfare social worker, to retire. Working a full day, taking calls on and off through the night, and then be expected to work a full day was asking too much, for too little, when I was a young man and far too much on a now sixty year old body.

When I retired, my caseload had a fair number of teens and young adults (former foster children now non-minors in extended foster care). I hated walking out of their lives as so many adults had done before. I miss working with them the most, but also missing working with my other clients as well. However, I had to think of my own health and my own family. This Thanksgiving will be the first Thanksgiving I have not been on call in five years.

My daughter attends Cal Poly. For awhile, she had a job delivering meals for restaurants. Some nights no orders would come in, but she would be "on call" if someone did. She was paid $6/hour to be on standby. Frankly, it was embarrassing that her father made half the much to be on standby to remove a child a from an abusive or neglectful home environment.

Lance Hillsinger

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Posted by Lance Hillsinger on 11/09/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Supervisor Gibson's vacation rental votes to be reviewed for potential conflict

A poorly disguised attempt to dis the leading candidate 5 days before the election. Regardless of Gibson's stand on vacation rentals, property values continue to rise - rapidly - in Cayucos. And Julie Tacker 's reputation is not in the same league as Bruce Gibson's

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Posted by Kathy Oliver on 05/31/2018 at 10:31 AM

Re: “District 4, take your pick: South County voters will choose between Lynn Compton and Jimmy Paulding for county supervisor

It's telling that only Jimmy Paulding has held community workshops in Oceano (and Nipomo) to listen to residents' concerns and discuss his vision for the future. The 2013 Oceano Revitalization Plan has stalled while Compton's been in office. Jimmy has the motivation and expertise to make good things happen for our neglected community.

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Posted by Cynthia Replogle on 03/15/2018 at 11:35 AM

Re: “County misses $5 million homelessness grant

Outside of verifiable veterans of foreign war, 86 the mentally ill homeless out of this county. Problem solved! (wipes hands together)

My vast tax dollars are not for the non contributing person.

Next we'll all be fighting typhoid carrying, flea infested homeless because you care so much.

Get them out of here. Do NOT entice them to remain homeless or stay in this area!

22 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by M. G. on 02/05/2019 at 8:02 AM

Re: “ICE arrested 20-year-old DACA 'dreamer' outside of SLO County Jail, family claims

Don't be an illegal alien. Violating the law has consequences. You will see your son again. Visit him in Mexico. Don't make your problem society's problem

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Posted by 7dennis7 on 12/06/2018 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Gurnee to challenge Harmon for SLO mayor

Don't we already have enough local politiicans with huge egos and rude, aggressive attitudes?

We need more politiicans with fresh, modern ideas and a propensity to unify our community rather than tear it apart.

It seems Mr. Gurnee needs to continually attack others in order to keep himself engaged. This is NOT a good sign. I'm concerned that electing Gurnee would be a step backwards at the worst possible time.

Gurnee's over-the-top and caustic obsession with Adam Hill is another red flag.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 05/17/2018 at 8:19 AM

Re: “District 4, take your pick: South County voters will choose between Lynn Compton and Jimmy Paulding for county supervisor

Lynn Compton's total donations were an AVERAGE of $400.00 from 400 donors? An "average" and she claims Paulding is hiding something? Hmmm...

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Posted by Brad Snook on 03/15/2018 at 12:06 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

Re: “Advocates raise alarms about county cannabis policy

I Think San Luis Obispo needs to figure this out and fast. Because other towns around us are going to pass us up with all this and we will loose out on a lot of tax money that could go to very good use. They are worried about the power plant closing and all the money the city will loose? Well this is an opportunity to make up for some of the lost revenue. Come on we tax alcohol and tobacco this IS NOT any different. As far as I am concerned Alcohol is worse then pot will ever be. Be smart San Luis you could make a lot of money very fast. I just honestly think the county needs to open their eye's.

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Posted by blujello 9 on 12/07/2017 at 8:05 AM

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

To everyone reading this post, I would be cautious about believing any stories on little ole JennP.

Check out this article on miss-honesty who was arrested on the 5500 block of Capistrano Avenue for hit and run, assault with a deadly weapon, corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and for child endangerment in August 2017. Didn't you just get out of jail? I guess the jail birds only give you garbage like the New Times to read - although I am quite surprised you were able to read the entire article given the fact that you have the intellect of a plastic spoon.

As far as the article goes...there is A LOT of misinformation and false accusations against NCI and Achievement House. The story obviously was spun to reflect what those agencies do in a negative light. However, I guarantee you if you actually took time out of your day (ya know, when you aren't running over your spouse) to get to know the staff and individuals there, they will tell you that what is reflected in this article is far from fair or true. My suggestion is that people actually take time to research what they're reading before they read a bunch of garbage.

Check out (one of) JennP's arrest records here:

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Posted by Phillip Everglades on 02/08/2019 at 3:52 PM

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