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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: “A parade of asshats

This kind of trolling by Karen Velie is chronicled in my book. It's important for readers and the New Times to see a live example of what I've dealt with.

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Posted by Aaron Ochs on 08/19/2019 at 6:59 PM

Re: “SLO's new construction displaces longtime residents

Contact SLO Veterans Services at 1-805-781-5766 AND 1-877-4AID-VET a National Call Center for homeless vets and tell them you want to speak to a HUD- VASH social worker. In addition to the San Luis Obispo Housing Authority for help or referrals.(805-543-4478)

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Posted by Kim Chaffee on 08/19/2019 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

Would someone, maybe Mr. Fonzi, please explain the incident soon after Trump was in office where he had the two top-level Russians (prime minister and ambassador) in for a visit to the Oval Office with no other Americans allowed. Pictures were leaked from the Russian "press" and Trump has the happiest most sincere smile I've ever seen from him. Additionally please explain the in-person meetings with Putin and again, no other Americans or any information allowed. Thank you.

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Posted by Larry Kahn on 08/19/2019 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

Mr. Fonzi, I appreciate your opinion. Yet I disagree with your defense of Trump using weak attempts to cast counter-points on his take on racism or white supremacists.

First, dozens of times in his hate filled speeches, hes pontificated about these incendiary issues. And all you can come back with is his daughter is married to a Jew, then the niece of a decades deceased black leader likes him and the media didnt air his denunciation of Nazis enough.

Second, Ive spent time with Trump at Mar-a-Lago and witnessed his narcissism and lies first hand. They are very real and a threat to our democracy.

Heres my first-hand take of Trump

--Draft dodger who wraps himself in our flag but couldn't run faster or further from service to our country. (As an Army lieutenant, Im saddened you dont see the cowardly action by the leader of the free world.)

--Serial adulterer

--Not a leader, but a liar. Recording over 10,000 misleading statements since taking office

--And on racism, he & his dad twice settled racist charges with DOJ to block African-Americans from renting his NY apartments

--Fails his #1 job of protecting America's democracy by encouraging Putin and to the day still doing nothing to defend our elections.

Finally, speaking of incendiary rhetoric, help me understand your last paragraph: If the press continues their slanderous mischaracterization of Trump and his supporters, they will get their headlines. Any blood in the streets of America will be on their hands. Pretty telling Lieutenant Colonel.

Is this who we want our daughters and son's to look up to for leadership?

Mickie McMahon

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Posted by Mickey Mc on 08/19/2019 at 2:36 PM

Re: “A parade of asshats

Interesting that Aaron Ochs thinks he has has vast knowledge of where all residents of SLO County live.
I am retired law enforcement from Pennsylvania and now live in the Lodge Hill area of Cambria.
Aaron Ochs believes I am fake and many others are out to get him... classic PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIC.

Aaron Ochs believes he is the champion of truth and a famous author... classic DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR.

And finally Aaron Ochs denies ever writing "that he would throw bleach in Karen Velie's daughter's face"
Well I was there, IN THE COURTROOM, when attorney Stewart Jenkins brought up this fact that was posted on one of many of Aaron Och's Facebook accounts that he kept changing the names to avoid this kind of scrutiny.
And I was THERE when the judge asked Aaron Ochs point blank, did you write "that you would throw bleach in Karen Velie's daughter's face?" And he said "YES"! Classic PATHOLOGICAL LIAR.

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Posted by Peter Gerold on 08/19/2019 at 2:01 PM

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: “SLO's new construction displaces longtime residents

Anyone who says capitalism is more important than an elderly Veteran is the scum of the earth.

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Posted by Jazabelle Armstrong on 08/19/2019 at 3:29 AM

Re: “A parade of asshats

#WalkAway

#NeverCarbajal

#Hispanics4Trump

#Trump2020

From Atascadero

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Posted by Mike Gomez on 08/18/2019 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

Following Joseph Hill's listing of the white nationalist, racist, militia, neo-Confederate, anti-semitic groups at Charlottesville -- ALL from the extreme right, a number of these participants sported red MAGA caps and other pro-Trump regalia.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 08/18/2019 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

I keep hearing revisionist state that there was a third group represented at The Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville. Ive yet to hear of any individual, or group, step forward to be identified as the very fine people President Trump, and now Mr. Fonzi have presented as fact.

Conversely, every segment of the white supremacist movement was represented that day: Neo-Nazis from the National Socialist Movement (NSM), Vanguard America, and Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP); Klan members from the Rebel Brigade Knights, Global Crusader Knights, Confederate White Knights, and Knights Party; racist skinheads from the Hammerskins, Crew 38, and the Blood & Honour Social Club; neo-Confederates from the League of the South (LoS), Identity Dixie, and the Hiwaymen; Christian Identity adherents from Christogenea; Odinists from the Asatru Folk Assembly. There were also armed paramilitary groups connected to the anti-government militia movement.

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Posted by George Joseph Hill on 08/18/2019 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Statewide rent control

All three writers are correct.
Watch out for unintended consequences.
Those mobile home parks work well until they are sold and a new mortgage raises the costs which must be passed on to the residents.
Why do so many forget that money is not free. you have to earn it or borrow it and to live off it you need a fair return on investments.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 08/18/2019 at 5:32 PM

Re: “SLO's new construction displaces longtime residents

This is not capitalism. Capital is what a business needs to start up and continue in business. No economy exists without capital.

What we have in the U.S is
a mixed economy, some capital and lots of government intervention and control of that capital and
corporations that only exist because government set ups the rules allowing them to be created to avoid personal responsibility for the actions of the business and it's owners or board of directors.

What we have is more properly 'crony capitalism' where the rich aid the rich and the government aids them all.

Meanwhile what the writer is actually talking about is
1. the city or county managing growth without regard for the misplaced
2. and rental properties subject to sale by owners displacing renters.

The city and county can factor in displacing families etc when rezoning and/or permitting new development. Property owners have no such obligation. Property owners are free to sell to the bidder they favor without regard for renters.

To be safe you have to own your home and be willing to stand up against eminent domain.

Laissez Faire
gail lightfoot

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 08/18/2019 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

I think that this may qualify for a red flag comment.

If the press continues their slanderous mischaracterization of Trump and his supporters, they will get their headlines. Any blood in the streets of America will be on their hands.

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Posted by George Joseph Hill on 08/18/2019 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

Trumps plan may be to have violence escalate to a point where he will have no choice but to enact Marshall Law. (No elections) Trumps insane attempts to escalate Climate Change may be a strategy to further domination of the worlds governments, economics and resources. His overfeeding of the obese Military Industrial (Oil) Complex and stimulating violent vigilantes has me worried.

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Posted by Ben Lovejoy on 08/18/2019 at 12:42 PM

Re: “A parade of asshats

@Kate Steinle:

As to your request for validation of "can't be trusted" sentiment toward Velie and her brood, I offer Tenborg. The decision there and it's survival under appeal is quite sufficient to justify taking their reportage with a grain of salt.
Now... I wonder if you'd be so kind as to hold yourself to the same standard and provide us with evidence (outside Tenborg, if you please) of ccn's correcting itself in print?
Thanks.

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Posted by Paul Embry on 08/18/2019 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

"Tsankawi" has it right. As a former conservative (now a moderate), it is to me as clear as a Paso Robles noonday in summer that Trump is no conservative in the classic definition of the term. And Col. Fonzi is supposed to represent a "conservative voice" in the New Times!! But I read no reasoned commentary on how to make government smaller and more efficient while granting more political power to state and civic institutions; no justifications for free and fair trade; no interest in policies to advance the kind of economy that will help us meet future needs; no case made for a new and safer generation of nuclear power plants (the most efficient energy producer); and I see no dismay at the wreck Trump has made of our state department and the loss of our geo-political prestige .. and power -- etc. etc. All these things principled conservatives stood and stand for. Fonzi's interests now lie elsewhere.

But this week's editorial by Fonzi reveals that he, too, has been sucked into sycophancy to the Trump-kult. Fonzi's moral debasement, not to mention steady stream of lies in his column, shows that all he is left standing for is a simplistic Fox News style resentment against liberals, while ignoring the growing threat of white nationalist terror + murder and the perversion of Christianity into the heresy of christo-fascism via white evangelicals and their sold-out leaders, e.g. Franklin Graham.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 08/17/2019 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

Jay, "bringing America under the control of Russia."
You are an idiot or a boomer if you actually believe this.

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Posted by Kate Steinle on 08/17/2019 at 1:39 PM

Re: “We need America back

The America you thought you loved was RUINED BY POLITICS. You and your leftist ilk destroyed it with anti-Americanism at every turn. You told the politicians to do anything they want, and they did; like bringing in 40+ Million illegals to appease their corporate donors and leftist ideology. The America-haters did this, not the Trump movement.

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Posted by ona3pica on 08/17/2019 at 9:08 AM

Re: “More questions than answers

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 9:40 PM

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