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Re: “Sorry, Lynn Compton: Doesn't work that way

I heard the radio show the letter writer tells us about and I was also appalled by the openly condescending and arrogant attitude freely expressed by Lynn Compton who continually judges a persons value to our community and worthiness for respect by the size of their bank account or land holdings.

Comptons comments were shameful but her attitude was shameless.

Seriously, what good has Compton done for our community? Shes had her chance and has revealed her true colors and her failings, sowing more division,discord and unfairness throughout the county. Our community deserves to give someone else a fresh chance to do the job that she has not been able to do well.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 03/22/2018 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Sorry, Lynn Compton: Doesn't work that way

Thank you, James Sofranko, for your excellent retort to Ms. Comptons' arrogance. As I wrote before, she dances to her COLAB puppetmasters, and shows little compassion for working people. When she voted a few months ago to make all the little people pay for the 6 Million $$ ground water study in North County that the big Ag folks involved had ALREADY AGREED TO PAY FOR, she showed her true colors. Yep, you folks down in South county are now paying for Paso Robles water studies. Don't think that is fair?? Vote Jimmy Paulding in June, make the needed change happen.

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Posted by Dan Cook on 03/22/2018 at 8:58 AM

Re: “All lying liars must resign!

And what about Tony Cipolla, the Sheriffs public (mis)information officer? Cipolla was once a trusted local tv news anchor. Nowadays hes simply a Liar for Hire for the sheriffs department. Why should anyone trust him about anything? His credibility is in the toilet. Instead of lying he should learn how to gracefully say no comment rather than continually misleading the public and covering up potential crimes. Our county deserves a public information officer who is independent of the sheriff and works on behalf of the public rather than being a taxpayer-funded propaganda tool for an elected official. Cant trust Tony, a.k.a. Tony Baloney.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 03/22/2018 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

Rightword is correct. Paulding is a REASONABLE and experienced public servant who believes the role of a supervisor is to govern. A vote for him is to restore collegiality and deliberation in county governance. Around our county government building in SLO, Compton is known by county employees for her rude and disrespectful behavior towards public servants. Enough is enough.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 01/18/2018 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

Whether you agree with Cuddy or not, or whether you live in the Fourth District or not, the best solution to the problem is to be part of the Republican/Democratic coalition in support of Jimmy Paulding for County Supervisor. Paulding has the common sense, integrity and RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE that will give the Board the type of balance it needs at this crucial time.

You don't have to take my word for it. Do the research. Meet the man. Paulding is the type of person that will promote a fresh and productive sense of unity on the Board and in our community at a time when it is needed more than ever.

There is no need to talk bad about other candidates or Board Members when there is so much GOOD to talk about when it comes to Jimmy Paulding.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 01/18/2018 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

Glad to read support for Bruce and Adam. I am so grateful for their presence on the BOS. I personally have had my business negatively affected by the gang of threes decision making. The only way forward is to make sure we vote out Lyn Compton

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Posted by Anna Gabriel on 01/18/2018 at 8:49 AM

Re: “This is not a nice business

Great writing Adam. This should bring out action and opposition. First order, Elect Paulding!

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Posted by fmsuddarth 9 on 01/25/2018 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Go fund it

Does doing a good deed, a kindness, a charity prevent you or others from also doing good deeds that speak to your heart or your specific passions? I'm sorry, but there is no logic or responsibility in that statement. Instead it should motivate you and anyone else with this complaint to follow the grey fox community's example . You are certainly free to inspire others to oppose breed specific prejudices in the case of the pit bull, or advocate for compassionate care for inmates if that is your calling. You are free to motivate others to contribute to the efforts that you have mentioned.

As for your comment about the fox being wild and the chicken coming first etc...Grey Foxes are a native species . They were in the habitat/ecosystem first before domesticated poultry were introduced.

Also, the absolute origin of the little grey fox is still unfolding. Perhaps he was a domesticated pet, captive born (yes there are domesticated foxes), or perhaps he was a wild born orphan ,rescued and then imprinted on dogs and humans in a domestic setting. But this particular fox was not wild. Please research the terms you use, so you do not contribute to the misinformation. We are all learning. Do you know the meaning of these terms? tamed, feral, wild, domesticated, habituated, imprinted. If not, it seems that there is scope for the wildlife education program that the grey fox community is initiating. I recommend that you be among the first to sign up for its educational offerings and workshops being planned.

And, by the way, I personally do care about the pit bulls, the chickens, the inmates. We all have the capacity to care about many beings and many issues. (yes, all at the same time.) Watch the videos of the little fox, showering all of the parkgoers with joy, and all of the dogs with affection. It seems that this little being had the capacity to care about many, unconditionally. It is this radiant innocence that we are mourning.

Are you a vegan or vegetarian? If not, I would guess that your concern for the chickens does not extend as far as your words imply. My advocacy for the grey fox also embraces the chicken (I do not eat them.) And there is no proof that the little fox killed any chickens. In fact, all video evidence supports his innocence, his playfulness and submission to dogs, as well as no evidence of prey drive towards the chickens in the park. They sat side by side on the fence with him.

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Posted by ML Sanders on 12/01/2017 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Go fund it

Lock the person who called animal control into a room and 'make them weep in remorse'. Really? I'd say that's pretty irresponsible of a paper to print. And if you read the GoFundMe Account page and listen to the Council Meeting you will note that the fundraising is not only for a memorial, but for Educational Wildlife Signs along the Creek Walk, public workshops and more. Since when is protecting our wildlife, educating and protecting our community a bad thing?

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Posted by Vivian Krug Cotton on 11/30/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Time to speak out

I have listened to Jimmy Paulding speak several times now, and he continues to impress everyone with his broad work experience, calm demeanor, desire to work with others, and commitment to public service. Go to his site and watch a short video of his upbringing, and you'll agree that this is the person we want for south county Supervisor.

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Posted by Dan Cook on 01/18/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Go fund it

I didn't realize there is a law in slo county for only one good cause? Why is I that when someone attempts to do something good for a cause that is not exactly the most altruistic cause on earth then it shouldn't be done and is a bad idea. It's a false dilemma. There's room in the world for more than one go find me page. "Lighten up Francis!"

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Posted by Frank Schiro on 11/30/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Sorry, Lynn Compton: Doesn't work that way

Her use of the word "kiddo" is a tell. Lynn Compton is seething with contempt--always--for anyone who sees things differently. Those who've worked with her have seen her literally screaming, red-faced, veins bulging out on her head, when she is dissatisfied. No one needs that. I fear for her family, if at home she is anything like she is at work. Adam Hill recognized that he had issues with depression and how it was expressed in anger; Compton has no such self-awareness. She is a cancer in the body politic, and must be defeated.

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Posted by tsankawi on 03/22/2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Powerful reasons

Mr. Browne,

I couldn't disagree more with your comments on the judgeship campaigns of Ilan Funke-Bilu and Tim Covello. (In addition to your poor writing, you didn't even have the date of the election correct: It is June 5, 2018!).

Ilan Funke-Bilu, in my opinion, does not have the requisite temperament to be a judge. Please read my comments in the Tribune, May 31, 2018, in which I draw a sharp contrast between the attributes of Tim Covello and Ilan Funke-Bilu. I have witnessed both of them in action, carrying out their respective roles; my assessment is based on this first-hand knowledge of how each candidate serves the public.

Many of us who live in Cambria have vivid memories of Funke-Bilus performance as a former Director on the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) Board. For example, I attended the 9-27-2007 meeting of the CCSD Board, during which Funke-Bilu exhibited incredible arrogance and rudeness toward the California Coastal Commission, referring to the Commission members, on camera, as a Bunch of Schmucks. For more detail, read Sierra Club, Santa Lucian Nov/Dec 2007, p.9:…

The qualities we expect in a judge are: knowledge of the law, esteem for the office and the public, patience under pressure, courtesy, tact, humility, open-mindedness, appropriate temperament and demeanor.

On all counts, Tim Covello embodies these attributes. In my opinion, Funke-Bilue clearly does not.

Tina Dickason,

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 06/02/2018 at 2:07 PM

Re: “All lying liars must resign!

This angers me hugely. I am so sick of the hegemonic forces, mostly white males (I know, not all of them), literally getting away with murder, and having the unmitigated gall to laugh about it. Our society is diseased with the lethal combination of authoritarian, narcissistic, white supremacist patriarchy + misogyny + toxic masculinity. These guys gotta go, now, along with the women who blindly follow them, and make way for the future of humanistic, compassionate social constructs.

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Posted by Sharine Borslien on 03/22/2018 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

I have met Jimmy Paulding. I have heard him speak and take audience questions. He impressed me as authentic and smart with common sense approaches to the issues facing us. I hope the voters of Dist 4 will make him their new Supervisor. He's the type of class act we sorely need to replace Lynn Compton.
On another note, as a voter in Dist 3, I am getting extremely tired of North County right wingers showing up to BOS meetings in droves for the express purpose of impugning Adam Hill's character. Mr. Hill was re-elected to his seat by a comfortable margin. The voters of Dist 3 have spoken. We support Hill. The policies of Hill and Gibson represent the wishes of a large portion of this county's voters. In theory, I have no problem working with conservatives, but in practice, the BOS majority refuses to work... PERIOD. That's not governance. Their vote to bill the rest of us for their North County donors' personal water use tells you all you need to know about what these three phonies are up to: socializing the costs of private services; rewarding their friends at the expense of everyone else. They are wasting our time and our money. We can do better. Let's vote them out!

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Posted by chrysb52 1 on 01/18/2018 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Go fund it

You're putting people in the shredder that are doing something positive in their community!? Give me a break.

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Posted by Benjamin Brooks on 11/30/2017 at 11:07 PM

Re: “A public allegiance

This is why its more important than ever that Jimmy Paulding be elected to the county Board of Supervisors. We need to end the dysfunction and the rancor and bring back balance, common sense and competence to the board.

At point theres little purpose in arguing with the trolls and lobbyists. What we need is people making sure that others send in their mail-in ballots or go to the polls on June 5.

Whether or not you live in district 4, it is vital that you let others know that you support Paulding and reiterate how important it is for people to vote in the upcoming election.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 05/17/2018 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Go fund it

Clearly this reporter has not done their homework. And attacking people who are trying to right a wrong is deplorable. Tormenting the woman who unfortunately made the call to remove the fox has also probably suffered enough. We are all angry for what she did, but she is already afraid for her safety and her children and you post a way to make her pay? Very offensive. Agreed there should be gofundme accounts to help all kinds of causes, local and worldwide and there probably are and those individuals have just as much right to start collecting and raising awareness for them. Why single out this cause as not being worthy because others may not have fundraising? Just as one persons mistake caused this issue to come about, your power with ink ridiculing this cause is a mistake that could hurt this project moving forward with educational signs and memorial. I loved that fox and what happened was wrong. A memorial which showcases one of the members of the vast wildlife in the Village along with educational signs can only do good. Maybe our next fox won't be so friendly and someone will reach out to pet it and get bitten. We need those signs!! I ask you to please reconsider your position and write an article supporting what Vivian and others are trying to accomplish here. It was wrong to put this in the shredder. If you want to shred something, shred those who are taking advantage of people, causing problems, not people who are doing good. I for one will not support what you've said or any of the advertisers of your paper. I will wait to see your retraction and for a story that supports Vivian, Frank, Nikka, Cleo and all those others that are doing the right thing. It's your turn to do the right thing.

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Posted by Eve Polk on 12/01/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Battling oil

Ms Ferrari's fact based analysis of the situation is a welcome preventative for the incoming tsunami of exaggerations, distortions, and outright lies that big oil will be throwing around. I believe we share a faith in the capacity of an informed electorate to make the right choice. In November, when the majority say "no more new oil wells in SLO County" wouldn't it be great if Big Oil said "OK, we hear you. We'll continue operations in a safe manner at the Arroyo Grande and not file lawsuits against you."

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Posted by Charles Varni on 05/24/2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Arroyo Grande oil field is a net water producer

Thank you Christine for demonstrating the willingness of your company to present distortions and falsehoods as fact to the citizens of San Luis Obispo County. Do you really think we are this gullible?

The Arroyo Grande Oil Field (AGOF) produces 1,200,000 gallons a day of petroleum and chemical contaminated waste water (all statistics from State DOGGR reports) based on pumping 19 barrels of water for every barrel of oil you recover. Your treat some of this waste water for disposal into the creek which gets largely wasted into the ocean. Why is that? Because the waste water injection wells you're using to dispose of this toxic brew cannot tolerate much more than 30,000 gallons per day. You lack a permit from the EPA to inject waste water into the drinking water aquifer under the oilfield but continue to do it because your oil company got a judge to agree to let you while your Safe Drinking Water Act violations are temporarily ignored until the EPA rules on your case.

The AGOF produces NO energy for local use--in fact, your operation is one of the largest consumers of energy in the County and State when it comes to oil operations. In addition, the oil produced from the AGOF is sold to Phillips 66 and sent by pipeline to Oakland where it is refined and then exported to Asia (Phillips 66 Annual Reports, 2014, 2015). NOTHING produced by the AGOF is utilized in SLO County--no roads are paved, homes built, or gas tanks filled. Where do you come up with these fabrications?

More than 15,000 registered voters have signed a petition to ban NEW oil wells in SLO County and we will be voting on this in November (go to http://protectslocounty for details). The initiative specifically allows the AGOF to continue its operations as usual over the next decades until it runs out of oil. There is no threat to the jobs, incomes, or county property taxes your operation provides. However, the citizens of SLO County will not allow their drinking water to be polluted by toxic oilfield wastewater and chemicals. Please focus you corporate energies on that issue rather than trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

Charles Varni, Coalition to Protect SLO County

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Posted by Charles Varni on 04/26/2018 at 10:46 AM

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