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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: “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: “Long overdue

Thank you for daring to confront the elephant in our backyard. For too long, Oceano has been held down, economically depressed as the Doormat of the Dunes. We are denied the opportunity to be a normal California beach town with a normal beach and normal beach activities. To paraphrase Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I ask no favor for my town. All I ask of State Parks is that they take their feet off our necks.

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Posted by Cynthia Replogle on 05/24/2019 at 10:11 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: “The removal of Oceano beach

NUT JOB!!! Sand blows onshore. It blows from the northwest. This it collects on the south side of the street. This woman is a misanthrope.

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Posted by Kevin on 01/03/2019 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Would you vote to ban new oil wells and fracking in SLO County?

Well, we know 20,473 registered voters in SLO county want to ban new oil wells for very good reasons based on scientific evidence or, in some cases, the lack thereof (eg, no clear evidence that injected oilfield waste water will not pollute domestic wells or the the Santa Maria basin).

A good example of "alternative facts" and "fake news" type polling. Ready to debate the Tea Party on the facts any time, any where.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 05/06/2018 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Would you vote to ban new oil wells and fracking in SLO County?

Manipulating PAID reader poll - placed by a Political Lobbying Consultant who wants to tell you how to vote. Ill say it again, San Luis Obispo Voters doesnt need Sacramento to tell them how to vote. #protectOURwater #IloveSLOco

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 05/06/2018 at 8:32 AM

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.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 03/15/2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Long overdue

For support of this honest journalist's call for action, please see our documentary series "What We Need to Know about Oceano Beach and Dunes" at The commenter, Kevin, took this series down by stealing our name, Safe Beach Now. A child in the series said "We need a safe beach now", which he called an infringement. We took him to court. A federal judge ruled that Kevin is a fake; and ordered our documentary series back up.

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Posted by Nell Langford on 05/23/2019 at 9:09 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: “Would you vote to ban new oil wells and fracking in SLO County?

I vote yes to ban all new oil wells and ban fracking in SLO County to protect our water!

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Posted by P.J. Webb on 05/06/2018 at 8:43 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.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 03/15/2018 at 5:49 AM

Re: “Stoking the fires of division

This is one of the more ludicrous of Mr. Fonzi's posts, of course. In his eight years in office, President Bush's name was cited as an inspiration for exactly zero acts of violence; in President Obama's eight years in office, exactly zero acts of violence were committed by those citing the President's words as inspiration. In Trump's brief tenure, however, 38 acts of violence--to date!--have been committed by those who claim inspiration from Trump's words and views. ANTIFA has killed no one; white supremacists, citing Trump's inspiration, have killed dozens. And what of DJT's "great accomplishments?" Soaring debt? Humiliation on the world's stage? An economy on the brink of recession, threatening to bring down the rest of the world's economy? Playing kissy-face with the same class of fascist dictators that my father (and Mr. Fonzi) fought to defeat? No, this is a lawless President, surrounded by adoring sycophants, simmering in a stew of corruption and anti-American bigotry, thumbing their noses at American greatness and stoking violence among the cult of personality that believes that Trump, uber alles, represents the forgotten voice of the defeated confederacy. You, of all people, having taken the blood oath of office to defend our Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic, should know this better than most; unfortunately, you too have been caught up in the MAGA vapor of resentment against those who, at their core, are more fundamentally American than you.

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Posted by tsankawi on 08/15/2019 at 10:48 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: “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.

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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: “Right to choose

My 13 year old has gotten all the vaccines required for school except for the 3rd hepatitis B vaccine dose. This is because he had a serious reaction to the 2nd dose. His pediatrician wrote a medical exemption for the last dose. But the serious reaction he experienced is not on the CDC's list of contraindications and precautions. Therefore, if SB 276 passes, my son will not be able to attend any public or private school in California. We will be forced to move out of state. My husband and I were born in California and all our family is here.

By the way, California law allows children who are chronically infected with hepatitis B to attend school. This will not change with SB 276.

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Posted by Michelle Graham on 05/30/2019 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Would you vote to ban new oil wells and fracking in SLO County?

We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and we need to protect it. People come from all over to visit our county because of all it has to offer with its diverse landscape and beauty. Our Tourism and Agriculture economies must be protected we should not put them at risk from further expansion of fossil fuel extraction.

The oil being extracted here in SLO county is one of the dirtiest in the world with a very high carbon intensity to extract not to mention refine and transport for further refining before it can be used. Does San Luis Obispo want to continue to contribute to our current climate crisis by extracting this dirty oil? True we do still drive cars and use oil but if we don't begin to move away from our dependence on oil we will be leaving our planet uninhabitable for future generations and that is something we should think about when deciding to approve expanded oil operations.

As citizens of San Luis Obispo County we should choose to move into the future with sustainable energy sources and not support further extraction of one of the dirtiest heavy tar crude oils that pollutes our air and could contaminate our groundwater. Our kids need us to do this as the climate crisis is only going to get worse, in twenty or thirty years when your kids ask you what you did to try to stop the further pollution of our planet, I hope we can tell them our County chose to move away from fossil fuels by not permitting further expansion.

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Posted by Natalie Risner on 05/06/2018 at 9:51 AM

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