Patrick Scott 
Member since Dec 10, 2017

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Re: “Cannabis application process 'a war' in SLO County, industry reps say

Lisa Bugrove with Kirk Consulting is quoted as saying that there is "no valid reasoning" in requiring a biological resource analysis for cannabis growers. Lisa, as a consultant you should be aware that the Carrizo Plain, where the majority of cannabis is being grown, whether legally or not, is home to more endangered species than anywhere in the nation, save Hawaii. It also has some of the most sensitive habitat to support these species. That alone is reason enough to require a biological review. Added to that is the lack of water available for ALL life forms. Cannabis cultivation should have been banned in all the Carrizo Planning Area but lacking that control, biological studies and water analysis must be enforced. The State gave exemptions to the Counties in requiring EIR's but that does not extend to the growers. I hope this information helps in your Consulting practice.

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Posted by Patrick Scott on 06/21/2018 at 10:27 AM

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


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Posted by Patrick Scott on 05/06/2018 at 9:42 PM

Re: “A modest proposal

Richard, you're making this up. As Trump would say, it's fake news. "The founders wanted citizens armed with the current best grade of military equivalent weapons. One of their stated purposes was to be able to resist the government". This is not part of 2A. The militia were fighting against the English, the boys on the farm armed themselves with muskets and sabers. As the militia grew into a military force, heavy arms became part of their arsenals. If you're implying that AR15's are going to defeat the modern military and that's what your arming yourselves for, that's a sad commentary on your reality. The 2nd will be amended and if you're not one of those "honest law abiding citizens" then you'll become one of the criminals, but that's your right.

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Posted by Patrick Scott on 04/01/2018 at 11:05 PM

Re: “A modest proposal

Gene Ralno Mr. Veesart is correct in his interpretation of 2A. He is not advocating for it repeal but for sensible control. When 2A was written "arms" were sabers and muskets used in a militia. Constitutional Amendments have been and will be amended to bring them into the light of modern existence and only the ignorant and self serving will argue that point. If you need an AR15 to hunt, find a new hobby.

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Posted by Patrick Scott on 03/29/2018 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Leisurenauts: Three days in Cali's retirement mecca

No one from California, unless you're recently from LA, calls our state Cali. It's like W.Bush calling nuclear "nucular" or calling a realtor "realitor". You say it enough, people begin to think it's a real word.

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Posted by Patrick Scott on 01/25/2018 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Tsk, tsk, New Times

I would thank Ms. Doud for speaking out. With our ever growing population trying to enjoy our wild places, it's up to all of us to keep them as untouched as possible. These are habitats where others live, creating the ecosystems that maintain the balance of our survival.

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Posted by Patrick Scott on 01/25/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “We are family farmers

Dear New Times Editor and Nawal Kassir,

In response to the Dec. 7, 2017, opinion article "We Are Family Farmers", may I point out several issues? Although I sympathize with their predicament and the many others in their position, the Kassirs did start their cannabis operation in a city and county with no directive ordinance. Other cities and counties in the State had already fully or partially banned cannabis activities. SLO County, on the other hand, was in a political war with itself, wasn't paying attention to what was coming, and consequently was blindsided by a deluge of growers arriving from other counties and states seeking to reap the benefits of an unregulated county. Paso's ban should have been a red flag as to what was coming for the Kassirs. Their move out to the Carrizo was paralleled by hundreds of others from all over the state and country. Sensitive habitat was destroyed, endangered and protected species were displaced or killed, the existing community in California Valley was completely disrupted, and the limited water basin was being abused. Hundreds of other growers spread throughout the county. In response, an Urgency Ordinance was enacted over a year ago that made it pretty clear that any grows could be eliminated by a coming Permanent Ordinance. It was also clear that due to various conditions, Residential Suburban zoning would be off limits to those grows. This has now happened. The Kassirs' pleas to the County are not falling on deaf ears, but the County is also responding to the pleas by the majority of other residents who are tired of having their communities overrun by outsiders with noisy generators, bright night lights, water trucks, and insufficient enforcement to regulate this new industry. If "locals" are getting swept up in these new restrictions, I sympathize. But give it some time; the outsiders will move back to their origins, or on to other unregulated areas, and the "locals" won't have the unwanted competition and can continue their "farming" activities in legally zoned areas. As far as cannabis patients; all of California can now grow, and there will be (and is) an abundance of medicine; just look at all the ads in the back pages of New Times, visit the many virtual dispensaries, or grow your own (up to six) plants - it's not that hard.

Patrick McGibney
Carrizo Plain

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Posted by Patrick Scott on 12/10/2017 at 4:22 PM

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