Tina Dickason 
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Re: “Drama machine

How can a reasonably intelligent person not be somewhat of a complainer, while serving on a board of all women, who simply can't handle Ms. Replogle's ability to express herself thoughtfully and intelligently. Oceano needs to step up and remove petty, whining , catty, directors, who do not serve the common good of the community, but rather, their own need to feel important. I think Oceanoans can do better--give it a try!

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 12/19/2019 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Who's in charge?

Ms. Delany has written an excellent article on what is a shameful and devastating situation at the Oceano Dunes. I couldn't agree with her more, on all accounts. The OHV activity defies the mission statement of California State Parks, as well as the Coastal Commission. It needs to STOP!
I couldn't disagree more with the former commenter, who himself shows an alarming amount of ignorance. More than ample evidence has proven what is causing harmful impacts at the Dunes. Since when should our parks become a place for an acivity to result in death--seven of which have occurred this year alone!
Our coast should be available for ALL to access, without harm to those who visit. Selfishness is not a valid reason to justify OHV use of the Dunes, and science has provided ample data to put an end to this outrageous and harmful activity taking place along Californa's precious coast.

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 12/13/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “A difference of opinion

With all due respect, Mr. Mullen, it appears abundantly clear that Ms. Baker has considered the science, and also understands how many of the youth in our world, have a more intelligent understanding of the crisis that faces this planet-- not as you ignorantly state, "the emotional hype about the imminent end of the world."

I absolutely oppose your position in disagreeing with climatologists/scientists, who have provided well-documented, scientific data, declaring the need for immediate action to be taken to halt the effects of global warming.

Thank goodness, the majority of reasonably thinking individuals, do not agree with your comments.

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 09/27/2019 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Dunes, dust, drama: Coastal Commission votes against proposed limits to vehicle riding in Oceano Dunes

Actually, six deaths this year. As the article notes, there was one of the very day this agenda item was being heard at the Coastal Commission meeting, and two days later, another death occurred. State Parks needs to address this, and the sooner, the better!

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 07/18/2019 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Cambria residents will see water rate increases in July

The Emergency Water Supply facility that was built in October, 2014, has not been in operation since December, 2016. It has not operated at all for producing water needed during a Drought III Emergency. The facillity, after being built for almost five years, still does not have a regular Coastal Development Permit (CDP) approved by the SLO County Planning Commission. It is this facility, and the impoundment basin, which has been decommissioned by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, to dispose of the brine waste, that continues to cost the ratepayers, not just thousands, but into the millions of dollars to maintain, without a drop of water being produced for consumption for Cambrians--we haven't needed it, as the last 3 years have provided ample water from the two aquifers that serve our community, and as mentioned above, with an emergency Coastal Development Permit, the plant can only run when a Stage III Emergency Condition is declared.

The rate increases stated in the article, are incorrect. Cambria bills bi-monthly and the following information is based on bi-monthly charges for Residential customers using between 1 and 4 units.

From my most recent bill from the Cambria Community Services District, due June 10, it states for SEWER charges, the following: "Sewer is a water consumption based rate $71.48. Base Charge + $4.13 per unit." The current FIXED rate is $71.48. As of July 1, 2019, it will increase to $82.20, and July 1, 2020, the proposed increase is $92.06
The current rate for Sewer Quantity Charge based on metered water use for Residential using 1-4 units, currently is $4.13.
The newly adopted rates per unit, effective July 1, 2019, will be increased to $4.75 per unit, and July 1, 2020, if approved by the Board, will be increased to $5.32 per unit, in addition to the Base Charge of then, $92.06!

The WATER rates are as follows: The current FIXED rate for Residential is $31.72. July 1, 2019 it will increase to $34.90. and July 1, 2020, if approved by the Board, is scheduled to increase to $36.64.. The rates differ, depending on the size of the meter size, for both Commercial and Residential. Additionally, to the Fixed rate, are the Water Quantity Charges, based on each unit of water used which = 748 gallons. For Residential, 1-4 units, the currents fee per unit is $8.08. July, 1, 2019, the adopted fee will increase to $8.89 per unit, and July 1, 2020 the proposed fee is $9.33. These numbers represent the first of three Tiers, with each tier increasing in the dollar amounts.

The Emergency Water Supply(EWS), (or as the District refers to it, the Sustainable Water Facility (SWF), increases are as follows: FIXED SERVICE CHARGES: Residential: Current charge, $15.86. Adopted increase, July 1, 2019, $18.08, and proposed increase, July 1, 2020, $20.26. In addition to the Fixed Charge, the Quantity Charges, based on metered use, per unit (748 gallons) are: Tier I (of 3)- Current $1.75 per unit. July 1, 2019, $1.99. Proposed increase July 1, 2020, $2.23 per unit.
Again, I have only given the charges and increases for Residential use, not Commercial, or higher water-using customers, and only for those customers using between 1 and 4 units. This is for water we have not, or are currently receiving! (The plant has not produced water since December, 2016).

Tina Dickason,
Cambria resident.

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 05/30/2019 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Inside Pismo Beach's plan to revitalize the Santa Maria groundwater basin

In this report, I did not see Oceano's allocation of water from the State Water Project. Since they recently had to come up with approx. $330,000 as of Jan. 1, 2019 for their participation in the project, surely the number of acre feet they receive from that project should have been included.

I agree with Ms. Replogle's concerns related to the CCB project. It makes no sense to place the project at the Oceano site! This is not thinking outside of the box, and it certainly is not addressing the huge threat of climate change, which is, and has been, affecting global climate changes in unprecedented ways, and will continue to do so.

The Oceano Board, voted 4-1 in their most recent Board meeting, Feb. 13, 2019, to disengage from the Central Coast Blue Committee. That begs the question as to their ongoing support of this ill-conceived project.

Tina Dickason,

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 02/21/2019 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Powerful reasons

Corrected version:

Mr. Browne,

I couldn't disagree more with your comments on the judgeship campaigns of Ilan Funke-Bilu and Tim Covello.

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: https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierr…

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-Bilu clearly does not.

Posted by Tina Dickason on 06/04/2018 at 10:23 AM

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