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Re: “We need to look toward the future

Looking into the future means adapting to climate change by slowing growth, enacting drastic water conservation measures and preventing sprawling housing developments within flood plains and on top of areable farmland. Looking into the future is ratcheting up development fees to offset the City's evergrowing infrastructure costs and demanding that the infrastructure be in place before development occurs. Looking into the future means ratcheting up the per cent affordable housing requirements for new development to more quickly meet our RHNA targets. Looking into the future means protecting our assets by preserving views, preserving our historical character and preserving our wildlife and open spaces. Sadly none of this will happen now that we've reelected our incumbents.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 11/10/2018 at 11:49 AM

Re: “In this corner ...

The search for truth cannot be cited as a reason to read the Shredder. The only reason the public may feel inclined to read this typically defamatory screed is to see what poor sap will be pilloried this week.

But for what its worth, I will still dignify this rant with a reply. Our anonymous writer may think the term conservative Democrat is an oxymoron, but this is actually a legitimate wing of the Democratic Party and this may be the best way to describe Keith Gurnees political orientation. Fortunately, the Democrats have more than one wing in their party (at least so far) which results in their being the big tent party. If the Democrats wish to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory this coming November 6, then they should allow the Progressives and Democratic Socialists to purge the Party of all moderates, centrists and conservatives (as our local Progressives are successfully doing).

Even though this coming City election is non-partisan, party allegiance appears to be the only filter that Progressives are using to evaluate their candidates. This results in trivializing and dumbing down the seriousness of this upcoming election. What is at stake in San Luis Obispo is not the rights of women, minorities and the LGBTQ community (as if the Mayor had any role in addressing these issues) but rather the future of our City. What is missing is a grown-up discussion of the imminent loss of local control over the development process, the damage inflicted on this community by overtaxing our infrastructure and unresolved issues relating to our town-and-gown relationship with both Cal Poly and Cuesta College.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 10/11/2018 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Lynch mob or rule of law?

Mr. Fonzi, what you have strategically left out in all of this was the Republican cover up...the sequestering of 1000's of pages documenting Kavanaugh's activities under the George W. Bush administration, the time limitations arbitrarily placed on interrogation and the truncated FBI investigation that clearly prevented the kind of corroboration that could have provided Christine Ford and others with credible witnesses. You stated that a woman who had allegedly endured sexual assault should have "her claims seriously investigated by qualified investigators who are charged with conducting professional, responsible investigations". This was not done. In fact, the FBI did not even interview Christine Ford! What you have also overlooked is that the focus of these hearings, at least from the perspective of those Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, was less on Kavanaugh's alleged misconduct but much more on his veracity. Lying under oath is considered disqualifying at the very least and there is clear evidence that Kavanaugh did this repeatedly.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 10/11/2018 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Register and vote, please

Yes, vote for Mayor Harmon and Carlyn Christianson who annexed and approved two massive subdivisions located within significant flood plains and on prime agricultural land. A mayor and council member who voted for these massive high-end housing tracts while asking for the minimum (5%) amount of low income housing. Vote for a mayor and council member who voted to delay implementation of traffic improvements for both San Luis Ranch and Righetti Ranch. Vote for a mayor and council member who turned a deaf ear to residents opposing night hiking within our natural reserves, who turned a deaf ear to residents opposing unsafe traffic conditions at 22 Chorro and who ignored residents protests when nearly tripling our appeal fees. Vote for a mayor who initiated a discussion on reducing public comment from three minutes to a maximum of one minute.Vote for a mayor and council member who approved an update to our zoning regulations that will fast track projects through development review and up zone housing density in our neighborhoods. Vote for a mayor and council member who disregarded neighborhood appeals on the four-story 560 Chorro (Southtown 18) project and the six bars at 1144 Chorro. Vote for a council member who ignored the neighborhoods concerns regarding 71 Palomar. Vote for a mayor who approved the non-conforming black color palette for the Stalwork Building at 1135 Santa Rosa knowing that this color was applied to the building illegally. Vote for a mayor and council member who disregarded the Anholm Neighborhoods pleas to maintain street parking along Broad and Chorro Streets. And all of this in a mere two years! Or you could vote for Keith Gurnee, Sarah Flickenger and Jamie Lopes, all of whom are fighting for the protection of our neighborhoods and the preservation of what is left of our small town charm.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 09/20/2018 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Cycletracks and ageism

RA237 -
There is no need to invent "conspiracy theories". Here are the facts. Over 35% of homes in SLO County are purchased cash on the barrelhead...these purchasers by definition are very wealthy. This means that the old (and the young) wealthy, high-paid employees migrating here, the wealthy American and foreign investors, the wealthy parents of students and wealthy 2nd home purchasers are buying homes here. These home purchasers are inflating the price of housing. Don't blame the restrictive zoning. The zoning and subdivision regulations currently add a "whopping" 3.1% to the cost of a house (see: https://www.nahbclassic.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=250611). Where does the majority of the cost lie? In the land. Those of us who have lived in our neighborhoods for decades did not conspire to "price your generation out". If you want someone to blame, blame Howard Jarvis who back in 1978 managed to get nearly 2/3rds of California's voters to reduce property taxes through Proposition 13. Low property taxes necessarily resulted in the inflation of property values, particularly within the most desirable areas in the state. Why didn't we move? Because we liked the quality of life here, the very same quality life that our Council is putting at risk.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 09/13/2018 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Ageism or sexism?

Unlike the Shredder, I do not engage in pointless ad hominems. My "cryptic" comment was that the decision that the three council members made (not just Mayor Harmon) to ignore the sentiments of the neighborhood residents (in the name of the so-called "greater good" of the biking community) was "Haussmannesque". This top-down decision-making mentality is not unlike that exercised by development-driven communiities back in the 60's. Those decisions, implemented through the powers of eminent domain, led to the gentrification of neighborhoods nationwide and the displacement of thousands of lower-income residents. But unlike Haussmann's boulevards, these dedicated bikelanes through the Anholm neighborhood will be neither beautiful nor functional. And that is the main point being made by the Anholm neighborhood.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 09/13/2018 at 2:46 PM

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