Brad Snook 
Member since Jun 22, 2017

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Re: “The 'dunes of death'?

"It really just comes down to a philosophical issue of whether or not people should be allowed to engage in behavior that puts them at risk... I do not need to tell others how they should live, and I hope that they will return the favor. This is the view shared by California State Parks and, I believe, the majority of the community..."

The author believes that State Parks, for some reason, is a Libertarian-slanted agency within California's government. Really? Is that a logical statement, or just projection of the author's beliefs onto others?

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Posted by Brad Snook on 05/31/2019 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Long overdue

SVRA-related traffic decreases public access to a big chunk of beach in South SLO County. Other beaches, like in Pismo, are getting more crowded and less enjoyable. CA State Parks needs to do a better job protecting California beaches. By their own mission statement: "Our Mission. To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation."

Be honest. That's not what's going on at Oceano Dunes SVRA, is it?

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Posted by Brad Snook on 05/24/2019 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Racano got who should apologize to whom wrong

Stop dumping stuff in the ocean! Added filtration is necessary to remove micro-plastics from the sewage plant's discharge to ocean outfall. Governor Brown recently signed a series of bills authorizing the Ocean Protection Council and Regional Water Quality Control Boards to move toward measurement and management of micro-plastics reaching the ocean. The added filtration is likely to help clean up the outfalls. But, filtered brine (which is re-introduced to the discharge) and biosolids (sludge, which is often spread over land) are likely to contain large amounts of micro-plastics, too. If we can't separate the filtered plastics through newly developed processes, both may need to be hauled to the landfill.

Recycling water is another added benefit of Tertiary treatment and is vital to protecting our groundwater supplies. Stormwater run-off aside... Remind me again, why do we need ocean outfall?

Posted by Brad Snook on 12/27/2018 at 4:27 PM

Re: “No public benefits

Quote"What we know now from the expert panel of wastewater professionals and the memorandum of understanding between the city and Tri W Enterprises Inc. is: 1) Costs can be reduced by using another site; 2) There are no benefits to ratepayers to using the South Bay Boulevard site; and 3) The unnecessarily higher cost of building at the South Bay Boulevard site is for the purpose of subsidizing private interests. Under Proposition 218, money spent on building at the South Bay Boulevard site above what would be spent at another site is not money spent on providing water and sewer services to rate payers and is unconstitutional." Unquote

Number 1: It's true the City Council chose a site that was analyzed to cost more. But, that was after the "Not in my back yard" folks drove up the cost of the project by threatening to sue if the Righetti site was chosen instead. By choosing a site outside of city limits, the council demonstrated that it was worth the investment to reduce long-term exposure to NIMBY-ism. There's nothing unconstitutional about that!

Number 2: There are many benefits... Such as, getting the project done on the most favored site, the most analyzed site, the site outside the coastal zone with lots of separation from neighbors is a sound, long-term investment. Investing in a site that RWQCB and the Coastal Commission Staff have said is favorable is beneficial and sound policy. There's nothing unconstitutional about that!

Number 3: Yes, buying property anywhere else except the existing site could be seen as "subsidizing private interests"... They might also be subsidizing private interests by shuttering the existing plant in the coastal zone on Atascadero Road. Think of how the properties near Morro Rock and High School students could benefit, and there's nothing unconstitutional about that!

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Posted by Brad Snook on 08/09/2018 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Look behind the green door

There's Al Fonzi employing his expertise in spreading propaganda against his perceived enemy... In this case, the supporters of clean air and water. Millions of new jobs await our country's workforce in Clean Energy, benefiting everyone's health -- especially for the poor -- which in turn saves us money. However, the status-quo Dirty Fuels industry is back-stopped by huge government subsidies, lobbyists galore, and politicians who can do the Oil & Gas industry's bidding in the dark corners of government (like the committee mentioned by Al Fonzi above). BTW: The issue actually did make the mainstream press:…

Otherwise, it's getting exactly the coverage it deserves -- Not much.

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Posted by Brad Snook on 07/05/2018 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Want to talk about climate? Just ask

Well stated! Thank you, Dr. Weymann

Posted by Brad Snook on 06/14/2018 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Compton listens

This letter has appeared in Cal Coast News, Santa Maria Times, here... However, it doesn't say what Supervisor Compton has actually done to help the district conserve water. I know Supervisor Compton is capable of listening. But, what has she done?

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Posted by Brad Snook on 05/04/2018 at 4:24 PM

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