Gail Katherine Lightfoot 
Member since Feb 11, 2018

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Re: “Take a chance

I was pleased to see Cannabis back on the City's Agenda [That's Arroyo Grande]. It seemed reasonable for the City to stop licensing cannabis businesses by accepting state licenses.
Now we learn that change effectively shuts down the one service available within the city.
Unintended consequences?
Indeed.
If all business were allowed to operate without city, county, state and federal oversight and taxes, our economy just might remain in high gear indefinitely.
The cities, counties, states and the feds could tax consumption instead and the thrifty among us would benefit most.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 06/14/2018 at 5:22 PM

Re: “County begins hearings to shut down Cal Valley cannabis grows

Voters approved Proposition 64 Legalize Marijuana in California on Tuesday. The proposition calls for legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older. Smoking would be permitted in private homes or at businesses licensed for on-site marijuana consumption. Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996.

Prop 64 , 2016 Election
Passed All CA = 57.1% - 42.9%
SLO = 78,114 57,234
SLO = 57.7% - 42.1%

But, of course, our elected officials need not pay any attention to the voters 'cause 'they know best'.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 06/03/2018 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The blame game

I believe there are solutions to individual acts in violation of local law short of jail for those with serious medical issues of any kind. Arresting officers can and should seek solutions other than arrest and incarceration for every offense small and large.
Some offenders can and should be left in the care of family, not sent to jail.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/12/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

News report:
"Officials suspect Ronald Rawlinson, 63, of Pismo Beach shot and killed 58-year-old Dana Neece of Grover Beach in her home before turning the gun on himself, according to the Grover Beach Police Department."
There is nothing to indicate there was any 'domestic violence' prior to the incident or even an absolute statement as to who shot who, only suspicion. It could have been her shooting him since the articles does not indicate why the authorities suspect the male rather than the female in this case.
Extrapolating this incident into a rant on domestic violence is disingenuous and apparently stems from the writer's fear of domestic violence not the facts of this particular incident.
Ever death by gun is not another need for more laws that dangerous criminals ignore. Not amount of laws and background checks will predict who might turn to violence ever.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/12/2018 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Arroyo Grande mulls tough decisions, including staff cuts, to make up expected budget gap

Doug: Show us the numbers.
How many households and how many are low income?
It would take 18,000 households paying $50 per to raise $900,000.
With a population just under 18,000 and households numbering 7 to 8,000, $50 would raise $400,000. not $900,000.
See:
https://suburbanstats.org/population/calif…

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/11/2018 at 4:53 PM

Re: “SLO County hires new Health Agency director

A Health Agency and/or improved medical care while incarcerated is not a solution to the deaths in custody problem.

Fewer arrests and less jail time for those with a support system to ensure they do not reoffend or endanger others. We don't need to arrest every single misdemeanor violator. Some can be ticketed and given a court date instead of jail time.

Certainly those individuals with medical problems should not be arrested and jailed if they can simply appear before a Judge at a future date without endangering the public.

We cannot continue on the path of arrest and jail for every offense if we cannot medically care for and protect from harm inside the jail each and every one of those individuals.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/11/2018 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Ending the bondage of bail

Don't forget using GPS devices to track individuals in all situations. We don't need more individuals in jails or needing bail money to keep them out. I like the ideas presented in this article. Let's do this, now.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/11/2018 at 4:24 PM

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