Gail Katherine Lightfoot 
Member since Feb 11, 2018

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Re: “'No plans' to reuse facilities at Diablo Canyon, SLO County says

" keeping the desalination plant for regional water resiliencycounty leaders say no concrete plans have materialized, and it's too early to assume they will ever come."

So I and others will continue to struggle to reduce our water usage to bare minimums
- flush only the solid waste [yellow's mellow, brown is down] and
collect dishwater to use for plants and in gardens to help restore groundwater and
bathe less often
because it is too much trouble to save a desalination plant for local use?

Just one more bad decision alongside the one leading to closing the plant in the first place!

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 08/22/2019 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Statewide rent control

All three writers are correct.
Watch out for unintended consequences.
Those mobile home parks work well until they are sold and a new mortgage raises the costs which must be passed on to the residents.
Why do so many forget that money is not free. you have to earn it or borrow it and to live off it you need a fair return on investments.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 08/18/2019 at 5:32 PM

Re: “SLO's new construction displaces longtime residents

This is not capitalism. Capital is what a business needs to start up and continue in business. No economy exists without capital.

What we have in the U.S is
a mixed economy, some capital and lots of government intervention and control of that capital and
corporations that only exist because government set ups the rules allowing them to be created to avoid personal responsibility for the actions of the business and it's owners or board of directors.

What we have is more properly 'crony capitalism' where the rich aid the rich and the government aids them all.

Meanwhile what the writer is actually talking about is
1. the city or county managing growth without regard for the misplaced
2. and rental properties subject to sale by owners displacing renters.

The city and county can factor in displacing families etc when rezoning and/or permitting new development. Property owners have no such obligation. Property owners are free to sell to the bidder they favor without regard for renters.

To be safe you have to own your home and be willing to stand up against eminent domain.

Laissez Faire
gail lightfoot

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 08/18/2019 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Recently passed law will change the way thefts of agricultural property are handled

"no one is sure yet how exactly the fines collected through the new law will be allotted or used, "

Right. That is not exactly reassuring.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 08/10/2019 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Thirsty for sustainability: Is Paso Robles any closer to solving its groundwater problem?

First come, first served should mean long time property owners have perpetual first rights to water use that are passed on to others whose use is not any greater. Vineyards need more water than the owner they replace.

Everytime I see a new vineyard, I think, Where will they get the water for these vines? It makes no sense in normal years much less during all too common drought years. Vineyards are not ordinary agricultural use of the land. Especially when they take over grazing land. Vineyards need water not needed or used prior to the planting of the vines. This ensures a greater demand on the water basins. An unsustainable demand.

Residents will really be angry when they are told they must pay fines for water used in their home or business.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 08/02/2019 at 8:22 AM

Re: “SLO police chief disciplined after leaving gun in restaurant

This is the Chief. The top of the department. The buckstops here person. Surely not adequately responsible for the postion she holds?

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 07/20/2019 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Under siege

"developers probably shouldn't have cut down thousands of eucalyptus trees that formed a partial windbreak and some protection from blowing dust, . . . "
". . . "old-timers" recall working with bandanas against the dust from the dunes in the 1940s, [so] this dust hazard has always existed,

Solving the problem need not include closing the dunes to off-roaders.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 07/04/2019 at 9:14 AM

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