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How do you think the wine industry is affecting local politics? 

click to enlarge Kurt Weir

Kurt Weir

retired sheep farmer and aircraft mechanic

“They bought it. … They caved in to local oil; they caved in to this and that. If it was table grapes, I’d be right there with you, but it’s wine, so shut the fuck up.”

click to enlarge Michael Collins

Michael Collins

bouncer/full-time father

“Well, I live in Paso Robles. … It’s affected the common man because the costs of rent have gone way up. And of course it’s consuming way more water. But it does bring in a lot of revenue for the county.”

click to enlarge Rob Baer

Rob Baer

horse trainer

“I think it’s detrimental in some ways. The cows and the pastures need the water, but the wine gets it all. We need water rights.”

click to enlarge Lakin Hamilton

Lakin Hamilton

employee at Left Field

“I think that any type of industry that is as heavy in finance as the wine industry has a huge effect, and that can be positive or negative. … As long as there is a balance to keep them in check, I think it can be really beneficial.”


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