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  • "Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money and Fiengold sez not enough and has plotted for more? This sounds more like a personal chant, not the level of integrity that should have anything to do with a symphony. I do not know these two guys but Nowak has what is needed in leadership. The Executive Director should be fired and let him find his gold somewhere else. There should be zero tolerance to this retalitory behaviour. This isn't Hollywood, it is a Non-Profit in San Luis Obispo."

    Jorge Estrada commented in:
    Fundraising fight preceded firing of SLO symphony conductor on 2015-05-22 11:19:41
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  • "Though I wasn't around back then, but I bet something similar was said in the announcement when Carmel was hired, " hired to represent the city", and we all know how wrong that was. The question still is valid, Why stay with the same law firm, especially when the problem was with one of principal attorneys?"

    kayaknut commented in:
    Mike Seitz resigns from sanitation district on 2015-05-22 11:12:20
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  • "Requirements for Gesell’s replacement: 1. Able to get along with Katie Lichtig (wink, wink.) 2. Female (the Ashbaugh/Marx requirement.) 3. Recruited from: West Hollywood, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, Carmel or the like. 4. Will not be required to reside in SLO County. 5. Ability to carpool with Katie a huge plus. 6. 40% (at least) higher salary requirement than predecessor. 7. Able to negotiate ridiculously generous employment contract. 8. Must have checkered employment history ala Lichtig. 9. Lifetime staffer. Absolutely no operating experience. 10. Eager to implement "LAPD/Willie Williams" coat to SLOPD uniform to hide her big gut and derriere."

    SamLouis commented in:
    Steve Gesell’s $120,000 severance on 2015-05-22 11:01:21
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  • "Cops Beat Their Wives & Girlfriends At Double The National Rate, Still Receive Promotions http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-beat-wives-girlfriends-double-national-rate-receive-promotions/#oib1vZLkDcbh0dBc.99"

    NorthCountyGuy commented in:
    Steve Gesell’s $120,000 severance on 2015-05-22 10:29:37
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  • "“...if he is terminated for reasons other than misconduct, malfeasance or criminal negligence, he is due a severance” ...so, stealing the public's money, violating quota and profiling laws, as well as betraying the public trust are all something OTHER than misconduct, malfeasance or criminal neglect? If all of this is OK and above-the-board, then why is he being terminated? What is the "other" that is worth 120,000 tax-payer-confiscated dollars?"

    r0y commented in:
    Steve Gesell’s $120,000 severance on 2015-05-22 09:51:08
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  • "Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont...independent, holds a national Town Hall call-in program EVERY WEEK on the Thom Hartmann Show. He listens to everyone and respectfully answers...even when he may disagree with their viewpoint. Bernie is now running for president...as a Democrat, because that is the only system in place currently for it to be possible. Don't listen to the pundits. Check out his website: www.sanders.senate.gov for his positions on the important issues and how many you agree with."

    Slowerfaster commented in:
    Democrats losing membership in SLO County on 2015-05-22 09:46:40
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  • ""Boards and executive directors, commissioners and so forth, often are petulant, arrogant, inflated head types who don’t realize they are there to SERVE and SUPPORT others, particularly in matters of the arts, public service, and non profits." Well said and at this point, the elderly couple could withdraw their pledge if they haven't already issued the funds and the violinist section did make demands and threaten to resign if Nowak was reinstated. So I would say there is some leverage here and I hope they use it. Let the board eat crow."

    Cindy commented in:
    Fundraising fight preceded firing of SLO symphony conductor on 2015-05-22 09:40:22
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  • "Being utterly unaware of specific personalities and situations in this matter, it's still an easy one to make a lame comment on. Boards and executive directors, commissioners and so forth, often are petulant, arrogant, inflated head types who don't realize they are there to SERVE and SUPPORT others, particularly in matters of the arts, public service, and non profits. I was guilty of arrogance when I got my first commission appointment way too young, half the age of the others. I thankfully soon grew up to understand I was a jerk, and my duty was to keep order, keep the lights on so to speak, do the paperwork and dishes so the true heroes of the thing (be it musicians, conductors, municipal employees, etc.) could do a GREAT job. Empower them and enable the true heroes, that's what a good public or board servant does. Having endured bull-headed idiots on boards/commissions for decades, and having briefly BEEN said inflated-moron type, I take the conductor's side on this one. There is nothing wrong with a conductor involving himself in fund raising and schmoozing donors. Beg him back, and wash out those that would terminate his dedication."

    LameCommenter commented in:
    Fundraising fight preceded firing of SLO symphony conductor on 2015-05-22 09:23:30
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  • "Termination reasons which MAY fly in Hollyweird but, not in SLO: 1) Exchange in heated arguments with the boss. Ain't gonna fly. It may not say that's why you got canned because of fancy laws but, rest assured if you grieve the one who signs your check you'll be out on your butt. 2) Perform duties outside the scope of your assigned work (conductor with his fingers in the money). The boss has few duties that make him/her look important. Avoid doing those duties BETTER or you'll be fired. 3) Allow your spouse to act like she's part of "the team" (i.e. "We ARE the president). In a general sense dividing to conquer only gets that terminate clock ticking even faster! Ok sports fans, out of energy on this. TGIF and have fun here today!!"

    Stunned commented in:
    Fundraising fight preceded firing of SLO symphony conductor on 2015-05-22 08:58:35
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  • "You don't like labels, yet here you are doing exactly the same thing. I made no broad generalizations. The people that I responded to called for criminal investigations. Do you have any idea of the implication of that with no evidence of criminal activity. Everyone from the maintenance crew, response team, engineers that designed the pipeline, the engineers and technicians that designed, installed and monitor the monitoring systems through company executives will be interviewed and scrutinized. Do you know the cost of legal representation? Please don't tell me they don't need it. They most certainly do. This will ruin some of these families financially. Others will have health issues related to stress and the entire families will be affected. The worst case scenario included a denial of personal freedom for the employees. I labeled the eco-Nazis after a good deal of thought about it before posting. The Nazi's are one of the most notorious groups for denying personal freedom due to having different views or attributes. The calls for a criminal investigation with no facts to support the demands is nothing different."

    mbbizpro commented in:
    Brown declares emergency over Central Coast oil spill on 2015-05-22 08:46:22
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  • "I am not sure of anyone who is there already, especially if he has been promoted based on some stories here. The next Police Chief contract should state "... that if he/she runs or allows the running of any illegal activities such as ticket quotas, poundage games, or any other reward programs for the police department" said chief shall return all his prior paid salary and leave without any benefits or compensation. How could we possibly hire someone that has learned all the bad tricks of successful?"

    SLOBIRD commented in:
    Steve Gesell’s $120,000 severance on 2015-05-22 08:26:07
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  • "After all these years we have never had a clear answer to why the insurance was allowed to lapse, the settlement that could have saved ratepayers a lot of money, and why the plant is now costing a lot less to run. Why do we always have to pay for investigations, when our elected officials should just be honest and provide the answers.They all worked very hard for many years to try and make this go away. I find the problems in the Sanitation District, Arroyo Grande, Oceano District, Five Cities Fire,all very costly mistakes in judgement under the color of authority that undermines the democratic process at the local level."

    falconbh commented in:
    Mike Seitz resigns from sanitation district on 2015-05-22 07:25:25
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  • "So the Chief will get a severance package - no surprise. This now sets the standard for when people get wise and dismiss Katie, Christina and Monica. Maybe, just maybe he should pay the City back for all the misappropriation. Ticket quotas have been status quo / SOP at the city for over a decade. SLO PD used to operate a program that our darling sheriff championed called poundage. Poundage was a ticket program based upon quotas wherein officers were rewarded for writing “fat”, yes fat people tickets. For example, if I wrote a ticket for a person doing 35 in a 25 and they weighed in at 300 lbs, I got 10 (mph over the speed limit) times the 300 (weight of perp), thus 3000 points. Now if another officer wrote the same ticket (35 in a 25) to a person that only weighed 100 pounds, they got 1000 points. The gist of the program was to selectively enforce laws on “fat people” - i.e. discrimination. Every month the winner got free dinner and movie tickets. Fat people in San Luis Obispo were selectively being sought out. Talk about a civil rights and ADA violation. Officers who refused to participate were written up, passed over for promotions and often didn’t receive raises. However, the real concern is that so many officers and supervisors in PD that voluntarily participated in these illegal programs under color of authority have been promoted over and over again. These programs were implemented during the reign of a former City Manager and continue today."

    hijinks2 commented in:
    Steve Gesell’s $120,000 severance on 2015-05-22 06:53:14
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  • "Government can't even fire someone without screwing it up. Next comes the $500k nationwide search for a new police chief and cash and prizes in the next contract that are twice as lucrative as this one. And for what, to catalog the names of bums sleeping in Mitchell park on a Thursday afternoon. Please remember how they waste money the next time you vote for a ballot measure to raise your own taxes."

    achillesheal commented in:
    Steve Gesell’s $120,000 severance on 2015-05-22 06:52:15
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