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  • "Right, because one building with 50 housing units surely should have prevented the need for a project with close to 600 housing units. Maybe preventing any and all modest density in the city for the last 40 years was the wrong thing to do if you didn't want sprawl."

    localman commented in:
    SLO City’s commitment to urban sprawl on 2020-08-13 10:26:51
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  • "Does anyone see the ultimate massive intrusion to our fundamental system of justice that attorney Merritt is trying to set a very dangerous precedence for. "Your honor my client is innocent, if the DA does not drop the charges or you the judge finds my client guilty we will arrange for mass protests in your city to include your personal residence! We will come to the HOUSES of the judge, the DA, the Sheriff, the Mayor, the City Council and Supervisors homes and stand outside and protest day and night until the charges are dropped""

    ShootTheMessenger commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-13 09:27:20
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  • "The BLM movement would be less expensive if it were conducted in another country, let's say China where there are more people to enlighten? All lives matter in this country and if preferential treatment is the quest, then they are in the wrong country. I saw the video clip, a black news commentator, a black movement spokes person and a black lawyer. Where were the non-black people in this movement, why are they not a part of this national coverage? Is the BLM movement a discrimination club?"

    Jorge Estrada commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-13 08:43:24
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  • "Merrit wants the litigation. No matter what the mayor says it will be manipulated. Speak through a good trial attorney. Let the attorney control the interactions. Drop the charges ... pronto. Many laws are politically unenforceable, just look at what is going on in Washington, DC. Blowing off congressional subpoenas. The local protestors will have their victory march, so what?"

    mazin commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-13 08:34:57
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  • "Wait till you see whats going down right on the creek at Monterey and Broad next to the Children's Museum...Oh yea, some more huge office buildings. Thank you San Luis City...I have always wanted to live in Orange county. Now I don't have to move for that bitchen So Cal feeling."

    indabarrel commented in:
    SLO City’s commitment to urban sprawl on 2020-08-13 08:17:38
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  • "Someone might ask the on-site manager what their lead abatement plan is and where are the contaminated soils from the underground plume that leaked from the gas storage tanks listed in the Dalidio EIR . That so many units exist in close proximity to a major highway , the 3 block rule puts all occupants at risk for unhealthful air quality . Without a shuttle service or vastly improved public transportation, the pile up of cars will quickly overwhelm local surface street routes getting on and off the freeway. I doubt the city has an emergency plan in place in the event of a plane crash in our Laguna Lake flight path zone . As a new resident to this area, the local officials don't inspire any confidence. They certainly aren't subject to much public pressure given the limited access and input allowed for at this time. Be on the alert for dark colored soil dumps and collect samples of wind blown dust on vegetation for testing of lead in that vicinity ."

    JoBro commented in:
    SLO City’s commitment to urban sprawl on 2020-08-13 02:16:05
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  • "Calm down. The last time a lot of out-of-towners showed up in San Luis Obispo to protest was in 1926 when the Ku Klux Klan marched down Monterey Street to protest the opening of Mission School. Then, so it is said, the marchers were mostly from Kern county who really only wanted an excuse to leave the Valley and get to the beach for a Klam bake. Mr. Merritt obviously has never been to San Luis and doesn't know that it is 200 miles, and four hours, from downtown Los Angeles. For the out-of-town protesters, the bus ride alone will be torture."

    Sulla commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-13 02:14:16
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  • "It looks like Lee Merritt is now representing Tianna Arata. They both appeared on ABC news tonight. The interviewer asked Mr. Merritt about his threats to the District Attorney twice but Merritt did not respond. It's time for the Mayor of San Luis Obispo to step up and say something! Now we're facing threats of people showing up from all over the country. Where is the leadership? Or does that only happen when the mayor agrees with the cause? C'mon! https://www.reddit.com/r/SLO/comments/i8tkbx/tianna_arata_gives_interview_on_national_news/"

    slocalgal commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-12 23:31:45
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  • "“The DA should make a call for moderation, forgiveness, and drop the prosecutions. We need to be the adults in the room.“ This only works if the protestors embrace the calls for moderation and forgiveness. I don’t see that happening nationally because if it did, all of the air escapes the BLM movement in the blink of an eye and it folds like the Occupy Wall Street movement did. (The markets were up again today, BTW) Here in SLO, since Tianna’s arrest, the protestors have behaved like little ladies and gentlemen. I wonder why? I would like to think moderation might have permeated the thinking of our local protestors, but I fear outside agitators will spin them up again. If the DA files charges the outsiders will descend on us, if he doesn’t the protestors claim victory and may be emboldened to act up without any outside help or encouragement. From the DA’s perspective he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. The DA should review the evidence, file any appropriate charges and let the chips fall where they may. He shouldn’t bow to intimidation tactics in making his decision because if he does where will he draw the line? Will every criminal prosecution have to pass a racial or political ideology litmus test?"

    Gordo commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-12 20:22:27
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  • "The Cal Poly D-I FCS football program is a joke, and has been for years. And there's no way that Cal Poly can claw its way any further up the ladder. All that football scholarship money is sorely wasted on 2nd- and 3rd-rate players who do nothing to enhance the program here. Now that the Corona Virus mess has devastated college and university athletic programs all over the nation, a comprehensive review of the entire athletic scholarship concept is badly needed. Instead of wasting valuable funding on these clowns from southern California and the Bay area, that money could be far better used in other, strictly, academic areas. It is time- NOW- to restructure our entire advanced education system to actually educate, and to completely eliminate wasted spending on this horribly-outdated system of running minor leagues for the professional sports systems. And Cal Poly, which already has a substantial reputation for excellence in major academic areas, could enhance its standing even further with that simple reallocation of resources. Let's spend our tax dollars on actually educating our students. If the professional sports leagues want organized minor league sports systems to provide them with future players, fine- but let THEM pay for it. Cal Poly already has a football stadium. Fine- we can still have decent college-level football here, if we really want, by Cal Poly finally taking the step to redefine its athletic program to the NCAA Division III, non-scholarship, level. And that goes for the men's and women's basketball programs and all other men's and women's sports. Everything is different now, and to pretend otherwise any longer would be absolute foolishness. The time has come. Let's do it."

    panflash commented in:
    Former Cal Poly football player accused of assault on 2020-08-12 19:59:35
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  • "Do you really think that dropping the charges will make everything hunky dory in SLO? All it will do is empower her and people like her to continue the anarchic destruction. Her Portland parents shipped her to SLO to attend a "troubled youth" school...she's here to stay. She's made national news and the rapper, T.I. has taken up her cause for his millions of followers. Facebook is filled with posts of people willing to make a trip to SLO and aren't shy about talking about bring weapons. Hell, the Trib pretty much lionized her on the front page, complete with a posed glamour shot. KSBY is doing their usual neutered news bit. CCN is the only news source that is reporting facts which is a stunner to me because years ago, I was one of their biggest critics. It's a lose/lose situation for Dan Dow. I don't envy him."

    Grover commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-12 18:57:41
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  • "The same NPR that's excited about a guy with even more dementia than white privilege running for POTUS ? You're pissing into the wind, man . Go work out and get a good pump going , endorphins have continued to pull all of us "essentials " as well as the protesters right through this hoax since mid March ----"

    blackjack commented in:
    San Luis Obispo fines gym for coronavirus rules violation on 2020-08-12 18:53:57
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  • "Here are three main points about this story from a legal perspective: First: The attorney lied about why Arata was arrested when he wrote that she was "arrested for leading a protest". She was in fact arrested for numerous alleged crimes, including felony false imprisonment (§237 California Penal Code). However, this type of a lie is not a criminal offense or a violation of professional ethics on the part of the lawyer. Second: Not every threat constitutes a crime or a violation of professional ethics. Lawyers issue legal threats daily (e.g. "If you don't pay my client what you owe, I will sue you"). The issue is WHAT was threatened. Mr. Merritt is a lawyer and knew how far he could go before a legal threat becomes illegal. All he actually said is that lots of activists will descend on SLO, the County and Dan's home. Mr Merritt knew that this would have to be interpreted for purposes of criminal law and professional ethics as simply a threat that a lot of people from outside the area (activists, but legally no different than any other tourists) would come here to exercise their constitutional rights under the First Amendment. Third: What should our local officials do? Prepare for the possibility that people, both locals and "tourists", might turn a legal protest into a riot. Be ready to nip criminal behavior in the bud and arrest the perpetrators to prosecute them for crimes they commit. This means that our law enforcement officers must have the means to enforce the law and be ready to do so. This also means that our city and county officials should fully back our law enforcement officers; this last one will be hard for Heidi Harmon."

    chrisinpaso commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-12 18:53:19
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  • "That's right. Let's only enforce the law when it's easy. Reminds me of the countless westerns in which the gutless citizens let the hero sheriff save the town all alone (e.g. High Noon). Portland and Seattle as well as Minneapolis are prime examples of of what happens when the local politicians don't have the courage to enforce the law."

    chrisinpaso commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-12 18:45:37
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  • "A simple question. Do rock solid, slam dunk, cases get sat upon for weeks on end before charging decisions are made? Or is it only the political ones that are delayed? The point is the decision is not based solely on interpretation of the criminal code. As always other factors apply as well. Prediction; all felony charges will be dropped, and she cops to the misdemeanor ones. A simple cost benefit analysis says so. The City has a $26 million dollar budget hole does it not?. The City’s response to protesters is expensive. These are inconvenient facts. Pursuing the most aggressive charging WILL result in further protests. A plea bargain will naturally deescalate this. Dow knows this. So does the Mayor. The delay is for you, the hang her high crowd, and no one else. Dow wants you to think he’ll be the law and order guy you crave. There is an election ahead. The reality is he has a budget, and priorities within it, and he won’t blow it all to hell because of this one case. If he were in alignment with the Police department’s charging decision he would have followed through by now. Read the tea leaves."

    MrYan commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-12 17:39:05
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  • "Those, hoping for prosecutions, this is what you are wishing on your County. 1) Negative national attention to a County dependent on tourism and wine sales goodwill; 2) the making of Tianna Arata into a starlet; 3) possible violent protests lead by out of towners; 4) the Mayor on the national news, selecting national prominence over local interests. These prosecutions could make the Mardi Gras and the Poly Royal disturbances look like a picnic. We don't need any part of this action. Arata's F bomb verbiage during the demonstration, and the demonstration's closing of the freeway, won't be cured by prosecutions that 'will be made to appear' as full of racial hate. The DA should make a call for moderation, forgiveness, and drop the prosecutions. We need to be the adults in the room."

    mazin commented in:
    Civil rights attorney threatens SLO County district attorney on 2020-08-12 17:25:56
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