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  • "That makes sense. I work 40-60 hours a week, have never been unemployed since the age of 16, still Can't afford the "affordable care act" insurance and fined $ if I don't have insurance. But, if you break the law, sneak into our country, then breed like rabbits, we should pay for your food and healthcare. Perfectly logical. These so called "researchers" have left out the fact that Illegals already have health coverage for pregnant illegals. They get free full medical check ups and hospital coverage, also free of charge. Their children, now citizens, get medi -cal after birth. Call me prejudice but when is America going to look out for the Americans? Press 1 for English."

    diamond commented in:
    Health Care for illegal immigrants could cost hundreds of millions on 2015-05-04 23:20:36
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  • "Considering the benefits, labor and services they provide while performing jobs that are back-breaking, health-hazardous, even dangerous while benefiting our economy - a bargain! You don't see people lining up to work these jobs in the fields, harvests, factories, sweat-shops, cutting lawns of those who still have one (some people still do)... Seems like this is a bargain, also avoid the occasional visit to the E.R. where cost are so inflated, even native-born can barely pay, nor afford it. Nobody goes to the E.R. for fun, giggles. They do pay taxes, contribute to our Social Security, are unlikely to ever benefit from it in the long run. That is, unless their employer has them working "under the table"; in that case, who's abusing the system..? Thoughts to ponder. Looking forward to your "Thumbs down"!"

    willnose commented in:
    Health Care for illegal immigrants could cost hundreds of millions on 2015-05-04 22:48:17
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  • "Perhaps this is the wake-up call the community needs to realize the importance of who they vote into office. Seems interesting that most communities are striving for cooperation, economies of scale and collaboration while Morro Bay's arrogant leadership is leading down an entirely different and extremely damaging path."

    kkeene88 commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 22:13:02
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  • "It seems that you are the only one that thinks its a bad place the plant, why don';t you come up with the money to build it else where,that looks like an excellent place to put it, the outfall line is alrready there,have you heard anything ofr the new out fall line and any permitting that it will take to put it in place."

    Myself commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 20:45:49
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  • "You put way too much stock into what some piss ant agency has to say and then you go around buying into it, whne those agencys put up the dollars to move the sewer plant then they can tell us what to do,upgrading and rebuilding the plat where its at will be fine we've had a hundred year flood and it didn't hurt a thing,this boondoggle is going to have cost overruns into the millions and just how do you think we'll pay for it."

    Myself commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 20:41:10
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  • "Why don't we make SLO Airport a General Aviation airport and route all the commercial traffic out of Santa Maria? They have free parking, a bigger runway, and by consolidating we could possibly have more flights per day making it more convenient. We could even set up a free bus service from SLO airport to Santa Maria airport for passengers with a ticket."

    JMO commented in:
    SLO named a ‘hot 15′ real estate market on 2015-05-04 19:33:19
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  • "According to the CSD President, Susan McCabe told the JPA that October (2012) that she was confident they had six votes for approval, which would have meant a 6-5 vote in favor of the project. The CCC chairwoman was one of the appellants, so her feelings were not a surprise and her mind most certainly was made up before the project hearing.So much for the law that requires boards like the CCC to guarantee a full and impartial hearing on any and all appeals. So if Irons, Johnson and Smukler were going to fulfill cfampaign promises they'd made, they had to sabotage the project, and they did just that, passing a resolution to support the staff recommendation for denial, which contrary to what Irons tried to say the other night, is EXACTLY the same as askling for denial. They also prohibited any City employees from speaking at the hearing and defending the project and fired McCabe, the consultants and the project manager. At best it was a forfeit. They did this without conferring with their partners Cayucos beforehand, ignoring the CSD's pleas to withdraw the project instead of seeking a denial. That left Cayucos in an untenable position because they didn't own the land the plant was being proposed for. Mayor Irons may have thought he had the authority to speak for Morro Bay but he had zero authority to speak for Cayucos.Thus the resentment and sense of betrayal those folks have felt since that fiasco went down (along with just under half the residents in Morro Bay). So thus you see Cayucos severing ties with Morro Bay on this future project, goes back to that old project and the mistrust that has built ever since. The council should have vigorously defended the project and if as they say the CCC was going to deny it anyway, they had nothing to lose, except the trust of a partnership that has been in place since the 1950s and helped Morro Bay build three sewer plants already. That is the pinnacle of arrogance and foolhardiness, a huge mistake made by a rookie politician, who was manipulated by people in town with an agenda to sabotage everything and hopefully return to County control, which is looking better and bettr all the time. But all that isancient history. I figure Cayucos must have something up its collective sleeves. Some site or project thay haven't talked about. I figure they might still go out to the CMC sewer. They only produce half a million gallons a day, and that isn't much at all. Where they intend to store the wastewater for future use, I can only guess in Whale Rock Reseroir. The town is a junior partner in the Whale Rock Agreement administered by the County Engineering, so that's a possibility. Cayucos is guaranteed 800 acre feet a year out of Whale Rock, even if its the last 800 a.f. left in the lake.Treating its WW and storing it there would make sense, especially since the County has the ability to pipe that water up to Santa Margarita Lake if needed, and even to Nacimiento Lake once the pipeline tie-in on top of the Grade is built. Moving the water around will blend it with lake waters and they also have a treatment plant that can render it drinkable. A half million gallons a day won't require a very big plant at all. They might be able to get away with just building a couple of large holding tanks at the CMC site to store the WW until nightfall when flows drop way off and then treat it. I know they've looked at that possibility. And the County wants to take over that plant so it can control the wastewater and send it to Whale Rock or Santa Margarita for storage. Remember the water coming to CMC, County Jails and Cuesta is State Water not local, so saving it would be a positive addition to the water supply in the reservoirs."

    Niles Q commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 18:53:28
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  • ""The plant has to be moved inland, period" Question; History of the current plant would show whether it was a bad place for a plant of it's type, do you have any information on spills due to tide swells and flooding? Would a new state of the art plant next to the existing plant be a risk to Estero Bay? If so what level of risk? Is that risk worth the extra cost? I would be interested in the coastal commission's reasoning for costing us millions of extra dollars. I'm asking because I don't know the answers to those questions. I for one believe the Coastal Commission can be a little extreme. It's not their money. It also seems to me that a spill up hill is as bad as a spill at the bottom of the hill so does moving it upstream make sense? You sound as if you are convinced in your opinion and knowledgeable of the whole debate so that is why I'm asking you."

    Rambunctious commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 18:22:49
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  • "So you're planning to Californicate Washington? Washington has lots of nice areas that are cheaper than SLO, but not all of the state has cheap real estate. You won't get a single family home on an acre for $175-200K near near Seattle, where the county median sales price is $385,000. How close to a major city and how major a city? The Longview-Kelso area is about 60 miles from Portland. Homes there are inexpensive. There are also some nice inexpensive areas around Olympia. Would either area fit the bill?"

    unlisted commented in:
    SLO named a ‘hot 15′ real estate market on 2015-05-04 17:58:57
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  • "This is exactly spot-on. The CCC pretty much ALWAYS recommends denial of a project. They expect, after the denial, a presentation to be made which details the project. Yes, it could be denied again, but then that decision can be appealed. This is called the "give and take" process of government, something that the Irons Regime will never understand. In their world, there are no negotiations, no cooperation, no concessions. It's either their way or the highway. They don't want the legal, moral, or ethical reasons why something can't or shouldn't be done. They don't want to discuss. They don't want to be partners. They want to bully, demand and force their ideas on others. Anyone who has worked for the City of Morro Bay, and now those who work for Cayucos, have come to realize this. Irons has cleaned out the experienced, cooperative, knowledgeable employees who used to work for Morro Bay and has replaced them with inexperienced, bull-headed, know-nothing shills, who only look for a paycheck and check their conscience at the door. By the way, Irons said, when he clumsily got rid of the City Manager and the City Attorney, that his reasons for his decisions would become clear "in the future". I'm still waiting for that explanation."

    Redsoxman commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 16:02:48
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  • "We do know what they would have done if the presentation in favor of the plant was made, because it was, and well before the meeting. Evidently some people have forgotten that Yates and his buddies hired a professional lobbyist to present and sell the project to the Commissioners. She did just that, and it cost taxpayers a pretty penny to have that person wine and dine the commissioners and talk up the idea of building the new plant at the beach. In the end, the Commissioners didn't buy it. Evidently some people have also forgotten what happened at the meeting. As reported in one Trib article, "Most of the commissioners praised Morro Bay for moving away from an ill-conceived project and proactively tackling issues, such as protecting water quality and preparing for sea level rise." The article went on to describe some comments by the CCC Chair that were initially perceived by some to be hostile to the Mayor. However, Ms. Shallenberger subsequently wrote a letter clarifying her position. She said, "I have become aware that my remarks at last January’s Coastal Commission hearing, at which the Coastal Commission denied the permit for the Morro Bay/Cayucos Wastewater Treatment Plant, are being cited in support of an effort to recall Morro Bay’s mayor. I am distressed to see my words mischaracterized so inappropriately. At the time, I was frustrated that the commission was in the position of having to deny a project that should have been denied by the local government. The newly elected mayor was not to blame but bore the brunt of my frustration because he was representing the city at the hearing. True culpability lay with the former City Council majority and the city’s consultants, who advised the city to press ahead, at great expense to all concerned, with an ill-conceived project. The commission made a fully informed decision, supported by your sitting mayor. Our staff recommended denial of the permit, and commissioners agreed because the project as designed clearly failed to meet the requirements of the California Coastal Act and Morro Bay’s Local Coastal Program." The mayor and current City Council should be commended for diligently acting on the strong message the commission sent: Alternative locations for the plant must be identified and thoroughly analyzed before seeking a Coastal Development Permit."

    mbactivist1 commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 15:56:43
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  • "From the source: “We focused on the days on the market as a way to judge the relative health from a supply perspective,” Smoke told ConsumerAffairs. “Then we measured how many time (sic) individual listings were looked at and then calculated the average as a proxy for just how hot demand is in a market.” So, based on how many times something was looked at. Great. How is this news or anything but a frail grasp to boost the real estate market by a real estate marketing firm? I see For Sale signs go up, places are bought, then people realize it is not an affordable place to live, then they put up the signs again. The house next to me has had six (6) owners since 1984. Six. Hot market, for sure."

    r0y commented in:
    SLO named a ‘hot 15′ real estate market on 2015-05-04 15:36:25
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  • "Matthew 6:9-13King James Version (KJV) 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

    The Word commented in:
    Cal Poly sacks football player, may have been illegal procedure on 2015-05-04 15:28:22
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  • "the bottom line is that we can speculate all we want about what the coastal commission might have done, but we will never know because irons, christine johnson and smuckler refused to allow the project to be presented. yes the coastal commission staff recommended denial, but the deciding body NEVER got to hear a presentation. had irons, christine johson and smuckler actually lived up to what they campaigned on and allowed the project to be presented, and the coastal commission was allowed to hear the presentation and make a decision, then and only then could we say without a doubt that the project would have been denied. anything else is speculation. pure and simple. I will leave you with this website to take a look at a plant that was constructed, had the mb project moved ahead, we would likely be close to completion and beginning to plan for reclaimed water. as it is, we are decades and millions away from that. take a look http://www.mwaarchitects.com/our-work/water-wastewater/crescent-city-wastewater-treatment-plant-expansion.php"

    mb business owner commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 15:17:51
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  • "Go back and read the 2009 flood hazard study that the consultants working for your pals had done. At that time, they were considering upgrading the existing plant. Then the study came in and even they understood that would never work. Even they fully understood that they had to build a new plant. Then some genius got the idea of building the new plant next door to the old one. That scheme would have violated Morro Bay's own zoning, its own Local Coastal Program and General Plan, and the State Coastal Act. Those in control of the City at that time still tried to force through that bad idea, and the Coastal Commission stepped in and took over permitting for the project. The plant has to be moved inland, period. Despite the attempts of a small number of people to convince everyone otherwise, most people get it. Doing the right thing isn't always easy. That's probably why the prior administrations made irresponsible decisions and got voted out of office. They tried to take the easy way out and it didn't work out well for them."

    mbactivist1 commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 14:38:22
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  • "Regarding the parklet, I've heard that the bookstore had over 900 signatures on their anti-parklet petition...was there an online method to sign the petition or did they go door to door gathering signatures? If not, where did those 900 people park? I would rather see full parking spaces in front of my museum, if they're empty, no one is out and about shopping, etc. I think that all of us who post here should get together for an "in person - real world" meeting, as we seem to have all the answers. It should only take us a couple of hours to get all of Morro Bay's problems fixed! Smile, it's another beautiful day in Morro Bay."

    Jack Smith commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 14:32:50
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  • "The plant is old and decrepit and in a high-risk location. It has to be replaced. Most people understand that. Had prior administrations done the responsible thing and raised the water and sewer bills gradually and socked money away for this project, there would be no need for a large increase now. The need for a large increase at this point is not the fault of the current Council. It's just another mess left by former mayors and councils that left the town and its finances in a bad situation."

    mbactivist1 commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 14:27:28
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  • "It's just amazing that a small number of people still think that anyone is going to be able to stay at that existing plant. It's not going to happen because the CCC is not going to allow that plant to stay active in a location that has such high risk of flooding.. That was always a really stupid place for a sewer plant, and most people have figured that out.."

    mbactivist1 commented in:
    Cayucos backs out of sewage plant deal with Morro Bay on 2015-05-04 14:23:17
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