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  • "Wow, my original comment about this piece of writing being "tripe" has been snubbed! So much for first amendment rights—I know, I know, editorial prerogative. But, not sure the word "tripe" can be considered vulgar or offensive or inciting violence, so, you just don't like what I'm saying. I mean, seriously, who reads this entire diatribe. So, go ahead, find offense with "diatribe." I dare you."

    mercut1469 commented in:
    Cry for San Luis Obispo on 2019-05-18 22:40:55
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  • "Excellent opinion piece Richard. The residents of SLO are just not tuned to the amount and quality of the land development that is going on and that is being proposed in the City. When I learned of the NWC Broad Street Mixed Use project (the one you reference in your opinion piece), I took a few minutes to review the scope of the project. Like you, being vaguely familiar with the Airport Area Specific Plan, I was surprised that an assisted living facility could be approved at the corner of Broad and Tank Farm. When I read the staff report for the May 7th meeting, I learned the same you described above, which is a wholesale revision of planning documents (Specific Plan and General Plan) to allow the project to move forward. I was also surprised that a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) was being used for environmental clearance, when the general plan was being updated at the same time. My immediate thought was that this is the kind of project approval you would see in development happy cities (the ones that aggressively seek revenue), but not in SLO. By the way, the same approach is being proposed for the Avila Ranch project on Buckley Rd., which also sits on the same "Business Park" zoning designation as the NWC Broad Street Mixed Use project. The question then is: Why even have advance planning documents (general plan, land use plan, specific plans) if the City will allow them to be revised to accommodate individual projects? Keep up the good work Richard. Someone has to be on point and look out for the residents of SLO."

    slocorruptionhater commented in:
    Cry for San Luis Obispo on 2019-05-18 18:07:43
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  • "Yeah, he'll end up building just a train Terminal shaped like the Taj, then never build a rail line, but sift a couple mill off the top after bankruptcy and protection. He wins every time, hate the game not the player I guess. Some call that immoral though, nay sayers!"

    oldtimer commented in:
    Trump cancels funding for high-speed rail on 2019-05-18 15:36:23
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  • "Agreed, not to mention economic disruption due to odd weather and mass natural disasters in the usa, China tarrifs, Saudi Arabia public murders and Opec fluctuations, etc. Federal gov needs to support infrastructure and the pain full process of progress. Less money to DOD contracting and international war, more to infrustructure. And Government subsidies for industrial debt farming with no benefit to usa citizens, plus natural disaster is so insane. California exports more natural gas and oil than it use, and we don't own the oil like up in Alaska. Yet we support corporate fracking?!?!"

    oldtimer commented in:
    Trump cancels funding for high-speed rail on 2019-05-18 15:25:38
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  • "This project never had a chance. The ridership estimates were absurdly optimistic. The European consultants recommended using the I-5 corridor, in which most of the earthwork has already been done. It's 10 years behind schedule and $44 billion over budget. The original promise of L.A. to San Francisco in 3 hours is dead and gone. The state has mismanaged this thing horribly. Your personal feelings about Donald Trump don't alter those facts. Ralph Vartabedian of the L.A. Times has done great reporting on this boondoggle. I recommend checking his pieces out. Long past time to cancel this thing and cut our losses."

    Laughlines commented in:
    Trump cancels funding for high-speed rail on 2019-05-18 14:16:16
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  • "Yea but if you are only making $20/hr or something it doesn't really matter too much if you get fired because there are plenty more crap jobs where that came from. However if you are making anything over $100k it's actually worth caring about, you can start to think about home ownership and a family at that point, start building a life here."

    nazbol gang commented in:
    SLO County official resigns amid sexual harassment allegations on 2019-05-18 12:43:51
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  • "Yeah you are right...we don't want to uncover Sacramento corruption and find out where all of our tax dollars go...so we don't need an outsider....yeah lets keep California a corrupt one party state as we watch thousands of productive people pick up and leave...."

    Rambunctious commented in:
    It’s official, PG&E caused the Camp Fire on 2019-05-18 11:58:05
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  • "Since you asked...Whaaa...sniffle sniffle.....whaaa. Wow all better now. You’re so right we wouldn’t want our tourists greeted by OLD people when they get off the plane. They’d never want to move here if they did. BTW—some people “age out” of aging in place. They may find themselves widowed and alone, needing a facility like this. They may lose their ability to drive, but a location next to commerce would allow them to continue with a bit of freedom and independence. I think it is a good location for such a place. Sounds like you’d prefer they be trapped in their home, alone, and lonely. That’s what aging in place means for some people. Hell if it keeps more interlopers out I am all for lining the whole of Broad St. corridor with; even more old folks homes, Scamp dealerships, bingo parlors, and early bird specials at all you can eat buffets."

    MrYan commented in:
    Cry for San Luis Obispo on 2019-05-18 11:44:16
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  • "You’re so right. That billion dollars would be much better spent bailing out farmers in red states who already take in more Federal dollars than they contribute. You’re merely shifting the wasteful spending (out of state), not stopping it. Wasteful or not, I would rather have those dollars in our state economy than given to a “Welfare Red State”. My Republican voting nephews in the Central Valley really enjoy those prevailing wage jobs. You’re hurting your own cheering this on."

    MrYan commented in:
    Trump cancels funding for high-speed rail on 2019-05-18 08:21:32
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  • "I think the author makes valid points, but this is WHY editors exist. Nonetheless, if the point is that current SLO City leadership is drifting counter to what is in the citizens best interest, the answer is YES. Harmon is a peculiar distraction, the "identified child" in the dysfunctional family, serving to keep our eyes on her simple "weirdness"...but it is more calculated. Looks at the results, the "pave them over" Republicans did not viscerally destroy like these easily manipulated Progressives. Enough said."

    aye-caramba commented in:
    Cry for San Luis Obispo on 2019-05-18 08:04:36
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  • "Maybe the City of SLO will put a cannabis store in the strip mall so the “oldsters” can trip to the store, buy some herb and numb themselves out to escape the reality of living in a car park. The leftists call themselves “progressives.” What are they “progressing” towards? Ugly buildings, inadequate parking, increased vehicle traffic, and panhandlers on every corner. If that is “progress” we need to change the definition in Webster’s dictionary."

    Gordo commented in:
    Cry for San Luis Obispo on 2019-05-18 07:57:30
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  • "Tanglewood was to be a bucolic suburban neighborhood outside Santa Maria. It is now a nasty Mad Max territory sort-of-controlled by the SB County Sheriff's Dept. White criminal trash, Mexican criminal trash, but first and foremost, criminal trash. Nice to see different ethnic groups sharing common community values though."

    obispan commented in:
    Gun stolen from SLO County found during raid of felon’s home on 2019-05-17 21:45:13
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  • "Dear Richard Schmidt, Your observations are accurate, and under Heidi Harmon and the corrupt SLO Progressives, our once bucolic town has become a chaotic place governed by an ignorant mass. It is too bad that the progressive crowd has been given a voter-approved mandate to ruin San Luis Obispo. Under Heidi Harmon & Co. we see more traffic, more homeless, more drug use, and more oversized development. The corrupt SLO Progressives have made sweetheart deals with the local marijuana drug dealer crowd to exchange campaign donations in exchange for rigging the process for retail drug dealerships. The Progressives claim to act to advance the future, but their ethics and governing style mirror chicago-style ‘machine politics’. Is this good for our future? I encourage all normal people in San Luis Obispo to think seriously about our future and to refuse to vote for people like Heidi harmon, Adam Hill, Aaron Gomez, Carlyn Christionson, Erika Stewart, etc. Our children deserve better than strip mall development, unmitigated traffic congestion, excessive drug use, city employee pension debt, political corruption, and swarms of homeless freeloaders. Speak truth to power."

    Mjd commented in:
    Cry for San Luis Obispo on 2019-05-17 21:09:44
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  • "Wake up people. As they say there is a new Sheriff in town and he is hard on crime. So California you have been caught and the game is over, But you are mostly Democrats and, as we all have seen, you will do anything in order to justify your incompetency and corruption. Trump got this one right."

    rukidding commented in:
    Trump cancels funding for high-speed rail on 2019-05-17 20:04:06
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  • "You bet Mercut and plenty agree with what you'll read here. SLO county was ruined long ago. From the once simple and quiet beach town of Pismo, to the rural red neck farming community of Paso Robles. I said farming like in hay, food crops not swill producing fields for the out of towner rich. Remember the stock yard and the animal auctions? The strip mall elitists believe it's progress, nope folks, its not progress, its the decline of a once nice place to live. SLO Co was indeed once a beautiful place. Only way it looks good now is doing 65 on the 101."

    Snoid commented in:
    Cry for San Luis Obispo on 2019-05-17 18:25:10
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