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  • "According to an earlier report, the car had crashed into a wash and the airbag was deployed, but that was not suspected to be enough impact to have caused a fatality. There is something very odd about this case, however. There are some looming gaps here, for instance-no one seems aware of who this mystery couple is that she was visiting in Pahrump-nor why she had spent several weeks with them there right after meeting them at an earlier point in time. (Don't you gradually build up frienships...and what about college?) What was she doing there (specifically)? Was there a credit card trail? Why did she drive the car so far off the road? There is something else a bit odd also (not too odd, but notable). She graduated from college about 10 years ago, did a bit of time in college and then came home. She was struggling with issues of some sort, perhaps? Repeatedly, I see things in the news where young women are out just partying....and seem to have no clue they are in any danger. I just don't understand...."

    indigo1955 commented in:
    Investigators considering several scenarios in Margay Edwards death on 2014-10-20 21:07:45
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  • "Mr. Hill, I am so pleased to read your opinion on Measure C-14. I refuse to let Arroyo Grande go the way of Bell, California. Thank you for trying to keep the public informed of the shady political trickery and class warfare designed to destroy the middle class. With a well informed public and trustworthy politicians like yourself, we can continue to have a prosperous community. You have my vote sir. Cheers. -Josh"

    Josh Payne commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 20:41:39
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  • "It is refreshing to Mr.Hill outline his position on the Charter City proposal. With all the paid consultants running stealth campaigns because they fear the Independent Voters in the South County. After the Police and Fire Tax Increase Defeats, the last thing they want is a debate based on facts. I hope Voters will look past the old PM Spin, Strategic "education mailers" paid by taxpayers and unions. Charter City,Free Speech,Sales Tax Extension,Excessive New Cuesta Building Tax , Automatic Rate Increases, and waiting for the green light is the costly South County Sanitation District."

    falconbh commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 19:18:39
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  • "So glad to see it's not just a small group of deranged AG citizens who are unhappy with the way the Trib covers the news. Our Mayor discounts other "fringe media sources" and only wants people to obtain their news from the Trib. Yes, the very same paper our city pays a great deal of $$$$ to each month to publish their legal notices...and carry their water."

    agag1 commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 19:09:41
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  • "Just speculation but here are some possibilities: Car trouble keeping it from either starting (starter, fuel, engine) or moving (transmission, linkage, flat tire). Stuck in deep sand, high centered on a rock. Phone not working because of low battery or poor coverage area. If Ms. Edwards was like a lot of other young people these days, she may not have been very familiar with navigating in an unfamiliar area without the use of a GPS device. Too much reliance on gadgets tends to make people less conscious of where they are and how to figure out a logical route to safety."

    OnTheOtherHand commented in:
    Investigators considering several scenarios in Margay Edwards death on 2014-10-20 17:55:46
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  • "One of the arguments used for people in favor of the Charter City is that it allows cities to not have follow the same rules that general law cities have to follow, like those that dictate taxes and how those are levied, collected, and used; thus supposedly giving the city more authority over how it manges them However, there are several popositions as well as Constitutional ammendments that show otherwise---in most circumstances, these popositions and ammendments are appliled equally to charter cities and general law cities. If you visit the League of California Cities webpage and click on the grid that outlines the differences between a charter city and a general law city, a scary word is used on the first line of the charter city side of the grid---plenary---meaning absolute, unrestricted, sweeping, comprehensive, full, complete, entire...they have plenary power over all things deemed "munincipal" in nature, which is not clearly defined, and won't be unless there is reason for a court to define it... If you ask me, this charter is just asking for trouble. It does not require cities balance their budget and if you read the 5 page document which was created by a citizens group in AG, it is not very clear on any of the language, and most of them are not, they are created this way on purporse so they have broad and sweeping powers and are left up to interpretation, the interpretation of the mayor and city council that is... I am not voting for the Charter intiative...I do not want the city I live to be run into the ground by the current leadership. The stakes are very high this election season. We all need to WRITE-IN JIM HILL and fill in the bubble and then vote NO on Measure C-14. Did I mention that a charter city gets to determine it's own term limits for public office????"

    LeAnn commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 15:20:25
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  • "Savings realized in a Charter City, or revenue generated in a Charter City, has a very wide latitude to be spent by Politicians and Managers with less transparency than a General City. Politicians and managers will have more money to play with, period. If you trust your politicians and managers to give those savings back, then have at it, vote for Charter and the politician of your choice. At least you are informed. In essence a General city is bound by California laws governing Municipalities. A Charter City has: Has supreme authority over “municipal affairs.” Cal. Const. art. XI, § 5(b) I dont like the sound of that unless that politico is Marcus Aurelius."

    toryrand commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 15:17:05
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  • "And what do the Copelands do to show their gratitude for the city's generosity? How about sell out part of their holdings to an east coast investment fund, reported in the press to be a $100 mil deal, with Copelands gaining a reported $50 mil. Folks, we made some of that possible by sub-value transfer of city property to them, and they didn't share a dime of it with us. The deals this city council makes with the likes of the Copelands makes anything corrupt in DC look like nothing at all. When's enough enough? When do we get better people running for office and ending this giveaway of public property?"

    hijinks commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 15:06:53
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  • "Wrong all around. SLO, a charter city, pays prevailing wage for contracted work. So there are no "savings." Besides, what they pay contractors has nothing to do with overpaying staff. You might recall, however, the end run the city did on prevailing wages for its last parking garage. It was built by the Copelands, on property the Copelands owned, so it technically wasn't a city project requiring prevailing wages, then transferred to the city. Lot of good that did -- the Copelands ended up suing the city for $3 million on the deal. Didn't read about that in the Fibune or New Lies, did you? But it's there in the staff report for the last round of the Chinatown giveaway, when city agreed to transfer to Copelands for $1.1 million OUR land worth probably $18 million or more. Heck, the little city office building which makes up a small part of the $1.1 mil package was itself appraised at $2.9 million. Didn't read that in the Fibune either."

    hijinks commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 15:01:38
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  • "I don't get it. What does a Charter City have to do with what you do with those savings? Are you saying that if SLO wasn't a Charter City, there is some sort of oversight that would prevent them from spending so much on city employees? Just trying to understand the ramifications of a Charter City."

    JMO commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 14:42:04
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  • "I agree with you in theory, that a charter city can save the City money. But the question becomes what does the City do with those savings? Look at San Luis Obispo's salaries and budget over the last eight years. You will see what are done with the contractor savings, the employees give the money to themselves. The money will not be returned to the taxpayer."

    toryrand commented in:
    Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter on 2014-10-20 14:30:49
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