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  • "Desalinization is ridiculously expensive and entirely unnecessary. We have plenty of rain in California. We stupidly allow it to just pour into the ocean. We need increased water storage. Direct injection of storm water into existing aquifers is the least expensive method to increase water supplies with the lowest environmental impact. Desalinization uses extraordinary amounts of energy and contributes to global climate change; which is likely triggering more frequent droughts. DESALINIZATION IS STUPID."

    SLO_Johnny commented in:
    Fight the drought with desalination on 2016-08-23 22:27:58
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  • "Jordan Cunningham represents hope for the next generation. What I really appreciate about him is that he was born and raised in the area. If you have a chance take the opportunity to talk and meet with this guy. He cares about the place he was born and will do all he can do to save it. We desperately need some young, fresh ideas to move our district forward."

    taxpayer commented in:
    Fight the drought with desalination on 2016-08-23 21:38:34
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  • "Or... We could all become NIMBYs, deny jobs to those who do the actual building of the homes, deny jobs to the employees in the stores and shops where those lines exist, and reap the benefits of the ever rising prices the homes we already have when new supply dries up. That way, no one will move here and we can bask in our own "I came and got mine, but you are not welcome to get yours, so stay out." While we're at it, maybe we could find a way to "evict" anyone who came after some arbitrary date. Or... We could see which businesses use too much water and shut them down. We could demand every home be retrofitted with only one toilet. Or... We could responsibly control future water usage while simultaneously providing water for reasonable growth and development. After all, if we don't move forward, we will ultimately stagnate, then decline."

    srichison commented in:
    Fight the drought with desalination on 2016-08-23 21:17:14
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  • "I don't disagree with the two posters below me, in theory. In Mr. McFall's case, he truly is coming aboard on a temporary basis - a position that no serious long-term city manager should/would want. Mr. McFall brought a much-needed (and short-term) skill-set the last time he was the interim and he proved to be an asset for our city in that capacity. Him stepping in again, while our city officials find a better fit to replace Mrs. Thompson is a win for AG right now. Remember, the ENTIRE city council voted to let Dianne go, which is note-worthy in and of itself. That same city council wants Bob McFall to steer the helm again, on a temporary basis. One thing I wonder about, when it comes to the city spending their money wisely is this: Council member Barneich (who is re-running) takes a substantial tax-free family insurance perk every year, while her SB County firefighter husband takes his as pay in lieu of coverage. So, the taxpayers of SB county pay for his unused perk and the taxpayers of AG pay for hers. I ask you, who's gaming who when it comes to milking yet another broken government system?"

    ajdury commented in:
    Arroyo Grande to rehire interim city manager at lower cost on 2016-08-23 21:10:21
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  • "Or....we could be represented by someone who does NOT push a pro development agenda. There are way the hell too many new houses here for the local need. They are made for and marketed to people from out of the area to move here and enrich the few while ensnaring the rest of us in traffic, crowds and lines. Or...we could address the really big elephant in the room. How much water does a trillion grapevines use? 30 gallons of water are required to make ONE glass of wine."

    Noodly Appendages commented in:
    Fight the drought with desalination on 2016-08-23 20:44:56
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  • "Great idea Jordan, but probably a no-go. One of the serious issues is the permitting for the intake and outfall, both necessary for the desalination operation. Those permits were "promised" to not be renewed in exchange (loosely) for the ability to run Diablo to 2025. While we are thirsty, the contorted so-called 'environmentalists' have convinced our dim politicians that fish larvae are being killed from the plant. Even though, in nature, the majority of them die anyway."

    TaxMeAgain commented in:
    Fight the drought with desalination on 2016-08-23 20:04:17
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  • "Why all the hate? It's really the root of all the political problems (and public policy problems) afflicting this country - and the State of California. The election, sadly, is not about public policy. It is solely about who hates whom the most. Get over it and understand that, whoever wins, we should all move to Canada (just kidding). In all seriousness, no matter who wins, the U.S. will still "be standing" at the end of the four years, there will still be political gridlock at the end of the four years, and, in four years, we'll do it all over again. Don't like Hillary? Don't vote for her. Don't like The Donald? Don't vote for him. Like Johnson or Stein? Vote for them. Many are worried about "losing" their vote. You never lose your vote. You can stand up for those things in which you believe or you can vote the "lesser of two evils" and abandon your personal principles. If you do that, you abdicate to any rational person the excuse that you didn't like the winner but you voted for him/her because you disliked the other more. You vote for someone, you own it. To do anything else is total weaseling. Vote for the candidate you think will do the best, not against the candidate you thing will be the worst. You can't vote against someone in any case. You can only cast one affirmative vote. You vote. Your candidate wins or loses. Either way, you have lived up to your own principles."

    srichison commented in:
    Don’t like Trump or Clinton? Here is an option on 2016-08-23 17:20:37
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  • "when one speaks of equality, one speaks volumes. This is one that, for the sake of equality being rammed down the collective throats, must be sent to prison. otherwise you're admitting to the difference that is rallying hard to be made a non-difference, as in, you suddenly are forced into reconciling and admitting the genders are unequal, and require DIFFERENT treatment. If I see her in public, I'll attack her with the same viciousness as a prisoner would reserve for male child molesters. That would be with the intent to seriously maim this monster. And I'd have no problem with that. because, after all, we're "equal", right?"

    only-when-i-do-this commented in:
    Arroyo Grande teacher accused of having sex with a student on 2016-08-23 16:30:54
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  • "Every adult is responsible for their actions unless they fit the profile of someone who is so mentally ill that they cannot reason. We ALL are responsible for taking care of our emotional and mental health--removing a gun if we are having toxic emotions and thoughts--and consideration of any children that may be near. If there is a child in the house, and that is ultimately a priority to seek safety for others--but especially the child. In that particular mindset--one is what is known as "a risk to yourself and others" and should call a hotline and render yourself to an a 5150 evaluation. Also consider your relationship choices. Men with younger partners tend to become more provoked (Depp/Heard). Choose ahead--consider a partner that you respond to differently--with a more level head. People act like we are so weak and helpless to emotions--that we cannot plan ahead for good choices: that is absolute crap. This could have been easily prevented. That poor child."

    indigo1955 commented in:
    Four-year-old found in Morro Bay home with two bodies on 2016-08-23 15:42:58
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  • "This is becoming a very expensive fire to put out: was a human being out there responsible for starting this fire? Perhaps the fire investigators already know: just keeping it confidential...because so many acres and people are being affected."

    Marsh commented in:
    Chimney Fire burns 52 structures, video on 2016-08-23 15:11:51
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  • "Ricky2 is completely right that the upper end gets paid more and great retirement while the people who actually make everything work gets the shaft. You can actually make 90% of your salary in retirement which is a lot for a $160,000 a month job. If you make $3,500 - $4000 like most of the workers it doesn't come close to what upper end gets. It's great Arroyo Grande can save money on this guy but they should be paying about $80,000 max a year anyway. The outragous amount paid to the people in the past did not equal the leadership you received."

    mullyman commented in:
    Arroyo Grande to rehire interim city manager at lower cost on 2016-08-23 15:08:29
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  • "There is an entire book on this subject disproving the myth of bad teachers, Bad Students, Not Bad Schools. American students perform as well as any nationality when ethnic background is taking into account. "Attorneys representing a group of nine students argued that making it easier to fire bad teachers would improve academic performance and narrow the achievement gap separating white, Asian and wealthier students from their lower-income, black and Latino peers." Firing teachers and putting the best teachers in front of black and Latino students would likely result in nothing. The achievement gap between Whites and Asians on one hand and Blacks and Latinos on the other has everything to do with inherited differences in IQ and ability, and nothing at all to do with teacher quality. "Michael Petrilli, the president of the right-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute, said the lawsuit was a Hail Mary pass. “You throw a Hail Mary pass when you’re out of other options. The reformers in California turned to it because the Legislature was locked up by unions.” " It is past time for the American Right to abandon such pie in the sky schemes like charter schools and challenging teacher tenure. For the American Right to be honest with itself and succeed, it needs to acknowledge the reality of racial differences, as the racial Achievement Gap in education clearly shows. The Right has adopted the mantra of the Left, Equality. People are not equal. Sharing your top quality educational institutions with less skilled people dilutes the strength of your schools. The idea of equality needs to be abandoned."

    Kaiser Bill commented in:
    California Supreme Court tosses case challenging teacher tenure on 2016-08-23 14:51:39
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  • "The best solution for Los Osos residents is to band together and appeal LAFCO to initiate "Dissolution" of our long-time costly dysfunctional CSD. Without a doubt, the limited public services presently provided by our CSD are likely to be less than, or substantially similar to the dollar amount we are paying today. Consolidation with the County will promote accountability for community service needs and financial resources needed in the future. Our District and or LAFCO can initiate dissolution. However, LAFCO is not required to place the dissolution before the voters, unless written protests have been filed as per Section 57113's requirements. It only takes 10% of the number of landowners within any affected district within the affected territory who own at least 10% of the assessed value of land within the territory. Time for Los Osos to move on, our CSD should be looked as an awful relic of the past."

    wolfhound commented in:
    Los Osos needs a change in leadership on 2016-08-23 14:05:32
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  • "Julie was up-front about what she would do if elected. She was elected and she did it. In other words, a majority of Los Osos people who voted in that election cast their votes for her. If you're going to cast blame, it should be for all the people that voted for her."

    jimmy_me commented in:
    Los Osos needs a change in leadership on 2016-08-23 13:41:19
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  • "CCN certainly has the right, and some might say the responsibility, to endorse candidates for office. However, running a blatant campaign ad under the guise of a legitimate opinion article is over the top. Where are the ethics?"

    srichison commented in:
    Los Osos needs a change in leadership on 2016-08-23 11:35:43
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  • "Wrong it's economic and defense anxiety that is driving support for Trump. One thing is for sure this election is exposing the real racists in America. People who can't argue against supporting Trump without pulling the race card and calling people racist. The real racism exists in America's left."

    Rambunctious commented in:
    Don’t like Trump or Clinton? Here is an option on 2016-08-23 10:58:36
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