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  • "Why the 100th Meridian is important There were two separate acts (sets of law) and the divisionary line was the 100th meridian. West of 100th (in October 21st, 1976) FLIPMA took effect and Congress disavowed to dispose of public lands. As such there are still two sets of laws in this country. Congress completely interpreted the law to fit their agenda. Every State enabling compact was carried over and remains there west of the 100th. The States were to retain sovereignty, unless expressly delegated to the Federal Government via the Constitution. The obligation to dispose of public land was a matter of constitutional mandate and contract law and yet the Congress has refused to recognize this. This is why 1976 was a great year of attack against this nation and the 100th meridian is a great reminder of that (because if FLIPMA and the attack on property rights that occured West of the 100th Meridian). Public lands are considered federal lands and federal enclaves; therefore lands deemed “public” within the states are considered foreign to the States. They fall under special Maritime and Territorial law because of this. 1976 FLPMA Act was a strike against our republic – mainly occuring west of 100th but affecting everyone… there were two sets of regulations for the US and breaking point is the 100th meridian. West of the 100th via the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, congress oficially disavowed any obligation to its constitutional obligations (to release the public lands). irrespecitve of intent under FLPMA, the obligation for disposition was carried forward into all of the state compacts (meaning those West of the 100th are included)"

    zack commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 23:34:11
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  • "Ron Arnoldsen served on the Grover Beach City Council 1990-2002–and as its mayor twice. He also served on SLOGOG, SLORTA, APCD, ZONE 3, and the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District during his tenure on the GB Council. Thank you Mayor Arnoldsen for paying attention and catching the flim-flam of Hubner. The guy can't keep his stories straight. I love that you caught the "we"...who is "we"...Clemons and Simpson are out on paid admin leave, who knows the workings of the district better...no one there, certainly NOT Hubner. Did you catch where he said he had wastewater experience? He doesn't cite it in his resume, bio or Linkedin...perhaps it really was at Disneyland when he plunged toilets and swept Main Street, USA ;) And about the who-dunnit about the Wallace tapes, Hubner was informed on how to back up the old website well after the new website went live....https://www.scribd.com/document/346623752/SSLOCSD-HostGator-to-Hubner He didn't. He didn't ask anyone else to. Tapes gone with old website."

    Julie commented in:
    Sanitation district administrator submits false financial report on 2017-04-27 20:44:51
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  • "It has occurred to me that the election of Trump in the republican primaries was precisely because a "moderate" approach to fixing Obama's egregious policies would likely have little- to no impact. Ironically, it was because of the massive let-down that everyone felt after eight years of Obama that allowed Trump to win. That and all the democrats could muster were Hillary and Bernie. Either of those reasons alone are enough to elect Trump, but we got both reasons. I hope the republican party does not devolve like the democrat party has, otherwise we are all up the creek without a paddle. I would love for both parties to be better, but I am doubtful at this point. As always, the republican choice was the lesser of two evils (or the slower of the crashing and burning). Of course, if I am not "bashing" Trump, I must be for him. If I dislike Obama's policies, I must be racist or whatever-ist. Turns out, I'm just bored. Tired of stupid, and seeing stupid being paid so well."

    r0y commented in:
    Confessions of a former Democrat on 2017-04-27 20:36:27
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  • "Sorry if I am naive, but why is new home construction limited to 1% a year? This writer didn't mention a few things that might help. 1. If SLO built more new homes (more than 1% per year?), that would be the biggest help. 2. Build tiny homes on smaller lots. (see next item) 3. Build some condos (more dense). #2 and #3 provide cheaper alternatives, i.e.. more "Supply" and "alternates", and would help a bit. This might also coax some retirees to downsize, freeing up older homes. 4. Encourage "granny" units. 5. California has over 100 Million trees that are dying! If we harvested some of these trees before they started to rot, it would be a WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN. Save live trees, provide jobs to loggers, prevent forest fires, and lower the cost of lumber!! 6. If some illegal aliens do go home, it would reduce some of the Demand. This is basic economics. 7. Reduce some of the silly requirements so in vogue today that drive up the cost of housing. 8. If cities and counties lived within their means, they could lower taxes. I don't think places like SLO will ever be cheap, but there are things we can do to help."

    ml1999 commented in:
    Why SLO does not have affordable housing on 2017-04-27 19:37:26
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  • "Adding to my earlier comment in norcal i live on a decent street w/nice homes ,,,, but as far as ii have noticed only myself and 2 others have jobs the rest are on govt programs most i believe are receiving the crazy money from govt,,, I hardly ever see them outside they stay inside for days most are involved in the weed industry , We dont have water meters just a flat monthly fee as we have tons of water up here , most tell PGE they have electric cars using a generic VIN# or they have the care program plus they conduct business w/ free smartphones which are handed out in my town at sidewalk tables by the GOVT. they do have frequent visitors (customers) but always inside . I would go nuts staying in my home for days and days , month after month etc. etc. . Their homes average 1100 SQFT. not very much room to get lost in . The money they make is squandered , it does not effect their food stamps welfare etc ,, So i dont see how weed benefits a community as i stated earlier !!!!"

    DPINC commented in:
    Atascadero council considering allowing some pot businesses on 2017-04-27 19:33:04
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  • "TKG By removing Sadam Hussein and weakening the Taliban, ISIS simply took their place. And when ISIS is destroyed or greatly diminished, some other group will take over. Remember that Reagan/CIA armed and trained the Taliban when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. I strongly suggest you see the movie "The Fog of War" if you haven't yet. It's a documentary and I feel it is fairly balanced and straightforward. ISIS is just another link in a chain of disaster. The west (primarily the USA and Britain) has manipulated the Middle East for many years."

    sweethome commented in:
    Confessions of a former Democrat on 2017-04-27 19:21:05
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  • "John Kasich was an egomaniacal banty rooster who had no chance. Trump is neither a moderate nor an extreme conservative. He's a Maverick who is evenly appreciated and reviled by the electorate. If you think he's a conservative, just ask real conservatives and they will tell you that he isn't. You've been listening to the mainstream media too much..."

    TKG commented in:
    Confessions of a former Democrat on 2017-04-27 19:16:48
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  • "WHAT???!!!. ISIS did not exist until Barack Obama made his "crossing the red line" statement in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons against his own people. Then he caved, leading to the worst terrorist group that we have ever confronted. While I agree George W. failed to understand the consequences of his incursion into Iraq, he was well clear of the timing in the formation of Isis. Get real!"

    TKG commented in:
    Confessions of a former Democrat on 2017-04-27 18:52:54
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  • "You might add the economic benefits to us locals from the monument. The tens of thousands of visitors to Carrizo each winter and spring spend money on food and lodging, among other things, and are worth a lot more than homesteaders who can't make a living there. Every regional Chamber of commerce should jump on protecting the Carrizo."

    Ricky2 commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 17:29:12
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  • "I was at the meeting last night and it was despicable to listen to the humor and joking by MAYOR Tom O'Mallley and some of the council when discussing this matter! This is all about money! The City will be using up this new revenue in 5-10 years and then our leaders will be looking for more new sources of income (meaning taxes) as we look at the empty storefronts, commercial lots, and employees not functioning coherently (the young already have a problem). I will personally hold this Council/Mayor responsible for the increase in crime, the burden on our law enforcement (like they don't have enough problems now with homeless, robbery, petty thief, burglaries, etc,), etc. I support medical marijuana for health issues but I do not support pleasure marijuana. Look at what alcohol has done to our society, wines to our environment and the issues we have with other drugs. This is not a win for California or this Country but I guess people are so screwed up, can't stand their life's and have to fix a substitute for their survival. Very sad!"

    SLOBIRD commented in:
    Atascadero council considering allowing some pot businesses on 2017-04-27 16:10:10
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  • "When politicians take the oath of office they swear to uphold all of the laws. Even though the world is changing I'm still under the impression that Federal Law rules over State Law. Federal Law is against the Marijuana initiatives that are being passed by states and other jurisdictions. Will elected officials be violating their oath of office if they vote against the Federal Laws? Certainly wouldn't be anything new for Atascadero and most of the other parts of the county."

    rukidding commented in:
    Atascadero council considering allowing some pot businesses on 2017-04-27 16:02:44
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  • "Sometimes benefits exceed costs when public lands are taken and sold to private parties. But what we’ve seen time and again (especially in the Midwest over the past 20 + years) is that usually the number of permanent jobs created/economic base is small, and environmental protections are skirted and the costs of doing business (pollution, etc.) is pushed onto the public. Fat cats and politicians make a killing off of selling the public's land, while usually the public sees little to no benefit."

    JimF commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 15:05:17
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  • "Growing up and living in SLO county, i always heard about humboldt weed etc ,,,,,, well now that i live in norcal for quite awhile now the word humboldt makes me cringe . I have not smoked weed since high school , didnt party in college . It is really sad when i can go thru my list of clients from teenagers to 70 year olds and be able to tell you which ones will be 4-6 hrs late arriving for their appointments just because they smoke weed or process it . Or i go to the store and all of the employees are high and cant get anything done correctly . Maybe people are trying to relive high school or college days thru weed , kind of like old guys who never had hot rods in high school but now cause they have read car magazines and have some money now have hot rods ? I deal w/the public all day long and have yet to see how weed benefits a community . All the norcal newspapers are filled w/massive drug arrest or crimes related to weed . Just google crime in any norcal area or county the drug problem is way past a crisis .Making it more accessible will only create more problems ."

    DPINC commented in:
    Atascadero council considering allowing some pot businesses on 2017-04-27 14:29:27
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  • "This is most excellent of ideas . 6-8 million acres of land freed up for people to move in and around , but keeping the main area of the monuments off limits. More growth in rural areas more jobs in rural areas LESS SMOG IN CITIES AS NEW AREAS TO LIVE ARE OPENED UP . Less regulation instead of people living in areas where driving is half their lifetime in a vehicle . About 90 % of the time i can tell a city driver from a rural driver, the city drivers like to stay in packs all bunched up , when the whole highway is wide open, they still stay all packed together . I being a rural driver like some space on the highway , such as in case of animal or a wreck etc . So i can see the city folks gettin all wound up over opening up more land for people to live and work , they enjoy the packed in a sardine can effect of city life"

    DPINC commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 13:49:39
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  • "A lot of local jurisdictions are in the pocket (or will be in the pocket) of special interests. Remove the protections and those who have been bought off are free to change the rules as they please. Sound implausible? –we’re having trouble in this county just rooting the corruption out of a sanitation district."

    JimF commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 13:20:06
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  • "...come up with the money for a bigger bribe than what's being given by other special interests. This is america, right or left it's all the same. But if you're worried turn on the mainstream media and they'll sing you a lullaby about how the environment is fine and if we let big business privatize more of the gains and socialize more of the costs then all of the jobs that have been lost to globalization or robots will magically reappear."

    JimF commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 13:17:40
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  • "Some numbers for you. California is a whopping 163,696 square miles. Carrizo is about 385 square miles, which is 1/425 of California. Considering the vast amounts of currently undeveloped and non-federally protected land in CA, why is redesignating Carrizo even a priority? I'll also point out that there is little to no rainfall or groundwater reserves and it is criss-crossed by significant fault lines. On its own merits it is a terrible place to build anything."

    UnReasoned commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 12:59:03
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  • "He wants to relinquish federal land back to CA. This was the focus of the Bundy protest against BLM. Is California (or SLO county) just going to let people build houses there? Start a landfill? Or drill for oil? Just because the FEDERAL govt removed its protection and ownership? No, I don't think so"

    CCWine commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 12:42:23
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  • "OMG! OOOMMMMGGG! As soon as Trump puts pen to paper these "monuments" will vanish into thin air! Don't people realize that unless the federal government dictates all the rules, every single thing that is good in America will disappear in a puff of greedy businessmen? Let's review history: From the birth of the planet until 2001 Carrizo Plains did not exist. It couldn't be found on a map and no one could live there or go there, because it was just one great big strip mining operation. Then, President Clinton put pen to paper and POOF! BANG! SNAPPITY SNAP SNAP!!!! all of a sudden Soda Lake, the Overlook, the ancient Native American paintings on the rocks, the condors, AND THE FLOWERS appeared and immediately the strip mining disappeared! Yay! Federal control makes everything better! Now, with a signature, Trump will make all of that disappear and the strip mining, toxic waste dump and Soda Lake will all be gone. Shoot, Soda Lake is disappearing every day, in anticipation of this executive order. People, if we want anything beautiful in our world, it must be dictated and controlled by our efficient, wise and loving federal government. Am I right or what? My only question is regarding the Native American artifacts: After the executive order causes all of it to disappear, will we still be able to remember them? No one remembers the strip mining operation.....it's almost as if it never existed. I don't want that to happen to the flowers and the paintings! Down with private property! Down with state parks! Down with country land use ordinances! We demand federal control and oversight of EVERYTHING! We're a free people and we demand our government controls everything we think, say, see, eat, taste and feel. Only then will we have flowers.... Note: some sarcasm was used in this post in order to point out certain things imbeciles think."

    DocT commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 11:49:00
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  • "Hey alarmist, this may benefit us locals. Just think after the feds review Carrizo Plains Nat. Monument they decide to open up more of the Plains for solar farms. I for one would love to reduce my energy cost. I hear the expansion of Cannabis farms in California Valley are doing quite well, cash crops generating new jobs, increased tax base. This type of super bloom can not only be eye candy but will generate economic growth. We can only hope the President opens up the Plains for such fine industries. Move over Parry's mallow."

    jrsonboard commented in:
    Carrizo Plain National Monument threatened on 2017-04-27 10:43:19
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  • "ISIS is the result of George W Bush. His two senseless wars had no exit strategy and caused a power vacuum. ISIS is trying to protect and reclaim their land/countries and their culture/religion. George W Bush is a Pro-Life Family Values Born Again Christian Republican mass murder. How can you try to blame Obama for Bush's disaster?"

    sweethome commented in:
    Confessions of a former Democrat on 2017-04-27 10:30:25
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