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  • "This is exactly why you should run for AG mayor Mike. I can't. I live in the unincorporated part of AG. I can't run for ANYTHING in Nipomo, Oceano, Grover, Pismo, Arroyo Grande or the City of San Luis Obispo. Not a city council member, not a mayor, not a board member. Nothing. That also means I cannot vote for any of those positions or issues in those areas even though I am absolutely affected by all their decisions and actions. To make it even worse, I'm actually in District 3 so that means I can't even run for an Advisory council position!!! The only active Advisory council in my district is Avila and I'm not allowed there. Edna township's Advisory council is defunct and I don't live there either. Where I live does not allow for an Advisory council. How jacked-up is THAT? You though, you live in the city and CAN run and CAN make a difference!"

    ajdury commented in:
    Wallace’s continuing costs to South County residents on 2014-07-23 14:39:25
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  • "Are the residents of Oceano CSD still in the County ? I would certainly hope that the residents, county supervisors, LAFCO, state, and even the federal government should all be concerned about what is happening in the Oceano Community Services District. Deficit Spending, Having To Take Loans To Pay Bills, all during a period of Water Rate Increases, and Property Tax Increases is certainly a Red Flag for those giving fiscal oversight. The District is Bankrupt! Where is the County Grand Jury ? Where is the District Supervisors ? Where is the County District Attorney, Where is the State Legislative Audit ? Where is the Justice Department ? When we see Automatic Water and Sanitation Increases yearly without any plan or attempt to provide Tax/Rate Relief, we should all be concerned.[ Reminds me of the attitude before Prop 13] Unsustainable Salaries, Luxury Benefits, and Bankrupting Early Retirements need to be addressed at all levels of government. The number# of Tax Increases on the November Ballot has all voters concerned. We need some real leaders who will get spending and budgets under control. Recently, when employees and retirees voted to cut their pensions and eliminate cost of living increases in Detroit, a trend we will find increasing across the country, I thought one of the most profound statements was " employees have to realize they work for the people and they are not guaranteed a job." Lets make changes now, so we can keep our promises in the future. We need to work together and bring fiscal balance back into our budgets."

    falconbh commented in:
    Open letter to San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Bruce Gibson on 2014-07-23 14:19:23
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  • "Could be a friend of the mom or the family, a coach/volunteer, any number of ways for creeps to meet kids innocently enough. If he is not a citizen and IS found guilty, he should be deported to a Mexican jail. As a taxpayer I would PAY to have him housed there instead of CMC or elsewhere.It's got to cost less. My condolences to the boy and his family. His life will never be the same."

    womanwhohasbeenthere commented in:
    Paso Robles man arrested for child molestation on 2014-07-23 14:08:59
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  • "Better check your own facts, Reason, and quit rewriting history to fit you own agenda. First of all, Delzeit and Wallace Group applied jointly for the job of managing the (now failed) Morro Bay WWTP project. This CCN story: http://calcoastnews.com/2013/01/morro-bay-council-rejects-proposed-sewer-plant/ says, "It is unclear if the project manager Dennis Delzeit works for Wallace and the Wallace Group or if Wallace is working for Delzeit." A lot of people wondered about that. Then, we have another story in another local news publication - "Consulting Waste". Discussing the thoroughly-fouled-up project, the author says, "In fact, Delzeit’s contract with Morro Bay is a joint venture with him as the project manager along with the Wallace Group. On paper, Delzeit and the Wallace Group are virtually synonymous. Every page of his contract pitch for the project management gig is labeled “R. Dennis Delzeit & Wallace Group.” Then, of course, we have that very interesting FEMA study that Wallace did - the one that resulted in new FEMA maps for the area. It cost $23,380 and is not a small thing in that the new maps are now the official ones for the area where the existing WWTP is located. The FEMA map revision project appears to have been conducted “under the radar”. It was not within the original scope of ESA’s contract with the City and the CSD. Yet, it was done under the “umbrella” of that contract. The project was recommended by Wallace Group, the ESA sub-contractor who ended up doing the project work. Wallace Group proceeded with the FEMA flood map revision project that it had recommended, and the work continued through the remainder of 2009, all of 2010, and well into 2011. Some serious concerns about that FEMA flood map revision have been raised by residents and its accuracy has been questioned for various reasons, including issues related to dune topography (dunes are constantly shifting), failure to adequately address impacts of demolition of the existing plant, and failure to consider what would happen when Hanson's did not have any concrete blocks to help divert flood waters away from the WWTP site. Yes, you read that correctly. Wallace Group’s 2009 Flood Hazard Study appears to indicate that human activity also plays a significant role of flooding patterns. The Study says that, “Staff coordinates with the neighboring Hanson Aggregate owners regarding the orientation of their yard and supplies. Flood waters from the southeast first cross the Hanson property. When Hanson has stock on hand of large concrete block, they store the blocks on-site in a manner that directs flood waters to Atascadero Road rather than through the WWTP.” The reliability of a FEMA flood inundation map in an area where stacks of concrete blocks were (not sure if this still goes on) alter floodwater inundation patterns may be questionable."

    mbactivist1 commented in:
    Wallace’s continuing costs to South County residents on 2014-07-23 14:02:28
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  • "For all any of you know, Janeka Samuels may be more prejudice than Ben Debilzen. She knew exactly how to handle this matter from beginning to end. Don't let "NICE SMILES" fool you! Many years ago, many employees of different race in an administrative hearing dropped our jaws when we witness a polished sweet appearing black female manager commit perjury in the hearing against an employee she did not like I've worked in offices and saw white managers avoid or limit their supervision of black female employees because "I'm not going to do anything or get called a racist"!"

    willieslo commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 13:52:09
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  • "For more info, listen to Dave Congalron's I Pod Cast from Monday (7/21). He had Janeka and her attorney Jeff Stulberg (sp) on at 5:PM. The story appears to be confirmed by other co-workers. As for her being a manager, she was a manger with very little authority however only she was allowed to handle the cash register or any money. Therefore she could not take a break unless another manager was present. She had been working that day for 8 hours when the district manager finally appeared. She was hungry and needed a break and when she asked him to take over, he did not but rather asked her if she had ever seen the movie "Roots". He then told her that he would hang her just they did to her people in that movie if she asked him for a break one more time! (This is confirmed by other Employees) This isn't even the half of it. It's actually hard to believe some of the things he did. He actually caused her to have a panic attack and she fainted. She was carried out of work by ambulance and the doctor ordered her to take a week medical leave. When she went back to work, this same district manager fired her on the spot! It just goes on and on........ He locked her in a tiny storage room and shut off the lights. After he let her out, he told her that she should be accustomed to things like that since she came from L.A. where people get their electricity shut off all the time. Like I said it just goes on and on. He taped a sign on her back (under the pretense of a pat on the back) that said I'M FAT..... There is sooooooo much wrong doing here that I could go on and on."

    Cindy commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 13:27:51
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  • "I don't know a thing about the facts of these allegations. I will say this, Janeka was my favorite employee down there by far! She was the most competent when dealing with special diets needs and the most knowledgeable. She was always helping other employees and giving them friendly tips and advice on how to better serve customers and be more efficient. I don't think I ever saw her without a big, infectious, smile. Just an all-around sweetheart. Then, one day I noticed she wasn't there and I always wondered where she went. I truly hope the TRUTH comes out on this."

    Perspicacious commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 12:57:29
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  • "I find it interesting that you somehow contend "Making manager at Chipotle is probably not that difficult or unusual". So, Ms Samuels came into this position without merit, with no great difficulty or even better "because of these actions?" You're no better than the DM accused in this case slophocles, and attitudes such as yours is ripe for racist overtones and implications and only makes situations such as this more likely to happen in the future. Your attitude only makes those in these type of positions all that more "disposable" while making those in lessor positions even worse off."

    GoneBabyGone commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 12:35:09
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  • ""Black Beans Rule" is a catch phrase of the chain, but to put that on a an African-Americans employees name tag is not only insensitive but down-right stupid, it will probably be a point of proof for her allegations down the line. The "Chester the Molester" one? I would, as an employee, refuse to wear it, period! Who is this DM? Talk about a walking talking liability? He sure takes the cake... I can tell you that racism in that industry is as common as the likelihood of having someone of color serve you, or prepare the food you've ordered, in one of those establishments. I find it perplexing though; in an industry that attracts people of color more times than not how can that type of culture survive? From personal experience I can tell you the main component of how it does: There are not enough people of color in management positions! From the assistant managers up it is about as lilly white as any industry can be. I can only wish Ms Samuels the best as she is in for a fight, one that will probably be settled long before it goes to trial."

    GoneBabyGone commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 12:23:47
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  • "OK ...that's a respectful way to put it ( though I think the comparison is not the same ). Fact is, I have thought about it for quite some time. I used to consider most 'conservatives' as being misguided and doctrinaire. Many were not exactly broad minded in their philosophy in my estimation, but still had a capacity for fairness. I've voted for 'conservatives' such as John Anderson, Lee Dreyfus, Chuck Percy, Bob Dole, and John McCain ( before he became a grumpy old fool ) in the past. But those people are gone from the political and cultural landscape...replaced by nihilistic vandals and Old South plantationists that want to roll back the clock to before the Civil War. Today's 'conservatives' reflect the attitudes and narrow mindedness of the John Birch Society and the Klan. Their actual representatives are ignorant blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Allen West, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michele Bachmann, Scott Walker; along with economic royalists such as Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, the Koch Brothers. The agenda of these and their fellow travelers is one of exclusion and domination, and their stated aims are to destroy every advancement for a more just and equitable society enacted over the last 100+ years: Social Security, Medicare, voting rights and other civil rights protection, reproductive rights for women...including now even seeking to deny birth control. For this strain that are absolutist and extremist, they just never give up. They operate as an organized pack of rabid dogs. There are few alternatives for what to do with people like this. If this is a stereotype, it is a stereotype for a reason."

    Slowerfaster commented in:
    Brown nominates Stanford Law school professor to California Supreme Court on 2014-07-23 12:16:06
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  • "Don't know all the facts, either - but it could have happened before she was promoted. She could have been promoted in spite of, or because of these actions. Making manager at Chipotle is probably not that difficult or unusual. The breaks thing could have been from before she was salaried, or she may still be on an hourly wage and have to ask HER supervisor for breaks. I guess the main thing is, an international chain like that, with over 500 locations, should make sure that management and all employees are trained and disciplined when it comes to the area of discrimination and harassment."

    slophocles commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 11:57:37
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  • "As an Employee of the County, I was made to attend harrasment classes and given a certificate, and these classes are full of good information.... but these employers don't want to spend the money or waste the time... so now not only will the fast food chain be sued...but the manager can be sued as a individule. At lease if the fast food chain could prove that they provided harrasment training they may have been cleared.. But once again....it's all about $$$$$$$$ we will never hear, it will be settled out of court for big money..."

    LAWMAN1 commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 11:53:41
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  • "Thanks, Cindy, I did go read the Shredder regarding this matter. I do not read the New Times because of their bias and selective reporting but wanted to read more about this. It did give me a little more insight to this story but I still have questions connecting the dots. 1) Why was she promoted to manager but these allegations exist, 2) If manager why did she have to ask for a break, etc. etc. etc. I will definitely reserve my comments on this story because my first feeling is everyone over reacts, everyone is lawsuit happy, and as we all know, things are not always as presented. I am 110% against racism, children molestation, and adult/child abuse. Therefore, not wanting to create more harm to this young lady or Chipotle I will wait for the legal system to play out."

    SLOBIRD commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 11:04:32
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  • "When I read this in New Times, Colin Rigley, I was thinking about how we all go through our lives and truly believe these things don't happen (any more). but here it is in our face. I feel so badly for the woman, and that she came here and probably thought she could have a job and a life without discrimination. Brutes, bullies are everywhere, I'm glad this one was found out and will be punished and the company he works for will pay. Unfortunate all around."

    fishing village commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 10:35:01
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  • ""If true, why would you stay on this job." Well, first, it is illegal to harass individuals who work for you or that are in a position subordinate to your own. To be subjected to racial slurs, fat shaming, remarks about your spouse being incarcerated, being grateful that you have a job in a very white area when you are the only black person working there, all of these comments add up to a pattern of harassment by a person in a position of authority. Couple that with no real action by the company when they are made aware of the harassment, followed up by a termination of the complaining employee and a promotion of the harasser, and there is a distinct trail that implicates the company of a tacit approval of such harassing behavior by a manager type employee. The other part of the suit, which is actually a separate suit, lists Mrs. Samuels as an interested party in a class action suit concerning Chipotle either ignoring California rules and work place laws or knowingly violating those laws and rules concerning making employees work "off the clock", not getting required breaks and other violations of workplace laws. Again, this all adds up to a pattern of abuse and violations; don't patronize Chipotle until this matter is resolved."

    bobfromsanluis commented in:
    SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks on 2014-07-23 10:32:59
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