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  • "Maybe there are some cultural barriers here. Some people come from a culture where some level of physical aggression- hair pulling, slapping, screaming, is acceptable. Some people are not raised with Main Street USA social norms; sometimes not even our own citizens. This person is 20 years old; young and too stupid for his own good. He needs time enough in jail for anger management and some acculturating to Main Street USA. He can learn consequences for his actions, maybe some ways to deal with frustration. Obviously, waving a gun around and scaring your loved ones isn't happening here. If this young man IS undocumented/alien, well, more the reason to write your congress people over and over until someone listens to citizen concerns."

    CentralcoastRN commented in:
    Wanted Nipomo man arrested on 2015-07-07 01:24:10
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  • "HASLO is getting 100k to prevent evictions and help with those hefty security deposits. It isn't to offset the sewer bills of low/modest income people ALREADY housed. HASLO was given this money for a specific purpose, to keep struggling families in their homes. To get this funding, these families will have to prove they really need the help, that the cause of the money problem(s) that have led them to the potential eviction were/are temporary (think illness, job loss), and a solid plan is in place to make sure the family will not turn around and be "needy" again in a few months. They will also make sure another agency does not have the ability to assist. HASLO, PSSH, other agencies are TRYING to house people. Just off the top of my head, I can think of the Courtland Street Apartments recently built in Arroyo Grande, a 36 unit complex. I personally know of a person living in a 2 bedroom apartment there and paying $700/month. Ground has been broken and active construction is being done on Senior Housing in Morro Bay. I believe that is for 20 apartments; 16-1 bedrooms and 4 2 bedrooms. Also in construction is the South Street Apartments, 43 units. Also, the Section 8 lottery is set to open up sometime at the end of summer, which will give about 500 "randomly chosen" people a Section 8 voucher. HASLO is in charge of processing section 8 applications and notifying "winning" families. Agencies like HASLO that receiving monies, subsidies, grants have very strict guidelines as to policies and procedures they must follow. They are even told by the government how much they can and MUST charge a family for rent. I am going to post a link with the proposal to the senior housing currently being built in Morro Bay. The apartments are not all being rented out for the same amount of money per month; even if every single 2 bedroom is exactly the same, the rents will not be. It is based on a formula representative of the population of SLO county I am told. If 5 residents in a 20 unit "normal rate paying" apartment complex spend 55% of their income on rent, then it is only fair that that 5 residents in this complex spend 55% of their income on rent and no more, no less. This is why you will see the breakdown in percentages and number of apartments. http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/ctcac/staff/2014/20140611/014.pdf So, if i haven't made myself clear enough, HASLO isn't allowed to gouge and raise fees even if they wanted to. The rent guidelines are very clear. I hope this information was helpful."

    CentralcoastRN commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-07 00:36:19
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  • "You put your actual name to the opinion piece? If memory serves (and please someone or moderator correct me if I'm wrong) I thought that when you did an opinion article on CCN you have no choice but to use your real name??"

    BeenThereDoneThat commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 23:50:39
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  • "don't mean to put my head on the mod chopping block, however; respectfully I submit: in the past, Moderator here has long behaved with admirable restraint and discretion, such as only busting or queuing me or others properly and fairly for MAJOR hijacking a topic when I was out of line. This however now smacks of restraining speech, a new day at CCN. (This is your board, you make the rules, but this has been a good fair and open board of remarkable growth and factual quality.) People are passionate on this board and in this county, sometimes passionate about noticing OVER-represented by statistic people and groups that commit crimes and appear a public threat in booking or arrest photos. This applies to pockmark-faced heavy meth users, aggressively tattooed sociopathic-looking people, AND sadly but honestly, illegal aliens. Kindly give us a break, err on the loose or edgey and open-communication side, we importune the Moderator."

    LameCommenter commented in:
    Wanted Nipomo man arrested on 2015-07-06 22:51:31
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  • "Oh dear LC, I am not suggesting the Title 22 recycled water will be injected. As you clearly know, I'm talking about the Broderson and Bayridge leachfields. Additionally, the Title 22 recycled water is being used for turf irrigation which will offset the pumping of the lower aquifer for that purpose on those fields...again mitigation for seawater intrusion. Yes, I threw a gold shovel. That project was going to cost our community its downtown. We believed an alternative collection system and treatment plant location would have been cheaper -- so did Water Board staff. I accept that both the Tri-W and current project will displace people in Los Osos, my point in this opinion piece that I put my actual name to, full well knowing I'd receive criticism from the likes of the nameless, like you, is that HASLO, an organization built on helping people is hurting people under the guise of the sewer. They get money from the county and haven't gone to them to see how they can apply for the assistance programs to help these people. Sheesh! Be creative!!!!"

    Julie commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 22:14:29
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  • "Jimmy your answer may come one day if someone authoritatively publishes an exhaustive history and study of this reeling and careening local government fiasco, possibly to be titled: "Los Osos, a study of serial costly, spasmodic and disastrous public and public entity responses to an essentially mythical, fabricated whole-cloth groundwater crisis"."

    LameCommenter commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 21:50:42
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  • "Arrgh, Julie Tacker spouting off about housing and sewers again. Learn your stuff, girl. You should know that title 22 water can NOT be used for injection for basin barrier use. Google the West Coast Basin Barrier Project, L.A. County. Title 22 water requires additional treatment trains not included, to my knowledge, in the current Los Osos plant. You often spout a mixture of diligent, quality research with fantasy bits interspersed. It is beyond me, Ms. Tacker, how it is that you keep getting published when you personally threw a shovel and voted and destroyed a funded, vetted, lawsuit-victorious UNDER CONSTRUCTION WWT plant and project, now replaced at huge delay and increased expense. You and your fellow board members cost Los Osos owners MILLIONS, a DISASTER, and that includes impacts on housing costs of the low income, impacts that you now wish to pontificate about."

    LameCommenter commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 21:43:09
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  • "Sounds fun, but I'm thinking you'd have a major Constitutional battle with the labor unions on that one ("Deprived of life, liberty or property without due process"). Pensions are the hard-earned property of the pensioner. I sincerely doubt the Constitution permits seizing the property of individuals convicted of crimes. Moreover, I'd bet this has already been attempted and struck down decades ago. But, yeah, it sounds fun."

    Kevin Rice commented in:
    Arrest warrant issued for former Cuesta College analyst on 2015-07-06 21:33:33
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  • "Unfortunately Los Osos is going to change like it or not. As more folks retire and want coastal property, they will find towns like Los Osos affordable and move here with more money. They will be able to afford the cost of the sewer project and those who can't will slowly have to move on. Not everyone can afford to live in California any more, and the same thing has been happening to towns and cities in this state for a long time. This sewer plant is going to be costly and that has been known for sometime now. For as many years as this mess has been going on, people should have thought about if they could afford to stay in the area of not. I am tired of the government being expected to pay for your housing when the writing has been on the walls for so long."

    citygirl commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 21:00:18
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  • "Two questions that maybe someone can answer. First, how is it that large properties in the PZ did not have to hook up to the sewer? Using that logic, shouldn't one out of six smaller properties in the PZ also be exempt from paying for the sewer. It sure seems like the rich property owners got away without paying. Second, if I can show that I'm not polluting the ground water by installing composting toilets and grey water recycling, I then should be exempt from paying for the sewer for the next 30 years. Why isn't this a possibility?"

    jimmy_me commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 20:43:31
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  • "I am wondering if "eviction prevention" is for people already in HASLO, People's Self Help, or some other form of subsidized housing; or if it is for the poor folks out there paying $1200 a month for a 2 bedroom slum that takes 70% of their income. Many employers do not offer benefits packages, like sick leave, so if an illness or emergency occurs, the family just loses that day's pay. Government subsidized housing is federally mandated, right? This means they can only pass along a certain percentage of that person's income dependent upon the housing program that the person housed receives. HASLO cannot simply arbitrarily imposed $165 sewer bill to low income persons; but what it probably CAN do is impose a PERCENTAGE of an increase to those households. You know what? I sympathize with those on fixed income. They can join the club of the middle class who also live on fixed incomes. What the middle class has to do when their cost of living goes up is to look at that bottom line. Did income go up? What bills are essential vs nice? What things can be cut back? The one positive caveat about living in subsidized/low income housing is that the rent is and will be proportioned to income. There can be no random, arbitrary increase to rent by a slumlord. These units are by and large well maintained, which obviously cannot be said for privately owned dwellings. So to sum up my monologue, I have empathy and sympathy for our financially strapped residents in Los Osos who now must absorb this cost. I just want to know where HASLO would get this money from if they people who are living in these dwellings and USING the sewer services don't contribute as well....."

    CentralcoastRN commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 20:31:23
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  • "Rich, first of all there's still no proof septics are leaching into the bay. There has never been a septic study. Septics provide Primary treatment, a higher quality leachate than that of waste coming from your house. The sewer will provide secondary treatment and Title 22 water. This is where the project is necessary. Putting that recycled water back in the ground in the right places will help mitigate seawater intrusion. Morro Bay is guilty of it's own pollution of our shared bay. I think you are one who has argued about your aging collection system leaking into groundwater and/or storm drains that discharge directly into the bay. Morro Bay will be eligible for State Revolving Funds for your project too, as you surely know, these are low interest loans for infrastructure. Great question about the "poorer community" and "special deal." Some of us would argue we deserve even lower interest than we got and shorter terms so we aren't paying for infrastructure that has long failed after 40 years in the ground. It is estimated the long term and interest rates applied will add approximately $12,000,000 over the life of project. Affordable housing is a complex issue, no doubt. The irony that HASLO is getting $100,000 to help people while at the same time hurting the very people these funds are intended for is the point here."

    Julie commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 20:30:50
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  • "Unbelievable!!!! Who cares how much he saved? These Firefighters pad their stats by responding to every stubbed toe and hang nail (with lights and sirens) endangering the public, just so they can claim they are more valuable then they really are. My neighbors kid broke his arm and an ambulance arrived (with a paramedic), TWO fire engines (No one was on fire) one engine had a huge ladder and a total of 10 firefighters (again... no fire). When they ask for more money like this, I just get ticked off at the incredible waste of government resource these folks are and how many senseless calls they respond to. I agree with Fishing Village (this time) this spending has GOT TO STOP."

    2much commented in:
    SLO fire chief to get pay raise of more than $20k on 2015-07-06 20:25:18
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  • "The Problem is.....What's the alternative? Just continue to let the residents of Los Osos have their septic systems leaching into Morro Bay? Because Osos is a poorer community than others, does that mean they get a special deal that the rest of us don't get? Affordable housing in this area is an oxymoron, the only solution is one that the elitists in government won't allow, which is to build more housing, or maybe a Costco will help?"

    Rich in MB commented in:
    HASLO tenants first to go on 2015-07-06 19:59:09
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  • "Fair enough but this is not about race but illegal immigration. As long as people automatically equate illegal immigration with racism, we will never be able to have a nonpolitical, reasonable discussion about this and controlling our borders. Most people on this forum do not object to legal immigration; it is true that our country was built on legal, controlled immigration and we depend on the brain power and work ethic that immigrants bring to make this a great country. Just because we don't want to be a racist doesn't mean that we have to allow anyone and everyone to cross our border anytime they want and live here like we are doing now."

    flytrap commented in:
    Wanted Nipomo man arrested on 2015-07-06 18:55:12
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  • "flytrap says "Fair enough but this is not about race but illegal immigration." Wrong, this is about commenters going off topic for there own agendas. Some people want to turn every article about something something Hispanic into a shouting and slogan slinging contest as they argue..... and so on. Enough is enough. Are you one of those people? This is carrot, with stick there will be no message."

    Moderator commented in:
    Wanted Nipomo man arrested on 2015-07-06 18:07:16
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  • "State law should be changed to require that government employees who break laws related to their employment to be ejected from PERS and STRS. They should lose all of their retirement benefits, but will probably have to be refunded any amounts that they actually contributed from their paychecks."

    unlisted commented in:
    Arrest warrant issued for former Cuesta College analyst on 2015-07-06 17:54:09
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  • "For those who don't recognize a bit of sarcasm, as I continue to lampoon the city "officials" and their ridiculous salaries, I won't always let everyone know ahead of time by running the sarcastic flag up the proverbial flagpole. Oh...such buffoonery!"

    Pelican1 commented in:
    SLO water exceeds chemical compound limit on 2015-07-06 17:52:30
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