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  • "We know you're an outsider when you use the term "Cali" for California. I'd rather take my chances with law enforcement in the U.S., than drug cartels in Mexico and Central America. You don't see people fleeing from the U.S.and crossing the border illegally to Mexico because of law enforcement officers, do you?"

    Citizen commented in:
    Paso Robles police officer accused of on-duty rape on 2018-06-19 17:28:50
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  • "The county’s position is wrong. Counting ballots that don’t comply with the law does not still the voice of whoever cast the questionable ballot, it potentially disenfranchises a legitimate voter. Every voter has a RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that their ballot complies with the law ... something not difficult to do. If a ballot is deemed signed by someone other than the registered voter, it should not be counted. Staff in the Clerk’s Office has sufficient training and experience to recognize signatures that are modified as a voter ages. If a questionable ballot is counted the votes cast on that ballot could potentially cancel a legitimate cast vote, thus disenfranchising a qualified voter."

    Mitch C commented in:
    Tommy Gong slapped with temporary restraining order on 2018-06-19 17:19:58
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  • "Should we use the same fear mongering used with immigrants? Makes more sense to be afraid of a bunch of folks who can detain you, carry guns, have access to all of your personal information, and all under the color of authority, then with those that aren't even hear yet let alone with those type of power and resoureces, right? Get this too; in 35 states (not including Cali') law enforcement officers can evade sexual assault charges by claiming that such an encounter was consensual, even if the person was arrested and in custody. If you really want to be afraid of a certain segment of our population, ones you are far, far, far more likely to interact with in a disadvantaged position read this.... https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/595kv3/police-crime-database"

    AmericaTheFree commented in:
    Paso Robles police officer accused of on-duty rape on 2018-06-19 13:48:43
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  • "I worked for a company that worked for this company for a year making tripods and brackets. They make very well design and highly sought after products that photographers feel safe trusting their expensive lenses and cameras on, and they warranty and repair all damaged products shipped back. Its sad to see them leave because its hard to do business here with progressives strangling local business with taxes. And why do we act so welcoming to all to come here, and then not provide enough housing?"

    CCWine commented in:
    Manufacturing company leaving SLO for Utah on 2018-06-19 07:50:22
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  • "Rich, Rich, Rich... You wanna know what the real quagmire here is? Where are the folks who are gonna be employed at these overpriced symbols of misspent dollars be living? In SLO? Where? They probably won't be able to even stay a night at the place they work in let alone find a place to call home in SLO. The town I live in, a large tourist destination in Oregon, we have three motels, two RV parks and tons of camping locations and the town was looking for an investment in it's future, guess what happened? After debate after debate on how to best facilitate this with no real answers, but with a piece of property targeted, a local farmer came in and solved the problem. The property being targeted was promptly bought by the farmer, six months later we have the most beautiful park a kid could ever imagine playing in, and on the farmers dime (including the continued upkeep of the park)! He flatly stated the best investment for our community was in it's kids and elderly and backed it up with his dollars! What a concept, right? One that SLO easily ignores while trying to be the next Newport Beach, Malibu or other "Destination Location".... There should be a change in SLO's "Not For Ourselves Alone" city motto..."

    AmericaTheFree commented in:
    Two new luxury hotels coming soon to downtown SLO on 2018-06-19 06:36:21
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  • "So, SLO loses a great company, tax revenue and productive employed people and the only things said is "Good for them" and "I see a good investment."? Wow!!!! The investment you seek should be one that best invests in your community, where folks like these can afford to live and work in SLO keeping there tax dollars and purchasing, and that of the RRS's, in SLO . As usual though it's better to have the working stiffs, the blue collar workers that this country is built on the backs of, at arms distance as not to soil the wannabe elitist environment of the "Happiest Place on Earth". Good job SLO! And the impeccably Gucci dressed SLO choir sang in perfect two part harmony "Another one down, another one down, another one bites the dust! Ha Ha!""

    AmericaTheFree commented in:
    Manufacturing company leaving SLO for Utah on 2018-06-19 05:53:30
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  • "I am very excited that these luxury hotels are coming in, and I hope more will follow. We have a severe lack of good hotels in town. We need them to keep our city and county vibrant. We're on the tourism map now, and we need to capitalize on it and bring in higher end tourists. Not to mention a more bustling downtown helps promote our area for more businesses to move here."

    slomark commented in:
    Two new luxury hotels coming soon to downtown SLO on 2018-06-18 17:58:33
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  • "I watched the meeting where this all went down and found some of the arguments made by council members to be so hypocritical. As an example, both Barbara Harmon and Kristen Barneich whined that sending the ordinance back to staff would be expensive. They both mentioned the city’s $900,000 budget deficit and layoffs of as many as eleven staff members as reasons why they didn’t want staff to spend any more time on this issue. Both of these women are huge supporters of Five Cities Fire Authority and don’t appear to see the direct correlation to layoffs in police, recreation and administration staff to the increase to fire. Additionally, both these women are huge drains on the city budget themselves. All council members are entitled to salary (also known as stipend), benefits and retirement. Here’s how that breaks down as of close of 2017: Kristen Barneich: $4,860 salary + 18,676.27 for health benefits + $144.48 for retirement benefits Barbara Harmon: $4,860 salary + $7,908.16 for health benefits + $144.48 for retirement benefits Tim Brown: $4,860 salary + $1,415.04 for health benefits + $144.48 for retirement benefits Caren Ray: $4,860 salary + $1,415.04 for health benefits + $144.48 for retirement benefits Jim Hill: $4,860 salary + $1,090.20 for health benefits + $144.48 for retirement benefits Currently, Arroyo Grande appears to have the lowest stipends for their council members in the county. But, not all cities offer benefits or retirement. The hypocrisy here is the council member whose husband is firefighter with excellent benefits and pay in a city to the south takes benefits from Arroyo Grande so he can take cash payouts instead of the benefits offered by his public employer. Juxtaposed to the Mayor who has a job in the private sector and foots his own medical and retirement – he doesn’t even charge the city for working meals like Tony did for $40.00 steak dinners. The city should spend some time on the cannabis issues sooner as opposed to later. They need to get their hands on some tax revenues so they can afford to keep paying Barneich and Harmon."

    Julie commented in:
    So where is Arroyo Grande on medical marijuana? on 2018-06-18 16:53:21
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  • "Follow the law: unsigned ballots must be cured within 8 days, incorrect or indecipherable signatures shall not be counted. Anyone who feels these parameters need adjusting needs to contact the State Legislators - they are the ones who create the laws - elections officials must follow them without personal interference. An election official cannot make up the rules as he goes along."

    Mitch C commented in:
    Tommy Gong slapped with temporary restraining order on 2018-06-18 13:46:49
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