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  • "Lofty thinking to get us in trouble? I don't get it, especially after seeing all the good cannabis taxation has done here in Oregon. It also has saved millions when you consider police can actually investigate actual crimes with actual victims, courts aren't overflowed with simple possession cases and jails are actually housing real criminals. The problem isn't with taxes it's with those who administer its uses, period. I could go on-and-on about that but you know exactly what I'm referring to. If we could ever find those who actually have the publics best interests in mind you'd probably find taxes not only being used in manners that benefit all but less taxes to do so. Also, cannabis is consumed in many manners, it's not only for smoking but also can be cooked into food items (my favorite is cannabis butter), it's called "edibles". You got gummy bears, you got suckers, you got the forever favorite brownies, cookies and so many other ways of ingesting it other than smoking. The only real difference is the effect is slower when eating it than when smoking. It's a matter of choice, something tobacco products can't really copy. Read this and then think about it cannabis again.... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1277837/"

    SLOBorn commented in:
    SLO considers raising taxes and marijuana to cover budget deficit on 2017-12-15 19:34:50
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  • "SLOBorn, I'm just a middle class want to be renaissance man. While I get the financial benefits to the jurisdictions in line for the cannabis payola, I would have to believe their altered reasoning is what has us in the financial mess we are in. Taxes are what we pay to support the benefits of government and not to be regarded as a renewable resource for growth in government jobs, pay and pensions. To counter this evolution, the majority of voters (not the sheople) would have to attend every public meeting that has a hint of financial consequences / liabilities. Since most can't we have a bubble that is ready to burst, notice that there is enough tax money for paychecks but little for pavement. So back to your financial examples, the last thing we need is more of that lofty thinking to gets us in trouble. That is not to say all smokers make lofty bad choices, but truly, ingesting smoke is not good and for many that results in another bad choice. Think of the decades it took to stop promoting cigarettes and getting the warning label on each pack. I would never support promoting poor air to balance any budget."

    Jorge Estrada commented in:
    SLO considers raising taxes and marijuana to cover budget deficit on 2017-12-15 15:08:30
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  • "I like the tuition idea Jorge, I do. You already pay a premium for less in California living (less privacy, less open area, less public lands, less choices in housing, etc.) so why not a tuition on less? And just to be in The Happiest Place On Earth where everyone seems to be miserable as hell? Yea, why not a tuition?! The "drug" thing though? Just a bit overstated considering what the FDA allows to be pushed kills people minutely in this country, causes more problems with side effects then what it helps, is usually a gateway drug to others and with some the expectation of long term addiction is all but certain. The prices? Talk about drug cartels! Those cartels located south of us just have to be jealous, don't you think? The other drug, weed? Not so much! I've smoked for almost 45 years and the only side effect it has on me is an occasional overwhelming need for a package of Zingers and a pint of milk. Right now I'm without, will be until I can get into town in two weeks, and I don't feel the need to do anything other than wait, try that with some of the FDA approved stuff. To date, no overdoses causing death from cannabis, so how do you compare it with the FDA approved stuff? This year, here in Oregon, taxes on cannabis products will pull in $85 million in taxes (that's up from $60 million last year), which are allocated for schools, public health, police and local governments, kinda cool, huh? Just think of what California with 9 times the population of Oregon could garner in taxes, wow! Maybe some of that could actually go to REAL affordable housing..."

    SLOBorn commented in:
    SLO considers raising taxes and marijuana to cover budget deficit on 2017-12-14 21:48:45
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  • "Finally someone is catching up to O'Malley and his financial connection with Atascadrero Waste Alternative. It's very clear and easy to follow and you can start with O;Malleys Portola Inn webpage and the posted donations. The early webpages for the Cinco de Mayo bicycle programs that O'Malley took credit for and directly received a $1000 donation that he personally obtained from the garbage company. The check is on file in Atascadero's Finance Department with notes stating it came from O'Malley. Shortly after this was noted to the city manager O'Malley cancelled the application for the use of the park the next year and instead had the Kiwanis put the application in. Years prior to closing the recycling center the company was talking to O'Malley regarding closing the center. At the last go around that is why the recycling center was not part of the contract which O'Malley pushed thru with staff's support. Consequently the center closed and may probably be the biggest financial blunder in Atascadero as it removed close to $1 million dollars of proceeds that would have gone back to the citizens of Atascadero. O'Malley's claim that it would cost $35,000 to $60,000 and take 3 years to orchestrate a new contract is a false statement. When the contract came up last time Bill Worrell from the Integrated Waste Management Authority made a presentation at the city council meeting and stated that the consulting side could cost around $25,000 although he volunteered to do it for the city for free. That is on the record as it was at a city council meeting and there should be a complete video of that on the city's web page. O'Malley's claim of between $35-$60 dollars out of an anticipated $150,000 cost is absolutely not correct. O'Malley has been on the Board of Directors for the IWMA for years and is currently it's Vice President and should really know the facts, which I think he does, but there is a definite lack of transparency here. O'Malley constanly claims his financial brilliance and at the hearing for the last garbage contract lectured everyone for close to 15 minutes on his brilliance of business and contract negotiations. It too is on the city's web page. The council's vote on this should be very discerning to the citizens of Atascadero. You have 2 highly qualified council members, Fonzi and Bourbeau, who are proven successful business people that voted no for this. You have successful garbage companies wanting to bid and possibly provide equal, if not better, service at a cheaper price. Basically a principal of Business 101. Why would you not put it out for competitive bidding. It's an elected officials obligation to look out for the citizens and not themselves. In business they know that competitive bidding is good for everyone and usually keeps things honest. O'Malley's intent certainly is questionable but he had his side kick who vote with him and shadows him everywhere for every opportunity for the photo op. The swamp in Atascadero is rising especially along the Atascadero Creek where the new $3.1 million bridge was completed and will be a great addition to town. Interesting how the property next to the bridge is owned by a member of the O'Malley family. Mr. O'Malley deeded this to his son when it appeared to be a conflict of interest during some issues with the former RDA. Since his son did not live at home it is legally ok for O'Malley to vote on issues surrounding the property. Although in the ethics training that elected officials take every 2 years there is an example of this and it states that although it's legal it would be highly unethical. So you can gauge the ethical question yourself. I wonder what the financial gain will be to the O'Malley family when and if this property ever sells?"

    rukidding commented in:
    Atascadero officials vote against competitive bidding on 2017-12-14 19:38:45
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  • "Right On! But not really, you take something practical and make it into something obtuse. Maybe I shouldn't have used the words "non essential items", which of course could be dependent on your definition of essential and non, and just said pot, tobacco products and alcohol. Maybe the nurse in you would have agreed with the cigarettes and alcohol? M\y point was that I think property owners are taxed to death as it is, and raising taxes on pot doesn't bother me one bit as a consumer of the good weed. I do think that there is a wealth of taxes that can still be garnered from the two deadliest substances known to be such, tobacco products and alcohol, and still sold as a consumer items to be eaten, drank or smoked, and at huge profits,. With the number of bars, liquor stores and retailers that sell tobacco products and alcohol, combined with the consumption I know goes on in the Happiest Place on Earth, placing a city tax on those items would be helpful at the least and maybe a windfall at most. Tax the retailers as well, have them match the city tax charged to consumers. Win, win!"

    SLOBorn commented in:
    SLO considers raising taxes and marijuana to cover budget deficit on 2017-12-14 18:43:56
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  • "Let Me Tell You About The Probation Dept. Collections restitution , I had a case in SLO County the DA's Office charged the guy, long story short The Guy owes me over $7300.00 this was 7 years ago The guy lives in Prescott,AZ as of today 12-14-17 The DA's Office & Probation Dept Collection , Has Not gotten one Dime for me , They hand it off to the Franchise Tax Board, The guys phone number & address is on the net they will not even lift a finger to get in touch with the guy , 7 years NOTHING.. These are your tax dollars at work .. This is true & real .. Its very sad. no energy spent to collect my money. Phone calls Letters No Help.. Lazy .."

    AGDUDE commented in:
    Video appears to show SLO probation officer texting while driving on 2017-12-14 09:43:31
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  • "Considering that alcohol sales are a constant and far exceed that of the non-lethal cannabis maybe a city wide tax on it would help. Just a suggestion from a proud and healthy pot consumer of some 45 years that is all too happy to pay taxes on a substance that doesn't harm anyone who consumes it, and who thinks maybe it's time that alcohol consumers, like tobacco consumers, should bear some of this tax burden too. With that in mind put a city tax on tobacco products as well. Increase taxes on non essential items, like cannabis, tobacco and alcohol, and leave home owners alone. Just a thought (or two)."

    SLOBorn commented in:
    SLO considers raising taxes and marijuana to cover budget deficit on 2017-12-14 05:07:19
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  • "It is a sorry state of affairs that our FDA is pushing their approved drugs but now our local city, too, is pushing drugs to mitigate their bad spending habit? Maybe SLO should sell their real-estate holdings that are not within the city limits? The other option, which is overdue, is to charge tuition for living in San Luis Obispo so that the reality of impacts will be addressed."

    Jorge Estrada commented in:
    SLO considers raising taxes and marijuana to cover budget deficit on 2017-12-13 14:13:19
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  • "Actually our non-profit stopped distributing food completely shortly after Foodbank moved into their new facility because the supply was so unreliable, and we are not affiliated with any other food distributing organization. However, funny you should mention CAPSLO. The same thing is happening to Foodbank that happened to CAPSLO years ago. Everybody thinks that Foodbank does so much good in the community, and their staff and management are completely altruistic. Everyone thinks that Foodbank can do no wrong. But really, just like CAPSLO they have gotten too big from the top down. More Chiefs than Indians, putting a big shiny new building as priority ahead of their clientele. People that work for non-profits are not necessarily saints. They too can get money and power hungry. I think Foodbank has become too big, and has lost it's way; just like CAPSLO."

    SLO_Children_at_play commented in:
    SLO Food Bank shut down for food quality issues on 2017-12-07 13:28:30
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  • "This guy illegal /accident or not should of been convicted of involuntary man slaughter at the least. He was let go and I hope the Feds will follow thru and charge him with every charge they can and put him in prison as it is obvious deporting him won't help keep him off our streets. A little off subject but pertinent is the new required proof of who you are to get drivers license.The Dems feel it would be a undo hardship for some people to have to get a ID and show it to vote so now that everyone has to prove they live here to get a license then they should also be required to show the new ID when they vote to make sure they are legal to vote as I'm sure many vote now who are not eligible to do so. Bottom line if you have a law that is not enforced then what good is it."

    mullyman commented in:
    Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder of Cal Poly grad on 2017-12-06 10:31:32
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  • "LAPD didn't ban anything, the PD's civilian oversight committee banned the choke hold, against the advice of the police chief too (Daryl Gates). It led to a spike in the number of people being shot by police and the use of batons, busting heads instead of choking out suspects. Eventually that led to Rodney King getting the crap beat out of him, the police trials and the riots by a population that was fed up with getting the crap beaten out of them by the police. And I thought Mission Prep was a Catholic school. Do they need Sister Mary Elephant to let go a can of whoop ass on those brats?"

    Niles Q commented in:
    Mission College Prep administrator restrains student with choke hold on 2017-12-05 12:57:05
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  • "I work for a non-profit that helps distribute food for the SLO Foodbank. Ever since they decided to combine the operations of their two leased warehouses in Oceano and Paso Robles into the one owned building in SLO; the entire operation has been haphazard at best. The food selection and quality delivered from the new building has been absolutely horrid for the past year since they moved. This will be the second year in a row that many agencies received far less holiday food to serve their clients than in years past. I believe at least 20 local non-profits have cancelled their contracts with Foodbank, and have started grass-roots food collection efforts of their own because of SLO Foodbank’s continued incompetence. Having worked with the SLO Foodbank for the past seven years, it is in my opionion that the agency placed their new building as priority ahead of their clientele. SLO Foodbank’s main focus for these past two years has been centered around fundraising and building their new facility in SLO (and I believe the new building has taken priority over and above serving their clients). The new building is much smaller in square footage than the two combined leased facilities, which has severely limited the quanitity of food that SLO Foodbank is able to process and distribute to it’s clients. What non-profit agency endures the expense of building a new facility that will further limit their ability to serve it’s clients? I believe SLO Foodbank has lost it’s way, and this shutdown is the most public proof of the giant dirty secret they have kept hidden since moving into their new building."

    SLO_Children_at_play commented in:
    SLO Food Bank shut down for food quality issues on 2017-12-05 10:37:12
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  • "The Agency that oversee's these issues is notorious for "plain dumbness". No one says seeing rodent droppings is OK, but come on, there is a current rodent epidemic. How about isseing them a citation and "fix it", rather than closure. This is a great organization, doing needed work. The local health agencies are left looking poorly. Shame on CDPh... big , useless jokers, total bullies."

    aye-caramba commented in:
    SLO Food Bank shut down for food quality issues on 2017-12-05 07:47:05
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  • "Another case of your typical government agency. Starve 6000 people because a permit and associated fees are not in place. Kinda reminds me of the "Foxy" story. If I was to shoot a damn seagull (winged rat)for ripping the trash out of a can and making a mess Id go to jail. If the "government" see's it fit to kill because something was "hungry" and just doing what comes naturally its OK to kill it."

    Snoid commented in:
    SLO Food Bank shut down for food quality issues on 2017-12-05 04:39:13
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  • "How many people have gotten sick from the Food Bank's free food? They don't say. How many have gotten hungry ""for operating without a valid processed food registration permit? "" It doesn't say....but I assume that anyone who was dependent on the Food Bank is probably worried right now....not about a permit, but about hunger. I think this situation requires donations to elected county officials in order to get "fixed." Giving away food is cruel. Hungry people want to know the permit is in place. I'll retract my statements gladly if someone can show me that sickness or injury has happened due to the Food Banks practices and lapsed permitting."

    DocT commented in:
    SLO Food Bank shut down for food quality issues on 2017-12-04 12:07:43
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