In response to the letter from Jim Nelson ("This party can be deadly," Oct.19), I'd like to give seven words that describe the types of people the Democratic party defends: terrorists, pedophiles (see: ACLU defense of NAMBLA), dictators (Castro), murderers, adulterous hooker-chasing tax-dodging crackheads (Marion Barry), bribe-taking politicians (but only if they are Democrats, see: William "90 G in my freezer" Jefferson), and, last but not least, lying, cheating, narcissistic sociopaths (Bill Clinton)!
Here's an idea ...
New idea to ensure 90 percent voter turnout: Send out all absentee ballots, and as soon as 90 percent of them are in, all the political ads must stop!
Think of it! By voting early, we will no longer listen to the deluge of contradictory ads. No more mud slinging. What a great way to get the vote out. I am marking my ballot now.
Don't forget about Sharon Beery
In last week's cover story ("Sweeping the field," Oct. 19), a glaring omission: Sharon Beery, Democratic congressional candidate for District 22. As many SLO County residents examine their ballot forms, they will see they are actually in District 22, which covers more of the county than District 23.
Sharon Beery is the candidate for, of, and by the people. She has raised less than Tognazzini and is battling Kevin McCarthy, who has raised more than Capps $750,000 and he isn't even a congressional incumbent! No, McCarthy is utilizing the same big-money interests as his mentor Bill "never met a lobbyist he didn't love" Thomas, who has represented this district since 1978. That makes McCarthy a superstar for feeding off the same power trough?
This is the same money that brought not only the district, but the entire country a highly flawed prescription drug program, a $12 billion cut in student loans, not one balanced budget in the last six years, and a $380 billion war. Time for a change? Sharon Beery clearly states her position in running: bringing the troops home now and creating real national security. This is what 70 percent of Americans want, and Sharon is the lady to help do it.
Here is your choice, District 23: a kick-ass grandmother, retired educator, and former life-long Republican who has had enough of lying and dying coming out of Washington, or Kevin McCarthy, a stay the course, stay out of the public eye, and answer the phone only when the lobbyists call groomed politician. Take back America. We need a leader for the rest of us!
Dawn Ortiz Legg
San Luis Obispo
Fault-finders abound in Pismo Beach
First: Full disclosure. I am the wife of the mayor of Grover Beach. I am also a city Planning Commissioner, a manager at Diablo Canyon, and a liberal Democrat. Those of you who wish to discount my comments based on any or all of the above now have the ammunition you need.
But I am also a private, concerned resident of Grover Beach and I am saddened by the negativism and behavior of some of our citizens. Those who serve the city, virtually without compensation, do not deserve to be pilloried in the press or disparaged at the public podium. These public servants are dedicated private citizens who, with few exceptions, devote an incredible number of hours doing the city's business, looking out for its best interests and those of its citizens.
Meanwhile, a small group of folks, including three current City Council candidates, spend most of their free time finding fault with those who participate in civic activities. I've yet to see the fault finders put forth a positive plan for improving Grover Beach. They are so entrenched in the streets issue that they have no view of the big picture.
Spiro Agnew would deem council candidates Don Fielding, Liz Doukas, and Steve Diamond the "nattering nabobs of negativism." I believe he would be right. When you go to the polls on Nov. 7, please vote for those who can do John Shoals and Bill Nicolls not for those who can only find fault.
Say yes to Measure Y
The Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce says "Yes!" on Measure Y because it's good for business. It's not a normal course of events for a business organization to support a tax increase, but that's just what the SLO Chamber is doing when it comes to the city's half-cent sales tax measure, and for good reason. SLO businesses count on well-maintained streets, flood protection, and reliable public safety programs. And protecting our open space is one of the many things that makes living here so great. A clean, safe, beautiful community Measure Y will help us hold onto the quality of life we value so much. And Measure Y includes citizen oversight to assure the money is spent on our community's priorities. This tax increase will still keep us lower than 85 percent of the cities in the state and will be paid largely by those who visit our city. Keep SLO safe, beautiful, and special. Vote yes on Y.
SLO Chamber of Commerce chair
Measure Y is a good investment
I am in support of Measure Y, the City of San Luis Obispo's sales tax initiative. This half-cent increase will provide our city with a new and "reliable" source of revenue for the many programs and services that have been cut or scaled back due to state-takeaways. And, even with this increase, we will still have one of the lowest sales tax rates in California.
The $4.5 million raised each year by this small, equitable tax increase will be used for vital city services, many of which protect our neighborhoods by ensuring that they are safe and well maintained. It will give the city the ability to reinstate our neighborhood street paving program, improve our neighborhood code enforcement, and bring back essential jobs that have been cut in our police and fire departments.
Measure Y is a good investment in the future of our city and its neighborhoods. I urge you to vote yes on Nov. 7.
Residents for Quality Neighborhoods past chair
San Luis Obispo
For a green city, vote John Ewan
There are only two candidates for San Luis Obispo City Council seats who can be characterized as consistently pro-environment. Both are running for mayor. Regardless of the outcome of the election, one of these candidates, Ms. Mulholland, will retain her council seat, and could well remain the only "green" decision-maker on the dais. That would be a shame. John Ewan has performed so effectively and tirelessly as an advocate for improving and preserving the character of our community from alternative transportation advocacy to open space acquisition, sports field development, bike trails extension, pedestrian-friendly improvements downtown, and smart growth policy development and he has the leadership ability to forge a council majority around these issues. We really need John's expertise and experience to help guide the future council in the very challenging years ahead. For the greenest possible City Council, I'm voting for John Ewan for mayor.
San Luis Obispo
'No on J' is like Zorro
I told Karen Velie on the radio that no one is concerned about who is supplying the backing for the No on J LLC. Their persona is more of Zorro, helping the citizens get an even shot against the big-money, out-of-town developers, like interloper Scott Dabney. Perhaps you should have one of your reporters examine "Contract J" to ferret out the discrepancies and talk to the Attorney General's office, as I have, to see there is little recourse that the public has if the owners not necessarily Dalidio renege on the promises made in the measure. Let's be a public servant, not a gossip monger.
San Luis Obispo
Arroyo Grande says 'No on J'
On Sept. 26, Arroyo Grande's City Council voted unanimously to oppose Measure J on the Dalidio Ranch Proposal. Unfortunately, the city's press release on this extraordinary action received little play in the Trib.
City Council's action against J was taken following presentations by Dave Murray of Caltrans and SLOCOG's Ron DeCarli, both of whom spoke to the initiative's "very significant unmitigated traffic impacts." Unfunded traffic mitigation is but one of several "poison pills" in the Dalidio Ranch proposal. Others are detailed in a prepared statement of Mayor Tony Ferrara posted on the web at www.nomeasurej.org.
The average voter has little to no awareness of the gravity of the issues raised by Caltrans and SLOCOG as well as by the Air Pollution Control District, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and elected officials throughout our county.
Rarely have our elected officials been so challenged to unravel the complexities of a major project in a way that enables voters to see beyond their hopes for better shopping and their empathy for Ernie Dalidio. But then, isn't this why we have elected officials?
A.G.'s city council acted courageously by putting the public's interests above all else.
A yes on J would improve our lives
After reading all of the points, both pro and con, of the Measure J debate, pointed out in recent articles too numerous to count, I think I have gone back in time. Approximately 15 years ago, I, as a real-estate broker in northern New Mexico, had fought all of the same battles. I had two major opponents to a project that was planned around bringing a Super Wal-Mart, Sears, Texaco, Taco Bell, and Wendy's, with several mini spaces available for other local small businesses.
The "secret" opponents turned out to be the single largest owner of retail space from our downtown district (including the majority share in our local bank). The other owned the only local office supply and box, pack, and mail store. He thought the competition would shut him down. Within the first year, Opponent No. 1 built another two separate retail centers to accommodate the growth needed by several of our local businesses and restaurants, and Opponent No. 2 had to increase his square footage by four times.
The city received more than $1 million in extra, much-needed revenues. The Dalidio project would do the same. It would keep our shoppers here. The tax dollars spread throughout other local communities would stay here. Our much-needed Prado overpass would happen. The managed flow of traffic and money would improve all of our lives with a Yes on J vote.
Tobias S. Brekke
San Luis Obispo
Don't sign a contract you haven't read
Measure J is not about fairness. It's a complicated, 55-page contract, complete with fine print, exemptions, and exclusions written by the developers. If you sign it by voting yes, you are agreeing to allow developers who don't even live in SLO County to bypass the general plan, public review process, and environmental laws. You are essentially giving them permission to build an enormous, big-box style shopping center without being responsible for the traffic jams and air pollution it would create. That's what every city, county, and state agency has independently concluded.
Remember the old adage: Don't sign a contract you haven't read or don't completely understand. Vote no on Measure J. Why gamble with the environmental health of our county?
Where's the Lorax when you need him?
Is there no end to Jeff Edwards' destruction of trees? The saws are going full blast again on Pecho Road is that your doing Jeff Edwards? I can imagine it is since you destroyed the entire acreage of beautiful trees adjacent to Pecho Road. Don't your million-dollar homes have enough view without encroaching on the properties that do not belong to you? And your attempt to cut down 400 trees on state property at Monta"a de Oro should definitely be denied.