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The PFF debacle

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Lynn Compton has stated Public Facility Fee (PFF) money was "pilfered" by two of her peers. This is patently not true, and she knows it.

During the 1990s and 2000s, numerous attempts were made by SLO County Parks and Recreation to define what Nipomo residents wanted, but consensus could not be reached among Nipomo residents.

The Nipomo Park Master Plan took 10 years to complete because of the controversy, threats of lawsuits, and requirement of a full-blown EIR, rather than a negative declaration.

The available money to do projects had time limits, and the money was spent elsewhere in the 4th District including: Biddle, Oceano, and Jack Ready parks; the soccer fields at Nipomo High School; the Dana Adobe; plus local community trails.

Nipomo itself has received more than $2 million of PFF expenditures.

For Ms. Compton to say the money was "pilfered" is flatly a lie. As Albert Einstein once said, "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with the important matters."

Pandora Nash-Karner

Los Osos

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