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Posted on May 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Nathan Alley is correct. The Energy Division is funded by fees levied on the oil companies. If you cut the Energy Division you would actually cut revenue. General fund County programs are very difficult to maintain because the costs are rising faster than the tax base used to pay for them. This is due almost entirely to increased labor costs, especially in public safety. One way to address at least part of this problem is to get as many programs off the general fund as possible and fund them by charging user fees. Building permits should be priced at the cost of providing the service. County parks should have parking fees that pay for the costs of maintaining the parks, waste water treament costs should be charged to customers based on how much water each customer sends down the sewer pipe and should fully fund the costs of treatment and disposal of the waste. Certain public services such as police and fire protection and schools are not conducive to the fee for service model and must remain funded by general fund property tax (and sometimes sales tax) revenues. This bifurcation of funding sources would not completely solve the problem but would go some way toward a solution.
On Adam Tries, Fails to Shrink Energy Division
Posted on May 7 at 2:55 p.m.
Tam, have you read this:
I found it much more lucid than some of the answers to your interview. I think that the true test of the veracity of plasma cosmology would be if it could explain and predict all the stuff that gravity theory explains and predicts.
On Is Gravity the Whole Story?
Posted on April 17 at 8:21 p.m.
Dear Mr. Genis,Fact: DeNunzio has 2 previous DUI convictions.Fact: DeNunzio drove his vehicle while having a suspended drivers license.Fact: DeNunzio drove that vehicle to a bar.Fact: After consuming some amount of alcohol, an amount enough to measure a BAC of some level, DeNunzio got into his vehicle and drove up Las Positas Road.Tell me Mr.Genis what makes Mr. DeNunzio innocent as a new born babe. Tell me Mr.Genis why Mr. DeNunzio deservers his drivers license back. Assure me Mr. Genis that Mr. DeNunzio will never again drive a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Assure me Mr. Genis that Mr. Denunzio will not be responsible for the death of another motorist because of drunk driving. Tell me Mr. Genis how you would live with yourself if Mr. DeNunzio killed someone while driving drunk.
On DA Dismisses DUI Case Against Tony Denunzio
Posted on April 16 at 7:10 p.m.
This concealed weapon stuff is silly. If DeNunzio would have reach for a weapon, Tudor would have shot him in the chest about five or six times. You idiots that think you can take on trained police officers in a gun fight need to get a reality check. Ever shot a person shooting at you Binky? I thought not.
Posted on April 16 at 3:40 p.m.
Does anyone know if, since he was found guilt of driving on a suspended license, the DMV could take away his license for some extended period of time as a purely administrative action? I am not so much concerned with justice at this point as I am with public safety. I don't care if he is guilty or innocent, but I sure would like him off the road for a long time (forever would be best).
Posted on April 16 at 12:03 p.m.
So let me get this staight: A guy who has had 2 previous DUI convictions and whose drivers license is suspended, drives to a bar and drinks alcohol and then gets in his vehicle and drives away and he is innocent because of a technicality of the BAC testing procedure. I expect to see the Cheshire Cat any moment. Oh yeah, that was Genis smiling. We are down the rabbit hole.
Posted on April 13 at 4:06 p.m.
You know Ken Volok, I agree that we have a problem in this Country with good entry level jobs that provide a future for advancement. However, I don't agree that is the problem with the young bums who call themselves "travelers." They do not want to work at any job and even refuse to stay in school to better themselves and prepare themselves for well-paid and meaningful work. The immigrants who are digging holes, picking lemons, washing dishes, and mowing lawns may not be fairly compensated for their labor, but that is not stopping them from seeking work, finding it, and working hard at it. The "travelers" could learn a lesson from these hard-working immigrants, a lesson they obviously failed to learn from their parents.
On Cops Take Aim at Public Art Piece
Posted on April 13 at 11:54 a.m.
Here's an idea: Let's keep the hard-working and industrious undocumented immigrants and deport the young urban vagabond "travelers." This is a joke of course. But the larger point is that people are risking their lives to get into this country and when they do they quickly find productive work and work hard at it. Meanwhile, we have perfectly healthy young native born citizens who refuse to work and would rather hang out on the street and agressively beg for money. What is wrong with this picture?
Posted on April 1 at 8:21 p.m.
Ok, let's look at this rationally. From a natural selection point of view, the ability to use the mind to manipulate matter (without the use of our hands) would have been and would continue to be a very useful skill, for which evolution would have selected the best practitioners. By now we should have all been able to practice telekinesis (sp?). Alas, this is just a science fiction fantasy. Quite frankly, considering that the human mind created the 30-Years-War, the Holocaust, pedophilia, street gangs, and other such lovely human inventions, I am not so sure I would want us to develop the old "mind-over-matter" trick. Good luck with your experiment Tam. Have fun at Burning Man, which is the point after all.
On I Controlled a Huge Freakin’ Laser With My Mind!
Posted on March 30 at 2:45 p.m.
As much as I would like to see the entire Gaviota Coast preserved, neither the political will nor the money exist to realize that dream. Even a forced government annexation (which would be very controversial) would require that all the land owners be paid for the loss of their land. Friendlier instruments, like conservation easements, are very costly as well. Simply buying the property on the open market would be so expensive as to be impossible to even consider. So I agree that some solution has to be reached by which land owners get to develop something in exchage for preserving most of the open space and providing public access. Finding the perfect balance will be difficult, but preverable to resolving every development application in court.
On Building Naples’s Neighbor
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