Protest proposed rates
Every property owner in the city of San Luis Obispo should attend the council hearing Tuesday to loudly protest the city’s excessive new proposed increases in water and sewer rates. Please submit your signed protest and property address to the city by Tuesday. This proposed big jump in water and sewer rates is exactly the same as a new tax to pay for future development.
The city’s policies require that new development should pay for itself. New water and sewer hookups and new infrastructure are generally to be paid for by contributions from those new developments.
Instead, the city is now asking all existing property owners to pay for the city’s bad fiscal planning, which has led to these excessive proposed water and sewer rates. The proposed rate increases would likely continue many years into the future.
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There are superior ways to conserve water. For example, Berkeley now allows property owners to install large underground rainwater storage tanks for irrigation. The city should investigate various measures such as these before emptying our wallets again with these excessive water and sewer rates.
San Luis Obispo
Risks of wood smoke
There are better ways to avoid breast cancer (“Drug is shown to prevent initial breast cancer case,” June 5) than to take an experimental drug, Exemestane, that has known and unknown side effects. The No. 1 “avoidance” advised by current cancer research is the avoidance of smoke.
From the American Association for Cancer Research, Abstract A99: “Mexican women who do not smoke but are exposed to smoking are at three times higher risk for breast cancer than nonsmoking women not exposed to passive smoking, according to findings presented at the Third AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2010.
“Although this focused on environmental tobacco smoke, research suggests that the pollutants in wood smoke have a much greater biological impact in the human body compared with cigarette smoke or even automobile exhaust on a per unit weight basis.”
The question of liability regarding the lethal consequences of wood smoke is one that will inevitably arise and will have to be answered.
M. Power Giacoletti
Father’s thanks to son
I would like to thank all the great friends, both personal and professional — Mayor Will Yates, Councilwoman Nancy Johnson, the chamber board and our wonderful staff — who helped Karen and I celebrate the Embarcadero Inn’s 25th anniversary.
To set the record straight, although I admired my father, Ed Sr., and brother Ed Jr., it was my son Ed Biaggini III who was my only partner in building the Embarcadero Inn and Patria Village, a housing development in Atascadero. Son Ed was determined to make the motel a success and worked very hard to achieve that goal. Those efforts carried over into the city of Morro Bay. He recognized what a jewel Morro Bay is and worked tirelessly to promote its beautiful natural assets.
And so it is to you, Ed, that I offer my most heartfelt thank you.
Lots of help on event
Enhancement, Inc. would like to thank all those who helped make our 10th Annual Spring Dinner fundraiser, “Road to Wellness,” held at Edna Valley Vineyard on April 30, such a wonderful success.
One hundred and sixty attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner by chefs Evan Treadwell and Benji Puga of Lido Restaurant, paired with wines from Edna Valley Vineyard, Eberle Winery, Justin Vineyards & Winery and Wedell Cellars. Tony Durham was the auctioneer and Wendy Thies the emcee, The event was sponsored by Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Audio Ecstasy, Wedell Cellars and New Times. Generous local businesses donated to the auctions.
Enhancement honored doctors Edwin and Howard Hayashi for their excellence as surgeons and their compassionate work with breast cancer patients. We were pleased to present them each with a certificate of Congressional Recognition from Lois Capps and engraved crystal paperweights commemorating this evening.
No fundraising event is possible without volunteers, so a special thanks goes to all the event helpers, to Tina Hoppe and Elaine Stafford of Edna Valley Vineyard and to those who supported us by attending and donating.
Thank you all for helping us continue working to improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors. For further information about Enhancement, call 771-8640.
Executive director of Enhancement, Inc.
Obama’s big spending
I have a question. But first this: President Barack Obama has run up the national debt to more than $15 trillion, yet repeatedly says we must get spending under control. Then days later, he wants more spending.
Billions for Brazil or Columbia to drill for oil — or for Egypt, or some other scheme. He has gratuitously involved us in the war in Libya, and is insatiable in his spending. Billions of dollars have been run off the presses, placing us further in debt and causing inflation to bloom.
The president asks businesses to hire people, but business owners and managers are afraid to expand for fear of tax increases. The cost of Obamacare is frightening to businesses, who are also reeling under massive increases in regulations, the cap and trade plans and the president’s seeming distain for capitalism.
Now here is the question: Is the president a feckless, bumbling nincompoop with nitwits for advisers? Or is he a diabolic Machiavelli carrying out a devilish plan to destroy the dollar and collapse capitalism?
Wineries taking over
Martin Croad’s comment in the June 3 “Wine Notes” that San Luis Obispo County’s wineries are in the “hospitality game” bore out what we other small-farm operators forced next to them have had to learn the hard way: overnight, that lovely little winery next door can go from being a wine-producing operation to being a wine-event operation, with all the noise, traffic and signage problems for you that come with such “events.”
What’s next from our mushrooming wine industry? There have already been instances here of complaints from a winery about other local field operations interfering with one of their events.
So is there a new kind of “winery noise ordinance” that protects the wine-event industry from neighborhood agricultural interferences — rather than the other way around — in this county’s future? If you think that couldn’t happen, then think again about how much regulatory relief, protection and other special treatment the county gives wineries already.
Thanks to The Tribune for letting me express myself one more time.