‘Yes’ on Prop. 29
I encourage voters to vote “yes” on Proposition 29. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds are heavily advertising a “no” vote, claiming that the California cigarette tax allows funds to be spent (on research) in other states. So? Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds do not manufacture cigarettes in California.
The tobacco companies are spending more than $21 million to promote the “no” vote in California (The industry spends nearly $10 billion on U.S. advertising). Current California cigarette tax is 87 cents/pack. The proposed tax increase of $1 would put the tax at $1.87. Eight states have cigarette taxes exceeding $2/pack.
What impact would the cigarette tax have on the tobacco companies? Currently, Californians smoke nearly a billion packs per year. Higher costs mean fewer California smokers. Fewer smokers mean lower future cigarette-related and unfunded costs: health care and other costs. The annual health-related economic loss due to smoking in the United States is nearly $200 billion (about half in direct medical costs and the other half in lost productivity). Add to that the cost of cigarette-started forest fire protection and cigarette-butt cleanup of streets, beaches and sewers. Vote for healthier, safer California, or vote for dollars for tobacco.
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San Luis Obispo
Who I’d vote for
The name Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB) is a euphemism for “Let’s turn San Luis Obispo County into Orange County.”
Ironically, the most stable source of revenue for SLO County is agriculture, with tourism coming in not far behind. People need to eat; thus, agriculture stays pretty stable, while tourism is more tied to the national economy. People come here for the beautiful vistas we have, including the ocean. The revenue from these two sources along with regular business keep this county and its finances fairly stable.
If COLAB candidates become a majority on the Board of Supervisors, the county policies of responsible planning and smart growth will be overturned. Rampant development, such as that which occurred in Orange County, will once again be the norm here as it was in the late 1980s to mid-1990s.
And don’t think it couldn’t happen again. Take a look at what the development-oriented board majority did with the Santa Margarita Ranch sometime after 2007, contrary to the recommendation of professional planners, and in violation of our smart growth policies.
If I lived in the 3rd or 5th Districts, I would vote for Adam Hill or Jim Patterson.
New face needed
No matter how you “dice” it, San Luis Obispo county government is costing too much and hasn’t achieved anything to increase good jobs in the private sector long term. Jobs are how we support our families and live. Instead, the county is overwhelmed with “special interests” for every little thing! Boring.
Citizens are responsible and don’t need their freedoms diminished constantly. This coming primary election, June 5, for Board of Supervisors is extremely important. We need a new face and Ed Waage is it. He will spend his time on basic government functions and getting the county budget right as he has helped to do for the city of Pismo Beach, which has a budget surplus of $2 million. We, as families, live within our budgets. The county must do the same!
Thank you, Mr. Waage, for making my decision on whom to vote for in the county supervisor race so easy.
When your flier was delivered to us via mail, I was flabbergasted, to say the least, when I read both sides (of the flier).
I found your words regarding Adam Hill disgusting, childish and inflammatory. You need to be in Washington, D.C., where such mudslinging is second nature in politics.
A rising tide
Recently, I read a letter to the editor from Dan Glesmann in Morro Bay (May 14) and was downright confused. He threw out a lot of negative speculation, which left me a little befuddled!
Using terms such as “(no) control for public safety and community service,” “direct attack on tourism,” and “cannot survive solely by recycling the internal revenue of its residents,” this guy Dan is either the campaign manager for Carla Borchard and/or Joan Solu or simply not paying attention!
I am a voter, pure and simple, and most importantly a resident of Morro Bay. I want the interests of our city to expand further out than a block or two from the Embarcadero! I have potholes in my neighborhood large enough to throw you from a bike, but our tourism “zone” is doted upon.
We’re a harbor town for crying out loud. The aphorism “A rising tide lifts all boats” was never more fitting. Make the city a better home, and the passion all the residents have for community will shine throughout.
Jamie Irons, Noah Smukler and Christine Johnson are for community (and tourism) and firmly against taxation without representation ... a sadly common trend in Morro Bay.
A critical re-election
As the retired director of service delivery for the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (SLORTA), I have had the pleasure of working with Jim Patterson ever since his election to the board.
I have observed him in action at many, many board meetings over the years and he has always been prepared and knowledgeable of the issues at hand. I admire his fairness and graciousness but also his ability to ask the hard questions when the need arises.
He has been a strong advocate and friend to public transit and the environment and I believe his re-election to the Board of Supervisors is critical to the continued fiscal health and general welfare of our community.