Thursday, March 22, 2018

Horrific development bills coming out of Sacramento

Mod - This was sent to me by an area resident and I am pretty much posting it verbatim. What this all means is Sacramento is in the process of monetizing land use in cities all over California, done to benefit the development industries that stuff their campaign banking accounts. Do you really think Chris Holden will vote to stop this? If you think Chris does nothing more than hand out vanity awards to area businesswomen, think again. He loves this kind of legislation, just like he loves the campaign cash he'll get when he votes for these bills. Look at what happened to Pasadena under his watch. 

The developers have created nightmare bills being pushed through the legislature in Sacramento.

Ask your city council to publicly oppose the SB 827/828 Sacramento power grab.

Scott Wiener's mandatory high-density housing zoning override bill SB 827, and his unfunded housing quotas bill SB 828, are threats to local control of land use and zoning and existing city planning processes throughout the state of California. Who is better qualified to manage your city's growth: your local City Council and Planning Commission, or developer-funded politicians drawing circles on maps in Sacramento?

Email, write, and call your City Council members today and demand that they pass a public resolution opposing SB 827 and SB 828 and similar legislation that rips up existing local zoning and renders city plans and planning processes meaningless.

https://calocalcontrol.org/

More info on the impact of this legislation and its opponents:

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2018/01/22/berkeley-mayor-wiener-skinner-housing-bill-declaration-war-neighborhoods

Here's the gory details:

http://citywatchla.com/index.php/los-angeles/14982-real-estate-tycoons-beckon-erick-garcetti-caves-again

SB 827 is not a housing bill; it's a real-estate bill. It is intended to monetize real estate. This bill is not about YIMBYs vs. NIMBYs; it's about WIMBYS: Wall Street in My Backyard. With one stroke of the pen, the State Legislature could totally transform the economics of real-estate development in California cities while totally eviscerating decades of planning.

Is that what we want to do to our cities? Does Scott Wiener want to take a wrecking ball to most of the retail villages and residential communities in Los Angeles County? It's nuts. Every responsible planner with whom I've spoken to about this bill speaks of it with great disdain. It is classic overreach, a one-size-fits-all approach to the planning of the largest city in California. That is why I say this is not a transit-oriented development bill; it's a real-estate play of the worst kind."

https://www.planningreport.com/2018/03/15/zev-yaroslavsky-scott-wiener-sb-827-triumph-wimbys

If you are within the area affected, SB 827 eliminates:

All zoning limitations (that means R1, R2, setbacks, height, and yards).

All parking requirements.

All residential density or floor area ratio (FAR) requirements.

All design standards.

All unit mix requirements that require more than 40% of the units in a project to have 2 bedrooms or more.

All ordinances, plans, charters or local regulation.

For those who are ready to act NOW on SB 827, here is a short practical list of things to do:

Email the Lead Secretary for the Sacramento Senate Transportation and Housing Committee at Katie.Bonin@sen.ca.gov expressing opposition to SB 827.

Call and email the staff assigned at the office of each Committee member, especially the Chair, Jim Beall, 916-651-4015, and the Vice-Chair, Anthony Cannella, 209-577-6592.

http://citywatchla.com/index.php/los-angeles/15093-sb-827-getting-out-from-under-the-train-or-bus-to-nowhere


Mod: There you go. You've been warned.

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143 comments:

  1. Same old Sacramento lie. If you build a lot of pack/stack housing units around a bus station, people will do away with their cars and take public transportation. What you end up with is a lot more cars in a smaller area.

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    1. Actually, I gave up my car and live in an apt. So far so good.

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    2. You have unique circumstances, 7:27. I've lived in other countries where excellent public transportation made it easy to get around, and have tried to live the same way here. Doesn't work, unless you have hours and hours to add to travel time.

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    3. The state has been pushing this kind of development in the name of bolstering public transportation, and of course bus ridership has cratered.

      Metro’s declining ridership, explained -- Ridership is down nearly 20 percent since 2013
      https://la.curbed.com/2017/8/29/16219230/transit-metro-ridership-down-why

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    4. 7:38- true, it works for me. A shame LA ripped up all its rails to bike the highways that are now clogged and smogged

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    5. 7:44am, I have read that LA Times piece on declining ridership... It confirms that most people prefers to drive in greater LA if they can afford it. It saves them time... Time is a valuable commodity...

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  2. The neighborhood that would qualify for big development in Sierra Madre under these bills would be the area around the corner of Baldwin and Sierra Madre Blvd. The old DSP area. I'm sure Andy Bencosme would be happy to work through a process for making this happen. Maybe that is why they're doing the traffic survey there.

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    1. His Century 21 office is in that area. Who owns the property?

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    2. Bulldozer Andy.

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  3. Weather alert from the National Weather Service. Bring your umbrella today.

    ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ALL OF SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA
    COUNTIES (EXCEPT THE CUYAMA VALLEY) AND RECENT BURN AREAS ACROSS
    SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA...

    .A large and powerful storm system will continue to bring periods
    of moderate to heavy rain along with a slight chance of
    thunderstorms to Southwest California through late tonight or
    early Friday. The most widespread moderate to heavy rain will be
    focused along and ahead of a cold front that will push through the
    region today. Flash flooding and mud and debris flows are
    possible in and around recent burn areas in the watch area. In
    addition, the Flash Flood Watch includes all of San Luis Obispo
    and Santa Barbara Counties except the Cuyama valley, where the
    heaviest rainfall intensities are expected through this morning,
    with rates potentially exceeding 1 inch per hour near thunderstorms.
    Storm total rainfall since Tuesday evening is expected to range
    from 2 to 5 inches across coastal and valley areas, with 4 to 8
    inches across the foothills and coastal slopes.

    https://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=88963f6f7d279278&hl=en&gl=US&source=wweather

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  4. 5:53am. You ment to say Measure V area of Baldwin ave and Sierra Madre ave.
    The Howies Market and Post Office land.
    The subterrian parking lot with potential to build the proposed 68 living and loft spaces that was designed under the old DSP, that area.
    Any of the Council and all of the Planning Commission would agree.
    That would be the Sacramento way of doing business.

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    1. The DSP and Measure V areas are the same.

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    2. Getting rid of howies eyesore and underground parking are ok by me

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    3. Great. One hundred more cars and a stoplight that backs up Baldwin traffic all the way to the 210.

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  5. The true colors of the Democratic Party are emerging through SB 827.
    Any part of that bill set aside for the homeless relocation camps?

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    1. It really is too bad that the Republicans are such a bunch of reprehensible idiots.

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  6. Hey! I may be an idiot but I am not reprehensible. The Dems in Sacramento who run California are reprehensible.

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    1. I'm not sure that is going to do your cause much good.

      BAD NEWS FOR THE GOP: "Democrats lead the generic congressional ballot in the state, 53 percent to 39 percent, the poll shows. Among likely voters in Democratic-held districts, the generic Democrat leads, 58 percent to 32 percent. In GOP-held districts, the Republican edge is smaller, 56 percent to 38 percent.
      http://www.ppic.org/publication/ppic-statewide-survey-californians-and-their-government-march-2018/

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  7. The City of Arcadia already denounced SB 827 on March 6.

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    1. Yes, City of Arcadia passed a Resolution on March 6 to oppose SB 827 and send a letter to Sacramento.
      Resolution No. 7209 A Resolution of the City Council of Arcadia, California, Opposing Senate Bill 827 - Transit Rich Housing Bonus Legislation
      (Page 24)
      https://www.arcadiaca.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=15507

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  8. This isn’t a Democrat v. Republican issue, the entire “Housing Crisis” dialogue is propaganda from Developers. Think about it. Housing costs (rents) are driven completely by demand. The demand is high at the prices we are at now. If there was really no one able to afford current prices, prices would go down. Every piece of legislation proposed to deal with the “Housing Crisis” seems to be a “by right” give away to developers.

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    1. When it comes to developers, the GOP and Dems both have their fists out. SB 827 is the product of corruption. And a man named Weiner.

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    2. I think Weiner may be more of a problem than a run of the mill corrupt greedy guy. He's a true believer.
      Populations increase - where are the people supposed to live?

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    3. Congratulation 7:50am, you have seen the light... Developers are here to make profit for themselves... Developers don't care which political party holds office as long they can buy access to the office holder to further their agenda...

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  9. Lol 6:45am. What's the Dems excuse!

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  10. 7:44am Do you know if Arcadia is a Santuary City?
    How can the City denounce Sacramento?
    Is there a working resolution against SB 827-28?
    I understand that Sierra Madre is working around the edges of these bills, hoping that they will eventually be opposed by the Majoriety of cities as Sacramento tries for complete land control.

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    1. Arcadia is unofficially a sanctuary city for wealthy Asian immigrants. Poor Hispanic immigrants? Not so much.

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    2. Unofficially, so is Sierra Madre.

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    3. Will Harbicht serve cocktails with ICE?

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  11. Congress gives Trump $1.6B for his Border Wall. Trump asked for $25 B. Gov. Brown’s Bullet Train is up to $77B! http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-bullet-train-cost-increase-20180309-story.html

    Sounds like both are a Developer’s dream.

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    1. Well, trump is a developer...

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    2. When it comes to developer money, it's a one party system.

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  12. Very few GOP's left in California, the Dems take all the credit.
    Where are the stats that show middle income families leaving the state for more affordable living and home purchase.
    Along with SB 827 and SB 828, Governor Jerry Brown is increasing taxes and moving ahead with the bullet train to no where. Someone in Sacramento must have a plan.

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    1. The bullet train was voted via proposition by a majority of voters

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    2. Corrupt Nunes more than makes up for the lower number of republicans

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    3. In the past year four of my friend have moved from Ca to Nevada and Arizona.

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  13. 8:04 am. Yes, the City of Arcadia passed a Resolution on March 6 to oppose SB 827 and send a letter to Sacramento.

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  14. I wonder how many Asian voters in Arcadia know that Harbicht and Chandler are Trump supporting Republicans, and won't lift a finger when ICE shows up to deport some of the recent arrivals living there?

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    1. The APOA will be there to lend ICE their handcuffs.

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    2. The City of Arcadia has not declared itself a Sanctuary City and most likely will not.

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    3. Harbicht and Chandler are using Trump’s playbook. Fear-mongering and name calling. Did they hire Cambridge Analytica as their campaign managers?

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    4. They're no friends to immigrants. Just developers.

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  15. 7:27am. Now that the Metro Bike Program has shown to not be a feasible alternative for commuters, you could ask the Sierra Madre City Council to make a bid on some of these bikes and have them relocated in town.
    All cities should do this, have bike friendly traffic calming lanes.

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  16. That's it! Thank you 8:08am. Jerry Brown is rethinking the direction of the bullet train. A border wall express. Makes more sense to increase ridership for those crossing the border looking for Sanctuary status.
    Jerry will then create a new tax for residents living here, to pay for the new program.

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    1. U needa gitout the house more

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  17. 8:22am. I would not create interference, would you?
    As an immigrant that came to the US through sponcership; that took years to obtain and at a credible expense for myself; I expect all immigrants that wish to come here, to do the same.

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  18. 7:57am in case you have your eyes closed as most of the politicians do, a high majoriety of the population in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fransico, etc. live in tents on sidewalks and in the parkways.

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    1. Good. Let's destroy Sierra Madre.

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  19. 8:39am. Only if CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave them permission!

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  20. 8:59am. Why not? The town is just a bank roll for CalPERS retiree's.

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  21. Within a quarter mile radius of the train station in Arcadia developers would be able to build 85 ft buildings under SB 827. No city discretion allowed. That's the height of the B of A bldg on the corner of Santa Anita and Santa Clara.

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    1. You mean like the condo over retail compound that’s under construction now on 1st Ave near Arcadia transient station ?

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  22. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth over something that does not affect Sierra Madre. Unlike the phase claims of 5:53 and 6:27, SB 827 only applies to areas around transit stops. We don’t have any that quality (has to be train or very frequent bus service).

    I would much rather have extra housing near transit in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Arcadia than in our neighborhoods and hillsides.

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    1. Are you interested in buying a bridge. We have a bus stop. Sacramento makes the call, not you Boo Boo.

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    2. Unlike 9:49 and the other fear mongers, I’ve read the bill. Does not affect Sierra Madre. 9:31 is correct that it certainly would impact Arcadia.

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    3. Of course you did.

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    4. I guess now that we live in the Trump era some have just given up on facts. The bill only applies to “transit-rich housing projects” as defined in the bill as such:

      “Transit-rich housing project” means a residential development project the parcels of which are all within a one-half mile radius of a major transit stop or a one-quarter mile radius of a stop on a high-quality transit corridor.

      Sierra Madre has no major transit stops nor high-quality transit corridors (which are also defined terms, not just whatever you want them to mean). So the bill does not change housing regulations in Sierra Madre at all.

      Feel free to read the full text of the bill here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB827

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    5. You are naive. Sacramento will call the shots. You are willing to bet the future of Sierra Madre on what you read in one of their documents?

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    6. 10:55, the text determines the law, and adherence to the text is what wins or loses the lawsuits.

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    7. This isn't a finished bill yet, 10:58. Stick your neck out much?

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    8. Finished, not finished, doesn't change the fact that text determines everything.

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    9. 11:07 is correct, it's not a finished bill. 10:58 is accurate as to how the bill is currently written. Have to wait and see how it ends up.

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    10. The current text is the sales pitch. The poison will be baked into the final version.

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    11. Uh oh, rhetorical ‘much?’ guy is in a pouty mood today.

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    12. Always nice to entertain a development hack. Now go sell some houses.

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  23. Let's do that in Sierra Madre! We could call it Andyville!

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    1. SB 827 doesn’t affect Sierra Madre. You’ll have to relocate Andyville to Arcadia.

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    2. Oh, let's laugh loud and long. The Andy person says we're safe from development. Yo ho ho ho!

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  24. Section 301:Technology/Intellectual Property Theft.
    Tariffs and Policy restrictions placed on China today.
    President Trump has signed a Memo targeting China over Steel, Aluminum and Intellectual Property Theft.
    Tariffs and Stocks are re adjusting.
    In addition the 1.3 Trillion dollar spending Bill has enough votes in the House to pass.

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    1. You mean soon to be former Pr*sident Dennison.

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    2. Trolls just got trumped again.

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  25. What planet u from. If course SB 827 AFFECTS Sierra Madre. The Planning Commision has addressed this Bill ahead of it being passed in Sacramento.
    Sierra Madre Planning Commissioner's are once again ahead of Sacramento's insanity.

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    1. Wrong. The Planning Commission addressed SB 35. SB 827 is a different bill, and it hasn’t been passed yet.

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    2. It will affect Sierra Madre, correct? Sacramento can say whatever they want.

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    3. As it’s currently written, SB 827 does not affect Sierra Madre. But it hasn’t passed nor been signed into law yet. It could be amended further, or it could be voted down or vetoed. We have to stay tuned on this one.

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  26. If Benscosme is elected Sierra Madre will be Andy Capped.

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  27. Pr*sident Dennison’s lead lawyer resigned from legal team.

    Smart move. Probably doesn’t want to be suspended or disbarred for presenting a defense built on perjury, obstruction, and fabricated lies about the integrity of Mueller’s investigation.

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  28. Sierra Madre is broke, only remains afloat from the deep pockets being turned inside out by the Council; doesn't really matter who is elected.

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  29. Glad to see you are still at it. So am I. Dan died.

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    1. We have gotten to that point in our lives, my friend. Sad news about Dan.

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  30. This is in reply to an early posting, i was told from THAT woman who lost the Presidential election, that we are all DEPLORABLE!
    Thanks poster 6:45am.

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    1. She never said that. She said that some of Trump's followers were deplorable. However, specificity in language use can be inconvenient for expressing self-serving delusions.

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    2. Time to change your confederate-flag diaper

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  31. Ignoramus, Council Dowd gave his resignation letter to President Trump because the President wants to testify.
    The witch hunt or spiders web that Muller is continuing on with only benefits Muller's bank account.
    The probe has shown that there is NO collusion, and Muller is operating outside the scope of the investigation.

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    1. Trump is a traitor. Lock him up.

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    2. What’s wrong with a witch hunt? How else can you catch a witch?

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    3. Good point. Lord knows Trump's swamp is full of them.

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    4. Four other high ranking lawyers turned trump down.

      It’s a sinking ship. And you’re still the fool sleeping in steerage

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    5. No collusion, that’s right… Except five of his cabinet members have been indicted for lying

      You poor sap

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    6. 12:09 has to root for "his side."

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  32. 12:42pm. Right on!
    You are talking about Hillary insisting that she had more votes, right?

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  33. New issue of the Arcadia Weekly is interesting. Graphically appealing.

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    1. Yes. I Have seen the printed edition of the front page article "Arcadia Election Mailer Pokes Fun at Opposition..." But this same article is not posted an Online Version on the Arcadia Weekly's website that will give it wider readership for Arcadians... Anyone know why the Editor of the paper chooses not to post an online version...

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    2. Patience. Takes a minute for those things to upload. Not a conspiracy.

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    3. It is on the Arcadia Weekly site. I just looked at it.

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  34. Aww, we need more rain. Hope this isn't the end of the rainy season.

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  35. Here's an interesting read:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43497017:
    "The government in South Korea's capital is introducing a new initiative to force its employees to leave work on time - by powering down all their computers at 20:00 on Fridays". "Government employees there work an average of 2,739 hours a year". (Comparison: For full-time non-exempt salary employees, the US metrics use 2,080 hours a year that include productive and non-productive time, such as vacation and sick leave.)

    We won't complaint about government fat pensions and substandard services if only the US has such dedicated government employees working for the US Federal, State, and Local governments.

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    1. Based on your writing ability, you’re clearly not qualified for most government jobs 2:18.

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    2. Uh oh. Grammar Lady.

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    3. 2:36pm - This is your biggest complaint about the 2:18 post is grammar issues. Look at the big picture; we are talking about government waste and inefficiency

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    4. Most likely, 2:36pm is a government employee slacker stealing money on taxpayers’ dime. He/she should be working instead of trolling online on social platform in the office.

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    5. 3:01 You think there’s a lot of government inefficiency and waste, but you appear to believe someone with 2:18’s writing and therefore thinking ability should be eligible for a government job? You do understand, don’t you, that you are thus advocating greater inefficiency and waste.

      3:29. If you believe that, then determine my name and say that publicly about me by name. Got any assets? I assure you won’t after doing so!

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    6. 3:29 seems to think government workers should not have breaks or lunch hours or be able to take a call or send a text at work. 3:29 might want to take a look at Amendment 13.

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    7. 6:04pm Chill out... You are taking the online social platform posts way too seriously... Obviously these are sarcastic statments... Duhh...

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    8. Yeah, ready a little man

      U too stressed

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    9. 6:22pm, I guess you have never encountered a slacker. 2:18's post is about government employee good work ethics.

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    10. 6:24/6:51. I guess you missed the (exclamation) point. Allow me to repeat: ! ;)

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    11. Maybe the writer chooses not to put an exclamation point... Have you ever thought about that... Oh, I didn't put a question mark at the end of the last sentence either...

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    12. I’m the writer and did use an exclamation point so to you I write ????

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  36. Naw, 2:36pm is more of the Civil Service type! Remaining in the shadows of government employment while putting square pegs into round holes, then double billing.

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    1. Didn’t know that public employees (i.e. people paid set salaries) can double-bill. Do you have any idea how the world works?

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    2. Double-bill meaning: Work 4 hours and pretend to work or goofing off another 4 hours in an 8-hour workday. Capiche?

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    3. That’s not what double billing means, fool.

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    4. 7:56pm:
      Hey sweetheart, the 7:26 is a metaphorical response to the "how the world works remark". Now go look up the definition of metaphorical.

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    5. Metaphorical? No, just a misplaced, incorrect analogy, Buttercup.

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    6. Zzzzzzzzzz...

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    7. Metamucical.

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    8. Hey boys and girls, Why Egomaniacs Have to Have The Last Word?

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    9. Ha! Ha! Love it.

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    10. My ego loves it even more!

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  37. Hey there! I know this is sort of off-topic however I needed to ask.
    Does managing a well-established blog like yours take
    a massive amount work? I'm completely new to operating a blog but I do write in my diary every day.
    I'd like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers.
    Appreciate it!

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    1. God’s light shines down upon you

      Everlastingly

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  38. Ambassador John Bolton will replace General McMaster as National Security Advisor to the White House.

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    1. We're now one step closer to the apocalypse.

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    2. Trump also lost his lawyer and announced tariffs that plunged the Dow down 700+ points.

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    3. Trumptacular! Impeachment can’t come too soon.

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    4. Bolton appointed because no one else would take the job

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  39. 3:09 pm. Forget your Diary, delve into the the abiss of your rem sleep after a night of binging on flaming hot Cheetos and Monster drinks, then pen a katcy blog moniker and tweet.

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    1. Can we say WTF? on this blog?

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    2. I guess so. WTF? 4:08.

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    3. Stop body shaming WTF (aka way too fat) people

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  40. Not thinking body shaming 5:23pm. More like a coronary ticking time bomb.
    Extra sodium and intense caffeine,WTF×2. aka-skinny people matter.

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  41. My cat’s breath smells like cat food!

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    1. Today’s Tattler comment thread really went off the rails. Bit of Sacramento knows better than the locals, some local development/political squabbles, add Trump craziness and throw in a topping of just plain lunacy. It had it all. Look forward to tomorrow.

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    2. Get Arizmendi to talk to Holden. She boasts his support on her Facebook.

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  42. Has any one ever visited Hong Kong? Well it looks like California is headed in that direction with these crazy new Bills demanding compliance, this is not going to fly with the voting public!

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  43. Developers are adding secondary dwellings on SM properties because of this law. Get ready for multiple families living and packed onto our old R1 neighborhoods.

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