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Morro Bay Library Remodel

Morro Bay Library's remodel project is "on schedule and on budget" says Shana Reiss, architect for the Morro Bay Friends of the Library.

The building closed June 21st and construction began during the first week of July, after books and furniture were moved to temporary storage.

First phase of the work was demolition of interior walls. "This is where you find unpleasant surprises if there are any," according to Ms Reiss. Surprises were few and manageable. Basic plumbing and electrical modifications have been made and rough framing of interior walls is under way. Read More

Marine Sanctuaries

by Carol Georgi and Karl Kempton

A report released September 2014 provides potential economic benefits for the California Central Coast, particularly San Luis Obispo County, if a National Marine Sanctuary were designated along the coast. The Executive Summary of the report states, "Our results show that overall, the proposed Central Coast National Marine Sanctuary could add, at minimum 23 million dollars per year to the local economy and create almost 600 new jobs."

In an October 7, 2014 press release from the Sierra Club California gives an overview of the economic report in their press release. Michael Thornton, an organizer with Sierra Club California said, "San Luis Obispo has long been identified as a prime candidate for sanctuary designation. It sits nestled between the Channel Islands and Monterey Bay sanctuaries. Including this coastal region in the sanctuary system would provide an important connected stretch of coastline essential to the wellbeing of a wide variety of aquatic mammals, birds and other sea life. Read More

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Diablo Nuclear Plant on the Ropes

by Jack McCurdy

Jack McCurdy
The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant is under pressure as never before to shut down unless the plant can show it can withstand an earthquake located in the midst of fault cracks running through the ocean floor surrounding the plant.

And a new threat to continued operation is the call for the plant to stop using ocean water to cool its generators and kill many fish in the process. Ceasing such water use would entail its replacement with a cooling system that recycles a limited amount of non-ocean water. But that would require the costly construction of a new cooling system that PG&E is unlikely to take on, considering the age of the plant and the hurdles it faces in continuing operation.

The plant now employs what is known as a "Once Through Cooling" system. It is said to take in about 2.5 billion gallons of ocean water a day, which kills an estimated 1.5 billion fish larvae a year in that water. It discharges water that is 20 degrees warmer, which creates an artificial ocean environment that damages kelp, algae, and fish. Read More

Water Reclamation Facility On Uncertain Path

by Jack McCurdy

The City of Morro Bay is currently on a parallel path of evaluating and ranking the Rancho Colina site a few miles up Highway 41 against a possible regional facility at the California Men's Colony (CMC) as a site for the city's new water reclamation facility (WRF), arguably the most significant development in city history, all the more in this time of mounting water shortage.

The City Council previously identified Rancho Colina as its favorite site, just north of the highway, but wants to look at all angles before making a final decision, Morro Bay public services director Rob Livick has said. Read More

Vote Yes on J-14 and D on Tuesday

by Jack McCurdy

It’s not the time that most people vote, but it’s the time that your vote is needed badly.
One of the measures on the ballot in Morro Bay Tuesday is Measure J-14, which will streamline voting and get rid of wasteful candidates on the ballot, which has wasted the efforts of candidates by making them run in a June primary and then, if they survive the primary, run again in the November general election.

Why have to run twice? It doesn’t make sense. No other city uses primaries in San Luis Obispo County.

It only makes sense to those who want to discourage candidates from running because with a primary facing them (in addition to a November general election), the prospect of having to spend more money and spend more time running looms very large. And serves to discourage many from becoming candidates. It’s not cheap and not easy.

But it can be done.

Jamie Irons, Christine Johnson and Noah Smukler did it in June, 2012, and Irons again this year. All of them defied the odds and won election to the Morro Bay City Council in the primary, without having to run again in the subsequent November elections. It was only the first time in city history that primary candidates had won outright.

But by winning in the primaries, they had to sit and wait for six months until they were seated in December. And the old Council got to make potentially important decisions that the newly-elected members should have rightfully had control over. The voters had spoken but were not heard.
Cost is a factor, too. Candidates have to spend more with primaries and general elections, and so does the city by having to put on two elections.

In the Voter Information Guide’s argument in favor of Measure J-14, it is supported by Morro Bay mayor Jamie Irons, Council member Christine Johnson, business owner Jack Smith and community volunteers Marlys McPherson and Amy Burton.

The argument against J-14 claims that Morro Bay has a huge turnout of voters with its primary and general elections. Opponents of the anti-Measure J-14 measure are Council member Nancy Johnson, Council member George Leage, Morro Bay citizen Grace E. Poletti, Morro Bay citizen William H. Olsen and Morro Bay citizen James R. Hayes.

Support for Measure J-14 is recommended. A yes for on Measure D, which would provide urgently-needed funding for renovation of schools and create more learning opportunities for students in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District with a $177 bond issue, is also encouraged.

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