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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.
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.
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Diablo Nuclear Plant on the Ropes
by 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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