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The Brett & Ernie Show

Ernie Dalidio will be on Hometown Radio Tuesday at 5:05 to discuss Measure J and already the emails loaded with questions are filtering in. Typical is this one from Brett who believes that the Dalidio family is accountable to him personally. There are the questions Brett wants me to ask. Any comments?

1. He keeps saying “he” can’t farm the property anymore. Now does that mean
the property can’t be farmed anymore or he can’t farm it?. The fact the
property has been farmed continuously up until 6 months ago or so when Mr.
Dalidio decided to no longer lease the property to be farmed because having
acres and acres of weeds would be more helpful to his desire to build a huge
shopping center than a having row crops being tended to seems to nullify
that argument.

2. Mr. Dalidio in a recent mailer to citizens (07 Oct 2006), implies that
the Dalidio Ranch project has been thoroughly reviewed and
scrutinized and that it will not bypass the normal planning process. This
position is inconsistent with the fact that the proposed Dalidio Ranch
project has NEVER had environmental review, and will not have any such
review under this initiative since initiatives of
this sort are exempt from CEQA. In addition, the public is excluded from
the normal review process since this project would have automatic
ministerial approval without any public hearings before Planning Commission
or Board of Supervisors— which are required in the normal project review process.

3. The Prado Rd. overpass is now estimated to cost around $40- $45 million.
The first estimates were low $10 million- $12 million high and then reached
$22 million when the City Council approved the project and financial
agreements. Mr. Dalidio is proposing $4 million of hard cash and 12 acres of
property for his share of the overpass improvements. Who is going to cough
up the other $40 million?.

4. How is the project going to provide on site water for fire and drinking
water for the commercial users. How much water is need to meet State fire
requirements. How is the project going to treat the potable drinking supply
given the contamination that the City had to treat when it used the water
from the property and how will it be stored.

5. The project is in a flood plain. How is the developer proposing to build
up the site in order to get the building above flood stage, especially the
onsite sewage treatment facility. How many truck loads of fill material is
he proposing to truck in.

6. Isn’t it true the sports fields are detention basins for the runoff of
the hard surfaces- parking lots, building, etc. Given the soil in that area
doesn’t drain well, will the sports fields actually be usable. Is there any
concern over contaminates flowing onto an area that is used by children.

7. How many trees are being proposed to be cut down in order to develop the
198,000 sq. ft. business park. Aren’t those trees used by Heron’s and
other bird species for roosting. Aren’t those trees also used by raptors and
Turkey vultures.

8. How many acres are being used for parking?.

9. Has the developer received any indication from the Regional Water Quality
Control Board that they would even consider issuing a wastewater discharge
permit?

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  1. Pismo Pete
    October 10, 2006 at 7:03 am

    Dave,

    I live in Pismo. Been there for 15 years. Let me tell you something — I CAN’T WAIT TO VOTE FOR MEASURE J! I don’t know Mr. Dalidio. I have no contacts to his family, but that poor guy is getting reamed by SLO growthers and I’m tired of their two-faced lies.

    Folks in SLO town always think they’re better. They always think they’re the nly ones who care about the environment and zero growth. Well, they’ve got growth coming their way BIG TIME and I for one will laugh and laugh and laugh at the elite of SLO town, stuck in traffic on LOVR as I cruise home.

    Ah, what sweet revenge. Go, Dalidio, Go!

  2. Bob from San Luis
    October 10, 2006 at 7:26 am

    Dave: The Pismo Petes of San Luis Obispo County not withstanding, I think Brett’s questions are valid and the points should be addressed before the election and your show would seem to be the place that a majority of SLO county residents could hear the questions as well as Mr. Dalido’s answers. I for one don’t think that the retail part of the plan is a threat to downtown and I didn’t vote against the project when it was before the voters before because of any other reason than I thought that the deal was too generous to Mr. Dalido with the sales tax “rebate” going back to the developer. When I voted last time I did for in favor of the city annexing the property because I thought that the Board of Supervisors would have given a green light to the project without enough of the concerns addressed. My opposition to Measure J has nothing to do with any feelings about Ernie Dalido or his family or the property; my two main concerns are the lack of oversight of this particular project along with the lack of sufficient funding for traffic mitigation and the impact of future developments in the county being approved by a county wide vote over the objections of those who live near to any future proposal that also will not have to face EIRs, traffic studies, water, sewer or any other planning considerations.
    Many supporters of Mr. Dalido have suggested that those who oppose any development of this property group together and buy the land; if memory serves me correctly, Mr. Dalido has steadfastly refused to even consider selling to anyone, for any price. I do find it revealing of the motivation of Pismo Pete as to why he is itching to vote yes on measure J; his dislike or even hate for the residents of San Luis Obispo is certainly evident.

  3. Brett
    October 10, 2006 at 2:19 pm

    Dave, how did you come to the conclusion that I believe the Dalidio family is accountable to me personally anyway?.

    He is proposing building a huge project that will have significant impacts on the city of San Luis Obispo.

    I certainly believe the voters should have as much information as possible to make an informed decision. Don’t you?.

    Dave, you’ve been wholeheartedly supporting this project from the get go yet you seem not to want to know the ugly details.

    Like I said in a prior email you now have the “right” to vote yes on a project that will not effect you but do you have the moral “right” to decide on a project that the voters of San Luis Obispo said no to?.

  4. Brett
    October 10, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Oh, for your blog readers here is the complete email.

    Now I’m certainly not expecting much of an unbiased first segment from
    yourself with Mr. Dalidio given your unbridled enthusiasm for a Target and
    your notion that the City should be the County’s retail hub- be damn with
    the residents desires. However maybe it would be refreshing if you would at
    least ask Mr. Dalidio a few probing questions in between what I’m foreseeing
    as “poor old Ernie” visitations. By the way Mr. Dalidio inherited 161 acres
    more than I’m going to. This measure isn’t about Ernie it’s about a very,
    very large retail/commercial project.

    So here a couple of questions you might want to pose to him in between his
    beliefs he was wronged by the “crazies” and he’s just a poor old farmer who
    can’t farm anymore.

    1. He keeps saying “he” can’t farm the property anymore. Now does that mean
    the property can’t be farmed anymore or he can’t farm it?. The fact the
    property has been farmed continuously up until 6 months ago or so when Mr.
    Dalidio decided to no longer lease the property to be farmed because having
    acres and acres of weeds would be more helpful to his desire to build a huge
    shopping center than a having row crops being tended to seems to nullify
    that argument.

    His statement that he can’t farm the property anymore certainly isn’t
    consistent the assessment of the County Agricultural Commissioner, who
    stated to the Lenthall Committee (early 2006) that the Dalidio farm site
    remains viable for continued large-scale agriculture as has been
    traditionally done at this site. Mr. Dalidio sent out a mailer that the
    small organic farm proposed in the Dalidio Ranch site plan is “the maximum
    amount of farming that is still practical on the site.” He must have meant
    that was all that was leftover after the commercial areas were built out.

    It would be more honest for him to say he wants to cash in. You’ll notice he
    valued the property that is included in the Prado Rd overpass at $333,333
    per acre that’s a bit higher than the agricultural value I’d say.

    2. Mr. Dalidio in a recent mailer to citizens (07 Oct 2006), implies that
    the Dalidio Ranch project has been thoroughly reviewed and
    scrutinized and that it will not bypass the normal planning process. This
    position is inconsistent with the fact that the proposed Dalidio Ranch
    project has NEVER had environmental review, and will not have any such
    review under this initiative since initiatives of
    this sort are exempt from CEQA. In addition, the public is excluded from
    the normal review process since this project would have automatic
    ministerial approval without any public hearings before Planning Commission
    or Board of Supervisors— which are
    required in the normal project review process.

    3. The Prado Rd. overpass is now estimated to cost around $40- $45 million.
    The first estimates were low $10 million- $12 million high and then reached
    $22 million when the City Council approved the project and financial
    agreements. Mr. Dalidio is proposing $4 million of hard cash and 12 acres of
    property for his share of the overpass improvements. Who is going to cough
    up the other $40 million?.

    The project produces at least 30,000 trips per day in and out of the
    development- using Mr. Dalidio’s traffic consultant analysis, which has a
    huge pass by allowance in calculating new trips- about 20,000 per day.
    Eugene Jud using updated Institute of Traffic Engineers figures calculates
    40,000 trips per day and more reasonable pass by percentages. How in the
    world can this project function without the overpass and road improvements
    in the surrounding area that the developer isn’t proposing funding to
    mitigate.

    4. How is the project going to provide on site water for fire and drinking
    water for the commercial users. How much water is need to meet State fire
    requirements. How is the project going to treat the potable drinking supply
    given the contamination that the City had to treat when it used the water
    from the property and how will it be stored.

    5. The project is in a flood plain. How is the developer proposing to build
    up the site in order to get the building above flood stage, especially the
    onsite sewage treatment facility. How many truck loads of fill material is
    he proposing to truck in.

    6. Isn’t it true the sports fields are detention basins for the runoff of
    the hard surfaces- parking lots, building, etc. Given the soil in that area
    doesn’t drain well, will the sports fields actually be usable. Is there any
    concern over contaminates flowing onto an area that is used by children.

    7. How many trees are being proposed to be cut down in order to develop the
    198,000 sq. ft. business park. Aren’t those trees used by Heron’s and
    other bird species for roosting. Aren’t those trees also used by raptors and
    Turkey vultures.

    8. How many acres are being used for parking?.

    9. Has the developer received any indication from the Regional Water Quality
    Control Board that they would even consider issuing a wastewater discharge
    permit?

    That should get you going for a bit tomorrow.

    Thanks,

    Brett

  5. JerryDinAZ
    October 10, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    BRENT IS A CERTIFIABLE WACK-A-LOON! HE’S BEEN DRINKING THE SAME KOOL-AID AS CHRISTINE (TRUST FUND BABY) MOLHOLLAND!
    ERNIS IS A ROCK SOLID STAND UP GUY THAT CARES ABOUT THE COUNTY AND THE SITY OF SLO.
    IF THE NO GROWTH TAX SUPPORTED TROUGH FEEDERS DIDN’T WANT THAT PROPERTY DEVELOPED THAY HAD PLENTY OF CHANCES TO AMMEND THE COUNTIES GENERAL PLAN.
    GO ERNIE! IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME! THE RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY/CITY WILL OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THE PROJECT…AND THE ENVIRONAZIS KNOW THAT!
    I SUPPORTED HOME DEPOT AND WE HAVE ONE…I SUPPORTED COSTCO AND WE HAVE ONE, AND I SUPPORT ERNIE DALIDIO, AND HIS PROJECT WILL BE THERE AS WELL.
    SLO VOTERS ARE SMARTER THAN TO BUY THE CRAP THAT CHRSITINE’S PUPPET BRENT IS SPEWING OUT!

  6. Anonymous
    October 10, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    I am new to the area and have been following Measure J with some interest. I have a legal background and on examining the document I have came to the conclusion that it is very loosely written in favor of the developer. In effect it allows the developer to either build or not build almost anything. It mentions soccer fields, butterfly sanctuaries, and a farmers market but does not require them to be built. The illustration of the shopping center shows what might be built but does not require that plan to be implimented. In fact almost any type of center can be built under measure J with what ever tennant mix, architecture, or design the developer decides to build. What ever is built and what ever the impacts on traffic or the environment the developer will be limited to only the amount of mitigation outlined in the document.

    In my experience the party that receives the entitlements is not the entity that builds the center. After reading the profile of the Developer/farmer in the local paper I think it is unlikely that he has the experience or ability to build a shopping center of this complexity. When this center is built the present owner of the property will probably have no ownership or influence over what is eventially built.

    All of the attention given to the owner/farmer in the campaign brochures and discussions is a red herring diverting attention away from the document and the reality of what the Measure would allow. Measure J should be defeated and sent back to the county planners so what you think you are getting is what you actually get.

  7. bill c
    October 10, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    Thank god for lawyers

  8. Brett
    October 10, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    Gerry why would you have to amend the County’s General Plan the property is already zoned Agriculture.

    Gerry you’re crossing the line. Azhole

  9. Tom Madson
    October 10, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    How about their private dining area?

  10. Anonymous
    October 10, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    As a legal professional, I have to say that I am a seasoned citizen of the area.

    I have had, however, a chance to view and study the document filed by Mr. Dalidio. Based upon my extensive experience I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Dalidio is in no way properly able to build a shopping center anywhere near as complex as he wants to. Mr. Dalidio, while some may say is very nice, is not well prepared to do much of anything.

    As a side note, I feel that the car dealerships that have been proposed at the end of the Dalidio property are very well suited to the area My associate, Mr. Gearhart, is well prepared to make a beautiful and reasonable development for the great public good of selling more vehicles. Another feather in Mr. G’s cap is that he gave our group over $20,000 and has been good at “sharing the wealth” if you know what I mean in Atascadero for some time now. Mr. Dalidio should take note. Heck, with a little cash, even Christine M. would vote for a nice project.

  11. mikey ray
    October 10, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    Jerry Dagna (JERRYDINAZ) is like the old blind dog who lays in the corner and farts. He doesnt contribute a damn thing and just lets out obnoxious emmisions every once in a while. You can try to ignore him, but I really think someone needs to put that stinky dog DOWN!

  12. Bob from San Luis
    October 10, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    To the second anonymous: Nice job of pretending to be the same anonymous as the first, but you went a little to far in your reaching out at trying to link any money Gearhart put forth. While I don’t necessarily care for the development of the new auto dealerships at that location, the fact is that particular piece of property was not zoned for agriculture use as Mr. Dalido’s land is currently. The building of the auto dealerships is consistent with the zoning for the property. Any attempts at trying to find someone guilty-by-association is not accurate concerning the Gearhart development. NIce try.

  13. stewart in cayucos
    October 10, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    The old dog Jerryd is more like a turd that you try to flush.He swirls around and then pops back up, a little worse for wear, but still smelly.

  14. JerryDinAZ
    October 11, 2006 at 12:22 am

    LET’S MAKE IT INTERSTING? $100 BUCKS SAYS THE DALDIO PROJECT PASSES? ANY OF YOU TAX TROUGH FEEDERS WNNAT SOME OF THAT ACTION?

    ONE THING WE KNOW FOR SURE…WHEN THEY START CALLING YOU NAMES YOU KNOW YOU HAVE EM DEAD TO RIGHTS!

    GO ERNIE! GO SLO COUNTY! LET THE CITY DIE A SLO AND PAINFUL DEATH

  15. JerryDinAZ
    October 11, 2006 at 1:23 am

    STEWART? IS YOUR PLUMBING THAT BAD UP IN OLD CAYUCOS? YOU MAY WANT TO CALL A PLUMMER RATHER THAN LOOK AT THAT PUPPY, LET ALONE SMELL IT…

    AS FOR BRENT’S COMMENT…THE 1990 AND AMMENDED 1994 COUNTY GENERAL PLAN CALLS FOR THAT PROPERTY TO DEVELOPED INTO RETAIL SPACE.
    I KNOW YOU DON’T LIKE THAT, BUT IT IS THE TRUTH. I KNOW! I WAS ON THE COMMITTEE BOTH TIMES.
    NICE TRY MR BRENT MULHOLLAND

  16. Anonymous
    October 11, 2006 at 1:51 am

    My point with the second anon. post was to point out how foolish the first one is in the first place. Do you think that 20k from Gearhart is not important? Gearheart is just a short fat loser. Gearhart does not pay his bills on time and has actually said that he is big enough to not have to pay on time. Read my blogs, Gearhart does not want the Prado overpass because it will mean less traffic going by his loser development.

    I am about tired of all these out of towners, that are the reason that the traffic is so bad, telling the previous residents that have worked hard and paid taxes what they should or should not do with their paid for land. I think it is a disgrace.

    I vote for taking the Arbors away from the residents, Laguna Lake, and all the homes away from the foothill area, and burning them down. Go in with tractors, and make a nice town again. Also, you can kick out the crummy stores downtown like GAP, Lineas, Cafe, Big Crap Cafe, AF, and Victorias out, and bring back hometown businesses.

    GO HOME LA ITES! STAY HOME BAYERS!

  17. Kim Jong from Pyongyang
    October 11, 2006 at 1:51 am

    LET THE CITY DIE A SLO AND PAINFUL DEATH. JERRYDINAZ 10/10/06 5:22 PM. i can’t say it any better

  18. Tom Madson
    October 11, 2006 at 1:53 am

    Have you tried the private dining area?

  19. some slo f**ker
    October 11, 2006 at 2:08 am

    Those ice caps aren’t melting fast enough. I’d give me great pleasure to see Pismo Beach, including all of it’s moronic “pismo petes,” under about 30 feet of Pacific Ocean.

  20. Brett
    October 11, 2006 at 3:54 am

    “THE 1990 AND AMMENDED 1994 COUNTY GENERAL PLAN CALLS FOR THAT PROPERTY TO DEVELOPED INTO RETAIL SPACE.”

    Uh….Gerry why is the property zoned Argriculture in the County’s General Plan then?.

    I think the Arizona heat has baked your brain. Or maybe it is that brain tumor.

  21. Pismo Pete
    October 11, 2006 at 4:06 am

    Great show tonight with Ernie, Dave. Thank you for being there and letting TRUTH come out!! Why does Mr. Dalidio get punished while Gearhart and those other slimeballs get a free ride??????

    VOTE FOR MEASURE J!

  22. Tom Madsen
    October 11, 2006 at 4:55 am

    What about their private dining area Dave?

  23. Brett
    October 11, 2006 at 6:38 am

    -Pismo Pete said…
    Great show tonight with Ernie, Dave. Thank you for being there and letting TRUTH come out!!-

    Exactly what TRUTHS are you talking about?.

    Measure J isn’t about Ernie Dalidio. Measure J is about a huge commercial project that avoids the public review process, doesn’t provide any solutions to the impacts the development creates and eliminates local control.

    Would you like it if San Luis Obispo city residents voted on projects in Pismo?. No, I didn’t think so. So tell me why it is ok for residents who don’t live in SLO to make decisions for us?.

    Nobody is punishing Ernie. Nobody has “taken” away his property rights either.

  24. Tom Madson
    October 11, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    For the heavens sake, PLEASE, WHAT ABOUT THE PRIVATE DINING AREA?!

  25. JerryDinAZ
    October 11, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    BRENT,
    THE GOOD FOLKS OF PISMO GET TO VOTE ON WHAT HAPPENS WITH DALIDIO PROJECT BECAUSE IT IS IN THE COUNTY. IF SLO AND IT’S LEFT LEANING TAX FEEDERS DON’T WANT TO BUCK UP AND ANNEX PROPERTY ON THE EDGE OF THE CITY THEN SO BE IT.
    RELAX PAL! COSTCO IS IN…HOME DEPOT IS IN…DOWNTOWN IS GETTING LIFE SUPPORT FROM NATIONAL CHAINS THAT ARE WILLING TO PAY THE HIGH RENT TO DO BUSINESS IN A MUSEUM OF A SMALL TOWN’S CUTE DOWNTOWN.
    YOU WILL LOSE! YOU HAVE LOST, AND IF YOU KEEP UP THIS CURRENT STRATEGY YOU WILL LOSE IN THE FUTURE. SO BE IT. I STILL HAVEN’T HAD ANY TAKERS ON MY $100 BET THAT DALIDIO PASSES…ANY TAKERS? LOL! AS I THOUGHT! SELFISH WIND BAGS!

  26. Brett
    October 12, 2006 at 4:06 am

    Hey gerry, I’ll bet you $100 that this project doesn’t get built without City water and sewer services. You know why?. Because it can’t. The developers have to have the project annexed into the City to make it work and they know it. The whole initiative process is an attempt at avoiding CEQA and to gain leverage on the City. Whether or not the project will be subject to CEQA if the City tries to annex the property will be an interesting question.

  27. JerryDinAZ
    October 12, 2006 at 4:41 am

    YOU GOT YOURSELF A BET BRENT…BUT I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR EXCUSE WHEN IT COMES TIME TO PONY UP…SO WHY DONT YOU PICK A FAVORITE CHARITY AND I WILL TOO…LET’S GIVE YOUR MONEY TO A WORTHY CAUSE, CUZ DALIDIO IS GOING TO BE BUILT. YOU KNOW AND YOU HATE IT!

  28. Mark Rietti
    October 19, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    MEASURE J: JUST ANOTHER ELEPHANT DEVELOPMENT!

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