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Oil projects will pay off

As three area oil companies prepare to submit plans to upgrade oil production in the East Cat Canyon oilfield, a chorus of familiar voices has appeared in local media with dire predictions of future disasters should those projects gain approval.

One writer, a principal architect of the failed Measure P anti-oil campaign, wrote to warn of impending impacts on water, air and roads. Another consistent supporter of nuclear power wrote to warn of climate change and recommended a “switch to a strong, carbon-free energy source.” One chose to disparage the generous support of many local nonprofits by the petroleum industry as somehow tainted.

Perhaps the writers have forgotten those same arguments were promoted to county voters in 2014 and were overwhelmingly rejected.

Oil production has been conducted in this area for well over 100 years. The disasters predicted by naysayers have not materialized, even considering the fact older production methods were not nearly as sophisticated as those used today.

California’s economy consumes over 50 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel each day. California production satisfies about one-third of the state’s petroleum needs, with the remaining two-thirds most often coming from crude oil delivered by oceangoing  tankers from Alaska or distant countries. In 2017, California also received 1.8 million barrels of Canadian crude, mostly via train.

Every barrel of oil produced by proposed projects will reduce the need for foreign payments as well as reducing the need for oil tanker and train traffic.

The choice is clear — approve these valuable projects that will use safe production methods to support our local economy, and will produce tax revenue for our cash-strapped county. The alternative is to lose well-paying jobs, continue to support questionable foreign governments, and contribute to increased  tanker and train traffic.

Roy Reed

Santa Maria

Standing up for Schaeffer

Betsy Schaeffer is the best and only qualified choice for county Auditor/Controller.

The job requirements are spelled out in the California Government Code and have been adopted by the Board of Supervisors. These qualifications are intended to be sure the person elected to the position is qualified to be the chief accounting and audit executive for the county. The job requirements are to be a certified public accountant, have a degree in accounting or be the assistant Auditor/Controller.

Only the current assistant Auditor-Controller, Betsy Schaffer, meets the majority of these qualifications. It is important the voter understand that holding a CPA license trains an individual to be independent, objective and ethical in carrying out the duties of the office. While Ms. Schaffer is also a Certified Public Finance Officer this credential is not a requirement and relates to budget and finance activities. Betsy’s CPA license includes the attestation certification, which means she can perform and lead audits, and she has met the experience requirement and passed the ethics examination required of this rigorous discipline. Betsy is the only candidate who can say she meets the above requirements.

A billion-dollar organization should have a CPA as its chief accounting and executive.

On June 5 vote Betsy Schaffer, CPA, for Auditor/Controller. The most qualified.

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Theo Fallati

Santa Barbara County Auditor/Controller

Families need togetherness

Separating families isn't right. In fact, it's wrong.

President Trump obviously doesn't know anything and thinks he's perfect. Stop trying to separate people. How would he like it if somebody tried to separate his family?

Trump really needs to walk a mile in our shoes, see how he likes it.

Laura Winter

Santa Maria