In the future, human-driven cars may be illegal

According to the US Department of transportation, more than 30,000 Americans die every year in traffic collisions. If we knew that self-driving cars could reduce that rate by say 90-percent, would that make it worth it to give up our “right to drive”? Food for thought: MASHABLE – The days of humans driving their own …

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Planning commission approves large motor home garage

planning commission approves building

At my second planning commission tonight, March 24, 2015, the commission voted unanimously to approve a conditional use permit to allow a homeowner to build a large garage for his motor home. The permit was required because his proposed garage is 2,000 square-feet, which is bigger than 50-percent of his home’s square-feet. He also plans …

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First meeting: Constraints on Housing Inventory

My first Paso Robles Planning Commission meeting started with a very important topic. We heard from an ad hoc committee of three members of the commission. Here is a summary of my questions for the committee, staff and comments on the proposal. I submitted these notes to city staff in advance of the meeting and …

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Sworn in as a planning commissioner

scott brennan planning commissioners

I had the privilege of being sworn in as a Paso Robles Planning Commission member on Sunday night, March 1, 2015. The ceremony was at the Paso Robles Inn during the commission’s annual dinner. I was sworn in as a new member with Tom Burgett. Things are moving quickly. I was interviewed for the position …

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Staying up late is increasing your weight

It’s well documented that getting eight hours of sleep per night is critical to good health. Here is an additional study from the research journal Obesity that specifically identifies staying up late as a related problem. Staying up late at night can lead to an additional 2 pounds a month weight gain, researchers reported Wednesday. …

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In Defense of Food

  I’m really enjoying the book “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan. He writes this “eater’s manifesto” from the perspective that we all need to be eating more real food, not the pre-packaged, fast-food variety. The book’s motto is “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” The author writes without a bias toward any …

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