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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/13/2018 03:59 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/13/2018 04:00 PM
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Calaveras County Reaches Settlement Agreement of $25,400,000 with PG&E for 2015 Butte Fire Damages

San Andreas, CA...Today, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors agreed to settle the County’s claims against PG&E for damages suffered as a result of the 2015 Butte Fire. After more than two and a half years of information exchange, expert analysis, litigation, and mediation, both PG&E and the County have accepted a “mediator’s proposal” of $25,400,000 for all County claims and liabilities arising from the 2015 Butte Fire. The parties attended three substantive mediations, and after the final day of mediation, JAMS mediator Michael Ornstil made the mediator’s proposal.




“This settlement recovers millions of dollars of lost revenues and resources the County lost in the 2015 Butte Fire,” said Board Chair Gary Tofanelli.

The details of the mediation process are confidential per agreement among the parties, the mediator, and per California law. The County Board of Supervisors was advised by County Counsel Megan Stedtfeld, Deputy County Counsel Greg Wayland, and the national law firm of Baron & Budd, which has represented hundreds of public entities in complex litigation nationwide over the past 20 years.

The Board further directed County Counsel to finalize and present to the Chair a Settlement Agreement for signature. Funds are expected to be paid before the end of the calendar year.

For more information, please contact County PIO, Timothy W. Lutz at (209) 754-6025.
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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-11-13 16:03:32   By: Anonymous
 
Now maybe the SCUM BAGS and TRASH will move on they have had a free ride long enough

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    Sighs
    Posted on: 2018-11-13 17:14:55   By: Anonymous
     
    LOG IT
    GRAZE IT
    CONTROL BURN IT
    MAINTAIN IT

    OR WATCH IT BURN.

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      Re: Sighs
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:55:44   By: Anonymous
       
      WELFARE RANCHERS

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        Re: Sighs
        Posted on: 2018-11-13 21:04:56   By: Anonymous
         
        Hey? Sigh, when’s a good time? I would be more than glad to introduce you. Laugh when you say that to my friends and families face.

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          Re: Sighs
          Posted on: 2018-11-13 21:50:35   By: Anonymous
           
          if you cannot properly maintain your property or are just to lazy to maybe the country life is just not for you. maybe the valley is more your style.

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        Re: Sighs
        Posted on: 2018-11-14 08:18:39   By: Anonymous
         
        Beef It's What's In Her.
        Too bad yours is Vienna Sausage size, little fella.
        That's why you're alone.
        I've got 450 plus heads of cattle. In other words
        I've got money in the bank.
        Oh, no doubt you have no idea, A Bank is a
        financial institution that accepts deposits from the public and creates credit.
        Something you have no clue about obviously.
        I won't get into 401k's, stock market, retirement plans,
        living wills, that would all be way over your head.
        How's renting that trailer going for you?
        Have a wonderful day Einstein.

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          Re: Sighs
          Posted on: 2018-11-14 08:58:32   By: Anonymous
           
          Real wealth never brags.

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            Re: Sighs
            Posted on: 2018-11-14 14:38:42   By: Anonymous
             
            Affirmative. Just a rhinestone cowboy.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-11-13 17:31:08   By: Anonymous
     
    County got $25.4m from PG&E. Hopefully, a big part of that can go to our marijuana enforcement team..

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 23:27:14   By: Anonymous
       
      JAMS is a wonderful organization for mediating. So glad our county utilized them.


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-11-14 09:01:14   By: Anonymous
       
      And PG&E will get the $25.4 million back from rate-payers. PG&E is not too big to fail but it is too essential to fail. We all need electricity so PG&E will be allowed to increase rates to cover their losses and stay in business. There is no real alternative.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-11-14 17:03:43   By: Anonymous
       
      I'm hoping they will fix our roads.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-11-14 23:36:32   By: Anonymous
         
        and get rid of some of these mexicans.

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PG&E FIRE BUGS
Posted on: 2018-11-13 16:13:49   By: Anonymous
 
PG&E are FIRE BUGS.
GO SOLAR.

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    Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
    Posted on: 2018-11-13 16:17:51   By: Anonymous
     
    If you dumb ignorant Hillbillies would do like your wonderful loving president says, you all wouldn't have this problem. Tree clear and start diverting the rivers on to the fire. That is what you're brilliant Republican President Trump says will solve the problem. And he claims he has a really good brain.

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      Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 16:20:49   By: Anonymous
       
      Yeah, and it's California's fault that all these houses burn down because of the poor Forest management, according to Trump. What's the matter with you Californians, start managing those Forest and people won't get killed. Trump is smart, Trump is right, Trump know how to manage Forest.

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        Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
        Posted on: 2018-11-13 16:50:52   By: Anonymous
         
        See, we don’t need pot money!

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          Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
          Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:13:32   By: Anonymous
           
          Ditto we don't need pot money!

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            Re: PG&E FaRt BUGS
            Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:34:33   By: Anonymous
             
            pot we don't need Ditto money!

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        Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
        Posted on: 2018-11-13 17:04:39   By: Anonymous
         
        Just as a did you know? Each year when various homeowners associations and /Cal Fire inspect lots, they cannot come on you property to do so. Home owners could have, and I have one next to me, a large brush pile within 10 feet of the structure, and and isn't anything that can be done . I even directed the inspector on my property so it could be seen. Still nothing done. Lot inspections are a joke.

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          HAHAHAHAHA!!!
          Posted on: 2018-11-13 17:27:18   By: Anonymous
           


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            Re: HAHAHAHAHA!!!
            Posted on: 2018-11-13 17:58:33   By: Anonymous
             
            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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              Re: HAHAHAHAHA!!!
              Posted on: 2018-11-13 18:35:21   By: Anonymous
               
              HAHA BOY TROLL

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          Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
          Posted on: 2018-11-13 17:38:01   By: Anonymous
           
          Lack of intelligence seems to be a disease with these trumpet mimicking turds. Trump and smart in the same sentence? Geography is more than just calaveras county. Hey whiners, move already. What are you crying for? No one is holding you hostage here in california sounds as if you just enjoy complaining like old ladies. So cry me a river. And f.y.i. this forestry management... is federal land, thus lays in the hands of the federal government. Retarded rednecks =pine nut trolling jack off welfare losers.

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            Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
            Posted on: 2018-11-13 20:53:32   By: Anonymous
             
            Sure thing Soy-Boy. Hope these old hags in California hold that hand for you show out of danger. Maybe the leader soyboy New-son can help as well, as soon as elect no longer get Harder will save water and you zombies ruin this once proud state. The danger is you. Not climate. Not PG&E SMUD EDISON. You folks. Maybe retread Supe Merita will get help from auntie Pelosi. Maybe Feinstein will remember what year it is. Good luck. Take care of yourself and families you hold near. That is the only way.

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          Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
          Posted on: 2018-11-15 00:51:46   By: Anonymous
           
          Clear lots? Will it even help? Paradise seems like its landscaped and developed much more than our towns up here, more roads, sidewalks and lawns to slow or stop a fire and 7000 houses burned. Don't think raking would have done much good, probably won't do much for us either.

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        Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
        Posted on: 2018-11-13 20:23:17   By: Anonymous
         
        It is the Tree Hugger's fault. Since the 1980s we have gone from 100 to 400 trees per acre. 100 healthy trees to 400 dead and overcrowded trees. Hmmm, lets see which forests would become a raging infernos

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          Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
          Posted on: 2018-11-13 23:29:38   By: Anonymous
           
          That's actually right. Even 100 trees per acre is too many. There is supposed to be 10'-0" between canopy, not the trunk in order to effectively prevent fires. In addition, our water table cannot support so many thirsty trees per acre.

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            Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
            Posted on: 2018-11-14 04:02:48   By: Anonymous
             
            What is the principle for this set of rules. I am not arguing. I just would like to know what the distribution of trees,brush, housing, and water usage should be for a place like Calaveras.

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              Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
              Posted on: 2018-11-14 21:38:22   By: Anonymous
               
              The principle behind this is an average of the maximum amount allowable that is known to keep forests healthy and not over draw water. Too many trees equals overdraw on the water table. This rule of thumb is more than a rule of thumb. When folks want to keep a jungle of trees on their lots, they potentially put themselves and their neighbors at risk.

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            Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
            Posted on: 2018-11-14 09:17:32   By: Anonymous
             
            There is no water table in the parts of Calaveras County that support commercial forests. Look it up.

            Also I live next to SPI-owned forest and they maintain > 100 trees per acre. They can manage their own land any way they want but they are not thinning very often and are certainly not suppressing fire-prone brush that uses a lot of water.

            Finally, the fires in S. California are certainly not affected by forest management practices. Even the Camp fire that wiped out Paradise is not in a commercial forest area that might have been managed differently. Paradise is at 1800 ft elevation, slightly lower than Murphys. You are just repeating the ignorant comments of Trump. Time to think for yourself. Past time, actually.

            Speaking of ignorant comments by Trump: Trump as president can get truly expert advice almost instantly on any topic he wants information on. He does not do this. Instead he gets and repeats information from his billionaire buddies, from Fox News and from right-wing radio. I disagree with Trump on almost all policy issues, but the thing I really hate about his leadership is that he refuses to be informed. As Defense Secretary Mattis said, he has the understanding of a 5th or 6th grader. And he makes no effort to become educated on important issues that will determine the fate of the US even though he can with a simple phone call summon the best tutors in the country. It's unforgivable arrogance or laziness or both.

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              Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
              Posted on: 2018-11-14 16:01:51   By: Anonymous
               
              Hear here! Excellent post!

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          Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
          Posted on: 2018-11-14 21:34:55   By: Anonymous
           
          Wrong. Real tree huggers know about forest management and know abour the 10'-0" distance between canopies. That's not a lot of trees to hug, but the right amount to reduce forest fire risk and prevent over extraction of water.

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        Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
        Posted on: 2018-11-14 08:30:42   By: Anonymous
         
        Well Trump was smarter then Hillary, wasn't he? After all he's our president, the egotistical blowhard. I guess that's better then one of the most corrupt woman in politics, but not by much.
        I still can't believe we picked Hillary of all people to run.
        That's the reason we lost. The Electors knew too much about the Clintons with Bill being impeached. Sexual Assaults, Rapes, and Hillary knew all about those. Add in her Secretary of State screw ups, Benghazi and the deaths. By the way, NBC is running a special, about Bill, Monika Lewinsky, sexual assault and NBC even said Bill and RAPE in the same sentence. That's not a FOX News station, is it?


        Anyway, that payout? Guess who will really pay for it? The customers.
        Go solar is right, at least get the panels, the battery back up is probably more expensive then the panels, but it's a start.

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          Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
          Posted on: 2018-11-14 09:24:06   By: Anonymous
           
          Trump's corruption and lying FAR exceeds anything Bill and Hillary Clinton have done. The Republicans spent YEARS investigating the Clintons during Bill's presidency (remember Whitewater, Rose Law, Travelgate, etc). All they ever tied to them was Bill's lying about a marital infidelity. Republican's YEARS long investigation of Benghazi tied nothing to Hillary.

          Now we wait to see all of what Mueller and the NY Feds tie to Trump, but there are already multiple guilty pleas and indictments of dozens of people.

          Whatever you think of Hillary as a potential president her baggage is of a much smaller scale than Trump's.

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        Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
        Posted on: 2018-11-14 09:00:48   By: Anonymous
         
        The reason the forest is mismanaged is because of the leftys using this like the spotted owl to stop logging.
        Logging is just plain good forest management.
        How are thoses BUTTE county spotted Owls now.
        Go hug a tree.
        I agree, either log it or watch it BURN.
        This fire is the responsibility of the enviromentalists.

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          State of our forests
          Posted on: 2018-11-14 13:04:25   By: Anonymous
           
          As someone who spends time in the woods that SPI owns and local contractors log. I have a different view.

          20 acre clearcuts are destructive, lazy and creates unhealthy forests. They do not support local economies and all the wood goes to china for concrete form boards. To create mega cities and skyscrapers.

          Concrete production is linked to increased C02..

          Which is Linked to climate change.

          Which is Linked to increased fire danger in Californias foothills.

          Look on google earth at the northern part of our county and you can see the patchwork of clearcuts. ( it's pretty hard to miss this catastrophe) if you have the ability to hike, pick out a clearcut at random figure out how to get there, and see what it looks like in person.

          Logging in the timber belt and fire hardening communities to face urban interface fires are 2 separate issues. But people get confused and try to make it politically charged.


          I'm not anti forest management.
          There are great examples of selective logging in the region that are actually less susceptible to wildfire. They are a mix of species and age and foster some understory while not providing fuel ladders.

          These selectively logged areas improve habitat for wildlife , help sink groundwater into the earth, and can provide great recreation oppurtunities. Many of these are implemented by state and federal agencies which I respect enormously and who we all fund through taxes.

          SPI is for profit and does not care at all about the health of our local communities. If they thought they could make more money by burning all of Calaveras County down they would do it in a heartbeat.

          TLDR: Clearcuts not good, selective logging better, informing yourself to what is going on in Calaveras County = best.




          [Reply ]

      Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:21:29   By: Anonymous
       
      Holy Geez.. shut your mouth Flatlander !


      [Reply ]

        Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
        Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:35:54   By: Anonymous
         
        MOM!

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    Re: PG&E FIRE BUGS
    Posted on: 2018-11-13 20:32:31   By: Anonymous
     
    Go back to licking your butt hole

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Small Settlement?
Posted on: 2018-11-13 17:37:31   By: Anonymous
 
That seems like a pretty small settlement. Does that include all the trees that had to be cut down, the homes that had to be removed, the roads that had to be repaired, the fire fighting expenses, the law enforcement expenses, etc?



[Reply ]

    Re: Small Settlement?
    Posted on: 2018-11-13 17:59:43   By: Anonymous
     
    ...or the baby ducks?

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      Re: Small Settlement?
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 18:02:55   By: Anonymous
       
      Since they settled with PG&E are they goin to have to pay the fed’s back like landowners did

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      Re: Small Settlement?
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 18:10:40   By: Anonymous
       
      YEAH?

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    Re: Small Settlement?
    Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:25:55   By: Anonymous
     
    Am sure a lot of locals are going "whoo hoo" tonight but you are so correct, depending on all the other accumulated expenses and depleted budgets - a drop in the bucket. Now PG&E lawyers can go on to address Santa Rosa, Lake County and current events. It's going to be interesting to see if they remain solvent but if not, what are our options and likely the consumer will pay more even with reorganization. Same as it ever was.

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      Re: Small Settlement?
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 20:05:56   By: Anonymous
       

      Not to worry.
      If PG&E goes bankrupt, just do like the idiot said; GO SOLAR!!! HA HA HA HA HA!
      What a JOKE!

      [Reply ]

        Re: Small Settlement?
        Posted on: 2018-11-13 20:23:19   By: Anonymous
         
        Right, like that’s going to work in Arnold. ps - know YOU were being facetious.

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        Re: Small Settlement?
        Posted on: 2018-11-13 20:34:35   By: Anonymous
         
        Go back to licking your butt hole

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          Re: Small Settlement?
          Posted on: 2018-11-14 07:41:12   By: Anonymous
           
          Boy your BITCH mother sure didn't raise you very well.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-11-13 18:42:25   By: Anonymous
 
Thanks Sierra Club for all you have done to help humanity

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:20:17   By: Anonymous
     
    We don't need no stinking pot money from taxes.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:27:59   By: Anonymous
       
      Ha. Let's see if you are still thinking that next year. Managers across the county are already hearing the rumors of budget cuts.

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Butte Fire Settlement
Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:26:40   By: Anonymous
 
Did anyone think about the attorney fees? I would think the 25.4 m is before the attorneys fees. What will the County actually get?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:31:46   By: Anonymous
 
I sold my Calaveras property three years ago and every year this time I get a call from the local ACRT tree-trimming manager asking permission to enter my property and when he and crew plan to do so. Then I respond saying it was sold and give him the new guy's name and number. Tonight I got the same call, once again. Not impressed with PG&E nor their subcontractors - if they are unable to document the simplest of information and homeowner changes, what hope is there to truly manage?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-11-13 19:39:47   By: Anonymous
     
    That's because they all have heads full of squished bugs.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-11-13 20:00:48   By: Anonymous
       
      Bring back POT money and deficit gone forever!

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-11-13 23:31:19   By: Anonymous
         
        No.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-11-13 20:51:15   By: Anonymous
 
And the press release it says confidential agreement so why do we know the dollar amount ?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-11-14 07:33:31   By: Anonymous
     
    Yes let cut everything down! Not a single tree or shrub bush ect! That'll save us from fires. Man it's idiot day on the pine nut. Turds and jack offs. Crying and whining kicking and screaming trump loving sister humping snowflakes.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-11-14 07:47:38   By: Anonymous
       
      LET CLYDE CLAPP DISTRIBUTE THE SUIT FUNDS!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-11-14 16:05:38   By: Anonymous
         
        Let Clodd Clumpp rot in hell

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-11-14 11:01:10   By: Anonymous
     
    Maybe it's just the amount the lawyers get that's confidential.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-11-14 12:10:46   By: Anonymous
       
      Trump says no more trees! Either cut them all down or I cut you California. Make sure all them forests are logged in that there desert. Guess they need to manage cactus. No reason for forest fires in suburban areas and deserts. Oh man you guys are funny. And steven when you go onto the enterprise and write the same exact comment about marijuana enforcement there's no need to not sign your name on here stupid stevie. Turd boy clapp lover. Go back to friendly with the gays perkos. Find a life troller.ditto and a big snafu et al good day and good bye.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-11-14 14:37:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Gotcha mr Smith. Didn't he? I'll meat you out behind Perkos for a gay old time!

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2018-11-26 15:05:14   By: Anonymous
           
          Anyone with any brain knows trump is a moron. His comments, worthless. Complete imbecile.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2018-12-03 21:57:06   By: Anonymous
           
          Mr. Smith couldn't be bothered with you.

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