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Wake up

Wake up and smell the coffee everyone! As a journalist, I can’t wake up without smelling some coffee, but you know what I mean.

I’m sure that 4th District County Supervisor Peter Adam and 5th District County Supervisor Steve Lavagnino want the other county supes to wake up and smell the budget deficit. We’re talking tens of millions of dollars here!

According to Lavagnino and Adam, the rest of the supervisors—that’s Janet Wolf and newer supervisors Joan Hartmann and Das Williams—are acting NIMBY AF, voting down just about everything that could possibly generate some revenue, like the recent decision to ban short term rentals.

But that was just one vote in a longer pattern, which usually sees the three South County supes voting down the two from North County. Adam has said before that he “gets no deference” for decisions in his district.

It’s worth a reminder that this stuff was a big part of the proposed county split years ago. You can still see the faded “yes” and “no” county split bumper stickers around North County.

Is that the answer? Or will North County become a Republican wasteland of oil wells and dead salamanders while the South County becomes a winery-packed haven for Los Angeles celebrities hitting people with their Teslas?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in either of those places. There’s not enough coffee in the world to make either bearable!

Since we’re already on the subject of political divides, we should probably address what’s happening nationally right now with the federal government, or haven’t you heard?

Basically, the Republican Party has come down hard on the side of President Donald Trump in the wake of the recent testimony by former FBI Director James Comey that Trump inappropriately pressured him regarding the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the counter intelligence investigation regarding Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives.

Democrats are out for blood, and the Republicans argument rides on a “hope.” The White House has claimed it just wants to “move on” with the president’s agenda, but the president keeps making that harder for himself.

After Comey was fired, Trump implicated the decision with the Russia investigation in an interview, tweet-threatened Comey, and reportedly called Comey a “nut job” while schmoozing with Russians in the Oval Office.

Trump’s initial firing of Comey was the reason that special investigator Robert Mueller was hired in the first place. Now, Trump’s Republicans question Mueller, a Republican, for hiring a few investigators for the case who’d donated to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. And then, on June 12, a friend of the president named Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media, said that Trump was considering firing Mueller.

Lordy, I hope we have coffee, because we’re going to need lots of it in days to come.

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