Letter to the Editor

SLO housing needs help

San Luis ObispoJuly 14, 2013 

I agree with Susan Pyburn (“SLO can do better”) that SLO is in need of affordable housing. As far as I can tell, it currently has none available. A large number of employers do their business in SLO. These jobs benefit the city of SLO in numerous ways. I believe that the city of SLO has an obligation to set building codes and practices in such a manner that affordable housing can be built to house SLO workers.

In general, I believe that cities have an obligation to enable affordable housing to be built to house workers of all income levels. Note that I did not say that the city must provide this affordable housing — just that it should allow it to be built. There are solutions to this problem, but the powers that be will not allow them for political reasons.

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