I am astounded: The Paso Robles City Planning Commission is recommending the creation of another 674 housing units in the midst of a water crisis. Do we want to be in the perilous situation like Cambria? The time to plan and prevent is before the situation is irredeemably dangerous, as opposed to currently perilous.
The county Board of Supervisors was not sufficiently aggressive. We need an absolute cessation of new development in construction dependent on water usage; there should be an absolute moratorium on planting any further on any agricultural land requiring additional water.
These recommendations sound draconian, but inaction threatens the residents of the Paso Robles water basin. People cannot live here, houses will have little if any value and crops cannot be brought in.
The county is not acting in our interests. According to The Tribune (Sept. 20) that elected board would be landowner-based, and for the election of board members, each landowner would be entitled to a number of votes proportional to the assessment he or she pays the district.
This suggests that voting power is commensurate with money power: the agriculture lobby owns the results. This grants results to the moneyed, and disenfranchises residents.