Letter to the Editor

Lessons to learn

San Luis ObispoFebruary 24, 2014 

Higher education (aka Cal Poly) administrators could learn a thing or two from San Luis Coastal administrators. They canceled the 88-unit project near SLO High School after neighbors pointed out the many problems with the project. The project’s failures, to name a few, would have exacerbated the existing traffic mess at 8 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. on school days; caused environmental issues with air, water, sewer, etc.; was not consistent with small, single-family residences; and so forth.

A citizen can become jaded as we watch our elected officials make wasteful and destructive decisions with our dollars. It is indeed a pleasure, and a breath of fresh air, to have our local officials listen to their constituents for once.

I, for one, appreciate San Luis Coastal Unified School District board members and administrators’ willingness to listen and respond to their constituents’ concerns. Too sad that Cal Poly administrators could not have listened to their neighbors and to former Mayor Kenneth Schwartz’s open letter regarding student housing on Grand Avenue. I thought the suggestions in the letter were brilliant.

Perhaps if San Luis Coastal went back to their 2008 idea of 14 single-family residences, they would get neighborhood support.

Good job, San Luis Coastal. So sad, Cal Poly.

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