We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1! But hold those bouquets, because in this case, being No. 1 is not exactly a good thing. In fact, it’s downright pathetic.
Here’s the scoop: Housing prices are at one of their lowest points in years, yet more than half of SLO County residents still can’t afford to buy a starter home. That gives us the dubious distinction of being the least affordable area in the state.
Our problem is two-fold: Housing prices are still relatively high, and on top of that, wages are low.
This should be a wake-up call for local leaders, who need to continue to press for affordable housing and for businesses that provide good jobs at decent pay.
But enough depressing stuff. Let’s look on the bright side. At least 48 percent of county residents can afford a starter home today, compared to only 10 percent in December 2005.
On second thought, toss those bouquets.
Banking on it
The new general manager of the Oceano Community Services District recently stumbled across $367,000 in public money that had been stashed away in five semi-secret bank accounts. If only the state of California could be so lucky!
It turns out that a few CSD officials knew about some or all of the mystery money, but we find it odd that not even the general manager was privy to the data.
GM Raffaele Montemurro, who has been on the job less than a year, is now researching the history of the bank accounts — a story we’ll be following with interest.
In the meantime, we’ll be depositing a non-negotiable brickbat in the CSD’s account — if we can figure out where it is.
What’s in a name?
So, the San Luis Obispo County Counsel’s Office inadvertently spilled the beans and revealed the identity of the family that adopted Annie the dog.
As reported in Thursday’s Tribune, officials released a document requested by a member of the public interested in Annie’s case. The County Counsel’s Office meant to redact the names of the new owners, but missed one reference. Oops!
We don’t have the heart to lob an angry brickbat at the person who made this honest — though unfortunate — error.
Instead, we’ll toss mum bouquets to the select few who know the identity of Annie’s adoptive family, but have agreed to keep it under wraps. And for everyone’s sake — including Annie’s — we hope this saga comes to a satisfactory end soon, before someone gets hurt.