Measure H misguided
The misguided effort to turn Prado Road into a dead end would not simply stop a badly needed east-west connector street, it would also undermine the associated bike path that could lead kids and families safely to the Damon Garcia Sports Fields, and it would derail more than 500 acres of planned recreation and open space.
Proponents of Measure H argue that it would bring a road too close to those fields. Who really thinks we should have community parks without roads to access them?
My 37 years of experience in the management and operation of parks have taught me the real answer is safe design of those service facilities, especially adjacent to recreation areas. Prado Road will provide a safe alternative for both vehicles and bikes to reach the sports fields while taking the pressure off overcrowded Tank Farm Road.
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Don’t be mislead by the half-truths: Measure H is a dead end. Don’t undermine years of community-based plans to improve San Luis Obispo’s safety and recreational opportunities. Vote “no” on Measure H.
Retired director of the San Luis Obispo County Parks Department
‘Yes’ on Measure H
Frank Seiple’s letter against Measure H is so similar to comments made by Councilman Andrew Carter, Ken Hampian and John Ewan at the meeting putting the measure on the ballot, it makes you wonder who wrote it (“The real threat,” Sept. 8).
So the city professionals worked long and hard to create another T-bone intersection like Los Osos Valley Road and Higuera Street, Madonna Road and Higuera Street or Orcutt Road and Broad Street? All are either failed intersections or eventual failures.
It is interesting that with many years of endless analysis, the City Council had to wait until the wee hours of the night to ramrod through the northern alignment on a 3-2 vote.
If the Prado Road alignment is left as is, most of the traffic from the Orcutt Road annexation heading to Highway 101 north will be heading up Laurel Lane down Johnson Avenue to further congestion in front of the high school or under the railroad bridge at Buchon Street.
Vote “yes” on Measure H. Then we can vote for the original and only logical connection of Prado Road with Industrial Way and a bridge over the tracks to the annexation.
San Luis Obispo
Capps should debate
With a very important election but a few weeks away, the time is ripe to review the credentials of those who want to serve in Congress.
While many are unhappy with the status quo in Washington, D.C., we have a unique opportunity to elect a man to the 23rd Congressional District seat with uncompromising ideals and an exemplary personal history.
Tom Watson served honorably as a Naval officer with an outstanding record of results and performance. He’s a successful high-tech entrepreneur and a devoted husband and father. A fiscal conservative, he strongly objects to the wasteful spending that created our massive debt. Watson believes people should make their own health care decisions.
In order to make an informed decision and understand the differences between the candidates, I urge Lois Capps to debate Watson. It’s only fair to the voters. Watson’s willing, and there’s still time. Watson believes that elected officials should be responsive to their constituencies. As a constituent, I agree — so let’s have that debate!
San Luis Obispo
Vote for attendance
I attended a Morro Bay Business Forum meeting Sept. 2 to meet Hilda Zacarias, candidate for 33rd Assembly District.
My motivation was to get a better idea of what Zacarias stood for and what I might expect her to work for on behalf of our district. It was plain to see that she valued education, health care and fiscal responsibility. I can think of no more pressing issues for California and the nation at this time.
I feel sure that Zacarias will approach each of these issues with compassion, understanding and, best of all, common sense.
My other take-away from this meeting? It was what I didn’t see. Or rather, whom. No Bill Yates, aspiring mayor redux. No George Leage, aspiring City Council member, and no Nancy Johnson, aspiring to play musical chairs from planning to council.
What kept these folks away? Ennui? No alarm clock? Are they just lost in the kingdom of Me? Whatever their excuse, it gave the appearance of utter disinterest in issues outside their orbits. It’s not a good sign.
So I’ll undoubtedly cast a vote for Zacarias. And one each for Betty Winholtz, Jack Smith and D’Onna Kennedy. They were there.
Fire Bell law firm
I was amazed to learn that the Paso Robles City Council has retained the law firm Best Best & Krieger, LLP, which represented the city of Bell.
I think the City Council should cancel this contract immediately and retain a local law firm.