What is written
Peg Pinard’s Viewpoint article on the subject of the Historical Preservation Ordinance was correct in the conflicting wording of what is verbally espoused by the proposers of the ordinance and the text of the document (“What’s written is what counts,” Sept. 19).
The verbal version states that only the most egregious cases will be prosecuted and the rest of us should have no worry. That represents a vast space between what appears to be an appeasing, comforting version of this thing and what is written as the gospel of means available to the enforcers involved.
Buzz Kalkowski’s companion article urged support of the ordinance based on, among other things, the blessing of it by a host of city-related entities including the Chamber of Commerce (“Support proposal, support history,” Sept. 19).
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Pinard was right in stating it appeared to give only more power to the city. It would, naturally, also give a very nice backdrop for photographic opportunities that could perpetuate the myth that we all live in Pleasantville.
So fellow owners of any vintage residential property, whether they be Dust Bowl shacks or Frank Lloyd Wright influenced modern designs, take notice. Be wary of all that constitutes careful planning in the eyes of only the planners.
Peter Kluver Phillips
San Luis Obispo
Some left out
We constantly hear and read about unemployment rates, including a recent article in The Tribune about unemployment (“Older unemployed Americans are struggling to rejoin the work force,” Sept. 20).
I’m not sure if it is to avoid showing that things are actually worse, but I wanted to ask why you and other media sources don’t consider independent contractors also in these numbers.
If you only look at unemployment claims, then you are missing a large number of self-employed individuals who cannot collect unemployment.
In this county, construction contractors, along with other forms of self-employed individuals, have been hit very hard and have gone out of business. They cannot collect unemployment if they file their business income on their personal tax returns rather than as a business.
It would be nice if that information could be gathered and also included or listed when publishing unemployment. It will be depressing but at least you would not be leaving out a lot of people in your statistics.
I live in Oceano and I have discovered the town’s best kept secret: a library of its own that is part of the local public library system. The location is 1551 17th Street and they are open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.
It is an example of the saying, “good things come in small packages.” The book selections are vast and attractively arranged. There are banks of computers for adults.
For children, there are two colorful computers and low benches to sit on. Once a month, a reading dog, Hannah, is available.
I look forward to picking up all my held books at this cozy, friendly, one-stop-does-all library.
Wrong on H
Regarding the Viewpoint titled, “Measure H is a necessary last resort” (Sept. 17): Mila Vujovich-La Barre, who is spearheading the wrong-headed Measure H, might mean well. In the past, she has done some good work for our children in the area of drug education.
But she’s dead wrong on Measure H. On Measure H, San Luis Obispo residents should all take her drug advice and just say “no” to H.
San Luis Obispo
I would like to invite everyone to join the San Luis Obispo Fire Department in celebrating Fire Prevention Week through Saturday. The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department has adopted the National Fire Prevention Association’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week: “Smoke alarms: A sound you can live with!”
This year’s campaign is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection.
The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department will be at the Thursday night Farmers Market on Chorro Street to celebrate Fire Prevention Week and educate on the importance of smoke alarms.
The firefighters will also be making presentations at the elementary schools and participating in the San Luis Obispo Night with Your Neighbors in an effort to remind everyone that smoke alarms save lives and should be installed and maintained in every home.
Gregory A. West
San Luis Obispo City Fire Department acting fire chief
White line needed
I have lived in Deer Park Estates for five and a half years. Since the newer tract opened up, I have used Serenade Drive to drive from River Road to my residence. I cannot tell you how many times I have been in a near miss situation while traveling up and down that hill.
A white line needs to be immediately painted down the middle. The curve in the road also makes it extremely dangerous without a white line. I do realize that someone who was drinking was involved in this accident, but it sure couldn’t have hurt to have that white line painted (“Local Updates,” Oct. 5).
Rosa Lee Sonney