Right of all citizens
A healthy democracy depends upon our commitment to the collective good, and in pursuing the collective good, we must respect the right of all citizens to participate and be heard.
Over the course of my 20-year city career, no infrastructure issue was more thoroughly studied and openly debated than the extension of Prado Road to Broad Street. The sponsors of Measure H (the measure that would forever dead-end Prado Road) fully participated in the process and were heard every step of the way. In fact, I can’t think of another issue where so few people (literally three or four) garnered so much attention from staff, advisory bodies and successive City Councils.
But at the end of our long democratic process, their argument to stop the road did not prevail.
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Unfortunately, Measure H sponsors have now elevated the democratic right to be heard into a right to win — and to win at any cost by pushing a ballot measure using what The Tribune calls “scare tactics and misinformation” (Sept. 19). This is not good for the majority who live and/or work in San Luis Obispo, and it’s not good for our local democracy.
I urge the citizens of San Luis Obispo to vote “no” on Measure H.
San Luis Obispo
We are a group of volunteers working feverishly to defeat Measure H, the Prado Road issue. Our group includes soccer moms and dads who tell us that every weekend, the Damon-Garcia Sports Fields are being politicized by our opponents.
We are appalled by reports of people being lobbied while they are attempting to watch soccer and other sports. Our group, No on Measure H, believes parents should be able to participate in their kids’ events without being approached, lobbied, harangued and hassled.
As dedicated as we are to our belief in No on H, we are equally committed to respecting the privacy of families and friends. We hope you will tell the opposition that their politics do not belong on the sports fields. And please join us in a loud vote of No on H.
Karen Aydelott, Bob and Nancy Cochran, Todd Cooper, Jeff Hollister, Richard Kriet, Paul LeSage, Rick May, Ron Regier, Ann and Chris Slate, Bill Thoma and Jeff Whitener
Regarding the Prado Road extension: A “yes” on Measure H flyer circulated house to house recently. But a “yes” vote on Measure H is misleading.
A “yes” vote means you are against the long planned extension of Prado Road. Please carefully read the pros and cons in your sample ballot. The carefully planned extension by our City Council has many important merits.
Please vote “no” on Measure H. It is to our benefit, giving better access to Broad Street for emergency services and helping to alleviate traffic congestion that already exists.
In reviewing the map on the reverse side of the flier, the proposed alignment does not address congestion problems and the flier also talks about lame health exposure.
I urge a “no” vote on Measure H.
Simone M. Leroux
San Luis Obispo
A changed scene
The Prado Road Measure H initiative is a polarizing issue with many misunderstandings and wrong conclusions.
Two things frustrate me about the issue. First, the proposed alignment is not field staked for public viewing. Secondly, fresh breezes off the adjoining hills currently enhance the playing fields. If Measure H fails, traffic smells from the Prado Road traffic corridor could combine with those breezes and change the nature of the fields forever.
Think about the sign that greets users of the fields: No smoking/no tobacco allowed on the sports fields.
My two wishes are simple: First, professionally stake or even approximately GPS stake the proposed road right-of-way and bridge location near the fields.
Secondly, all City Council members ought to take a walk across the fields when the kids are there and the breeze is blowing. Imagine a Prado Road traffic corridor above the sports fields and how it would change the scene dramatically.
However this works out, it will be a signal to many about where we are headed. I’m hoping it is in the best direction for all of us.
San Luis Obispo
While I don’t claim to be an expert in city planning and have not been really following the Yes on Measure H campaign too closely, I keep hearing one argument that seems especially specious to me.
The argument goes that the Prado Road extension would create an unhealthy environment by bringing a road so close to the Damon-Garcia Sports Fields. Um ... really?
Have any of the Yes on H people noticed the giant purple elephant in the room? It’s called Broad Street/Highway 227. Would the Yes on H crew have us close Broad Street also to protect field users from the unhealthy exhaust fumes already in close proximity to the fields?
Just wondering how anyone will get to the fields if Measure H is successful because closing Broad Street seems like the only next logical step if you extend their argument.
San Luis Obispo