The Tribune’s March 20 editorial, “SLO, Dalidio would both benefit from annexation,” certainly got it right. However, I would like to clarify a few points in the editorial itself.
First, the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Master Plan is not intended to “antagonize” anyone. Rather, its purpose is to engage in phased planning of the city’s presently owned 25 acres of prime agricultural land (Phase 1), in coordination with the potential addition of 65 acres (Phase 2), if and when the Dalidio property annexes into the city.
In 1994, during the General Plan Update, all three property owners in that area agreed to preserve half the land in agriculture in return for the right to develop the other half commercially, upon annexation into the city.
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Two out of the three owners (Auto Parkway and Target) have already successfully done so.
Second, Phase 2 does not physically site “individual garden plots” or anything else on the land, but only lists possible agricultural activities to enhance, but not conflict with, Phase 1. In other words, Phase 2 is a “plan to plan,” if and when the time is ripe to move forward with annexation. And that, of course, is up to Mr. Dalidio.
Mayor of San Luis Obispo
Unfair and unwise
The Tribune’s rationale regarding binding arbitration was, for the most part, sound and on target, except for the argument regarding Katie Lichtig’s salary (“Binding arbitration ballot is only about what’s right,” March 6).
The Tribune wrote: “Yes, the city manager is well paid. But she is one person, and reducing her salary is not going to solve the city’s budget crisis.”
Inevitably, other employees make salary comparisons and want their “fair share.” Dismissing her high salary because she is just one person and won’t impact the budget ignores the effect on other employees who are also “singular” people. Their 40-hour workweek is just as valuable as the city manager’s.
Dipping into the larger money pool to cut expenses while paying CEOs over-the-top salaries is what corporations do. Such thinking is an attack on the working class. It is unfair and unwise.
Be part of recovery
I was elated to read that there will soon be an acute rehabilitation center in our area. After having brainstem surgery in August 2009 at UC San Francisco, I needed to go to an acute rehabilitation center before I was able to return home to Paso Robles.
My family decided on sending me to Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Center in Salinas. Sam Karas is an excellent center and I would highly recommend it. The only drawback is the distance from Paso Robles to Salinas.
My family was only able to visit me on weekends due to work and school commitments.
Having a local acute rehabilitation center available will give many more people the ability to participate and be a part of their family member’s or friend’s recovery.
Not too late
Disappointment doesn’t begin to describe what we’re feeling with respect to the weak public statements of public officials following the burning of a cross on the front lawn of a family in Arroyo Grande.
Mayor Tony Ferrara’s expression of concern that the incident not be portrayed as a hate crime by the press showed no empathy for the victims and a stunning lack of courage and leadership. There is a universal association in our country between crosses burned on the front lawns of homes in which African Americans live and racial hatred.
Regardless of Mayor Ferrara’s apparent effort to downplay the presence of racial hatred in our community, the least he could have done to avoid re-victimizing the victims was to publicly denounce the crime in the strongest possible terms.
It’s not too late for Tony Ferrara to make amends for his insensitivity by issuing a public apology.
Morro Bay Ron Sampson
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo
Enough is enough
It is time to leave Ernie Dalidio alone. Interference by those with downtown interests have already cost the city a Prado Road overpass that is sorely needed and has cost Dalidio a Target store and possibly also a Lowe’s and Whole Foods. Enough is enough.
There is nothing more inane than community gardens alongside the highway. If you want to see what they look like, visit the one on Laurel Lane alongside the fire station or the one on Broad Street at the entrance to the freeway. They are both blights on the neighborhoods.
San Luis Obispo
What the votes tell
If you want to see what the Republicans really stand for, look at the March 13 article, “How your lawmakers voted” in The Tribune.
Our “esteemed” representative Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, voted “yes” to repeal the Democrats’ FHA Refinancing bill that helps up-to-date mortgage payers keep their homes. He voted “no” on a Democratic bill to help seniors who are also up-to-date on their mortgages to keep their homes, even though the home is worth less than the mortgage.
McCarthy also voted “yes” to repeal the year-old, Democrat-passed bill that helps those who have lost their jobs to keep their homes. And the real stunner: McCarthy voted against the Emergency Mortgage Relief program for active-duty troops, veterans, and families that have lost a family member in wartime.
Now let’s see the Republicans and tea partiers try to convince me that the Democrats didn’t try to bail out Main Street along with Wall Street. How can you tell if a Republican is lying? His or her lips are moving! When are we Democrats going to start calling Republicans on their lies and misrepresentations?
Such good care
Should the Republic of San Luis Obispo be subject to the unmitigated horror of the sight of a small blue or khaki container in front of a house on the wrong day, a (publicly funded) employee will be dispatched to the miscreant’s house for each complaint! And, to show the merciful side of the Ruling Elites, many complaints and personal (taxpayer-funded) visits will be allowed before issuing the draconian $100 citation.
This wonderful improvement of civic life was brought to Mayor Marx’s (hmmm) attention by no less an entity than an activist group! Rejoice, the steaming piles of garbage and galloping blight we now see daily in our dark and dreary streets will be no more! Thank you all for taking such good care of us — we can’t function without you.
Jon A. Hartz
Respect for Mothers
Do you suppose it’s now time to show a good deal more gratitude and respect for our local Mothers For Peace, who have been working tirelessly for years trying to ensure that our Diablo Canyon power plant doesn’t present us a nuclear disaster?
Keeping a promise
It sure is nice to see President Obama sharpening his golf game while the world quickly burns around him. At the same time, the budget battle rages in Congress without any leadership from the White House. I guess the “Peter Principle” set in right after Obamacare was signed into law.
Thank goodness it isn’t Bush who is off playing golf, which Obama is doing at a record pace for a sitting president. The liberal press would be crucifying Bush 24/7. Well, Obama doesn’t want the USA to be the leader of the free world, and by golly that is the one campaign promise he is able to keep.
I would like to thank all those people from throughout the county who wrote letters, spoke out and made their presence known protesting Item A-4 on the March 15 Board of Supervisors agenda. This item would have dissolved the South County Advisory Council, much to the chagrin of most Nipomo residents. The solidarity was amazing.