Keep parking free
The San Luis Obispo City Council will consider a staff recommendation for charging for parking on Sundays from 11 a.m. and increasing meter costs in part of downtown at its 7 p.m. meeting today at 990 Palm St.
Robert Horch, parking services manager for the city of San Luis Obispo, is correct when he says that increasing parking revenues in the context of the success of downtown “has to be a very delicate balance.”
Indeed, the whole character of our historic downtown is constantly in a delicate balance. The thriving urban presence of four of San Luis Obispo county’s largest worship communities adds significantly to quality of our city. Visitors observe the flow of congregants in and out of the Presbyterian Church on Marsh, Grace Church on Osos and Pismo, St. Stephen’s on Nipomo and Pismo, and the Old Mission at the heart of our town.
A frequent comment we overhear when we are giving tours is that three of those churches were built before the age of automobiles. That snapshot image is a part of what we are. It’s why San Luis Obispo is a special place to visit.
The urban churches help our community in many ways. They host monthlong overflow shelters for the homeless. They offer stopgap counseling and other services for the increasing number of Americans experiencing hard times. The city’s core has always drawn those in need. These folks aren’t as visible as the Sunday congregants, but the needs of the less fortunate could not be served without the parishioners’ monetary and volunteer contributions.
I urge the members of the City Council to reflect on what they see each Sunday morning. We observe ample street parking on the side streets as the downtown shops are preparing to open. The spots fill as parishioners flock to 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. services. When they are vacated, they are quickly filled with visitors and locals interested in contributing to the economic well-being of our shops and food services.
Please do not destroy the special fiber of a Sunday in San Luis Obispo by charging for parking at the meters and parking structures before 2 p.m.
Elizabeth and Daniel E. Krieger
San Luis Obispo
Support for Gibson
When Bruce Gibson was seeking the position of county supervisor, my husband, Ron, and I supported him. What impressed us the most was his ability to have strong opinions and knowledge about important issues facing the county and California.
In addition, he is open to different points of views and is able to actually listen to different opinions. Not many politicians have that ability.
We feel that Gibson is a very qualified, responsible environmentalist, and would be an absolute asset to the California Coastal Commission.
He is living by the coast and, therefore, is very informed about the needs and protection of that area. We are all environmentalists — you cannot live in our special community and not be concerned about the environment.
Not many Cambrians respect a one-sided extreme environmentalist. We all respect open-minded representation in our county and state office holders, and we feel that Bruce Gibson for sure fits that image.