On Osos water rates
In her April 30 letter, Michelle Tasseff told San Luis Obispo residents to stop complaining about increased water rates, because it is much worse in Los Osos, where she used to live. Her current bill, with a sewer charge, is $65. Her Los Osos bills, without a sewer charge, were “more than three times” as much.
That means her Los Osos water bill would have been more than $195 per month. That seemed incredibly high to me, so I checked my water bill history. For the last five years the average bill has been $25 per month with an average usage rate of six and one half CCF (hundred cubic feet) per month.
So what would Ms. Tasseff’s usage rate have to have been to amount to $195 per month? According to the Los Osos water rates in effect from 5/07 to 7/10, she would have had to use an amazing 42 CCF per month.
A better way to compare water costs is to look at current rates. When compared at all usage levels, Los Osos water is cheaper. For example, in the 11 to 20 CCF Los Osos bracket the cost is $4 per CCF, while San Luis Obispo charges $6.52 in its middle 6 to 25 CCF bracket.
Since her basic premise is obviously wrong, how can one trust anything else she says in this letter?
‘Stamp Out Hunger’
On Saturday, May 14, letter carriers across San Luis Obispo County will be collecting food while delivering the mail. They will be helping us fight hunger by making it easy for you to donate food for those in need. All you have to do is leave the food where your mail box is on Saturday.
It’s the 20th Anniversary of “Stamp Out Hunger,” sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. The Food Bank will distribute the food to sites in your community as needed over the next few months. You can make a difference in the lives of those suffering because of a lack of healthy food — one in seven of us — including children, seniors, and families.
Let’s all thank our letter carriers for their hard work every day, and especially for their extra efforts May 14. We also thank you for responding to the letter carriers’ invitation to help those in need. Remember to put a bag of non-perishable, nutritious food by your mail box (no glass containers, please) and you’ll bring great encouragement and hope to those who need it. Your letter carrier and the Food Bank Coalition will do the rest!
Carl R. Hansen
executive director Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
First things first
Before Arroyo Grande puts out another PR blurb about the latest improvement to the Village, it needs to take action on improving the rest of the city.
There are many broken segments of sidewalk in A.G. These broken sidewalks are lawsuits waiting to happen. It is time for the city to fix the sidewalks and ensure public safety for the entire town before it is sued for more money than the taxes generated in the Village.