Your article on how over-committed, or under-resourced, the SLO Sheriff’s Department is in the North County shows the effects of continuous budget cuts on our county law enforcement organization, with more reductions perhaps to come.
Maybe if we were to eliminate redundant infrastructure, which costs money to operate, then we could afford to hire back more deputies for critical field work and reduce too-long response times.
Across Highway 101 from the Templeton sheriff’s substation and a mile south is the local CHP substation. Both substations have the same mission and have very similar installations. Why do we have two tax-funded units with duplicate functions a mile apart?
Why not close one substation and move its functions in with the other? Why can’t the same dispatcher radio to CHP officers as well as to sheriff’s deputies? Why can’t the same carport shelter both organizations’ cars? Why can’t the officers use the same locker room? The energy savings alone would probably pay for the move. The savings on fixed costs and on duplicate manning would allow more cops on the beat.
Having two separate/ equal substations doing the same tasks and double-dipping into the tax pool is a luxury that can’t be afforded now.
It’s about money
The article on Templeton’s Saturday school highlights the problem with education in California. If the education professionals were truly concerned about students, they would have Saturday school so students could make up lessons they missed during the week. Instead, they are bringing them in to serve time doing “nature walks” and “test reviews.”
This is a very thinly veiled attempt to generate statistics that will enable the district to get more money from the state. Clearly, it’s not about the student; it’s about money.
This manipulation can also be seen in the “teaching to the test” concept and teaching “how to take a test” that is becoming all too prevalent in our schools. Again, the statistics and resulting money are more important than the individual student.
With this attitude by administrators, is it any wonder California ranks so low in public education?
Assault by T-shirt
It’s hard to express how happy I am to know that when I take my 7-year-old granddaughters downtown the likelihood of them being told of the sexual appetites of some students will be more common now that Cal Poly has endorsed the SAFER T-shirt “I (heart) consensual sex.” Assault can take various forms, and this is one.
San Luis Obispo