In its June 9 editorial, The Tribune correctly observed that the Nacimiento Pipeline was an “insurance policy” to guarantee a reliable water supply for San Luis Obispo. While the city has prudently developed five different sources of water to assure uninterrupted service, the Nipomo Mesa only has a single supply, groundwater. All our water is pumped from the aquifer beneath us. We have no pipelines, reservoirs, rivers or lakes as additional water sources. Our neighbors in Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Grover Beach and Santa Maria all have multiple sources of water.
Wells on the Mesa annually remove twice the amount of water from our aquifer than is replaced by rainfall. Residential growth has lowered our water table, and we increasingly face the threat of seawater intrusion that has been experienced in Los Osos, Avila Beach, the Ventura/Oxnard area and the Monterey Bay area. A supplemental water source is needed for the Nipomo Mesa before our aquifer is permanently contaminated with salt water.
Supplemental water will cost more, but what would be the cost of dealing with water from a contaminated aquifer? We need to acknowledge that we have a water supply problem on the Nipomo Mesa and deal with it efficiently.
Get the troops out
I do not buy the patriotic rhetoric regarding the action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Soldiers are dying fighting someone else’s war, just like Vietnam. We are in another unwanted conflict, where we are not welcome or wanted. I was in Vietnam, and if I knew then what I learned later, I wouldn’t have gone. More than 56,000 people died or were wounded for a country that never wanted us there or liked us there.
The same can be said about this situation we are mixed up in today. They hate us more each day we stay there, and they have no concept of democracy, nor do they want it. Most of these people have lived under some sort of dictatorship for 10,000 years — that won’t change any time soon.
I support our soldiers to the max for defending our rights and principles, but not our government’s failure to see the big picture. President Barack Obama needs to get our troops out now.
Raymond C. Porter
Endless crop of bums
Elected officials on every level and of every party are supposed to work for the average person. Of course, they don’t and haven’t for a long time.
Instead, they work hard for those who bought their office in return for favors.
The worn out, meaningless cliche “vote the bums out” simply doesn’t work. If it did, it would have long ago. Instead, the corruption marches on unabated. This is so because only those who have it in their nature to be corrupted are allowed by the political machine to make it onto the ballots, guaranteeing an endless crop of bums who cheerfully assure us that our democracy is in good hands.
Rebut on dog park
I disagree with some issues attributed to Margaret Winslow in a recent article concerning dog parks.
She was quoted in a story titled “Dog sniffs out new site for park,” published June 3. My two dogs and I visit the Vineyard Dog Park several times a week, and I find it to be clean, attractive and very well maintained. Dogs do not arrive there on their own. They are brought by their owners, who supervise activities, pick up after them and socialize with other owners.
When arriving at the dog park, I have never detected any unusual smells. Dog park users are there to take care of any deposits, but the same cannot be said for those other dogs, which are seen wandering the streets on their own. I have also heard other dogs in nearby homes often barking from their own backyards. I suggest that any noise or odor problem in Winslow’s neighborhood, if there is one, is a neighborhood problem and not a dog park issue.
Traffic has increased. It is especially noticeable in the early morning and mid afternoon, when parents use neighborhood streets and the Vineyard Dog Park parking area to drop off or pick up their children from the nearby elementary school. However, that is a topic for another day.
Information for all
I believe that the county libraries should have more funding. They need to have longer hours and a free book request service. Currently, libraries are not open as much as they should be. Instead of starting at 8 or 9 a.m., they open at 10 or 11 a.m. They close at 4 p.m. Saturdays and are not open Sundays or Mondays. Some branches are only open for a few hours, twice a week.
It also costs 50 cents to request a book from another library branch. This service should be free. The point of the public libraries is to provide free dissemination of information. They are an equalizer in society — everyone should have access to information, not just those with money. The libraries need more funding, so that they can better fulfill this service with more hours and no hold fees.
The North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center would like to thank the Cal Poly Gender Equity Center and the cast and directors of the “Vagina Monologues” for their generous donation of $2,700.
Each year, these young people produce a very professional performance of this thought-provoking production and donate the proceeds to local agencies serving victims of violence.
Their dedication and generosity support the services we provide to victims of domestic violence in the North County. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Last year, we housed 120 women and their children as they fled their homes, seeking to create a safe and violence-free life for their families. We could not provide the support to these victims if not for the amazing support of events such as these.
To learn more about domestic violence and how you can help, or to make a donation, please contact the office at 226-5400 or visit our website at www.ncwomensshelter.org.
Executive director of the North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center
Altrusa Club of San Luis hosted the Tee Time Golf Tournament in May. Once again, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of merchants, businesses and individuals in our community who supported this worthwhile fundraiser. Thanks also to Chris Rice and Todd Bunte at Laguna Lake Golf Course for all their help and advice.
Even in the current economic climate, golfers, sponsors and donors of goods and services enabled Altrusa to meet its goals. Now our club is able to continue supporting Hawthorne Elementary School Reading programs and the Summer Reading Program at the library, providing scholarships, feeding needy families and encouraging young golfers in the First Tee Program at Laguna golf course.
Thanks, San Luis Obispo; the Central Coast is a good place with good people.
Over the years, Morro Bay locals have lamented the tax base revenue decline, some of which has been generated by the sunsetting of the power plant.
I recently read a story at www.datacenterknowledge.com about an Oregon town’s revival due to a new data center being built there. With a casual online search, there are many other stories about this and similar opportunities.
The City of Morro Bay does not own the power plant, but it may have some influence with the current owners regarding income generation derived from sale, lease or licensing. With some creativity and effort on the part of the current Morro Bay City Council, maybe the power plant facility and grounds could be put to good use by modern industry. Teaming up with startups such as Facebook or Zynga might be less preferable than seeking a partnership with an established operation such as Microsoft, Oracle or Google — but in Morro Bay’s case, almost anything would be better than nothing. Will city officials look to creative solutions to its budget morass?
This letter refers to The Tribune’s May 27 editorial about filling three “neighborhood services specialists” positions at $156,000, in which The Tribune panned the efforts of Residents for Quality Neighborhoods, again.
I say thank God for Residents for Quality Neighborhoods (a 25-year-old organization) whose volunteers work tirelessly to help keep San Luis Obispo neighborhoods from further deterioration. With so many homes in San Luis Obispo owned by out-of-town and out-of-state people who do not care about their properties, our neighborhood code enforcement officers’ workloads are overwhelmed with a huge backload of cases.
If the city can spend $600,000 to beautify two blocks of downtown while neighborhoods deteriorate, then the salaries for three neighborhood services specialists is a steal.
With the deterioration of neighborhoods, the empty stores downtown, the homeless problem and the huge alcohol problem that the city has to endure, shouldn’t everyone be working together for the betterment of the city?
The Tribune should be giving Residents for Quality Neighborhoods a big bouquet of red roses for the tremendous job it does for trying to save San Luis Obispo’s residential neighborhoods.
San Luis Obispo
Project a bad fit
On May 10, the Morro Bay City Council approved by a 3-2 vote the 23-unit Morro Mist project on North Main and Bonita Streets. This project was granted six exceptions to the city’s subdivision requirements, including a commercial zoning requirement, interior yard setbacks, lot coverage, lot size, open space and parking.
Many spoke against this project and presented a petition against it containing 50 signatures. The council was given information concerning 13 different Morro Bay land use policies and/or zoning regulations that this project was out of compliance with. Despite all this, there was no discussion concerning the noncompliance issues or neighborhood concerns.
The bulk, size and scale of this project is out of character with the scenic features of Highway 1, recognized within the city’s Visual Resources and Scenic Highway Element as a scenic highway. This project is almost a football field wide and 2⁄3 of a football field deep.
This is a bad fit, disrupting the flow of commercial business while negatively impacting our adjacent residential neighborhood with overflow parking.
A group of neighbors has appealed this decision to the Coastal Commission. Feel free to voice your concerns with a letter or fax to:
Central Coast District Office
Attn: Madeline Cavalieri
725 Front St., Suite 300
Santa Cruz, CA
William and Antionette Pisor