Shame, shame, shame on the city of San Luis Obispo and the marathon organizers. I give two thumbs down for the poor planning of the April 22 race. Access to one major hospital, one post-operative care facility and three large nursing homes — and of the shifts of dedicated workers who could not reach their destinations in a timely fashion — was never taken into consideration.
These men and women provide help for at-risk elders not to mention the countless volunteers who show up on their dime to give someone who may not have family a brighter day with a smile or kind word.
I don’t feel this neighborhood was the right venue. Run out in the wide open space; we have a lot of that. Or run around San Luis Mountain a few times.
Our hospitals and nursing homes need to have all access to all departments for workers to get to their jobs without having to circumnavigate the city umpteen times.
Nancy De Lauer
San Luis Obispo
Nursing Home Week
National Nursing Home Week, which begins on Mother’s Day on Sunday and ends May 19, is a special week to “Celebrate the Journey” of nursing home residents and their caregivers and shower them with community support.
This year’s theme of “Celebrating the Journey” is the perfect backdrop for a visit to a loved one, friend or neighbor in a nursing home and reminds us to honor each individual’s life story. Many skilled nursing care facilities in California will be hosting special events.
If you are unable to visit, please call, send a greeting card, letter, or small useful gift. These gestures let elders know you care and improve their quality of life. To learn more about National Nursing Home Week, visit www.nnhw.org .
San Luis Obispo
Confidence in Irons
Jamie Irons wants to update the Morro Bay General Plan. It’s 25 years old. It’s such a common sense thing to do.
I’ve had a chance to get to know Jamie a little bit since he began his run for mayor. He has a lot of common sense. He sees the big problems in town and has ideas on how to approach them. He wants to re-unite the community from its current division between Embarcadero and not Embarcadero. He wants to improve roads and paths. He inspires a lot of confidence in me. He has my vote for mayor of Morro Bay.
A clear choice
As we watch this year’s supervisor election, it is of interest that Andrew Christie, the local Sierra Club director, explained why the organization did not endorse Supervisors Hill and Patterson: They weren’t as extreme as the Sierra Club desired and he concluded that club members would be working with these supervisors to change that shortcoming in the years to come. That means if the incumbents are re-elected they will get afull court press to get back in line with the Sierra Club’s over-the-top requirements.
This election is about the culture of our county. Do we want more over reaching ordinances like the unpopular plastic bag ban that has heavy fines and even potential jail sentences for businesses that don’t comply, or do we want an environment that encourages new job creating businesses in our county? For me the choice is clear. We need to be encouraging economic development, not throwing up barriers to potential new businesses. If you agree, I would urge you to join me in voting for Debbie Arnold for 5th District supervisor on June 5.
Course of success
Jim Patterson is making it happen for our county!
Economic recovery requires jobs. Economic vitality requires an understanding of how we can make our community stronger to survive future economic downturns. On both accounts, 5th District Supervisor Jim Patterson is a super star. The policies Jim supports have already brought jobs, especially for electricians, pipefitters, engineers and other construction workers hit especially hard by the collapse of the housing market.
The solar plants in California Valley, new fire protection services for Creston and the Carissa Plains, plus the new Atascadero Library and county office spaces; these are multimillion dollar projects, providing good jobs now. They help to provide a source of renewable energy, stable infrastructure, needed resident services, and educational opportunity, all of which contribute to our longterm strength as a community.
I’m proud to have Jim Patterson as our 5th District supervisor. We can count on him to advocate for jobs and fiscal responsibility to keep our county’s economy strong. On June 5, stay the course of success, and re-elect Jim Patterson.
Why not ban parking?
Concerning The Tribune’s May 4 opinion regarding a possible permit or outright ban on RVs parking in SLO, my thought is: What’s the problem with that?
Cities limit the height of signs, enforce building codes, restrict number of pets, tell you what trees you can cut, and some even ban overnight parking for “all” vehicles, much less an occupied one, so the occasional visiting relative would need a temporary time restricted permit.
There is nothing in the rulebook that says displaced “campers” will simply move to unincorporated areas of this county, save the weather and one paper’s opinion. Home base could easily be Phoenix.
Providing “well monitored” spaces as The Tribune suggests is what is “preposterous.” Ask the police chief or county sheriff if there are funds or manpower to adequately and effectively “monitor” overnight “campers.”
The reported problems, (assaults, thefts, etc.) won’t necessarily cease with the appearance of a welcome mat.