Morro Bay: 1987
Morro Bay needs an updated general plan. Believe it or not, the last update was in 1987 (think George H.W. Bush was vice president, Margaret Thatcher was prime minister). An updated general plan, the purpose of which is to create orderly growth, would give the city a foot up in applying for state and federal grants.
In today’s competitive grant market, an updated plan is essential. It assures the grantees that politics/ zoning conflicts would not delay the project. In the past, grants helped Morro Bay fund the Harbor Walk, the roundabout, Del Mar tennis courts, paving Quintana Road, and re-striping North Main Street for bike lanes. Projects such as the bicycle/pedestrian trail joining Cayucos and Morro Bay, Del Mar Elementary safe routes to school, the Del Mar Park parking lot, and the harbor pier repairs are in need of funding.
Jamie Irons, as a past city planning commissioner, is the person to see that this process gets done. Please vote for Jamie Irons for mayor.
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The genuine article
I support Jim Patterson for county supervisor in the 5th District. He is the genuine article: nonpartisan, open-minded, balanced; effective in getting things done; a tireless worker totally dedicated to community service; steady, sound in judgment, with a complete command of the issues. Jim is the model of what a supervisor should be.
And Jim is “business friendly” in the right way: He works to promote our business interests as residents of San Luis Obispo County. Realizing that our most precious asset is the unspoiled open space and rural countryside that distinguish this area from the sprawl-spoiled areas that dominate most of coastal California, Jim is sensitive to the fact that development in that open space carries major costs for the public. So he embraces “smart growth” principles, favoring development in the already-populated areas and trying to preserve as much of our precious open space as possible.
While his opponent boasts of being “business-friendly,” the business she is friendly to is not ours but that of the moneyed interests that have spread suburban sprawl across other coastal areas of California. Let’s protect our business interests by re-electing a man who puts our business first, a truly model public servant — Jim Patterson.
Short school weeks
I read with interest about the outrage to the cuts in the San Luis Coastal school system (Tribune, May 9). Compared to Paso Robles, it doesn’t seem like the San Luis folks have that much to be outraged about. In Paso, from now until the end of school all of our kids are only going to school three days a week, while Mondays and Fridays are “furlough days.”
Unbelievable! Aren’t there laws about the number of days school has to be in session? Besides the very real disadvantage to our kids, think of the terrible effect on our teachers. Their paychecks must be miniscule.
I would think that anyone who could possibly find a job elsewhere will do so. And what about the cost to working parents who have to scramble for day care two extra days a week? In Paso we’d accept “larger classes, fewer electives, less money for high school athletic travel and the loss of music instructors in kindergarten through third-grade” if they’d just let our students go to school!
The good guys don’t always win. David doesn’t always defeat Goliath and just because you’re right doesn’t guarantee that justice will prevail. I’m a child of the ’60s. I learned these “facts of life” the hard way tilting at the windmills of the establishment during those times.
The recent results of the vote on the Nipomo pipeline proposal would indicate that the Mesa Community Alliance rejected those “facts of life.” Instead of being intimidated and scared off by the overwhelming finances, the powerful PR machine, the misrepresentations and the unfair voting procedures set up by the Nipomo Community Services District, they rallied around two other lessons learned in the struggles of the ’60s: Don’t give up and don’t back down.
My congratulations to those stubborn and courageous MCA volunteers, particularly Larry and Arlene Versaw, Liam Bennet, John Sonksen and Jerry Germany.
Proud to have him
When Noah Smukler first ran for Morro Bay City Council, we appreciated his youthful enthusiasm. We hoped he would bring to governing the same qualities that made him an easy choice for voters. He surpassed our highest expectations.
Noah has never come to a meeting unprepared. He studies every issue and goes beyond the staff reports, seeking out citizens and stakeholders directly. He asks pointed and insightful questions designed to stimulate thoughtful discussion. He has tackled tough fiscal issues and understands that to govern, he must look at all the information, not just that with which he already agrees.
Unfortunately, he has too often been on the losing end of 4-1 votes where the discussion made clear that the majority had made up their minds before setting foot in the council meeting or hearing the first public comment speaker.
Regularly, public comment runs 10-1 in one direction and the current council votes 4-1 the other way. Thank you, Tribune, for recognizing Noah Smukler’s desire to represent all of Morro Bay, not just the select few who have the ear of the council majority. We will be proud to have Noah Smukler represent us for four more years.
Thanks to Scolari’s
The Scolari’s store in San Luis Obispo will be missed by all of us at God’s Storehouse Food Pantry, and we would like to thank the Scolari family and their staff for their generous support. Their contributions started many years ago when Mary Baum operated the food pantry at the Nazarene Church, and it continued when the pantry moved last year to Grace Church in downtown San Luis Obispo.
With their donations of bread, dairy and meat, Scolari’s has been a key partner, along with other grocery stores, to help us feed hundreds of families and seniors in need every Saturday for nearly three decades.
We would especially like to thank Mark, the store manager, Jim in the dairy department, John in the deli department and Pat in receiving for their help in ensuring that no food went to waste and that families in need had nutritious food to eat.
We wish the Scolari family all the best in their future and are hopeful that other grocery stores in the community will help fill the gap that will be left behind as our local Scolari’s closes its doors.
San Luis Obispo
College not for jobs
Your Wednesday cartoon picturing an unemployed college graduate is false. One does not attend higher education to get a good job, rather one strives to be a more complete human being.
I hold two degrees from Yale and one from Columbia and in those eight wonderful years of university I never thought of employment as the objective. In fact, at Yale graduate school I met my intelligent wife, Sally, and that alone more than compensated for my efforts. It also has been a great blessing to our offspring.
F. Stewart Thomson
Beware scam calls
Please be advised of a telephone scam happening on the Central Coast. Our home has received two scam calls in the past week.
Today’s call started out with a male saying, “Hi, Grandma. This is your long-lost grandson,” as he coughs in my ear.
Then he tries to pry out information about me to get a conversation going.
Last week, my husband answered the scam call. he got the same line except it was, “Hi, Grandpa.” The guy did not cough either.
Beware. My girlfriend’s father in Florida last year sent $5,000. He really thought the scam call was real that his grandson was in trouble and needed money.
Famous line: “Don’t tell Mom.”
The scam caller could even pretend to be a friend’s kid, saying their parent (your friend) is in trouble/sick and needs money.
Please pass this information out to everyone, even family/friends who are not living on the Central Coast.
If you get a scam call, hang up immediately! Call your family or friend to let them know what is happening.
San Luis Obispo