A complex issue
As former Morro Bay planning commissioners, we understand the complexities of developing major infrastructure in coastal California. The elected leaders in the city of Morro Bay do not.
The current City Council’s unwillingness to work with the Coastal Commission in permitting its proposed oceanfront wastewater treatment plant will likely cost residents thousands of dollars in wasted public funds.
Eighteen months ago we cautioned the city that its proposed plan reduced the wastewater project to a simplistic building renovation, as opposed to new development with a once-in-a-lifetime oceanfront planning opportunity. We encouraged a thorough analysis of alternate locations in accordance with our local coastal plan and tourism-based economic future.
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Today, as the project sits stalled, the city accrues a $650/hour bill from a lobbyist hired to do work city staff and elected officials should be doing. There is no indication a permit will be obtained any time soon. On June 5 you can vote for candidates who understand the permitting process. You can vote for candidates who recognize it is their duty to advocate for a permit instead of paying a lobbyist an exorbitant amount of your tax dollars. Please join us and support Jamie Irons, Christine Johnson and Noah Smukler.
Michael Lucas, Gerry Luhr and John Diodati
If the county supervisor race is any indication, we’re in for a mud-filled election season this fall. Ed Waage and Debbie Arnold have engaged in the dirtiest local election campaign I’ve seen since moving here 20 years ago. They filled up their dump trucks with lies and distortions and deposited the slime in our mailboxes.
If that’s all they have to offer, they don’t deserve to hold office at any level.
I suggest every voter in our county send a message and reject this type of slash and burn campaigning. Vote for Adam Hill and Jim Patterson.
San Luis Obispo
CAPSLO Health and Prevention provides several education and prevention programs to our community, a challenging goal in this economy.
Fortunately, the only fundraiser they hold each year is also the best and oldest — 25 years — a “wine-tasting-and-gourmet-food-sampling-with-live-music-and-a-silent auction event” on the Central Coast, an Afternoon of Epicurean Delights.
It takes place on Sunday, June 3, from 11:30 to 3:30, at the stunning Chapman Estate overlooking the cliffs in Shell Beach. More than 50 gourmet chefs and caterers, local wineries and breweries, two professional florists and eight musical groups, are generously donating their time and creativity to make this year’s event the best ever.
I am proud to be involved as a volunteer coordinator and to have my work support this valuable organization. To attend an Afternoon of Epicurean Delights, tickets can be purchased at the San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Chambers of Commerce, Crushed Grape or by calling the office, 544-2498, or at the gate on Sunday. The cost is $100 and deductible! There is even parking and a shuttle service from Shell Beach school.