The San Luis Obispo City Council has decided that neighborhood wellness is no longer a priority of theirs and that addressing deferred infrastructure maintenance is the lowest priority (“SLO sets goals for next 2 years,” Jan. 25).
Mayor Jan Marx is quoted as saying she hopes “the staff will look at the value of taking care of some deferred maintenance.” What did we elect her and the rest of the council for, to hope that the staff will pity the residents and spare a few crumbs for city’s maintenance?
Neighborhood wellness and maintenance of infrastructure should not even be considered an optional goal, but a necessity. After the mandatory neighborhood and maintenance items are funded, secondary “wants” such as new bike paths, skate parks and new housing (when we can’t maintain our current infrastructure), and why are we buying open space that does not even protect the greenbelt adjacent to the city? That money would be better spent cleaning up Laguna Lake than buying county property not even in the city’s sphere of influence.
Perhaps council elections by neighborhood districts would take the power from the special interests that now control the city and return it to the residents who are paying for all the bills.