Two public agencies — the city of SLO and Cuesta College — have decided against putting tax measures on the November ballot. Those were smart decisions on both counts, particularly by Cuesta trustees. As we’ve said before, the college should concentrate on satisfying the accreditation committee, and a bond election at this point would be a distraction.
For the city of SLO, rushing into a campaign to extend the half-cent sales tax doesn’t make much sense either. The current tax doesn’t expire until March 2015, and voters have yet to see all of the benefits that the additional revenue will provide. By waiting, the city will be in a much better position to point to accomplishments and to make a case for why the extension is necessary.
Besides, in today’s rotten economy, taxpayers aren’t exactly in the mood to approve taxes.
Officials at SLO and Cuesta were wise to wait, and for that, we offer them well-timed bouquets.
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All right, everyone, act friendly!
In case you haven’t heard, SLO is one of five cities in the running for the title of friendliest small town in America, a contest sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today.
We aren’t exactly certain when the judging will occur; we were told only that some “amateur travelers” are visiting the competing communities and will begin blogging about their travels today.
To ensure that we make a good impression on the judges, we briefly considered lobbing brickbats at anyone caught frowning, cursing, complaining, failing to make eye contact with and/or say hello to strangers or neglecting to beam indulgently at every cute puppy and/or baby spotted downtown. But then we came to our senses. Brickbats aren’t friendly!
So forget the brickbats, we’re breaking out the bouquets and offering them to all you curmudgeons, whiners, grumps, pills, sourpusses, eyerollers and Eeyores out there. All we ask in return is that, at least for the next few days, you keep the kvetching to a minimum, OK? And seriously, would it really hurt you to smile?
Hopes for Oceano revitalization
We were skeptical when we learned last year that Caltrans had given SLO County a $150,000 grant to develop a “revitalization plan” for Oceano. We were under the impression that the Oceano Specific Plan, prepared 10 years ago at a cost of $125,000, was supposed to be a blueprint for revitalizing Oceano.
The new study, though, will make recommendations that are — excuse the redundancy — more specific than those included in the specific plan. Sidewalks, curbs, gutters and streetlights are examples of possible upgrades that could result.
The latest study is moving forward; there was a community workshop this week and a preliminary plan is due to be presented to the community on July 12.
We still wish that the money could have gone toward actual improvements, rather than another study. However, we look forward to the recommendations, and we’ll keep a bouquet on ice in the hope that this will indeed lead to a revitalization of the South County community — and not just to more paperwork.
Editorials are the opinion of The Tribune.