John Peschong’s Viewpoint (Aug. 9, “Preservation through local control is the best option for SLO County’s coastline”) asked if we trust our local leaders.
Look at the traffic mess on Highway 101 through Shell Beach! Was it the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., who created this mess, or was it the “local leaders”?
How about the new development in Pismo Beach while current residents are forced to cut back on water? Can we blame someone in Washington, D.C.?
Here’s the number of building permits issued by the city of Pismo Beach for new single-family homes, multifamily homes and commercial buildings/hotels over the past three fiscal years (from the city’s activity reports and from the city engineer’s report to the City Council on May 19):
2013-14: 27 2014-15: 126, and an additional 125 planning permits.
As the drought worsens, construction explodes!
I will never understand “offsets” and why I need to permanently change my behavior to make way for all this new development. “Local leaders” who are presiding over this development are the same ones who voted for the massive and very unpopular Spanish Springs project in Price Canyon — which violated the California Environmental Quality Act.
If our pro-growth local officials (Shelly Higginbotham, Ed Waage and Mary Ann Reiss) demonstrate this type of environmental mismanagement, how can we trust them?