Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/30

Grant a huge help

We again extend a huge thank you to members of the Central Coast Funds for Children for its generous grant to the Community Counseling Center.

Central Coast Funds for Children is a publicly supported, nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization that works to make a difference in the lives of children. Its grant to Community Counseling Center will sponsor weekly therapy sessions for 10 children.

Community Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization that provides short-term, low-cost counseling for individuals, children, couples and families. All of our clients have a low income and no insurance.

We deeply appreciate Central Coast Funds for Children for making it easier for children to receive needed counseling.

Binah Polay

Executive Director, Community Counseling Center

Hospital’s hospitality

We wish to acknowledge the generous help that French Hospital provided to our National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family class.

For 12 weeks they provided their conference room, technical expertise and food services assistance, all without charge. Without fail, every French Hospital staff member we encountered during the 12 weeks was friendly and helpful. Their spirit of service shows.

Family-to-Family classes are offered throughout the county. They provide education and support to families and friends who have a loved one with a mental illness. Classes are free.

For more information, contact John Klimala at 550-3389.

Joe and Madeleine Johnson

San Luis Obispo

Planning gone awry?

Watch out for the supervisors! Especially Supervisors Jim Patterson and Bruce Gibson, whose agenda seems to go after anyone who wants to hold larger events on their property (“SLO County cuts off ranch owner’s special events,” Dec. 20).

Correct me if I’m wrong, but after what happened to Dancing Horse Ranch (the stopping of all events at the 41-acre ranch), I’m almost afraid that we’re moving into a “big brother” state. What I don’t understand is why Dancing Horse Ranch can’t do afternoon or early evening events, thus eliminating “noise” after 10 p.m.?

In January, our supervisors will “plunge” into serious discussions about who can have what events where and under what circumstances.

This issue encompasses many players, including, but not limited to, small-business people such as wedding photographers, people who live near event sites, farmers, ranchers, winery owners and those who have moved from metropolitan areas to the Paso Robles countryside and don’t want their peace and quiet disturbed.

I moved from the big city to a rural area and greater Paso Robles is a growing place with all sorts of venues to bring people and money to the area.

Sharen Rund Bloechl Atascadero

Board ruling unlawful

Regarding an article in The Tribune on Dec. 20, “SLO County cuts off ranch owner’s special events”:

The county Board of Supervisors’ decision regarding the request of Nicole Bennett was not lawful. Bennett’s efforts to comply with all requirements of the county Planning Department were completed in good faith. If there were “rules” preventing using the facilities for weddings, that was not clear before she expended time, effort and expense to meet the code requirements.

Supervisor Bruce Gibson’s comment that the government has latitude to decide “what’s a fair economic return” disregards Bennett’s right to lawfully use her property. The decision based on the “primary use of the property” completely ignores written Planning Department rules.

The article said that “supervisors based their decision in part on complicated land use policies that say, in effect, that events must spring from the primary use of the property. In this case, that is bed and breakfast, they said, not weddings.”

Gibson said that they have wide discretion in protecting “the health, safety and welfare of the neighborhood.”

“Wide discretion” equals total disregard for current county written policy and the corresponding rights of property owners.

Peter Houck

Arroyo Grande