Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 5/7

Save AB 32

The gentleman who wrote to urge readers to support the effort to roll back AB 32, California’s landmark clean air law (“Politics vs. policy,” April 23), got just about everything wrong.

AB 32 has ensured investments in efficient buildings and clean, renewable energy. Halting that would serve only to protect polluters. This fact has not escaped the two Texas-based refinery giants (including Valero, one of the worst polluters in the United States) that have pledged as much as $2 million to fund the ballot initiative to suspend AB 32. This deceptive initiative would kill hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment in clean energy and green jobs in California.

The day before his letter saw print, the League of California Cities, representing the interests of 470 cities, voted down a motion to suspend AB 32 and instead affirmed its support of the law. “There are a lot of reasons for us to continue to do what’s right,” said League of California Cities board member Jean Quan, “and most of it has to do with the future of our kids.”

Visit www.NoOnValero.com to fight back against the attempt by Texas oil companies to kill AB 32.

Andrew Christie

San Luis Obispo

No excuses

We’ve had numerous warnings that our dependence on fossil fuels is a dangerous path for the future. Now the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico points to the immediate need to end our addiction to oil and other fossil fuels. Alternative energy now. No excuses!

Ruth Madocks

Arroyo Grande

We were right

A number of us San Luis Obispo folks fought oil rigs off our coast. Reading about the eco-disaster in the Gulf of Mexico confirms how right we were. Compliments to the eco-activists of the Central Coast.

Mark T. Thoreau

Nipomo

Fireworks return

We’re back! After a year’s absence, fireworks over Morro Bay Harbor will return for Independence Day 2010. Morro Bay 4th, Inc., a newly-formed nonprofit organization in Morro Bay, has been working hard to raise the necessary money to put on our regular Fourth of July family fun picnic and music festival culminating with a spectacular fireworks display over the water.

Last year, we tried a laser light show that turned out somewhat disappointing, much to the chagrin of the thousands of visitors who escaped the Valley’s heat to enjoy July 4 on the coast.

That prompted the formation of Morro Bay 4th to ensure the return of a fireworks show. Morro Bay’s July 4th celebration is an alcohol-free, family-oriented event with fun activities for the kids and a variety of great music.

We want to invite everyone to come back this summer to our sleepy little fishing village by Morro Rock to escape the heat and celebrate what sets our nation apart from others — freedom.

Check out our website at www.mb4th.org to find out more about the celebration and to donate to the cause.

Neil Farrell

Vice President of Morro Bay 4th

Not about water

City representatives and the local media have done a good job making everyone believe the debate we are having in Paso Robles is about water. It is not. It is, and always has been, about the law and our constitutional rights as citizens. 

The rules, regulations and guidelines in place to finance projects like the Nacimiento pipeline project and its water treatment plant are not ambiguous. The constitution of the State of California has even been amended to spell out the procedure to fund these kinds of projects. 

If our representatives would have used the legal procedure from the beginning, if the public agreed, the funding could have been in place by now.  

There is no reason to allow this plan to be forced through.  All the other infrastructure can be added once the citizens have been allowed a voice. 

If we lose this opportunity to insist the city council follows the rules, we will not only be saddled with higher water rates forever, but it will reinforce their attitude that the way to get things done in the future is to force their will on the citizens, a further erosion of our constitutional rights. Once our rights are gone, we won’t get them back.

Karen Reed

Paso Robles

A rare opportunity

At the April 27 Atascadero city council meeting, our council had a rare opportunity to accept grant funding and move forward with the Sustainable Communities planning grant for small cities in San Luis Obispo County. This grant would pay for development of a climate action plan for our city and no matching funds are required.

State law (AB 32 and SB 375) calls for a reduction of the community’s greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020. Development of the climate action plan is likely to cost at least $25,000. During the meeting, every speaker from the public supported using the grant instead of dipping into our precious general fund to develop the plan.

We cannot pretend the mandates of AB 32 and SB 375 don’t exist. The grant’s offer of a free consultant and collaboration with other cities expires on May 28. After that time, we will have to pay for the plan independently. It makes no sense to pass up this opportunity to have the plan fully grant-funded.

We need to get the item back on the agenda before the deadline of May 28. If you feel strongly about conserving our city’s resources, attend the council meeting and speak at community forum or contact a council member before Tuesday’s meeting.

Ellen Beraud

Atascadero City Council member

Not your town

Regarding Judy Dunlap’s letter (“No-fun SLO,” April 28):

Judy, I am so sorry you didn’t get the memo. San Luis Obispo is not your town or my town (even though I am a third generation native). It is Cal Poly’s town and as such, the Poly Dollies and Frat Brats town.

Cal Poly students and their invited out-of-town brethren are the ones who destroyed La Fiesta, Poly Royal, the X Ball, Mardi Gras, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Period.

If you want the community celebrations to come back, it is quite simple. Get rid of all the Cal Poly students. I am tired of hearing the whining from the very students who are solely responsible for the need for the tougher laws. The laws didn’t come first. They are a response to the drunk, destructive, totally irresponsible behavior of thousands of five-year tourists who treat San Luis Obispo like it’s their own personal playground/toilet. 

A. Mordan

San Luis Obispo

Winholtz for mayor

Wanted: Betty Winholtz for mayor of Morro Bay. She is a person who inspires intelligent and transparent decision-making across all arms of city government and delivers services that support the well-being of all residents.

She has the proven ability to create transparent administrative and fiscal systems, commitment to new modes of civic engagement, willingness to experiment, the skills to build new partnership models and the courage to talk about the city's weaknesses while celebrating its strengths. Her experience and commitment to our city is what is needed now.

Rick Gilligan

Morro Bay

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