Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/13

Downtown dilemma

The San Luis Obispo City Council has given a go-ahead to the parameters of the Garden Street Terraces without any real idea of what it will look like. True, the project is much slimmed down and lower and there is less casting of shadows, but there is still the likely deep chasm that will be Garden alley, the height and bulk along Broad and Marsh streets and the problematic courtyards.

Questions persist: Will it block the precious viewsheds? Will we be able to walk easily through and around this project, in San Luis Obispo fashion? How useful to the neighborhood will the market be?

Will the lack of public parking be a real handicap? Will setbacks and setups lead to graceful structures?

Hamish Marshall, the developer, and George Garcia, architect, have listened and learned. But now is crunch time and we are all looking for a creation that will fit — not be crammed — into the core of our downtown.

Joseph Abrahams

San Luis Obispo

Our invaluable libraries

This is a great time to take a second look at an often overlooked public resource: the library. This invaluable facility has something for everyone, and guess what — it’s free. I bet many of us have fond memories of early library days when the local library could be a safe haven or just a cozy place to find books, imagine or read.

Libraries can really make a difference in youth development and education. On a recent visit to the San Luis Obispo City/County Library, I discovered an engaging program involving teens and young adults.

This is the best-kept secret in San Luis Obispo! Upbeat, enthusiastic librarians have worked hard to create a “teen-friendly zone” with comfy seating and lots of graphic novels, manga and more. An interactive website “4 Teens” offers resources that reflect a wide range of topics, technology, networking and activities that teens care about.

The upcoming summer reading program for young people, “Make a Splash,” sounds like a lot of fun.

Our libraries are still one of our most important resources. Many thanks to our libraries and librarians for enriching our lives with information, help and caring.

Annette Hackman

San Luis Obispo

Development traffic jam

Ever since the creation (at taxpayers’ expense) of the beautiful fields at the Damon-Garcia Sports Complex, the true needs of our city, its businesses and residents have been characterized as “insane” by a small, selfish group of individuals. They don’t want through traffic between the commercial corridors of Broad Street and lower Higuera Street to come near where they play ball occasionally (“Prado extension plan may go to voters,” June 10).

With the development of housing on the Broad Street side and the continuing development on the Higuera/Madonna side, there is a genuine need for a better connecting corridor. 

At the time that the Dalidio project was pushed forward, there was talk of an overpass to connect South Higuera and Dalidio Road behind the post office. What sense would that make without the access to the residential area as already planned? None. 

Please don’t allow the people who got the first part of the development plan to halt the remainder because it furthers the interests of a small number of folks when compared to the number of users for the roadway.

Tom Spears

San Luis Obispo

A simple solution

Regarding the letter to the editor, “Government problem” (June 2). 

The writers rail against unions and regulation and blame California’s economic problems on these groups and policies along with our elected officials. They blame the Democratic lawmakers for our unemployment and the economic problems we now face.

These current problems really stem from our state’s policy of requiring a two-thirds vote to pass the state budget. The Republican minority is holding our citizens hostage by obstructing progress and passing a balanced budget that funds schools, health care and infrastructure. They seem to still cling to supply-side economics. Reaganomics didn’t work. Do you think the Gulf states still want less regulation now?

The real way to solve some of these problems is to amend the state constitution to require a simple majority to pass a state budget. Then we can have “real people” operating an effective government. 

Scott Jenkins

San Luis Obispo

Power payments

On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Meadow Park building in San Luis Obispo, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will ask for a $4 billion rate increase over three years at the public hearing of the California Public Utilities Commission.

PG&E’s rates are higher than almost all electric utilities in California and higher than almost all electric utilities in the United States. In addition, the CEO of PG&E, Peter Darbee, received $9.4 million in executive compensation last year.

Do we, the rate payers in San Luis Obispo, have to tolerate another increase in our rates to support a $9 million salary and the millions of dollars PG&E spends on lobbying and purchasing political influence?

I hope that we, the rate payers, tell the California Public Utilities Commission at the meeting that PG&E’s request for a $4 billion rate increase is totally unreasonable, is greedy and is putting a tremendous burden on the rate payers of San Luis Obispo.

Let’s make our voices heard.

Lynne Levine

San Luis Obispo

Business judgment

As we crash headlong into a newly crowded election season, consider this:

If claiming to be, or having been, a businessman (or businesswoman) is an indicator of good judgment, how come so many business operators go bankrupt or otherwise fail?   

Marvin Sosna

Morro Bay