Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/27

County looking bad

Let’s see if I have this straight. The April 6 Tribune article entitled “Proposed homeless facility gets big boost from county” states that our Board of Supervisors (three years after the 86-page plan for the “Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness” was written) have declared 1.1 acres off Prado Road as “surplus,” making a site available for their proposed homeless shelter.

If and when this new shelter is built (since the present ones have code violations), homeless children will “get out of cots in churches and into beds.” Who will choose which children get beds — since, by the county’s own estimation, there are approximately 2,000 homeless children and approximately 149 beds in the new shelter, which will be available in “several more years”?

We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. There are so many plans that other U.S. cities are implementing to get homeless people into homes (not just shelters) such as the “100,000 Homes Campaign” free for the joining, which our county has chosen not to participate in.

Meanwhile, taxpayers’ dollars are funding government staff who work hard to harass and attempt to shut down private programs that provide real homes (not just shelters) for our local homeless. Is this because these private programs make the county look bad?

Becky Jorgeson

Santa Margarita

Attend on time

The Morro Bay City Council deserves not a brickbat, rather a large bouquet for the recent action taken to ensure that planning commissioners are in proper attendance. As I am nearing end of my fourth consecutive term (eight years) on the Pismo Beach Planning Commission, I can say I’ve never been late to a meeting, only missed five or six the entire time, and never two in a row.

This is a very important position and requires the utmost dedication. Council, staff and particularly the citizens deserve to be heard by the entire commission whenever possible! Applicants spend enormous amounts of money and have giant portions of their life invested in their projects, large and small. Opponents are deeply concerned about the consequences these projects bring.

The general plan and zoning ordinance updates and amendments are deeply complicated and ebb and flow with the ever-changing needs of our communities. Even with a full commission, staff has an exceedingly difficult job balancing all this with the law and the will of We the People.  

If, for whatever reason, a person cannot be present and on time at most all meetings, they should either resign or be recalled.

Mark Burnes

Pismo Beach

Lack of coverage

We, co-presidents of the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos board, are very disappointed with the lack of coverage in The Tribune of the near $3 million Nature Education Facilities grant we recently received through state Proposition 84, passed by the voters in 2006. Because of your lack of coverage, your readership missed an important story.

This highly competitive grant had 300 statewide applicants, of which only 44 were awarded funding. DANA was the only award recipient in San Luis Obispo County, and one of only four in the San Luis-Santa Barbara-Ventura counties area.

Our project, Stories of the Rancho: Ecology, Culture, Stewardship, will tell the story of human influences and human uses of a single location over thousands of years. The grant will enable DANA to provide interactive environmental education programs and exhibits in a visitors center, curation room and nature education classroom, as well as hiking trails and a Chumash village.

DANA is planning a series of informational meetings in the Nipomo Library on Tuesday, May 17, June 7 and June 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to share with the community more information about DANA and about our planned development with the NEF grant.

Alan and Helen Daurio

Nipomo

A balanced program

I must agree with Rep. McCarthy where he says “America’s debt and deficit are unsustainable.” However, to ask our children and grandchildren to shoulder this debt is irresponsible and cowardly.

It is unfunded mandates and the persistent belief in “trickle down” economics that has created the problem to start with.

Our government has failed to adequately fund both national priorities and international interventions. These failures, coupled with deregulation and subsequent bailout of Wall Street, have put our backs against the wall. We need to devise and implement a balanced program that considers the aforementioned issues, not one that dismantles programs that promote the welfare of our citizens.

William Tuck

Paso Robles

Entitled to the facts

I appreciated your recent article noting the propaganda piece mailed to San Luis Obispo city mailboxes by the SLO City police and fire association’s political action committee. (“Unions mail pamphlets on binding arbitration,” April 23.)

The pamphlet claims the “information contained was provided courtesy of the PERS and Marin (County?) Professional Firefighters.”

I don’t understand why our own police and firefighters can’t put out a piece that describes San Luis Obispo City conditions factually. Two photos are contained. I challenge our firefighters to publish where and when these photos were taken in San Luis Obispo City and the names of the pictured firefighters and the specific fire. I will be very, very surprised if they can.

I think the voters of our city are entitled to factual information if our police and fire associations expect the public to support their pleas for continuing binding arbitration. 

Kenneth Schwartz, former mayor and councilman

San Luis Obispo

Joining forces?

The Tribune is to be commended for drawing attention to the pending foreclosure of the Congregation Beth David property on Los Osos Valley Road.

A question: Might the temple join forces with another group or groups in search of a home? The building-less Jewish Community Center in SLO comes to mind. But the SLO Jewish community is also quite small.

Why not improve the world a bit (and the Los Osos Valley Road/San Luis Obispo corridor a lot) by creating an Interfaith Community Center? Such a unique facility, similar in scope to a traditional YMCA, would serve the local Muslim and Hindu communities, as well as Jews and Christians. (See www.paloaltojcc.org.)

If a few additional months are needed to raise funds from the community at large for this major, interfaith project, perhaps agreeing to eventually repay the full debt to the bank would be an incentive.

Todd Katz

San Luis Obispo

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