Los Osos water bills
I would like to thank June Wright and Shelby Rinck in their letters to The Tribune, of May 16 and May 23, respectively, for bringing to my attention the possibility that Michelle Tasseff had been getting her water from Golden State Water when she complained, in her letter of April 30, about her high water bills while living in Los Osos. If Ms. Tasseff had not implied that all Los Osans paid such high rates, my response would have been different.
I knew there were two major suppliers, but didn’t realize how different the rates were. I get my water from Los Osos Community Services District Water, and when I compared rates, Golden State’s were higher. At my winter usage, Gosden State’s rates were about 70 percent higher. At my summer usage, they were an astounding three times higher.
Why should the accident of where you live within our small community result in such major differences? Does it lie in the fact that Golden State is a for-profit company, while the community services district is a government agency? Or is it because of rules or laws like Prop 13 that result in my property taxes being many fold higher than my neighbor who has owned his house for 30 years compared to five for me?
All of this talk about homeless children, but very little action. Perhaps this is because people don’t really even know what is causing this problem. They blame the economy or even blame the parents for letting their children become homeless.
Well, maybe its time someone told you the truth as to why so many children are homeless these days and the numbers keep on rising.
Believe it or not, its Bill Clinton’s fault for signing the Welfare Reform Bill back at the beginning of his second term, saying, “We can always change it later.” But neither he nor any president since him has changed it.
Our government ended the “entitlement” of basic needs being met for our country’s children and their caregivers. They have made it so difficult to stay on Welfare that no one can do so for very long without violating the impossible-to-follow rules.
Entitlements must be reinstated. Either that, or get ready for even more homeless children throughout the country.
I’m writing in response to Joe Dervin’s May 26 letter about restaurants on the Central Coast. I moved to Atascadero six years ago after living in New York City, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, so I know something about good food. I was offended when I read that the New Times listed a fast food restaurant as the best that Atascadero has to offer. Either they did very little research, or they’re perpetuating the myth that there is nothing worth going to in Atascadero.
The Tribune gave excellent and well-deserved reviews to both CalTerra Trattoria and Kai Lana Sushi & Seafood, and you can even sit down while you eat! And they are not the only good restaurants in Atascadero. I suggest Mr. Dervin check some of them out. He might be pleasantly surprised and even save some gas money. Let’s support our local merchants. If we did, there might be more of them.
Rates too high
There are many things wrong in government today that we little people have no ability to change. Increasing our city water and sewer rates is something that we can keep from happening.
The city of San Luis Obispo is going to raise our rates again after June 14. If only one more than half of the city residents paying the utility bill will write in and object to the proposal, the city cannot impose the new, higher rates. It is now raising every year. We retirees haven’t had a raise in Social Security since three years ago, and we must live within our means. It is time the city does the same. Our rates are already too high.
All you need to do is be the resident who pays the utility bill, and write that you object to the rate increase. Print your name and address, and sign it. Mail to the City Clerk at 990 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401.
Please take the time to do this before June 14. We do not need our utilities bill to go higher.
San Luis Obispo
Importance of name
Great insight regarding Bill Morem’s May 26 column, “What’s in a name?” A lot, if it has a registered trademark, the column reiterates.
Recently our company, Pismodise, has received two registered trademarks from The United States Patent & Trademark Office. Many hours of work, time and money go into a registered trademark. It truly was a learning experience, but extremely worthwhile.
Thanks, Bill. your column caught my eye, and others’ also!
Give up property
Let the state of California give up its Morro Strand beach property to the county of San Luis Obispo. The county Planning Department had $300,000 allocated several years ago to build a small recreational park adjacent to and just east of the state property. If the Planning Department has not spent it, then this money could be used to not only maintain the beach property, but also to build the Cayucos terminal of the proposed bicycle path to Morro Bay.
Let Sam Blakeslee take care of this now.
This weekend I saw a play, “Spinning Into Butter” at the San Luis Obispo Little Theater, and I would like to recommend it to everyone in San Luis Obispo from 10 to 100 years old to see.
The acting was outstanding, and the story, which is about racism in a predominately white school community, is one that I think is needed in San Luis Obispo — since it, too, is a predominately white community.
Bravo, and many thanks to the SLO Little Theater for bringing this play to our community. Hopefully it will encourage honest discussion in dealing with one of the major issues of our county and our world!
San Luis Obispo