I want to applaud the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors for delaying the decision on whether to amend the Blacklake specific plan, which would allow the building of up to 120 hotel suites, 90 to 100 single-family homes and 60 to 80 senior-housing duplexes. With a NASA determination that California has a one-year supply of water left, we should not consider any new building in our county.
We need to go one step further. Ban the installation and watering of any lawns, public and private. Put per-gallon restrictions on households that are based on the number of people verifiably living at that home. If you go over your allotment, it’s up to you to buy bottled water for the rest of the month. Assist farmers with converting all irrigation to drip, and prohibit irrigation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is just a start; but, come on, folks, we need to get serious.
While I support property rights, I more strongly support survival of the community. We can only do this together.