Letters to the Editor

San Luis Obispo citizens shouldn’t have to pay for fifth fire station

San Luis Obispo wants a new fire station, even if other city services are diminished, according to an article which quoted council members (“SLO wants a fifth fire station,” Oct. 22).

Improving services for residents is one thing, but to charge current residents for the costs to accommodate new developments is another.

The article makes it sound as if the huge Avila Ranch and San Luis Ranch projects are done deals, so much for the public process.This is another nail in the coffin of the long-held city policy that new development pay its own way. I guess now we all are going to have to pay for new water, new roads, expanded service areas, whatever it takes to say “Yes” to big developers.

So much for caring about those who prize our small town quality of life.

Christine Mulholland, San Luis Obispo