Letters to the Editor

No one has a right to live in San Luis Obispo County

High housing costs play a big role in the Central Coast’s unaffordability. Affordable rental housing — units that cost residents no more than 30 percent of their income — is tough to find in San Luis Obispo County and across the country, especially for those working for minimum wage.
High housing costs play a big role in the Central Coast’s unaffordability. Affordable rental housing — units that cost residents no more than 30 percent of their income — is tough to find in San Luis Obispo County and across the country, especially for those working for minimum wage. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

For many years, I have heard over and over again about “affordable housing” in San Luis Obispo County. There is no affordable housing in SLO County. Affordable housing is in places like Bakersfield or Taft. No one has a right to live in SLO County. When I was young, I commuted 90 miles one way to a job for five years because there was no housing where my job was located.

Labor is a commodity with a market value like anything else. That is why minimum-wage laws disrupt and harm the economy. If employers require the labor that needs nonexistent affordable housing, wages will either rise or the employer will move to an area where wages and housing costs are lower. That is the real market, and that’s how the real world works and should work.

Richard Placak, Atascadero

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