Letters to the Editor

There’s no good reason to destroy the trees on Palomar Avenue in SLO

Residents are concerned about a proposed housing development at 71 Palomar Ave., the impact it would have on the neighborhood and on the trees at the property.
Residents are concerned about a proposed housing development at 71 Palomar Ave., the impact it would have on the neighborhood and on the trees at the property. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Having just read Richard Schmidt’s piece on the proposed project on Palomar Avenue in San Luis Obispo (“City of SLO is promoting destruction of century-old trees,” July 12), I must say I am dumbfounded.

While I had heard about this project, I had no idea what was involved. Is this the only parcel in town where one might build student housing? Really?! I very much doubt that.

To even think about removing 49 hundred-year-old oaks, not to mention destroying a historical home, is the best argument I have heard so far that the city, under the purported dictatorship of Katie Lichtig, is run amok.

And this town is said to be the “happiest town in America”? Not for long.

We can do better than this.

Are we really so intimidated by the power of money that there is no room for reason here?

The Tree Committee suddenly had the tree removal issue removed from the June 27 agenda! Sounds like a spy movie.

It seems as if the driving force is the added revenue for city coffers to support salaries, questionable raises and pensions for the likes of Ms. Lichtig and her delegates. What a sad state for our sweet town.

Susan Pyburn, San Luis Obispo

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