AllanCooper1 
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Re: “Register and vote, please

Yes, vote for Mayor Harmon and Carlyn Christianson who annexed and approved two massive subdivisions located within significant flood plains and on prime agricultural land. A mayor and council member who voted for these massive high-end housing tracts while asking for the minimum (5%) amount of low income housing. Vote for a mayor and council member who voted to delay implementation of traffic improvements for both San Luis Ranch and Righetti Ranch. Vote for a mayor and council member who turned a deaf ear to residents opposing night hiking within our natural reserves, who turned a deaf ear to residents opposing unsafe traffic conditions at 22 Chorro and who ignored residents protests when nearly tripling our appeal fees. Vote for a mayor who initiated a discussion on reducing public comment from three minutes to a maximum of one minute.Vote for a mayor and council member who approved an update to our zoning regulations that will fast track projects through development review and up zone housing density in our neighborhoods. Vote for a mayor and council member who disregarded neighborhood appeals on the four-story 560 Chorro (Southtown 18) project and the six bars at 1144 Chorro. Vote for a council member who ignored the neighborhoods concerns regarding 71 Palomar. Vote for a mayor who approved the non-conforming black color palette for the Stalwork Building at 1135 Santa Rosa knowing that this color was applied to the building illegally. Vote for a mayor and council member who disregarded the Anholm Neighborhoods pleas to maintain street parking along Broad and Chorro Streets. And all of this in a mere two years! Or you could vote for Keith Gurnee, Sarah Flickenger and Jamie Lopes, all of whom are fighting for the protection of our neighborhoods and the preservation of what is left of our small town charm.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 09/20/2018 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Cycletracks and ageism

RA237 -
There is no need to invent "conspiracy theories". Here are the facts. Over 35% of homes in SLO County are purchased cash on the barrelhead...these purchasers by definition are very wealthy. This means that the old (and the young) wealthy, high-paid employees migrating here, the wealthy American and foreign investors, the wealthy parents of students and wealthy 2nd home purchasers are buying homes here. These home purchasers are inflating the price of housing. Don't blame the restrictive zoning. The zoning and subdivision regulations currently add a "whopping" 3.1% to the cost of a house (see: https://www.nahbclassic.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=250611). Where does the majority of the cost lie? In the land. Those of us who have lived in our neighborhoods for decades did not conspire to "price your generation out". If you want someone to blame, blame Howard Jarvis who back in 1978 managed to get nearly 2/3rds of California's voters to reduce property taxes through Proposition 13. Low property taxes necessarily resulted in the inflation of property values, particularly within the most desirable areas in the state. Why didn't we move? Because we liked the quality of life here, the very same quality life that our Council is putting at risk.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 09/13/2018 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Ageism or sexism?

Unlike the Shredder, I do not engage in pointless ad hominems. My "cryptic" comment was that the decision that the three council members made (not just Mayor Harmon) to ignore the sentiments of the neighborhood residents (in the name of the so-called "greater good" of the biking community) was "Haussmannesque". This top-down decision-making mentality is not unlike that exercised by development-driven communiities back in the 60's. Those decisions, implemented through the powers of eminent domain, led to the gentrification of neighborhoods nationwide and the displacement of thousands of lower-income residents. But unlike Haussmann's boulevards, these dedicated bikelanes through the Anholm neighborhood will be neither beautiful nor functional. And that is the main point being made by the Anholm neighborhood.

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Posted by AllanCooper1 on 09/13/2018 at 2:46 PM

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