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Don't settle for less 

Once again our little town is at a crossroads. In the 1960s the City Council wanted to pave over the creek between Broad and Chorro streets and put in a parking lot. Their logic was downtown would fail without more parking. A group of brave people had another plan - it would close Monterey street at the Mission, put in an open area, and clean up the creek; making the it available for people to take a break from shopping or work and enjoy the creek.

The City Council said no. A coalition of citizens and business tossed out the City Council and elected a new mayor and Council. And as they say, the rest is history. In the 1980s a local developer acquired the old Sears building, dug a big hole in the ground, then the Reaganomics S&L fiasco put them out of business and downtown was left with an ugly fence along Higuera Street. The Copeland family stepped in and built the Downtown Center. Now that part of downtown has undergone a Renaissance.

We a now faced with the proposed development of the Marketplace on Madonna road. Both the developers and the City Council agree this would have a significant negative impact on Downtown San Luis. It would also increase the development of more big box stores along the Madonna and Los Osos Valley Road corridor. The financial implications will have a huge impact on the San Luis budget. The only solution to this farce is to vote No on A-B-C.

 

James Benson

San Luis Obispo

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