Jim West 
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Re: “A board majority that does nothing right

Mr. Medzyk forgets, or doesn't know, that Cal Poly and Cuesta are also "destinations" for tens of thousands of students each year, who are taught and cared for by thousands of faculty and staff; and let's not forget those who teach and care for thousands of other young people in our county at the K-12 level. Most of these teachers don't make nearly enough to afford a mortgage; for many of them, even making rent payments is a challenge. As one who has served on hiring committees for full-time, tenure-track jobs at Cuesta, jobs that pay $50-60K per year, I can tell you that we often lose excellent candidates because they realize that they will never be able to afford to live here.

If you do meet a teacher who is also a home owner, they have probably taught and lived in this area for at least a couple of decades, when prices were much more affordable, or they have a spouse with a substantial income. As is the trend now across America, both of our local colleges hire mostly part-time faculty ("adjuncts" or "lecturers") to teach classes, faculty with Masters degrees and PhDs who are lucky to make $30K per year. Hiring part-timers saves the colleges a bundle of money in wages and in benefits, as part-timers usually don't qualify, but it creates another stratum of the economic underclass. Teachers are only one group of public servants who struggle to afford housing--as a renter or homeowner--in this area.

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Posted by Jim West on 12/24/2017 at 8:33 AM

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