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Missing the mark

I just got 30 days notice to vacate while I was home sick on Tuesday. I have lived in my home for two-and-a-half years. My two children were born in that home. One of the last affordable housing complexes in Los Osos is being vacated to accommodate the county’s requirement that the property must be vacant one year prior to submission of building plans for approval. See, you cannot demolish affordable housing unless it has been vacant for one year. This policy comes from a board that says that it is pro affordable housing.
Now five-point-five acres and 14 small homes will go under the plow to make way for some real nice unaffordable housing. I saw the plans — 27 homes in the $800,000 range.
California only requires one year of vacancy prior to building, but the county requires one year prior to submission of plans. That’s two years that affordable housing units sit vacant. Just who benefits from this type of policy? The property owner loses all that rental income. The families who live there and work in the community are out on their asses.
If we want to cut down on traffic and pollution, we need affordable workforce housing. The county’s policy on this issue just misses the mark.

Kelly Lewis

Los Osos


Knowin’ what it’s like

Reflecting on the excellent New Times column by local teacher Jacqueline Marcus, “A Nation of Morons?� (how sad and how true…):
I wish to share with her an apropos quote I picked out from Thomas Wolfe’s “You Can’t Go Home Again�: “The only trouble about KNOWIN’ is that you’ve got to know what knowin’s LIKE before you know what knowin’ IS.�

Frederic Balazs

SLO


Give the sewer back to the county

I was amazed to discover that the CSD wishes to sell the Tri-W property and the Broderson property. There is a major problem with this as they do not own the property outright and cannot make that decision. That property was purchased after an assessment vote; bonds were created and sold to purchase those properties for a sewer system. This property was not purchased so any board could arbitrarily change the intent of the bond.
Any funds that come from that property must pay back all existing bondholders first. Bondholders’ rights come before the rights of contractors or other lien holders.
If the CSD wants to purchase other property they must go through the election process where property owners (not renters) can decide to authorize purchase. Not likely to happen again in this town.
It is time to end the nightmare and close down the CSD and give the problem back to the county, which is better able to handle it.

David Ion

Los Osos


We want a sewer

I know everyone is sick of hearing about the Los Osos sewer. This is not about a sewer or clean water. It stopped being that long ago. Renters are receiving eviction notices, seniors are terrified of where they will go. We obey laws, love our children, have employers to please, bills to pay. We are you.
The Water Quality Control Board is eager to fine thousands to individual homeowners. The board claims that it’s our fault that a sewer hasn’t been installed. How did we ever manage that? On Sept. 27, 2005, citizens recalled an indifferent CSD board. The recalled Los Osos board members and a water board staff member have filed the lawsuits. Lawsuits to fine the voters, to overturn the voter’s wishes, and to bully and frighten us into compliance to build the sewer where they demand. WHY? I think we can guess.
We want a sewer!! We’ve asked for help. This is their response. Please become informed. Don’t wait until there is no one left to speak up. Contact www.losososcsd.org

Carol Keller

Los Osos


Glad but sad

I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I came out to the Central Coast recently for a respite from city living. I hiked through the Nipomo dunes and found solace and inspiration in the wondrous dunes; alone with no people or buildings around, I could actually breathe fresh air and marvel at the sky.
However, I was also saddened to find that a large section of the dunes has been fenced off to allow for off-road vehicle “recreation.� In a country already over-dependent on automobiles and gasoline, it seems rather tragic that some of the last preserves of natural beauty are being effaced for the temporary thrill of motorcyclists and drivers of dune buggies.

Josephine Yeh

Brooklyn


Intelligent brainwashing

Mr. Lockitch’s essay (New Times, Jan. 5) on Intelligent Design was masterful. Thank you, sir. You exposed the fraudulence of the theory, and many of your fellow citizens support your views. Intelligent design is covert evangelism. To the proponents of
this theory, please teach it at your churches where it belongs.

Jim Nelson

Cayucos


Fear is the biggest threat

A debate currently rages in our government over the Bush Administration’s efforts to permanently enact legislation that at its core impinges on the personal rights and freedoms of every American citizen.
Some of this legislation goes by the name of the Patriot Act, a clever moniker that implies that anyone against the idea would be considered to be something other than a patriot. If protecting the rights and freedoms granted to us by the constitution of the United States makes you a traitor, or what-
ever term you might consider to be the opposite of a patriot, then you may count
me among them.
E.L. Mencken recognized a basic truth about all governments when he said, “The goal of practical politics is to keep the populace in a constant state of fear (and thus clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing them with an endless parade of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.�
The Bush administration, with their color-coded alert system and perpetual threats of terrorist acts, has succeeded in accomplishing this very goal. Our own fear is a bigger threat to freedom than the terrorists we are opposing. We expect bravery and valor from our soldiers, so we have the obligation to also be brave in the face of terrorism and fight this evil without dismantling our constitution and sacrificing the freedoms that are most precious to us.

Michael D. Kirkpatrick

Atascadero


I hope I’m wrong

It is no doubt obvious to any thinking person that our technical ability, including our ability to create weapons of enormous destructive power, has far outstripped our ability to understand ourselves. This fact, combined with the antics of our president and his brutish administration, makes me doubtful of our ability to survive to the next presidential election.
When I express these thoughts and fears, my friends tell me, semi-good-naturedly, that I am wrong, crazy, etc. My response to this is the feeling I hope they are right. It’s the same as I feel when I read what are possibly the last words ever written by that extraordinarily influential psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion when he said, “Bye-bye — Happy Holocaust!?� (The Dawn of Oblivion, 1979).
I hope he is wrong.

Lester Goldfisher

Grover Beach


Right on for radiation study

Kudos to Supervisor Bianchi for supporting a study on the consequences of long-term storage of highly radioactive wastes at Diablo. Such a study is actually just common sense. Our community now faces up to 13 times more of these extraordinarily dangerous wastes than was envisioned when Diablo was built — and for decades to come — rather than the original five years.
Ms. Bianchi’s concerns are shared by members of Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, the California Energy Commission, Princeton University, and a host of independent nuclear experts. All have raised questions on long-term storage at the nation’s nuclear power plants. This study is long overdue and the entire board of supervisors should get behind it.

Klaus Schumann

Paso Robles


Skating better than roaming

The end of summer was near, and after many years of waiting the Los Osos skate park opened. My first day skating there was a blast and I didn’t want it to end. Everyone else wanted it to stay open as well, but there was no way it was going to happen because it was just too dark. The skate park had to close, just as it has to close every night at 5:30 due to the lack of light.
What angers me the most is that when they were taking ideas for the design of the park I suggested lights and everyone agreed and said that we could definitely get some lights. The skate park has now been open for four and a half months and still no lights. It’s not like they didn’t have the money for lights, because the new tennis courts they built have brand new lights up and they’re left on all night. I have only seen one man playing tennis by himself at night.
Some people think that skateboarders are all just troublemakers and they shouldn’t even have a park, let alone the privilege of being able to skate at night. We’re just like every other person on the face of the earth with the exception that we enjoy riding on a piece of wood with wheels on the bottom.
People should not worry about kids getting into trouble at night at a lit-up skate park. Instead of being bored and roaming the streets with nothing to do, they would be out enjoying skate time with friends. I can tell you that kids skateboarding in a positive environment with lights sounds a lot better than kids roaming the streets getting into things they shouldn’t be.

Dylan Bauman

Los Osos


Grow up and learn some respect Malcolm,

Where did you get the idea the land you rode your noisy bikes on is your land to do with as you please?
Your bikes are noisy and usually out of place; you so-called bikers either take off your exhausts or modify them to make as much noise as you can obtain, never thinking of others.
I’ll bet if it were under your windows you would be upset.
Why don’t you grow up and muffle your child-like toys and respect others?

J.J.

Arroyo Grande

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