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Real stores for real people 

I am frustrated by reading letters recommending voting no on A, B, and C due to the boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and furniture stores in downtown SLO. Simply put: People who shop at huge discount stores do not shop at expensive boutiques or eat at fancy restaurants (maybe for a special occasion). People who shop at expensive boutiques do not buy from large discount stores.

Maybe there is a little crossover, but this sounds like classism to me. The cost of living is high in SLO. The incomes are low. Do you expect people who earn less than $100,000 to drive 20 miles to do their shopping? Those are the same people that cannot afford to buy a house in SLO and already waste their money on renting. Or maybe you expect someone making $9 an hour to buy $80 jeans so they can support a local business? That's a whole day's work!

What about those "local" downtown stores such as Victoria's Secret, Gap, Express, Barnes and Noble, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Red Sea Gallery, Tomas Kinkade Gallery, and so on? With the sky-high downtown rents, how can we expect true local stores to succeed?

I love the "culture" of downtown SLO. This culture will not be affected by building large discount stores on the other end of town. So how about offering a solid reason for voting no, or yes? All people need to shop. Wow ... maybe this should be added to the constitution: The right to shop!

 

Natasha Pernicka

Los Osos

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