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# Members of the SLO City Council, after listening to hours of feisty opposition from nearly 300 people who jammed a special meeting at the SLO Veteran's Hall on Oct. 23, voted 5-0 to reject plans to have the city annex and allow development on two parcels on the hillside above Johnson Avenue. Opponents said they were concerned that development would mar views, increase the chance of landslides, violate aspects of the General Plan, and be so high on the hillside the city couldn't pump water to fight potential fires. The backers of two other projects that bookend the two that were defeated--one from the county behind the former General Hospital, and another off of Southwood Drive--withdrew their proposals at the start of the meeting. Even council members such as Mayor Dave Romero, who said they had leaned toward supporting at least parts of the proposals, said they were swayed into voting "no" by the display of opposition. "I've heard the community," Romero said.

 

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