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Don't overlook us, Supervisor Gibson

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Supervisor Bruce Gibson: I am contacting you again regarding the proposed cancellation of South Bay Dial-a-Ride (“No ride,” June 9).

I have been dealing with your assistant, but she has shown no interest and did not attend the meeting on June 1. The original meeting set for 5 p.m. was not well advertised.

There were no notices on the buses, and I only learned of it by word of mouth. Those who did not happen to ride the bus that week had no way of knowing about it, and since the meeting was to be held after Dial-a-Ride operating hours, they had no way of getting there anyway.

Finally, after I made several calls to complain, RTA set an additional meeting for the afternoon and seemed to be unprepared for the size of the turnout they did get, as they had to move people out to the larger main room of the Los Osos Community Center. In spite of the fact that this was the first public hearing in the affected community, RTA did not seek real feedback, but spent the majority of the time defending the cancellation of Dial-a-Ride. They also announced that a final vote will be taken July 13 at the SLOCOG meeting. This meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. in SLO, which again excludes Los Osos Dial-a-Ride customers.

This population is mostly elderly, disabled and poor. They already paid almost $5 to get to the June 1 meeting, which took a lot out of their small income and energy level. Because of the lack of prior notification of this meeting and the need for more public input in Los Osos, there should be a delay in the final vote and another public meeting in Los Osos with proper notification to those most affected before this vital service is cut.

Please review the SLOCOG Public Participation Plan: Policies and Procedures adopted June 2006, which spells out the requirements for how to meet ADA requirements and keep the public involved in transport planning.

I worked for your previous campaigns after meeting you and receiving assurances that you would look out for our population’s needs. You are probably looking to move on to higher office, but people in this county have long memories, so I hope you will not overlook us now.

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