On Tuesday, January 6, the SLO City Council intends to push through paving a vital part of our only downtown park in order to gain 12 parking spaces for seniors at a cost of $200,000. Must this decision come nine days before we begin our budget debate in a time of economic tsunamis?
How does this project fit our Circulation Element, which emphasizes alternative transportation modes over cars and even gives measurable objectives? How does it fit the dramatic reduction of greenhouse gases the state government will start to force on us in 2009? As a senior, a member of the Senior Center, and licensed civil engineer I conclude that this project makes no sense.
The parking spaces around Mitchell Park are used mostly by commuters who park long term and do not belong there, anyway. By changing the majority of those spaces into short-term parking, we would serve many more people, including seniors, therefore avoiding paving.
What segment of the senior population will profit from the paving project? Mostly the privileged ones who can still drive is who. How about those who use the Senior Shuttle of Ride-On and will probably lose their transport service in 2009? Maybe with our $200,000 we could subsidize those seniors who do not constantly lobby the council.
Residents, please let the council know your opinion and show up on January 6 at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Recently you received a budget questionnaire with your water bill from the city. Please return it with your money saving opinion about Mitchell Park clearly expressed!
San Luis Obispo