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No dream town for the less fortunate

Avila Beach

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On July 24, 2008, I read on the front page of The Tribune that Sunset magazine named San Luis Obispo a top 10 dream town (August 2008 issue). That is true if you are one of the affluent, but if you are on a set income or homeless, SLO is not a dream town. Our county is not doing enough for such people. Sunny Acres, a nonprofit clean-living program, has been ordered to cease human habitation except in the existing home. The mobile homes, which have been sheltering formerly homeless people, must be moved off the property by Sept. 30, 2008.

It seems our county supervisors feel that people are better off in creek beds, under bridges or on the streets than in what they consider unsafe housing. Homeless people can no longer sleep in the parks or use the public restrooms at night. A dream town indeed.

Many volunteers are now helping to clean up Sunny Acres—and believe me, there is plenty to do—but it seems we are not going fast enough for code enforcement. The message was received loud and clear that cleaning the ranch is more important than the fate of its residents, who are being forced to move with no place to go. I believe that the county should have found living accommodations for the residents first. It is like putting the cart before the horse. Code enforcement also wants to close the roadside stand that is helping support these people. SLO, where is your support and compassion?

-- Betty Woody - Avila Beach

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