Los Osos doesn't need cell phone tower
A couple weeks ago I read a letter in your Letters to the Editor that motivated me to action ("Los Osos has enough trouble as it is!" July 21-28). I am grateful to the writer for bringing to my attention yet another proposed cell phone antenna to be erected in a populated area of Los Osos.
To my knowledge there have been two other proposed sites over the last several years that have not been successful due to concerned community members voicing their opposition to placing an antenna in close proximity to homes, schools, and populated areas.
After reading the letter in New Times, I phoned approximately 40 residents of Los Osos and asked them to read it. Some of these friends phoned the Board of Supervisors but were discouraged when the woman who answered their calls stated that the cell antenna was going through and that the only recourse was to call the FCC and complain. Not knowing what else to do, I personally phoned Mr. Van Beurden, of Bay Osos Brokers, and left him two (polite) personal voicemails. I have not received a return call and was discouraged about how to proceed.
However, today I phoned Supervisor Bianchi's office and was fortunate to be able to speak with her assistant, Mr. Macedo. Mr. Macedo was very helpful and provided me with a contact who was able to provide me with further information. There is a current appeal to the proposed antenna filed by the Coastal View Protection Coalition. The Board of Supervisors hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13.
Thanks, New Times!
Remembering Chris Gibson
Most of us were shocked as we flipped to last Wednesday's (July 27) local section of the Tribune and found that the "local man found dead in creek" was indeed our friend Chris Gibson.
He's gone. A strong ocean swimmer drowned in four feet of quicksand-like algae in Cayucos Creek.
Chris grew up in Cayucos, and besides occasional far-flung travels, he spent most of his 51 years in SLO County. Chris made friends easily. He had an inquisitive, open spirit; a generous willingness to help; a nutty, ironic sense of humor; great wit; and a well-read, complex intelligence. Despite all his talent and gifts, we all knew Chris was deeply troubled. Severe bouts of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and paranoia prevented him from walking through doors opened to him - from UC Berkeley's full scholarship in their philosophy Ph.D. program to an apprenticeship offer from internationally known organ builder John Baumgarten.
Please note there will be a service for Chris at Grace Church on Sept. 3. However, those of us who cannot wait to address Chris' life and death will meet Sunday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. at Mitchell Park in SLO. A gathering to be as unstructured as he was. Anyone and everyone who enjoyed conversations with Chris, come and talk about him. He'd like that. Or, maybe not ... but we will. May his soul be in peace. RSVP with a message, 534-9856 (Robin Heaney) or 544-3118 (Scott Prentis).
San Luis Obispo
Indeed, Chris will be missed
Chris Gibson could build a bridge as easily as he could burn one. The Downtown Centre was a hub for meeting with him, stopping by for a hot chocolate and the connection made as soon as he spied you from his perch by the elevator. Chris was always making people feel good about being human, whether it was intentional or not. I know because I was on one of those bridges. The bridge Chris was building for himself was simply yet to reach the opposite shore.
San Luis Obispo
Recently "The Boez of Summer" celebrated their 20th anniversary of camping on the coast, all of them at the Morro Bay State Campground with the exception of last summer when it was closed for restoration.
Our group consists of six mostly retired guys coming from all over the state, and, even though we were disappointed that we were displaced last summer, agreed that the old campgrounds needed updating.
We would like to share with you what we found upon our return this year to the remodeled campgrounds.
The good: The clearing of brush, trees, etc. and replanting of such, and meticulous care shown in nurturing the new plantings. The new road system, the new entrance, the new slabs at campsites, the new road surfaces, and, as usual, the staff has always been most accommodating.
The bad: It did not appear that many campsites had new slabs, many of the roads were not repaved, and the restroom and shower facilities left a lot to be desired.
The ugly: The drains in the showers did not have a slope, so the water did not drain well; the hand-dry blower in the handicapped restroom was set over the trashcan, so when you turned on the blower it tended to blow the paper out of the trash; the mirrors are too low; and the windows do not open so the ceiling had a lot of black mold growing in it.
Summary: As the late, great Peggy Lee once sang, "Is that all there is?"
Larry F. Burke
The law is the law
I've tried to stay out of this, but The Dwelling got shut down so I've got nothing better to do on a Saturday night.
Why is everybody mad at Jarek Molski?
I may be a "rebellious young musician," but I still know that the law is the law, and if you break it there are consequences. When The Dwelling broke the law, it got shut down; when the restaurants and wineries Molski targeted broke the law, they only got sued, and yet Molski's the bad guy? Sure, he's making money by enforcing the law, but so do cops. It doesn't mean we have to like them, but everybody has to obey the law, or pay the consequences if they get busted.
Besides, the ADA regulations are federal laws that've been on the books for over 15 years; not some licensing B.S. that was just used to get the punks away from the new Banana Republic.
San Luis Obispo
A LOCSD conflict of interest?
As one of the first directors for the LOCSD, I sat in on the closed session meetings. The rules are rigid and strict. All information is to remain absolutely confidential! Council gave us stern warnings about potential personal liability for breaking the rules.
I am highly offended by the behavior of directors Schicker and Tacker. Based on public disclosure last Thursday, these two directors are giving away confidential information obtained in closed session. This is a breach of their fiduciary responsibility, particularly when that information is given for the purpose of instigating or aiding litigation against the very government entity they are sworn to serve.
Given what they have done to date, they are ethically, if not legally, bound to recuse themselves from further participation in closed sessions because of their conflict of interest. Hopefully, their efforts to recall their fellow Board members will be soundly defeated.
Los Osos is not a dictatorship
Does anyone remember voting for a sewer next to the library and upwind from the church? The assessment vote was not a vote of the people. It was a vote of the landowners. And the people who own more than one property got more than one vote. Is this Stan Gustafson's concept of democracy? If you own land, you get to vote. If you don't, screw you. The Sept. 27 recall election is the most important election in the history of Los Osos. This could be our last chance to save our town. The time is now to vote against representatives who do not represent. The job of government is to represent their constituents.
Four people - the "CSD 3" up for recall and their general manager, Bruce Buel - want to decide the fate of your town without your consent. This is why they are starting this mismanaged, overpriced, poorly located center-of-town sewer project before the election. It's just one of the very bad ideas held by this triumvirate dictatorship. Are we, the citizens of Los Osos, going to let four people decide the fate of our community? I think not. Vote yes on the recall. Elect John Fouche, Chuck Cesena, and Steve Senet
Don't recall; buy a modular home
The CSD meetings in Los Osos are dominated by an anti-sewer group who talk while others are talking; guffaw, yawn, shout insults - behavior unacceptable anywhere.
This is encouraged by the two dissidents on the board who have done nothing to supply workable solutions, only quote "facts" from "sources" that they will not name, and who are apparently cooperating with the very people who are suing to stop the sewer project, instead of doing what they swore to do - uphold the board.
It won't be the first time that an area has become unaffordable for renters. For homeowners, there is a cheaper alternative - modular homes, and the sewer costs are low.
Vote no on A, B, and C and no recall - we don't want the board taken over by ill-informed people who have not the education, experience, or historical knowledge for the job.
Thanks for the gun viewpoints
Thank you for printing recent letters about gun issues. My opponents have taught me and the public much about the pro-gun extreme. Each letter contesting my position enables readers to tell gun moderates from gun extremists. Pro-machine-gun advocates reveal and incriminate themselves in public since millions of Americans view machine-gun advocacy as extreme an d dangerous.
Again, I'm not "anti-gun." But I do support responsible gun use and restrictions on Class III guns. I don't want to "take away everyone's guns," but I do not want fast-firing military guns to be abused by criminals and unstable people.
Militia advocates apparently don't consider all the dangers of having belt-fed automatics fired by untrained, unskilled, and undisciplined civilians. Firing machine guns demands great skill, stability, and restraint. Weekend gun enthusiasts and military rejects do not make a militia. Nor do survivalist camps impose professional skill and discipline, as does the U.S. Army. An untrained, or undertrained, militia is dangerous.
So, pro-gunners, keep writing in. Let the public weigh your notions with those of moderates.
Steve T. Kobara
San Luis Obispo
Can you hear the sirens?
Pacific Gas and Electric Company and our County Office of Emergency Services have announced they are once again jointly sponsoring a test of the Early Warning System sirens to make certain they are in proper working order.
If you are somewhere in the nuclear power plant's danger zone when the sirens are sounded, and are unable to hear the sirens, you can logically conclude that the part of the warning system that should have protected you is not in proper working order - or has never existed. Be grateful the test was not the real thing. Radiation sickness could have been your first signal that something terrible happened.
Let your elected representatives know you want an unbiased evaluation of the Early Warning System.