I would be willing to bet most of the people who moved to San Luis Obispo County in the last 20 years or more came for the beauty, lack of crime, less stress, and—yes—fewer people. Had we come here for the opportunities uncontrolled growth provided, we should and would, most likely, have stayed where we were. I doubt many of us want or look forward to eight-lane freeways, miles of box stores, outlet malls, and car dealerships. But they are coming, believe me.
This wonderful gem, unique in California, is in danger. I'm not an alarmist; I've seen it happen in North County San Diego, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ventura, to name a few. There will be those that argue it would be selfish to shut the door now. That is just so much BS. The fact is, everyone can’t live here, so when do we take charge of our own future? Now, or after it’s too late? Ventura County adopted smart growth initiatives at a time that could be likened to (one supervisor candidate should appreciate this—not!) closing the gate after the cattle are out.
Numerous large and not-so-large developers have their sight on SLO! This is a fact! Whether you've been here a week or were born here, look around, marvel at the unspoilt beauty we are blessed with, and consider it covered with cookie-cutter houses and strip malls. Look beyond politics or party lines and maybe even your wallet and consider only the vision you have for your family, your community, your environment, and vote for that candidate for supervisor who best reflects those views.