I waited to see what outrage would be expressed by the citizens of San Luis Obispo over the $640,000 expenditure approved by the city council to “upgrade” three blocks of Higuera Street for the sake of tourists and the general exhilaration of downtown business folks. The sidewalks will be torn up to be replaced by Mission-style pavers, trees will be removed, and lamp posts will be painted with city-approved colors.
The Tribune in a headline article failed to mention just where this rather large sum would come from. New Times had a similar story but did indicate the money would come from the city’s general fund ((“SLO Council slashes and improves,” June 17). That article also mentioned several thousand dollars dedicated for a planned very large sculpture featuring three stainless steel/ titanium whirly things at the corner of Higuera and Marsh Streets, and more thousands for artists to paint junction boxes around town.
Why would I expect citizen outrage? Well, the city has been crying poor for months now and cutting back worthy programs, including firefighter training, and is still looking for more cuts. Yet, somehow, the city manages to find well over a half million dollars to pretty up the downtown. I guess the citizenry thinks that’s just ducky.