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SLO County site visitors and advisory councils ought to get the chop | Shredder | San Luis Bishop

Nothing will get SLO County extra riled up than site visitors. Site visitors!

Take into consideration any form of housing growth challenge proposed for anyplace within the county—a county that is up to now behind in creating sufficient items to shelter its inhabitants that it won’t ever catch up. We at all times hear this: “This place is starting to appear like The Angels. An excessive amount of growth, too many individuals, an excessive amount of site visitors! I moved up right here to get away from LA—to not reside in one other LA.”

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Cue eye roll.

Nonetheless, if you happen to’re headed south from San Luis Bishop After work, you will have a professional flu (not about this 280,000-people sturdy county being even remotely much like LA, however about site visitors). It is a bottleneck. And if you happen to’re serious about utilizing the truck journey lane—that magical third lane on the best facet of the freeway that begins round Avila Seaside Drive—to illegally cross all of the idiots ready in stop-and-go site visitors, maintain an eye fixed out for Pismo Seaside Metropolis Councilmember Sheila Blake.

She could also be on the market with a nail strip making an attempt to cease all of the assholes such as you “dashing down” and considering “ah ha ha, I will beat out all these different folks.” She jokingly requested Caltrans if that was a chance through the Nov. 15 council assembly when the town was up to date concerning the massive challenge to alleviate rush hour site visitors.

“Could not we do one thing to those folks?” she requested with fun.

Caltrans is doing one thing to these folks. Say goodbye to that lane and howdy to one thing known as a part-time journey lane. It is not going to occur anytime quickly, however it will occur ultimately. And whereas a lot of the hundreds of commuters who head south each day will probably be ecstatic, Metropolis Councilmember Mary Ann Reiss is not all that comfortable a few federal security requirement the 5 Cities Multimodal Transportation Community Enhancement Undertaking (What? Why? The acronym does not even roll off the tongue—FCMTNEP).

Seems that these concrete boundaries which might be supposed to guard drivers from oncoming site visitors gone mistaken aren’t excessive sufficient alongside the Shell Seaside straightaway. However Reiss thinks they’re “too excessive now.” An extra 10 inches would apparently be “unacceptable.”

What about all these drivers who need to stare on the Pacific Ocean as a substitute of the highway? How will they reside?! They will must shift their gaze 10 inches, I assume.

Talking of unacceptable. Ocean is unacceptable. Not the place or its residents, although, solely the squeaky wheels clamoring for essentially the most consideration.

These folks occur to belong to warring factions—at present on the Ocean Advisory Council (OAC) and the Vitality Advisory Council of Oceano (EMPTY). And people folks sees it to share the overly-long, bitter, accusatory e mail threads and social media posts between one another with New Occasions. Are you able to consider so-and-so? What a jerk?

Truly, we will not consider any of you. And your grammar is horrible. Develop up!

What kind of tousled recreation of Household Feud are they taking part in? How a lot drama ought to one city of seven,600 folks generate? Ought to they be preventing over whether or not a pumpkin carving contest is below the purview of an advisory council? Ought to an advisory council actually be writing an ordinance to manage trip leases? Nope.

Now the OAC is on the chopping block with 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton wielding the butcher knife. And he or she simply would possibly convey the blade down earlier than she hightails it off the dais. I say, do it! Truly, eliminate them each.

What are they doing for the neighborhood by conducting a mudslinging contest full with ideological tirades and private vendettas?

Wanting again via the county’s good ol’ neighborhood advisory council handbook, it looks as if the county created these councils as a solution to give unincorporated communities a extra direct solution to let the county and their respective representatives know what they want and wish from proposed developments and ordinances impacting their areas.

“Neighborhood advisory council membership ought to mirror a broad cross-section of the neighborhood,” it states—one thing that neither does, clearly.

VACO caters to the enterprise neighborhood and pro-off-road pursuits, whereas the OAC caters to the alternative. Oceano wants one council that represents everybody, that represents the wants and needs of all the world’s residents and is welcoming to everybody who needs to present their enter, that is enthusiastic about compromise.

I am unsure whether or not Compton contributed to or simply witnessed the decompensation of civil civic engagement in Oceano—she’s had it out for the OAC for fairly a while now. However her successor to her, Jimmy Pauldinggoes to have to repair it.

Talking of successors, when will we all know if 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson reigned supreme over challenger Bruce Jones? Do not maintain your breath. Everybody within the county is filled with angst ready for the outcomes on the Nov. 8 election—and all of the Clerk-Recorder’s Workplace can say is there are virtually 28,000 ballots left to rely, it does not know what number of it would rely this week, and everybody will get Thanksgiving off.

So, election day is popping into election month.

Solely 781 votes separate the Bruces. And that race will decide whether or not our county board leans conservative or liberal. I assume we are able to all be grateful this 12 months that we do not know the result of a vote that might smash having fun with our annual 4,500-calorie consumption day the place we have fun colonialism.

Go America. Δ

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