Have you seen the posters around town about SaveSLO.com? You might have noticed kraft paper signs plastered at your favorite coffee shop or restaurant showcasing the candidates running in the upcoming election and were wondering the same thing I was, “What is SaveSLO?”
I decided to reach out the organizer, Phil, to find out what his cause was all about and what he’s doing to help keep our community a great place to live. Here’s what he had to say:
What made you want to stand up and take action for our community?
Who are the candidates you feel are most likely to help our community, take care of local citizens and support families?
What changes around town made you feel like you needed to speak up and start your cause?
What changes do you hope to see happen after the election:
- End the Rental Housing Inspection Program – this program has removed rentals from the market. We need more rentals not less
- Legalize tiny homes – they are currently considered “trailers” and thus aren’t legal to live in the city of SLO (Here’s a great opinion article on Tiny Houses in SLO)
- Legalize hiking after dark – there is a $500 fine for hiking after dark. this issue is less about the hiking, and more about the “NO” attitude that the current city council has
- Lower building permits – the reason people don’t build granny units anymore, is because it would cost ~$60,000~ in building permits. A new city council could change these fees to encourage more affordable rentals/housing in SLO (Here’s a blog about building permits in SLO)
- Stronger and more local businesses
- Less excessive city ordinances, and more creative programs that strengthen our communities – Example: During bike-night, the police give out tickets to people who don’t have bike lights. A new and better way would be for cops to offer to sell the offending biker a bike light instead of giving them a ticket. Handling the issue in this way would make the biker safer, and not poison the relationship between citizen and law enforcement
Watch the video: