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ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES January 17, 2013 For the Community Forum on January 8, 2013, we forwarded to Council the results of the community survey for all submittals received by December 14, 2012. Since that time, we continued to receive survey submittals and this report serves as an update of the information provided. SURVEY PARTICIPATION By December 14, 2012, we received 279 responses. By January 11, 2013, 151 additional submittals were received for a total of 430 surveys responses. For the second tally, we saw an increase of online submittals as it appears that many interest groups directed their members to the online tool. ADDITIONAL RESPONSES RECEIVED Below is a summary chart for the top 10 priority themes based on the responses received since December 14, 2012. All the surveys submitted provided input on priorities for consideration as the City Council develops the 2013-15 budget. Not all surveys addressed possible adjustments to programs, but several themes emerged from those listing suggestions for consideration. Though they did not enter the top 10 themes overall, Laguna Lake and the Santa Rosa Skatepark were frequent topics found in the surveys during this time period. TOP 10 THEMES: RESPONSES RECEIVED DEC 14TH to JAN 11TH ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES TOP 10 THEMES: COMBINED RESULTS Though the ranks of individual topics changed between the two data sets, the themes largely remained the same. The chart below combines the information from both survey data sets. RANKING COMPARISON BETWEEN THE DATA SETS In order to provide an overview as to the changes within the ranking of the individual topics, below is a ranking chart that compares the responses from the two survey dates with the topics emerging from the Community Forum. Priority Survey Survey Community Rank Rank Forum 12/14/12 1/11/13 Homeless (Issues & 1 1 7 Care) Infrastructure Maint. 2 2 - Incl. Road Repairs Fiscal Health / 3 3 6 Responsibility Open Space 4 5 3 Preservation Traffic Congestion 5 6 - Increase Bike Paths 6 4 2 LOVR Overpass 7 10 - Neighborhood Wellness 8 8 4 Downtown Preservation 9 9 1 Economic Development 10 7 8 Skate Park - 14 5 Public Transportation - - 10 ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES TOP 5 THEMES: ADJUSTMENTS COMPARED TO 12/14/12 The chart below includes proposed adjustments to City services in order to fund priorities as asked in the survey. Since fewer themes emerged from this survey element, we combined the data for responses received December 14th through January 11th and the total for both data sets. The five themes did not change since the first survey results, but topic two and three reversed ranking with the final tally. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES What should be the most important, highest priority goals during 2013-15? Responses are reproduced verbatim. Where a response is shown more than once, it was received in duplicate. 1. Lower water and sewer rates 2. Curb growth 3. Activities for teens 1. Save Laguna Lake 1. More housing for seniors that are not in the low income standard but struggle to keep up with the high rents. 2. Keep the streets potholes and repairs done. 3. Keep our taxes and spending on projects that are not necessary down! 4. Keep a hometown atmosphere not expensive stores. We sure could use a Walmart. 5. Have help for the homeless but let them help keep facilities clean and show some willingness to do chores and upkeep. Help them learn to fish. 1. We think the water bill has raised too much! We’ve tried so hard to save water usage; however, we’ve been charged too much! We want to dispute the charge to our water each month. 1. The water rate was too much! We want the City to adjust the charge for the SLO resident like us! We tried not to use water on the yard when its rain and not laundry at home, but the water bill still gets higher each month. =( 1. Take care of what we already love! 2. Don’t try to be like another town. Just be our “great” small town city home. 1. Enforcement of existing traffic regulations, i.e., truck routes, traffic circulation within the city. 2. Enforce noise ordinances strictly. 3. Listen to neighborhood citizens—they experience firsthand the need for shop signs, lights, traffic control in their neighborhoods. 4. Timely respond to inquiries made by citizens and get back to them re: updates with their concerns. 1. Long term fiscal health and preservation of city services. 2. Controlled economic growth. 3. Neighborhood wellness. 4. Traffic issues (i.e. LOVR and 101) 5. Keeping infrastructure updated. 1. Be more business friendly! 2. Be more business friendly! ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 3. Be more business friendly! 1. Pavement—no potholes! Dangerous. 2. Housing for seniors who are not low income. 3. Homeless! Require those in shelters to maintain clean & fix things of the facility. 4. Senior Center in SLO needs good wholesome program for seniors. Need of newer computers and teachers to help teach classes for use of computers. 5. Need support of meals on wheels at Senior Center. 1. Keep fiscally solvent ‘aka’ manage the tax payers money appropriately. 2. If possible, ‘cost contain’ water and sewer department costs to the public as much as the budget will allow. 3. Keep up the great City of SLO management job you have been doing! 1. Balance the budget, cost cutting, reduction of staff including police and fire. 2. Establish a strict initiative to stop the increase in fees that city staff seem to think is quire acceptable. No more water/sewer rate increases! No more parking fine increases! We do not approve of the City’s attempt to broaden its power to tax ‘modern’ devices, i.e. cellphones. 1. Promote and practice superior performance in all City operations. 2. Create and maintain a system of governance that operate within sustainable financial and ethical boundaries. 3. Maintain existing infrastructure and create five and ten year plans to respond to future needs. 4. Implement sustainable system. 1. Reduce traffic congestion on the LOVR Madonna Road 101 corridor. 2. Increase the number of shelter facilities available to the homeless. 1. Control growth and new development. Allow growth only if sufficient resources are available. 2. Preserve open space. 3. Emphasize growth that is sustainable and conserves energy. Also encourage solar panels on individual homes. 1. Preserve our SLO growth. A) Helps the environment. B) Sometimes growth. 2. Dom something about aggressive, mean increased crime. Panhandling downtown. Not good for business or tourism. 3. Better coordination or signals. Downtown has improved. Signal at Orcutt and Laurel Lane needs work. 4. Why are H2O rates out of control? 1. Traffic congestion especially at Los Osos Valley Roads, the freeway, and Higuera. 2. Road repair. 3. Homeless. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 4. Bringing jobs to this area. We have the best and brightest community of Poly, let’s keep them here. 1. Affordable housing. 2. Encourage consumers downtown by providing more parking at reasonable fees. 3. More reasonable rents for small businesses. 1. Planning for and creating a sustainable community in all aspects. 2. Develop safe non-vehicular pathways connecting commercial, residential, recreational centers. 3. Improve and expand public access/use of the town center creek. 1. Create all sorts of jobs that require various skill levels and pay various levels of income—low, moderate, high. 2. Encourage entrepreneurship or businesses to open, stay open, grow and hire. 3. Balanced budget for City—same priority as job and business creation. 4. Safe and clean bike paths to promote cycling as a means of transportation for short commutes. 5. Clean, safe environment. Streets, neighborhoods, etc. 1. Fix the Los Osos Valley Road bottle neck and Highway 101 overpass. More Lanes are needed, wider bridge; widen LOVR until it hits Higuera. 2. Continue to expand open spaces around the city. 3. Ensure street kids and homeless are monitored/policed for citizen safety. 4. The sidewalk repairs (which are needed) should be done in a more efficient manner. 1. Balanced budget. Eliminated unnecessary perks. Promote tourism for outside income. 2. Fix roads. 1. Work with other groups to build new homeless shelter/service center behind DSS off Prado. 2. Support City Farm and CCAN in efforts to develop farm. 3. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! 1. Continue to develop on bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure. 2. Generate new revenue to support existing service/programs. 1. Contract fire department with Cal Fire (save money) and no people beat into a coma! 2. Bus routes that make sense! 3. Street sweeper that works—comes by no water, brushes not running, driving 30 mph on street. 4. Do not park Engine 3 across sidewalk and bike lane and traffic lane. People walking and in mobility scooters have to go into traffic to get by while a hero was putting a Xmas wreath on the truck. What an idiot. How much will a lawsuit cost if someone hit by car. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. No or slower growth: why use every little empty space and lose our beautiful city and country side. 2. Stop your greed spending! 1. Re-connecting Candill Tract to businesses and Sinsheimer facilities via improved pedestrian and bike access across Broad Street and the RR tracks. Provide a signalized intersection on Broad between South Street and Orcutt Road. We are cut off from the amenities across Broad Street. My kids and I want to walk to the pool, the YMCA, baseball fields, etc. There has been a lot of development on this side of town, which we support in general, but it is cumulatively increasing traffic with no apparent mitigation on the older parts of Broad Street 1. Homeless population/aggressive panhandling downtown 2. Excessive encouragement of commercial development that is not needed (i.e. the ‘Fresh and Easy’ place)—terribly under-utilized. 3. Noise pollution. Absolutely no crackdown on excessive use of leaf blowers by an overabundance of ‘landscape management’ firms. 1. Maintain streets and sidewalks. 1. Traffic congestion. 2. Keep new tracts of houses at a minimum. 3. Streets maintained in good condition. 4. Don’t plant trees that shed so much (like the ones we have downtown already) 1. Sustainability—promoting good energy resources—use policies with a focus on conservation alternatives. 2. Public safety—downtown at night. 3. Promotion of locally owned businesses and tourism. 4. More bike paths that are safe. 5. Road maintenance. 1. Maintain costs instead of increasing them. 2. Don’t build bike paths when the adult bike group goes before you and say they won’t use them. It’s a waste of our money. If we are going to let bikers slow our traffic down by using traffic lanes (instead of crosswalks and bike lanes) then teach the child bikers to do this, too. Don’t waste money. 1. Try to decrease the number of transients in our downtown area and Mission Plaza. 2. Keeping student population quiet in neighborhoods—doing a good job now! 3. Keep our town a safe place to walk and enjoy outdoor activities. 1. Trimming City Govt 2. Trimming City Govt 3. Making CDD abide by the law! 4. Eliminating City employees. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. Reduce water/sewer rates 2. Reduce water/sewer rates 3. Reduce water/sewer rates 4. Reduce, you guessed it! Water/sewage rates. 5. Prioritize spending by first needs then wants. A want is something we can survive without and can be funded by those who are passionate about it (Art, for example). 1. Homeless 2. Flood control 3. Bike trails and skate park=recreation and soccer fields. 4. Open space 5. Streets/traffic congestion. 1. Complete Prado Road from Broad Street to Madonna Road including its 101 overpass. 2. Expand LOVR overpass (101) to 4 lanes. 1. Make sure family residents with more than 2 cars have place to park instead of allover our streets. Rentals. 2. Fix our streets. Roads. Lots of potholes. Don’t just patch, dig deep and get old stuff. 3. Do more tree work along City streets in neighborhoods so people can walk over hanging branches. 4. Clean storm drains behind homes off fields that run on to City properties. Calle Lupita, Melva. 5. Clean sewers better. Build bigger lift stations to handle new building, you have to upgrade. Do more not less, need bigger lift on Margretto. 1. Increase sidewalk width downtown Higuera Street. Remove parking on street. 2. Increase concentration of bike lanes. 1. Complete green belt with more open space. 2. Smooth surfaces of the roads. 3. Replace dying trees downtown. 4. Continue SLO growth policy. 1. Build the homeless center—get this problem under better control. 2. Reroute some of the Broad Street traffic—you’ve added so many homes, businesses, that it’s impossible to get on and off and across Broad Street—it’s become a freeway. 3. More walking and bike paths. 1. Better police action downtown. Get the homeless and transients off the streets and don’t all them to camp out in front of private businesses. 2. Pave the streets. 1. Eliminate deficit by allowing drive thru services. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. Improved medical care. Need high quality primary care MDs. Most popular doctors aren’t taking new patients. Also, many won’t accept Medicare. 2. Dredge Laguna Lake 3. Homeless population keeps shoppers away from downtown. 4. Reverse plastic bag ban or at least stop charging for paper bags. Way too many regulations in this city. 5. Improve business environment. Downtown parking fees are too high. People don’t want to go there to shop. 1. Affordable senior housing for regular income seniors. 2. To keep potholes and road repaired—Oceanaire left turn signal too long, back up traffic. 3. Help some businesses to be able to survive. Keep our town with a small town atmosphere of warmth and friendliness. 4. Work with the homeless—work with Prado and Maxine Lewis as they seem to know what is needed and simplify the costs. 1. Improve city streets and infrastructure. 2. Locate a major department store (e.g. Macys, Dillards, etc.) in the downtown area— possibly east of Santa Rosa—with underground and above ground parking. 3. Expand green space areas around city. 4. Economic development 5. Neighborhood wellness. 1. More firefighters/paramedics on the Engine—we used to have 4 why do we only have 3 now? 2. More police to keep us safe and gangs out of SLO 3. More funds for training of police and firefighters, we depend on their knowledge. 4. Homeless—there are some who want to be homeless, they should be sent back to their own hometowns. 5. Enforce current laws and make more laws to prevent homeless from living and camping in vehicles, creeks, and abandoned buildings. 1. Lower water costs/bills 2. Dogs are off leashes on the trails and doggie bags are left filled with poop everywhere! Dogs, all dogs, must be on leashes! 3. Please stop people asking for money on all parking lots. 1. Improve dangerous corner for traffic at Lower S. Higuera and Vachell Lane. 2. Plant trees at Laguna Lake Park. People eat their lunches in cars and number of trees are inadequate. 3. Improve large dip on slow lane near Broad Street and Aerovista Place near speed sign coming into town. 4. Install banners on Higuera to protect drivers’ view on summer days when sun makes it difficult to see. 5. Improve walkway from parking lot to post office and shops as there is barely room for one or two person and one must walk in traffic lanes. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. Delay maintenance in other areas to improve existing corner. 2. There are sources to plant trees at no cost to City (805) 704-4387 for questions. Should not be expensive, perhaps the county or state is at fault when street was repaired. 3. Sell advertising on the banners and possibly make a profit. Should not be expensive, perhaps posts and chains or ropes would be adequate. 4. Most of the suggestions can possibly prevent injuries and law suits against the City. These may not be large budget items, but most of the items have been of concern from 5 to 20 years! 1. Homeless people on the streets—I am concerned they will soon be parking on my street—or the church helps, but I don’t see any less homeless people on the streets. 1. Replace the current City Manager and reduce the base salary and related benefits for the City Manager position. 2. Construct long deferred capital improvement projects, i.e. upgrading the sewer plant and construct fire station no. 5, etc. 1. Finish more of the Bob Jones Trail. 2. Keep downtown sidewalks clean of the poop and puke! 1. Expanding services for the homeless: families, the mentally ill and addicted, and veterans. 2. Developing jobs that pay a family supporting rate, as well as similar jobs for individuals. Don’t know what the community can do about this, but housing priced increasingly for the affluent. 3. Delete the ill-advised “wellness” project (handle things on a complaint basis without patrols and leave folks to relax on their porches without having to stand up). 1. I believe it would be wise to stop collecting extra sales tax and get rid of Measure Y— some of us can’t afford it. Thank you. 1. There sure are a lot of bumpy streets around town. Gives poor impression to visitors who come to town. 1. Quit digging holes in newly paved streets. 2. Respond faster to reported traffic signals problems. 3. Re-negotiate excessive fire and police retirement packages that our moron politicians wanted in the 1990s. 4. Reduce fire and police management. Too many chiefs not enough Indians. 1. Residents: keeping our costs down so we don’t have to leave and live elsewhere. 2. Getting homeless out of area by not providing so much care. 3. Reduce costs of parking meters—I don’t shop downtown much. 1. Reduce Government salaries and benefits in line with private sector employees. 2. Reduce permit fees to encourage remodeling, repair, update, etc. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 3. Do not encourage public attendance and comment in meetings if intent is to ignore all. 4. Maintain only necessary services. 5. No new laws/ordinances while not enforcing present ones. 1. Transient population—too much loitering and harassing for money. 2. LOVR—worst traffic in town. 3. Downtown is filthy—the Downtown Association needs to clean the sidewalks—it would bring more revenue. 1. Reduce the number of drinking establishments downtown. 2. Reduce water/sewage rates—especially owner-occupied homes. 3. Consolidate Prado Day Center and the Homeless Shelter but do not create the ‘homeless village’ center on So. Higuera…it’s acting as a magnet for out of area transients. 4. Promote more family friendly events that engage tweens and youth (teens). 1. Homeless population—cease imports from other cities! Close town to other towns. 2. Continue efforts for bike lanes improvements, such as LOVR—bike friendly SLO. 3. Increased bus service to Cuesta/Cal Poly from more places in town and later buses at night. 4. Parking validations from more businesses. Free parking options downtown, especially Farmer’s Market. 1. Do NOT pursue extending Measure Y sales tax. NOOO! 2. Spend within means. 1. Economic development—promoting income-producing tourism and light industry. 2. Essential services—health, traffic, police and fire protection, public norms. 3. Development of a permanent shelter for homeless within the City. 4. Downtown improvement and promotion—keeping the City core vital. 5. Parks and recreation availability. 1. Restore City worker benefits and pay a.s.a.p. 1. Please protect the safety and health of our City and our citizens by fighting to shut down the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant before 2020 and remove the plutonium from the Central Coast. 1. We need to promote businesses that will bring young families into our community. 2. Our existing infrastructure needs to be repaired, updated and protected (i.e. Police Station, stadium, library, City Hall). 3. Fill crucial positions within the various departments left vacant due to budget crunch. 4. Build intra-departmental relationship and promote inter-departmental cooperation. 5. Investigate closely the leadership and their effectiveness in building a culture of respect, trust and cooperation. 1. Keep gangs and other low life scum out of the City! Too many tattooed assholes! ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 2. Why, when I pay much property tax, do I have to see much trash and refuse along Loomis Street (near Cal Poly)? It’s students (Not all are PIGS!) 3. Why can’t Sinsheimer Pool have longer hours? 4. Bicycle riders have more rights and privileges than auto owners!! 5. Too many god damned barking dogs, inconsiderate owners! 1. Contain costs—pensions, retirement benefits. 2. Help create jobs and a viable economy. 3. Help entice airlines to fly routes to different locations i.e. Denver, San Jose, Dallas. 1. Economic Vitality of the small business “mom & pop” ventures in downtown SLO. 2. Furthering participation in the neighborhoods in the governance of the City. 3. Regulation of proliferation of bars in downtown SLO. 4. Furtherance of display of art in the downtown-in the streets 5. Better access to Avila Bay for bikes-extending of bike paths and mass transportation. 1. Providing a tent city for the homeless with support via counseling, food and safety. I thought of an original idea on a trip to N. Cal. I saw a full (army) tent city set up in a high area. During the depression Seattle (and I am sure other cities) let people build their own makeshift shelters and the area was huge, had its own Mayor. 1. Homeless campus needs to be established-how long do we expect people to be kept in “pause” mode-as their hopes for a return to normalcy are slowly & painfully eroded. 2. Mental health access to professionals. Can you find another generous hero like Dr. Noor who can organize a system to reach so many in need of care, counseling, and proper medication. 3. Senior Center needs continued and even increased financial or City paid personnel to survive. These centers are also part of the solution to meeting mental health issues as they can prevent the isolation and depression that many feel in their last decades of life. 1. Fiscal health 1. BUILD A SKATE PARK FOR ALL THE YOUTH IN THE AREA TO ENJOY. WE NEED A SAFE DESIGNATED AREA FOR SUCH A GREAT ACTIVITY. IF THE KIDS DON'T HAVE THE SPACE, THEY WILL BE ON THE STREETS. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? TROUBLE. PLEASE, THE SKATEBOARDING CULTURE IS CRYING FOR THIS. YOU SHOULDN'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POSITIVE IMPACT SUCH A PLACE CAN HAVE. 1. Focus on our local parks. We need to take advantage of this beautiful city and put more emphasis into feeling proud of our parks. The local skaters need a new skate park, the wasted grass areas need to be used for something else like a blacktop for roller hockey or anything. SLO needs better parks. 1. SLO Skatepark ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. Skatepark 1. Getting the new skatepark underway! 1. Maintain, if not improve police and fire protection. Make sure we are prepared for any type of disaster and not fund these programs after the fact. 1. Implementation of the Economic Development Strategic Plan 1. Economic Development 1. Reigning in spending on police and fire (too much of our budget goes to these services) 2. Prioritize spending on capital improvement projects that encourage sustainable mobility (biking & walking). These projects are inexpensive, and worth the planning time it takes to encourage people to get out of their vehicles and enjoy the way they move about our community. 3. Reducing parking minimums for projects. Our space is our most valuable asset, and removing it's access by turning into a parking lot (especially downtown) is of long term detriment to our city." 1. Financial sustainability 2. Aligning policies with community needs (i.e., do we really need "Cadillac" infrastructure for our small community?) 3. More alternative transportation options such as bike paths 4. Maintaining outstanding quality of life while balancing growth needs (smart growth policies) 1. Preservation of Essential Services and Fiscal Health 2. Neighborhood Wellness 3. Continue to increase the amount of accessible open space around and in the city 4. Continue to develop bicycle pathways/corridors and walking bicycling paths in and around the city and to outlying communities. 5. Economic Development 1. Environmental Health 2. Air Quality 3. Traffic Congestion 1. Continue efforts to preserve/enhance downtown infrastructure such as tree wells, mission- stule sidewalks and newspaper racks. San Luis Obispo is a "special place." This is not because we have car dealerships or the "large format" stores on LOVR and Madonna Road (like Costco, Target and Best Buy) - although these are certainly important for the City fiscal health, and provide goods and services our community wants. And it’s not our neighborhoods per se either (Fresno has some nice neighborhoods - as do many other uninteresting towns). Along with our wonderful natural environment (more on this below), ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES it is our delightful, vibrant downtown that makes SLO a special place. Keeping SLO special means making a continued commitment to the Downtown, as reflected by continuing investment in it. The "streetscape" is an important part of this. The recent sidewalk/tree well/tree lighting improvements show what a difference this can make! In the case of the sidewalk/tree well improvements, these are important safety improvements as well. 2. Continue efforts to preserve open space and natural resources. As noted above, along with downtown, our wonderful open spaces and natural environment is what makes SLO so special. We have seen amazing success in this area: we need to continue our efforts here. 3. Preserve Laguna Lake. Few Cities have an amazing resource like this. There has been as lot of "study" done on this (engineering, Laguna Lake Master Plan EIR's, et al). We need to develop and implement a financing plan for this, so the Lake can be blue once more when the sky is; and to prevent, in the not so distant future, Laguna Mudflats. In short, this is an awesome community resource: let's keep it! 4. Renew Measure Y. This has been instrumental in preserving City service levels in the wake of the worst recession since the Great Depression. The proceeds to-date have been used exactly as promised: to fund the highest priority services, as determined by the City's goal-setting and budget process, that provides opportunities for meaningful community participation. Measure Y funding has helped keep SLO special - and will be needed to do so in the future. Stateky simply, Measure Y will be essential in accomplishing the top three goals above, while also assuring adequate resources to catch bad guys, put out fires, fill chuck holes and mow parks. 1. Open Space 2. Environmental Protection 3. Slow Growth 4. Green Building 1. Economic Development: Enhancing the City's status as a creative and cultural hub for the County through support for businesses, ideas and public participation projects that can attract tourism and dollars from outside the area. 1. The creation of more affordable housing for local workers. Economic development is limited by the lack of affordable housing. 1. Traffic congestion and infrastructure - Los Osos Valley Road: #1 Widen LOVR/101 overpass, or build Prado Road overpass. #2 LOVR congestion resulting from construction of Costco/Home Depot/Target/Dick's Sporting Goods/Olive Garden/Old Navy/Petsmart/Mac Superstore/New Frontiers/Bev Mo/auto dealers etc. etc. without proper traffic planning and infrastructure. (LOVR/Froom Ranch Way and LOVR/Madonna Road). ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. A much better transportation system; working with the county and other cities to help us reduce vehicular traffic and increase mass transit options that are interconnected and useful to all populations. 1. Homeless shelter / low income housing 2. Upgrade Downtown infrastructure 1. Affordable, quality childcare. 2. Affordable housing for young families. 1. Better bicycle access in San Luis Obispo. More green bicycle lanes. 1. Establishment of an "enterprise fund" for road construction to support the Circulation Plan. Our water and sewer needs are planned for and meet through the use of an fund. It is time for our roads and bridges to be funded through contributions to a revolving fund by development fees and other sources. 2. Pension reform and continued attention to reduction of wage burden 1. Public safety 2. Fiscal responsibility 3. Better traffic flow 4. Community activities with good publicity 1. Economic Development 1. More targeted outreach to businesses we want to consider moving to SLO. Focus on the specific vs. the generic. Be more pro-active. 1. For 'Neighborhood Wellness' I'd like to see the City work with PG&E, GasCo & City Water to develop Sustainable - Green Neighborhood throughout the City 2. For 'Traffic Congestion' I'd like more frequent bus service and finish the bike path along the train tracks to Cal Poly. " 1. Maintenance of existing investments in infrastructure (buildings, roads, utilities) and long range planning and development of new facilities needed to support City in the future. 1. Infrastructure. Repair, update sidewalks downtown with more bulb-outs. 2. Stricter water conservation rules/guidelines. 3. Encourage in-fill building, ie. more apartments downtown. 1. The transient and homeless population throughout the City, not just downtown. 2. Provide the local business a clean and comfortable environment to do business in without the fear of harassment to our customers and employees. 1. Economic Development 2. Traffic Congestion ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 3. Parking 1. Continuing to acquire open space that allows access. People need places to get outside and enjoy our beautiful environment, and the beauty of our home is a major draw for tourism, especially accessible open space. Current space with access is hugely popular as evidenced by trail use at Johnson Ranch, San Luis Mountain and Bishop Peak. 1. Infrastructure repair and construction 2. Traffic flow/congestion improvements, especially in the Los Osos Valley Road area between Madonna Road and 101 Freeway on-ramp. 3. Purchase additional land or easements for open space expansion around the city." 1. Attracting head of household jobs to the city. 2. Developing infrastructure for city residents that encourages non-car transit, such as complete streets with viable sidewalks, bike lanes, bike boulevards, and safer routes to/from school. 3. Do everything in the city's power to increase SLO's reputation as a green city, from replacing fleet vehicles with hybrids/electrics, solarizing city buildings, and encouraging growth that is appropriately scaled and sustainable. 1. Parking downtown 1. Completion of circulation plan with emphasis on connectivity of bikeways. 2. Maintenance and upgrades to our City Parks 3. Emphasis on treating our street trees as an urban forest and replanting trees that have been removed or lost throughout the city (not just downtown). 4. Completion of the neighborhood identification program - involving our neighborhoods in the process. 1. Protect the environment, wildlife, open space and quality of life. Studies show that investment in conservation pays between 4:1 and 10:1 ROI depending on land costs and other regional variations. http://www.tpl.org/what-we-do/services/conservation-finance/conservation-economics.html 1. Economic development while maintaining integrity for history, culture, and natural resources. 1. Build Santa Rosa Skatepark 2. Build Palm & Nippomo parking garage 3. Improve/upgrade sidewalks throughout downtown 4. Improve City wayfinding signage 1. Economic Development and implement the strategic plan initiatives 2. revitalization of Mission Plaza 3. Long term fiscal health-pension reform and contingency budget for measure Y ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. Traffic congestion relief through improvements dedicated to increased bicycle use. 1. Implementing the Economic Development Strategic Plan. 1. Ensuring the health and safety of its residents. 1. New 101 LOVR interchange 2. Finish railroad trail through entire City 3. Discourage Mentally ill homeless from moving to our City 1. Address the homeless issue 2. Consider a 3-5 year capital improvement plan to the downtown area. If the city hopes to be a tourist magnet, it's going to need to look the part. 3. Examine the balance of businesses in the downtown area. Too many bars and too much booze will be great for attracting college students, but families will find other places to go. 1. Skate Park !! 1. Control homeless population. Continue to improve bike lanes and public transportation. Continue to focus on maintaining a unique downtown and keep out chain stores. 1. The SLO skatepark project needs the city's full attention. 1. Filling known gaps in bicycling facilities, focusing primarily on routes that serve commuting (between job centers, schools, shopping and housing), rather than recreational routes. 1. The Santa Rosa Skate Park, should be the highest goal. It will draw many visitors and tourists to SLO every day. This in turn will provide massive amounts of income to the local businesses and restaurants in the area. I know many SLO locals that travel to Los Osos, Cambria, Templeton Atascadero, Santa Maria, Cayucus, Solvang, and even Santa Barbara on the weekends to skate. If the city helps us and funds the planned Skatepark, locals would spend more money in SLO, as well as travelers near and far. Support the community and small business! 1. Making the new skate park a reality 1. SLO Skate Park 1. A new skatepark 1. Financial restoration without raising fees, fines, and taxes. 2. Build a SKATE PLAZA and not the ridiculous cartoon skatepark that is being proposed. 3. Stop irresponsible spending, maybe hire a city manager that actually lives in SLO and not Beverly Hills half the time. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. Skatepark 1. Help in enforcing neighborhood codes, ie RVs parked in front of houses and in driveways, clutter 2. Laguna Lake 3. Homelessness 1. The Wormhoudt SLO Skatepark design in its entirety. It is long overdue to say the very least in my opinion. 2015? No. Early 2013, yes. Like I said this landmark project for the city of SLO is way overdue 1. Laguna Lake and maintenance of lake. Looking at options to keep lake viable. 1. Laguna Lake has been completely neglected by The City for decades. It is time to maintain it the way it was promised when it was planned. Some funds need to be allocated for its maintenance every year and saved and used when there are enough funds to take care of silt issue. 1. Finish City fiber optic network and expand availability to residences. 2. Support local schools. 3. Slow commercial development. 4. Relax Police presence. 5. Long term financial policy, ie save surplus if we foresee a future deficit... plan conservatively for future costs." 1. Laguna Lake 2. Jack House 1. Clean and safe neighborhoods 2. Skateboard park 3. Bob jones trail completion 4. Laguna Lake maintenance 1. Open Space 2. Maintaining and Improving Laguna Lake 3. Complete bike trail to Bob Jones Trail 1. Continuing to acquire open space that allows access. People need places to get outside and enjoy our beautiful environment, and the beauty of our home is a major draw for tourism, especially accessible open space. Current space with access is hugely popular as evidenced by trail use at Johnson Ranch, San Luis Mountain and Bishop Peak. 1. Infrastructure repair and construction 2. Traffic flow/congestion improvements, especially in the Los Osos Valley Road area between Madonna Road and 101 Freeway on-ramp. 3. Purchase additional land or easements for open space expansion around the city. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PRIORITIES 1. Attracting head of household jobs to the city. 2. Developing infrastructure for city residents that encourages non-car transit, such as complete streets with viable sidewalks, bike lanes, bike boulevards, and safer routes to/from school. 3. Do everything in the city's power to increase SLO's reputation as a green city, from replacing fleet vehicles with hybrids/electrics, solarizing city buildings, and encouraging growth that is appropriately scaled and sustainable. 1. Bicycling facilities! Improved infrastructure, better public transportation. 1. As part of efforts for economic development and downtown revitalization I think the City should consider adding an arts element or art district to its priorities. I recently noticed that the City of Ventura includes the arts as a distinct element of their Downtown Specific Plan going so far as to dub themselves California's New Art City - http://www.cityofventura.net/downtown 1. Maintaining a balanced budget with plans to retain the Measure Y program. Continue to do our street repairs and maintain Fire & Police staffing. 1. SKATEPARK!!! 1. Hiking and biking trails. Establish biking only trails and tourism to boast about what fantastic trails we do have here. 2. Bring in a new skatepark on Santa Rosa. The park would bring tons of much needed money, visitors, and happiness to the city. 3. The homeless. Help them but also stop them from living in my park and spoiling the experience of going downtown. 4. Keeping kids out of trouble and encouraging constructive opportunities for fitness should be a high priority of the city of San Luis Obispo. 5. Developing an area to keep kids and teens from feeling justified in illegal activities. A skate park. A legal place for kids to skate, which is a fun and active recreational sport. 1. Build a new skate park at the Santa Rosa park 2. Improved infrastructure for bicycle traffic. 1. Restoring Laguna lake 2. Alleviating LOVR traffic congestion around Costco/Target areas 3. Homeless population ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS How might the City adjust other programs & services to accomplish these priorities? Responses are reproduced verbatim. Where a response is shown more than once, it was received in duplicate. 1. Teaching the homeless to find simple jobs and not be freeloaders only. 2. Help correct the high pensions people receive and retire early and then get jobs. Their income is high. 3. Do not spend money on cosmetic causes. 1. Let the right hand know what the left hand is doing. 2. Work with what we already have. 1. Support infrastructure maintenance rather than create new advisory groups, committees, etc. That is—take care of what is already built, regulated, etc. first. 1. Adjust business license fees to be more in line with other surrounding cities. 1. Please fix the signal at Oceanaire and Madonna Rd. Traffic backs up on Madonna. 2. Can we get better computers for the Senior Center? They don’t have to be new, but not be old. Watch spending. 1. Keep on doing what you have been doing—we do live in the Happiest City in the nation. Thank you! 1. Establish a system to fill city positions with volunteers—we are blessed to have many talented ‘retired’ citizens in this city that would jump at a chance to help out. 1. The above are achieved through the efforts of well-trained responsibilities and ethical people where provided adequate responses, training and support. 1. Continue policy of new growth paying for itself through upfront fees. 2. Stress growth and new development controls G.P. and all planning documents. 1. Improved and better street sweeping. Improved and better bike lanes. New bike lanes. 1. You tell me! 1. Targeted, time certain taxes. 2. Expand use of the Cal Poly resources. Not just in design, but also planning and finance. 1. Do not offer or continue to offer services/programs that invite homeless people to come live in the City. Help those who want to be helped to get off streets. Prioritize those who want to be helped to get off streets. Prioritize those people. Ok to help those who are ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS unable to help themselves due to e.g. mental illness, etc. but do not have the effect of inviting more vagrants. 1. Expand events that generate revenue/Laguna Lake, etc. 2. Public Works needs to provide more bang for the buck/ example: sidewalk crews do a 20’ section go two blocks away then return to do a 15’ section that was adjacent to the original 20’ section. This was witnessed multiple times. 3. Explore contract services; example: Cal Fire for more protection. 4. Remove trees that uproot surfaces requiring repeat repairs. 5. Merry Christmas—Clint. 1. Cut the frills. 1. Not cost involved: use your brain! Let’s remember the Vets at Pearl Harbor, half staff the flag or go back to Canada. 1. Spend less on Downtown improvement projects (i.e. replacing perfectly functional sidewalks and trash cans on Higuera Street). 2. Spend less time and money on things like the trash can ordinance/code enforcement. That program does not improve quality of life, etc. 1. Pass an ordinance prohibiting leaf blowers in all commercial/residential areas within city limits with strong fines. To avoid fines—implement a fee structure paid to allow the use of leaf blowers. 1. The City should reduce retirement benefits to ALL employees—former, current and future! 1. Think about our water services—not enough rain means Nacimiento lake will be low, and can be gone in one season. 1. Offer financial incentives to businesses using alternative energy sources or sustainable usage. 1. Ticket adult bikers using car left turn lanes. 2. Don’t let utility/garbage prices be raised. 1. Presence of police officers. 1. Cut CDD for sure. 1. Provide water consumers with ideas or products that reduce consumption, such as auto shut-off on showers, that are not near the shower. Grey water systems, alternatives to water softener systems, etc. Be progressive, not punitive. People want to do the right thing, help them. You’ll get gratitude instead of resentment. 2. Eliminate manual reads on water meters. Saves labor costs. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS 1. Focus on capital improvements especially with Measure Y $$. 1. Do the work not just think about it. Lots of new people do not know what floods and what doesn’t flood. Learn the area first hand not rely on maps, learn easements check out storm drains, start finish. Floods do happen. Hate to sue again. 1. Limit City Mgt & Admin staff salary raises. 1. Tow the line on more buses, fire engines, etc. We have enough now. 2. Slow growth—especially in the Broad Street Corridor. You’re not putting in long-term housing—it’s all high density, residential and commercial—not much desire for that now. 1. Cut spending elsewhere. 1. Eliminate tree committee. Decrease regulations. Fees too high here. 1. Keep down the unnecessary expenses like costly artwork, high pensions, costly conferences—just keep a light budget on unnecessary luxuries (keep high rents limited in downtown areas and parking, too). 1. Reduce tier 2 pension benefits to 2% at 60, if not already the case. 2.3% at 57 for public safety employees. 2. Reduce annual cost of living increases to 2% for all City retirees, including public safety—if not already the case. 1. Stop allowing chamber of commerce and special interest people to have such a big voice how to run the city—we voted those people in, ‘not the Chamber’s special interest or the Telegram Tribune.’ 2. We the people need to have more say—who better than us to know what is best. When the people vote their choice, they should not be asked to re-vote. This turns into dirty politics. 1. High fines if a dog is off the leash! Or an owner leaves a doggie bag—isn’t that littering? Makes SLO look terrible. 1. Delay maintenance in other areas to improve existing corner. 2. There are sources to plant trees at no cost to City (805) 704-4387 for questions. Should not be expensive, perhaps the county or state is at fault when street was repaired. 3. Sell advertising on the banners and possibly make a profit. Should not be expensive, perhaps posts and chains or ropes would be adequate. 4. Most of the suggestions can possibly prevent injuries and law suits against the City. These may not be large budget items, but most of the items have been of concern from 5 to 20 years! ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS 1. Lobby for county/state mental health services (with changed laws) to involuntary hospitalize several ill people for longer periods that the 72 hour revolving door. When I first came to SLO in the 70s, it was possible to stabilize patients with 2,3,4 weeks in a safe environment. The emptying of state hospitals in the 80s without $$ for comprehensive local services in my opinion has also led to an ongoing population of the ill remaining on the streets 1. When I come to the intersection of Madonna Rd and LOVR, and at a few other spots, one thought that pops into my mind…”Holy Moly, batman, are we back in Gotham City? It looks like they hired the Joker to paint the lines on the streets.” 1. Don’t give allowances to developers. Make them pay their fair share. Look at LOVR overpass. Target and Madonna should pay for this—not us. Don’t build on Orcutt Rd. Plan. 1. Eliminate parking fees on Sunday. 1. Stop approving so many liquor licenses and restaurants; it’s out of balance for a business based community. 2. Charger higher water/sewer rates for out-of-area landlords. 3. Consider designating a building/center for youth/teen services and activities. 4. Hire a master-degree level social worker to help address and plan for community needs. You need a clinician on board—not just administrators. 1. Investigate ‘year up’ for local homeless, retooling as techies and placement at local businesses. 2. Gas tax—Bike Coalition and Caltrans. 3. SUV sales tax—bus. 4. From coffee shops and restaurants—community gardens. Add compost to green bins. Educate the community on what to compost. 5. Give kickbacks to shops that validate; i.e. cash mobs. 1. Eliminate natural resources department. 1. Our police and fire departments could do well with less of our budget dollars. 2. Do we need to provide child care when so many opportunities exist within the private sector? 1. Nothing hardly gets down any way so I don’t have any suggestions!! Happy New Year!! PS—there’s too many lawyers in this town!! They file too many bogus/bullshit lawsuits!! 1. Dialogue of City Council and City agents with neighborhoods. A workshop open to the public about the “Happy Town” concept-and the development of more happiness! ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS 1. I think the City and all cities should for one thing simplify the (lower the cost) of permits- you end up with increased building resulting in property taxes which is the counties, city (SLO) real bread and butter 2. More informed public on how to sponsor and volunteer for this kind of human helping hand endeavor. 1. Adjustment not needed a financing has already been worked out-it’s convincing neighbors of the campus that needs your attentions. 2. Noor Clinic-how do they do it? Seemingly while not taking away from other programs. 1. CUT EXPENDITURES, REVISE PREEXISTING PLANS FOR A MORE CONCISE DESIGN, ASK THE SKATEBOARDERS WHAT THEY WOULD NEED TO ENJOY THE FACILITY. IT WON'T BE VERY HARD, I SWEAR :) 1. Renew measure y, cut police and fire salaries, cut art programs. 1. Reducing police & fire spending: a. Do not upgrade fleet vehicles as often b. Increase traffic violation ticketing (i.e. texting, phone use, speeding) to enhance public safety c. Reduce police involvement in noise violations 2. Capital improvement project spending: d. Biking & walking facilities are a fraction of the cost of motor vehicle roadways & require less maintenance in the long term e. Health funding can be leveraged by these projects b/c of their health benefits f. Development fees towards sustainable mobility projects 3. Reducing Parking Minimums: g. Change existing policy for new projects h. Reflect increasing % of people who are choosing other transportation options on a daily basis i. Encourage the notion of not parking immediately outside of your business & enjoying a walk to/from your car... you will be more likely to pop in and make a purchase at a local store this way 1. Stop purchasing top of the line toys for public safety; instead align tools with what's really needed for our small community 1. I am unable to answer this, as I do not have enough familiarity with how the current City budgets its services. 1. Lower the huge salaries of some of our managers, not so much consulting projects that eat up money. 1. Sale of bonds for establishment of fund. On-going contributions by development entities and grants/other sources. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS 2. Look for efficiencies to eliminate City jobs. Fill where possible with contract personnel or not at all. 1. Spend less money on repaving roads. More speed bumps, less stop lights. 1. Evaluate public safety budgets to trim the fat. 1. Spend less on Parks 1. Take a larger global view of how other regions and cities successfully make this happen (in reference to a better transportation system). 1. modify development and impact fees so that they are based primarily on the square footage of new units 2. use floor area ratios as an alternative method for calculating the number of allowable units on multifamily and mixed use parcels (this will allow a greater number of smaller and more affordable units to be built) 3. ease the restrictions on secondary dwelling units 4. reduce frequency of inspections and fees for rental units that consistently pass inspections 1. Streamline the processes that businesses and organizations who interact with the City must deal with. For the fees charged, less City staff/work may be in order. 1. Adjust staffing and salaries - some are extraordinarily high 1. Take a close look at the expanded neighborhood enforcement program implemented with the 201-13 budget. Is it really making a positive difference commensurate with its cost? 2. Renew Measure Y 1. Less money towards services that are primarily run by non-profits. 1. Instead of hoping desired businesses find out about us, we should identify specific businesses within specific industries of interest to us and reach out to them individually and personally. Similarly, we should look at more industry specific advertising and promotion media...tech publications vs. WSJ, geographically-specific advertising & promotion where desired businesses may be concentrated. 1. If I understand correctly, we currently pay for two full time staff for Neighborhood Wellness. My impression is this is excessive. 1. Cut back on number of police positions, especially at management level. 1. There is not easy clear answer to this issue, you cannot reduce the services to the homeless and you cannot reduce the public safety services. I would feel that you need to not reduce other services that you need to maintain them and increase the amount for keeping the business community a safe and clean place from this group of people. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS 1. Diversify downtown businesses, add a 4th parking garage 1. Increase the fee of parking meters rather than changing them to credit card use, Stop buying ridiculous things like a double decker bus that didn't fit the garage, washing station and various city routes due to its size. Impose a sales tax on liquor and downtown bars as a source of revenue. 1. Additional pension reform including cost of living increases for existing retires limited to no more than 2 per cent per year. I do support a defined benefit pension system for city employees, however, the system for current Tier One employees (even after the 2012 reforms) is still too rich. 1. These priorities go hand in hand with the stated city goals of economic development and infrastructure rejuvenation. Don't build our city for cars. Build it for people. 1. Our parks are in poor condition (with trip hazards and a lack of recycling opportunity at every park). This budget cycle needs to see an amount equal to the $700,000.00 spent on downtown sidewalks last year spent on improving our residential neighborhoods and parks. 1. Budgeting and strategic planning 1. 10% paycut to top earning City employees. 1. Decrease (drastically) the funding allocated for road repairs (and dedicate the remaining funding towards repairs/improvements to only the bicycle portion of the roads. 1. The implementation of the Plan will only serve to enhance other priorities, programs and services. All are interconnected and related. 1. Planning to ensure neighborhoods are designed to encourage community, reduction on dependence on the automobile, protection from abuse and crime, safe schools, enhanced recreation activities and support of senior citizens. 1. Delete Park Rangers, use PD, Wildlife Biologists, Natural Resource Manager and other positions that similar sized cities don't have. Utilize volunteers 1. Need to see the cities' budget or master plan to answer this question. 1. The city has done an excellent job of preserving and maintaining the downtown core, but it has been at the expense of other community services. The skating community does not have as strong voice as many other groups, but nonetheless represents multiple generations and families. It's time to share the wealth and give up some of the downtown dollars. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS 1. Mainly I think the city should carry on with the budgetary focus that it has now. 1. Please put full funding into this project (skate park) 1. Just as the original roadway systems were built to serve and therefore promote commerce, so should bicycling facilities. If you need to take money from somewhere, take it from roads. The less convenient it is for people to drive and harder it is for them to park, the more likely they will look at other forms of transportation. And when they do, they will see the great new bike facilities just may serve their needs. 1. I don't see any need to spend money on revamping or re building the downtown area. People love downtown as it is. Many made comments at the city council meeting about funding downtown reconstruction, but the truth is that the grass is always greener. Why should we spend more money on a place that people already love? If we do, will they all be happy with the changes in 5 years? 3 years? What makes sense is funding the skatepark. The current area designated for skating is insufficient and practically inoperable for the community that needs it. Once it is built the city will not hear complaints at future meetings about how it could be better. That is absurd! We know what we want. We have the plans for what we want. All we need is the funding. The city can't win every battle that comes its way, but it can provide unfathomable amounts of joy to the many that have dedicated years and years of their lives to the cause. What is sad is that I see many of SLO's youth that were once involved and hopeful for the future of the skate park, starting to lose hope. What lesson does it teach these kids to ignore their dreams of the new skatepark? I assure the city that the crushed spirits of these impressionable youth will only contribute to more harm. I fear that without a public place for the youth to call home and be proud of, crime might go up in SLO. As a young child the skateboarders in my area got in trouble for skating in places that they weren't meant to be, which only contributed to further disobedience and disrespect for the law. The more kids that see themselves as criminals for skating, the more they will start to believe that they are criminals. Rather than raising another generation of troublemakers and lawbreaking youth, let’s raise a generation that can participate in the growing sport legally. In short, building the skatepark. Will result in less crime, and more hopeful law abiding youth. And in three to five years when more complaints about why downtown isn't better come up, the city can utilize the influx of money that the skatepark will provide to address those concerns. 1. Stop paying the city employees six-figure incomes, cut police spending, stop buying brand new $40k+ vehicles that our city doesn't need. Sell the double decker bus, fire the sanitation department employees who knowingly spilled all the toxic waste into our environment. Have city employees held accountable for their actions. 1. Accept the skatepark proposal 1. Set up a hotline for people to report infractions anonymously 2. Spend time looking at lake. It should be examined as a resource to our city ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS 1. An adjustment is what council members would need in my opinion if they thought of this project any less than being a go, as in, now. If a back hoe and a bulldozer is not moving, rebar is not being layed, and concrete is not being poured it is the wrong answer 1. Parks need to be put on a rotation basis in order to accommodate the lake issue. Also, the lake and adjoining property is open space, so it needs to be accommodated and protected as such. 1. I would try to avoid temporary financial mechanisms in favor of smaller, more stable ones. 2. I would not spend money we know we're going to need in the near future. 3. I would reduce police spending. 4. I would allow cultural events/tourist attractions such as Mardi Gras." 1. Reduce expenditures on the Downtown core. The business people will never be satisfied. 1. Increase the fee of parking meters rather than changing them to credit card use, Stop buying ridiculous things like a double decker bus that didn't fit the garage, washing station and various city routes due to its size. Impose a sales tax on liquor and downtown bars as a source of revenue. 1. Additional pension reform including cost of living increases for existing retires limited to no more than 2 per cent per year. I do support a defined benefit pension system for city employees, however, the system for current Tier One employees (even after the 2012 reforms) is still too rich. 1. These priorities go hand in hand with the stated city goals of economic development and infrastructure rejuvenation. Don't build our city for cars. Build it for people. 1. Install more bike racks, increase bike racks. Increase driver safety about bicycles. The bike path on Johnson Avenue is often dirty. I have got flat tires on it often. I think if it was more regularly cleaned that would help improve safety. Also, Johnson Avenue is now a choke point for traffic because drivers heading to the high school can no longer turn onto Fixlini Street from Ella or Ira. The high school WAS here before the houses. Last year there were multiple accidents involving bicyclists and motorists on Johnson. This number could be easily reduced if steps were taken to increase the safety during peak hours of traffic. 1. Maintain the 1/2% Measure Y program. 1. We simply need some more focus towards activities that keep people active and enjoying our city's wonderful outside weather. 1. Just spend time building it. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BUDGET BULLETIN SURVEY RESPONSES: PROGRAM ADJUSTMENTS 1. Adjusting policing priorities. Allow shelters to keep homeless on site during day. keep providing parking/camping that is monitored 1. Fund the new San Luis Obispo skateboard park and Amphitheater to keep kids busy and healthy, and also bring tourism. If kids have somewhere to skateboard then they won’t get into trouble skateboarding downtown and causing shenanigans! It's the right thing to do, hear our plea. 1. Spend less money on revamping old programs that will just need to be revamped again in a few years when people are unsatisfied once again. Instead build new recreational areas such as the Skate park, which would bring in more visitors as well as keep kids in a safe, active and legal environment. 1. Increase property tax. 1. Don't hire outside consultants.
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