With the impending closure of Diablo Canyon, I’m starting to get worried about what this really means for San Luis Obispo County.
Over 1,500 jobs will be lost when Diablo Canyon is gone. This not only impacts the lives of those workers and their families, but it also impacts the small business owners in our area who rely on local customers. Likewise, the loss of tax revenue to our county could hurt our ability to receive things like a speedy response to an emergency.
That’s something I’m particularly worried about. We live in a fire-prone area; our neighbors just to the north of us are battling one as I type this. What happens when funding is cut to fire protection or public safety?
Public safety isn’t the only thing that will suffer. We have some of the best school districts in the country. What happens to our schools when the education budget gets slashed by millions of dollars? With Lockheed Martin and Weatherby leaving SLO County and our new ranking as a top 10 worst place to open a business, I’m concerned that we may not recover if we keep losing businesses and hurting our economy.
Voting for Carbajal
I can tell election season is approaching when I begin to see political ads on T.V.
Positive ads tell what is good about a candidate and why you should vote for him or her, and negative ads tell what is bad about an opponent.
The most negative ad I have ever seen is approved by Justin Fareed and says horrible things about Salud Carbajal. I think Representative Carbajal is doing a great job and I plan to vote for him. All I know about Justin Fareed is he rides a horse and has apparently done nothing good for our community.
Losing businesses and families
I recently read an article that the Central Coast is one of the worst places in the United States for small business owners. As a small business owner myself, I have at times assumed as much, but could it really be true? I decided to start doing some research.
I learned that not only is it true that the Central Coast is one of the worst places in the US for small business owners, but that middle-class families are leaving San Luis Obispo County at one of the highest rates in the nation.
Why is this happening?
Those leaving cited the high cost of living, lack of good-paying jobs, and shortage of affordable housing. And it’s not just our families — entire companies are leaving our area, too.
In order to keep a healthy economy and to encourage businesses to stay, we need to place a priority on keeping head-of-household jobs in the County.