Letter to the San Luis Obispo City Council
May 18, 2010
I remember before we had Farmer’s Market. The stores were open late and local young people hung out and cruised in cars down Higuera and up Marsh. The establishment just couldn’t stand this outlet for our youth so they killed it by closing the street and created Farmer’s Market. I missed ‘cruise night’ but liked the new event. It was open to all: we had fresh food for sale, car shows, volleyball games (I played on Higuera at Garden). Then it got corrupted into the human zoo it now is, with all the freak shows and years ago imposing the dog ban (for many, their dogs are an integral part of the family).
It is still a cool event but has become a commercial extravaganza instead of the hometown get together we once had. The only indispensable part of it now is the market. The farmers.
For some time the Farmers managed their end of things without a glitch. Then the business community decided to push them off to the side, marginalizing their presence. After a big flap you were called into the negotiations to force resolution-that has met with failure.
Jeez. How long are you going to sit on your hands? It looks like the Downtown Association (DTA) via Deb Cash has not been cooperative in resolving the issues as you directed months ago. This is ridiculous. I will bet you any amount with any odds over 90 percent of your constituents support the farmers and not that evil group you have given carte blanche to run things.
It’s way past time to stand up for the citizens in how our public property and facilities are used. Its time to tell the DTA to stand off, back down, knock off the power grabs.
And we don’t want to hear about commitments, contracts and obligations. Your only obligation is to us. If you feel tied up by prior agreements with the DTA you can certainly threaten them with future sanctions if they don’t cooperate now. If they have the legal power now you can easily withdraw that when it expires, you can do what you want.
You should have assigned someone to monitor the deliberations, and report back to you long before now as to how things are going. We expect much more than it appears we are getting.
Pete Evans is a recent immigrant to San Luis Obispo (’69) and long time activist.
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