UPDATE… My wife and I ended up buying one of these parcels on our own… and placing an easement for the Anza trail over it… which we gave to the SLO county Land Conservancy. We then resold the parcel with the easement over it at our cost to a neighboring landowner late in 2012. So the following post is sort of a non issue. Feel free to ignore it as no money from the county needed to be spent… we got the trail right of way effectively for free.
Today the San Luis Obispo County supervisors voted 4-1 (Supervisor Mechum opposed) to allocate funds for appraisals, title searches, phase 1 environmental assessments, and other data related to the possibility of purchasing the bike path parcels in Edna along the Juan Batista de Anza Trail route. This is great news. HOWEVER… they also stated that they would only pay a minority share of the cost of these parcels rather than the full amount as recommended by the Parks Commission. So this means that parties interested in seeing this bike path come to fruition… like me… will need to fundraise to the tune of approx 225k. (a bit more than half of the property cost.) They have the right to do this… times are tough at the county… so I understand… but I don’t have to be happy about it.
So we have our work to do… and the various advocacy groups are proceeding now with the options available for obtaining the funds we didn’t know we were going to have to raise until today. We have approx 4 months to do it so it will be a real push.
I guess I should try and remember… this is California… soon the state will be telling drivers that if they want roads without potholes… then get some asphalt and a shovel and go fix them yourself.
We somehow seem to have plenty of state funds around for more prisons though… end of rant.