DON'T Live or Move to San Luis Obispo...
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h8slo

San Luis Obispo, CA

#82 May 8, 2010
Yes, if you're a bigot and do not like diversity, then San Luis Obispo and all of the CENTRAL COAST is perfect for you; regardless of the cost, all of California is expensive.
colby

Paso Robles, CA

#83 Sep 28, 2010
its 2010 and school is in for both cuesta and cal poly. ive been going to cuesta for 2 years now. yes alot of things are expensive still but i dont think anyone should ever shy away from living here. its just way toooo beautiful
mac

Paso Robles, CA

#84 Feb 17, 2012
Cost of rent is high partially because of the college kids. their parents are STUPID enough to pay upwards to $2800.00 a month for a slum-type apt. that's only 750 square feet.(I know this because I get called by the management to do repairs).

curious

San Luis Obispo, CA

#85 Dec 27, 2013
Could someone possibly help me. I moved here about 5 years ago, made friends with many slo professionals, and one day, a woman my same age asked me to go out with her on a Thursday night. I let her know I had already a group of friends who I was meeting. She gave me a shocked look, and little by little made up all sorts of complaints (mainly of a sexual nature) to the boss and I ended up losing my job. What the hell did I do to piss her off so much that she instigated a campaign that made me lose my job?
Greg

Phoenix, AZ

#87 Jan 11, 2014
Living in SLO Great wrote:
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I agree with this uneducated person, do not live in SLO, we do not need anymore welfare people, so stay where your at. I know of over 46 families who came here in past 10 years all educated got great jobs, all own homes and have nice cars and
families and contribute to the local economy and are doing great. So if your uneducated, stupid, ignorant or a welfare cheat i agree do NOT live here.
Ignore this bigot.
Questioning

Watsonville, CA

#88 Jan 12, 2014
sloRed wrote:
Wow that's some serious negativity!
I'm not one of the monetarily wealthy ones living in SLO, but I do live comfortably and enjoy my life here in this beautiful town.
I came here nine years ago without a job or a savings account. I found a job that grew to be a comfortable income. Not a substantial income, but definitely enough to survive here as a single mom, so I know it can be done.
I'm sorry you're struggling so much that you feel you have to send people away...
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Nine years ago SLO had a better economy, but not that much better. So, tell us how you survived until your first pay check arrived. You may have the key to eliminating homelessness in SLO. Did you have job skills and/or an education? Did you stay with friends or have money for a rental? Were you on government programs?
Sandra

Sebastopol, CA

#91 Feb 3, 2014
the eye wrote:
But David, you CAN have all that NOW. Just move to Santa Cruz or San Rafael...or anywhere else USA. Why do people insist on overdeveloping our community into something that already exists somewhere else.
If you want THAT, go to where it is. If you live in SLO county for what it IS, then stay here, and help our local small business community thrive while continuing to respect the environment that attracts millions worldwide.
What about a family that wants out of big city life to help my 14 old to get out of a place living in santa rosa is giving her! Now I know other families want out too, dosn't mean we all are gonna decide to move to SLO
real303

Castle Rock, CO

#93 Feb 26, 2015
Cali sucks
Newb

San Luis Obispo, CA

#94 Mar 31, 2016
I wanted to provide a perspective from someone who may be considered "wealthy" (Ivy League trained surgeon, we live in the country club). It was our goal to move to SLO to settle down. Who wouldn't want to live in the happiest town on Earth? After being here for a year I can tell you that the source of people's happiness here is not just the vitamin D, and we have come to find that it's not necessarily the type of happiness that we aspire to. People here seem to derive their happiness from protecting their community, neighborhood, family name, or business. Looking out for #1, but with a big smile and pleasantries while they do it. Is that wrong? Not really. But I think it is important to make a distinction... Being happy does not necessarily mean that you are kind. Being happy does not necessarily mean that you are generous. Or completely authentic.

The people that live in SLO are nice, but "nice" is also different from "kind". Sure, you can find kindness here. But prepare yourself for the fact that there is a nepotism that is difficult to penetrate. If you can afford to, bring your own friends and family. I can sum the attitude up best in a bumper sticker I saw when we moved here: "San Luis Obispo: you wouldn't like it". At the end of the day, the locals don't really want you here unless they have something to gain from it, and even then they are very protective of the role that you will play in their community. If you didn't grow up here, expect it to take longer than usual to make friends. Happy people are not necessarily open people.

I guess what I'm saying is, don't expect to move here and just slide right into an easy, happy life. Living here is difficult, more difficult than other places. Sure, the weather is perfect. I can't think of much better, safer communities to raise a family, and in the winter the hills turn a lovely Irish green. But it is not an easy life here. Money or not, you will struggle to be accepted and understood. People will be very nice to you but if you are used to a community of honesty, openess, & kindness, SLO may come up short for you. It may feel shallow. Meaningful relationships come a lot slower in a nice but guarded community such as this, and if you decide to move don't expect too many tears.

Maybe "SLO happy" is overrated. Oprah isn't right all the time. But the beaches are absolutely lovely. And it's still a great place to be, with less problems than most. You just have to work harder & sacrifice more here than you do in other places to make it work & build a life in the SLO community.
toexpensivetoliv e

Kansas City, MO

#95 May 1, 2016
David wrote:
Yes, it is true that the population growth in San Luis Obispo has gone down. In fact, in 7 years from 2000, we have only gained 100 population. That's because the economy hit a recession and SLO has had a lack of cheap housing due to poor planning. On the bright side, the city plans to fix this by the Orcutt, Airport, and Margaritta Road developments on the southern border of the city. the projects will be be bringing in 3,291 new residents. In 2025 the city expects to have 51,500 residents and 50,000 residents in 2020.

ask for jobs, there will be more jobs avalible from the airport when they expand the run-way to allow bigger jets to come in. And Dalidio's mall, and the 2 new madonna enterprise shopping centers will offer more jobs. Also, the elder people moving into the downtown housing units will allow for their old homes to be more affordible for new people coming to the area.

Oh, and all this information comes from the annual report for the general plan from 2007 for SLO.
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my dad worked out at the airport for 20 years with American Eagle and they closed up shop and never returned. a runways expansion will nothing to solve this problem.
Anon Don Juan

Arroyo Grande, CA

#96 May 11, 2016
Newb wrote:
I wanted to provide a perspective from someone who may be considered "wealthy" (Ivy League trained surgeon, we live in the country club). It was our goal to move to SLO to settle down. Who wouldn't want to live in the happiest town on Earth? After being here for a year I can tell you that the source of people's happiness here is not just the vitamin D, and we have come to find that it's not necessarily the type of happiness that we aspire to. People here seem to derive their happiness from protecting their community, neighborhood, family name, or business. Looking out for #1, but with a big smile and pleasantries while they do it. Is that wrong? Not really. But I think it is important to make a distinction... Being happy does not necessarily mean that you are kind. Being happy does not necessarily mean that you are generous. Or completely authentic.

The people that live in SLO are nice, but "nice" is also different from "kind". Sure, you can find kindness here. But prepare yourself for the fact that there is a nepotism that is difficult to penetrate. If you can afford to, bring your own friends and family. I can sum the attitude up best in a bumper sticker I saw when we moved here: "San Luis Obispo: you wouldn't like it". At the end of the day, the locals don't really want you here unless they have something to gain from it, and even then they are very protective of the role that you will play in their community. If you didn't grow up here, expect it to take longer than usual to make friends. Happy people are not necessarily open people.

I guess what I'm saying is, don't expect to move here and just slide right into an easy, happy life. Living here is difficult, more difficult than other places. Sure, the weather is perfect. I can't think of much better, safer communities to raise a family, and in the winter the hills turn a lovely Irish green. But it is not an easy life here. Money or not, you will struggle to be accepted and understood. People will be very nice to you but if you are used to a community of honesty, openess, & kindness, SLO may come up short for you. It may feel shallow. Meaningful relationships come a lot slower in a nice but guarded community such as this, and if you decide to move don't expect too many tears.

Maybe "SLO happy" is overrated. Oprah isn't right all the time. But the beaches are absolutely lovely. And it's still a great place to be, with less problems than most. You just have to work harder & sacrifice more here than you do in other places to make it work & build a life in the SLO community.
This sums the place right up. The locals are people who couldn't make it in SF or LA, and they created a little backwards hickville in SLO. Everything revolves around the college, and while that's not strange for a college town, what is strange is the degree to which the school controls the town. You are either in, or out. You can only be 'in' if you went to the school or are one of the agra families around, who are not very wealthy, though they think they are.

This is most likely going to become a retirement town, as the lack of growth has come back to bite them. Families will move to greener pastures of SF or out state, while the locals fight hard for the $15 hr job at the hotel cleaning rooms. This is the future here, and it's deserved since they refused to open up any Industry for themselves.

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