could require a financial analysis from developers to prove that added density and zoning benefits are needed to provide affordable units.
“The city has taken the wrong approach with the new state affordable housing laws,” Lopes told The Tribune. “They are restrictive, but they allow flexibility to adjust projects to meet General Plan and zoning policies.”
Lopes wants more deedredistricted affordable housing, including a small amount of sales tax set aside for affordable housing. Lopes also advocates for human use of open space in daylight hours, lower building heights in the downtown and reviving city street trees.
Sharing the same name with the 16th president, as well as his father and grandfather, Lincoln said this is his first run for political office.
Lincoln, a Cal Poly graduate with a financial background, is the executive director at the SLO Noor Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides free medical, dental, and vision care.
Lincoln’s platform includes health care for all, eliminating sexual violence citywide, a $15 minimum wage, and becoming a sanctuary city.
“We don’t have to wait for Medicare for all to come on high,” Lincoln told The Tribune. “We can make change on local level and change some of the fundamentals of how communities and cities work.”
Lincoln has observed the city’s growth over the past 30 years, and said projects are pushing toward the city’s limits. The city needs to address how to bring more affordable housing before allowing more expansion, he said.
JEFF C. SPECHT
Specht, an advocate for the homeless and veterans, ran unsuccessfully for San Luis Obispo mayor in 2014.
He said he’s running “because of disgusting corruption out of City Hall.”
Specht opposes separated bikeway lanes between Foothill Boulevard and downtown. He also accuses the city of harassing homeless people by giving them tickets for sleeping in their cars, adding the projected $1.3 million the Anholm Bikeway Plan should be spent to help the homeless, many of whom are veterans.
“Instead of spending to help people who proudly defended the country and come back and walk the streets, they’re spending $1.3 million on paths to cater to bicycle coalition and special interests,” Specht said.
Specht also wants a police officer to serve at the high school and mid- dle school to protect campuses.
Hedrick is a local artisan who has accused the city of trying to silence him as a vocal critic of a mixed-use project in his neighborhood 12 years ago. Because of the city’s “abuse,” Hedrick has vowed to run for mayor “for the rest of my life.”
He ran for the City Council twice and for mayor three times already, earning his best result of 7.15 percent in 2012.
Hedrick told The Tribune he will oppose highrise buildings and exceptions on parking requirements for new developments and wants limited growth.
“The city is owned by developers,” Hedrick said. “Local developers should be getting a chance instead of faraway bigmoney guys coming in and snatching the cherry out of our state.”
Nick Wilson: 805-781-7922, @NickWilsonTrib