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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.


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

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