The show or in this case, the candidates forum will go on, and for that, we say bravo to the local chapter of the League of Women Voters. The League has decided to go ahead and hold a forum for state Senate candidates on July 26 at Cuesta College, whether or not a recalcitrant Sam Blakeslee accepts the invitation.
We wont bore you with all the ins-and-outs of the efforts to persuade Blakeslee to attend the forum. Suffice it to say, multiple dates were offered in an attempt to accommodate the assemblymans busy schedule.
Could it be that Blakeslee figures hes got the Central Coast sewn up?
At least he has committed to attend an Aug. 6 forum in Arroyo Grande hosted by COLAB, the conservative-leaning Coalition for Labor, Agriculture and Business.
But heres our concern: Aug. 6 is a bit late in the process, seeing as how absentee ballots are being issued Monday.
Also, if Blakeslee only has a limited number of appearances he can make in the blunt words of his campaign staff, he cant make everybody happy it would make sense to allow a more neutral organization, such as the League of Women Voters, to be in charge.
Theres still time to change your mind, Sam. We hope to see you on July 26.
In the meantime, we offer a red-white-and-blue bouquet to the League for public-spirited perseverance and a drop-the-ball brickbat to the Blakeslee campaign.
Welcome to new superintendent
We welcome Eric Prater, the new superintendent of the San Luis Coastal school district, with a farmers market bouquet and a bushel of See Canyon apples.
Prater, who last served as superintendent of the Byron Union School District in Contra Costa County, was chosen from among 34 candidates to succeed Ed Valentine. He starts his new job Aug. 1.
This is not an easy time to take over the reins of any public agency, but Prater has the advantage of a talented and dedicated faculty and staff, along with involved parents and students. We wish him and his family the best as they settle into their new home.
Much ado about serpentine
We toss a rock-on bouquet to our esteemed state legislators, for distracting us from depressing budget negotiations with of all things a delicious debate over serpentine.
In case you missed the news and we dont see how you could, since its landed on many a front page lawmakers are considering giving serpentine the heave-ho as the official state rock, since it can contain cancer-causing asbestos. Geologists, though, say that information is misleading, and theyve rushed to defend serpentine. Its even been argued that, if serpentine is dethroned, it could lower the value of properties that contains the olive green rock. And that, in turn, could lead to litigation.
We probably wouldnt recognize serpentine if we stubbed our toe on it its been a long time since Geology 101 so we arent about to weigh in on either side. Nor are we going to get on our high horse and rant and rave that lawmakers should not be wasting time on such nonsense, as opposed to the other nonsense they waste time on.
Nope, were just going to close with a suggestion. Should the Legislature ultimately decide to replace serpentine with another rock, heres our nominee: fools gold.