Bouquets and Brickbats

Excelaron’s bid to extract billions dead

letters@thetribunenews.comMarch 22, 2013 

Excelaron proposed oil drilling at sites on the second ridge behind the Mankins Ranch in the Huasna Valley east of Arroyo Grande.

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Excelaron’s $6.24 billion lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County was tossed out last week because the oil company failed to serve legal papers within a 90-day window. After such a big loss, we feel almost guilty about issuing Excelaron a not-so-well-oiled brickbat. But attempting to soak the county for $6.24 billion is outrageous — especially since nothing was preventing the company from filing a new application for a revised drilling project for the Huasna Valley.

Cheering for Cal Poly women

We toss congratulatory slam-dunk bouquets to the Cal Poly women’s basketball team for winning the Big West Conference Tournament last weekend. Now, it’s on to Louisiana for the NCAA Tournament.

That’s a huge achievement; this is the first time any Mustang basketball team, men’s or women’s, has made it to the NCAA Tournament since Poly joined Division 1 in the 1994-95 season.

First up: Cal Poly faces third-seeded Penn State in Baton Rogue on Sunday. The game will be broadcast at 2:15 on ESPN2, and streamed live on WatchESPN.

We wish the players and coaches the best of luck — know that your many fans in SLO will be cheering themselves hoarse for the Mustangs.

Clothing program worthy of praise

Students at Pacific Beach High School who are taking part in Outreach Apparel — a program that provides free, gently used clothes and shoes to teenagers in need — earn designer bouquets and a trip down the catwalk.

The new apparel “store” opens next month inside an old classroom at Pacific Beach — one that will soon be decked out with a fitting room, courtesy of Home Depot.

Outreach Apparel is one of two free teen clothing outlets in the county, operating under the umbrella of the Children’s Research Network. The other is The Teen Closet, located at the Arroyo Grande Care Center on Farroll Avenue.

This is a great way to recycle clothes, shoes and accessories while giving students in middle school and high school the opportunity to update their wardrobes, without worrying about price tags.

By the way, if you’d like to donate teen apparel, drop-off bins are located at Charter Cable and at several campuses in the San Luis Coastal School District, including Pacific Beach, San Luis High, Laguna Middle School and Baywood, Del Mar and Sinsheimer elementary schools. For more information on Outreach Apparel, contact Melissa Musgrave, the district’s family resource coordinator, at 549-1219.

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