Whats this? The SLO City Council unanimously agrees on something without so much as a nay of dissent from resident curmudgeon Dan Carpenter?
Cheers to that! Were in complete agreement, by the way, with the councils 5-0 decision to reject a moratorium on new alcohol outlets as in bars and restaurants in the downtown.
To pass a moratorium, the city would have been required to prove bars are posing a threat to public health, safety or welfare in the downtown. That would have been a stretch not to mention a blow to the reputation of HappyTown.
We toss the council a bottoms-up bouquet for having the sense to just say no to the booze ban.
Do the crime, pay the penalty
That practically makes him a choirboy compared to John Ryan Mason, the SLO firefighter/paramedic who got into a bar brawl that left another man with 17 facial fractures, including a broken jaw, nose and cheekbones. Mason who walked away from the fight uninjured was eventually allowed to rejoin the Fire Department, though he was demoted.
True, Mason was never convicted of a crime a criminal jury failed to reach a verdict while McDow pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge.
Now, McDow is out of a job and has filed suit to be reinstated, while Masons back on the job.
To be clear, we dont believe a police officer convicted of a drug crime should be allowed to stay on the force and we slap McDow with a properly prescribed brickbat to make our point.
But as weve said before, we dont believe a firefighter who inflicts such a vicious beating on someone and then walks away should keep his job either.
Library director to close the book
A one-for-the-books bouquet is on order for library director Brian Reynolds, who retires Oct. 12 after 20 years as SLO Countys top librarian. Reynolds has overseen voluminous changes during that time, including the construction of several new branch libraries, the rise of the Internet and a big increase in demand for DVDs, books on CD and other forms of media. Hes helped the library system weather major budget cuts and, through it all, has been accessible, professional and gracious. Thanks, Brian, for a job well done.
Great work on rotunda restoration
Were delivering masterfully crafted bouquets to all who had a hand in restoring Atascaderos beautiful City Administration Building. The rotunda, which houses city offices, had to be vacated after it was badly damaged in the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake. This week, it reopened to the public as City Hall. The architectural gem, built in 1918, is as gorgeous as ever. If you havent visited it lately, its worth a trip.