Isnt Google great? Except, that is, if you happen to have borrowed someone elses work. Then, all it takes is a quick Google search and it quickly becomes apparent that an original piece of work be it a term paper, a magazine article or a PowerPoint presentation isnt so original after all.
Thats the awkward situation that faces Lonnie Curtis, the new general manager of the Oceano Community Services District. As part of the job application process, Curtis was required to submit a professional writing sample. He obliged by submitting a PowerPoint presentation dealing with water supplies titled The Road Ahead An Agenda for Sustainability.
Only problem is, Curtis didnt author the presentation it was the work of Timothy Brick, who manages a nonprofit group.
Brick more or less confirmed that, though he was surprised that Curtis submitted the work as a writing sample for a job application. So are we.
Oceano board members, however, dont seem too perturbed by the discovery. They appear to be more frustrated that it was uncovered by Julie Tacker, the former Los Osos CSD board member who has become a perennial critic of the Oceano CSD.
Full disclosure: Weve always been a bit puzzled about why Tacker has made the Oceano CSD her latest cause célèbre, but thats no reason to discount valid concerns she raises.
We dont believe its asking too much to hold applicants for a position paying $126,000 per year to the same standard as junior high kids writing term papers about endangered animals or Harry Potter or President Martin Van Buren or whatever it is that seventh-graders write about these days.
The Oceano CSD board may not care, but were giving the new GM a failing grade on his first assignment along with a brickbat for trying to pass off a not-so-original writing sample as his own.
Recall fliers not endorsed by Tribune
Speaking of borrowing, we also lob a brickbatat Morro Bay recall proponents for their less-than-forthright use of quotations.
As has been pointed out by some letter writers, the group supporting the recall of Mayor Jamie Irons has circulated a flier using a couple of Tribune quotations, along with lettering very similar to The Tribunes logo.
The quotations are accurate, albeit taken out of context, but their prominent placement on the flier could lead some to incorrectly assume The Tribune is in favor of the recall. To avoid confusion, we want to point out that The Tribune Editorial Board does not support the recall.
Its also worth noting that another source quoted on the recall flier, Coastal Commissioner Mary Shallenberger, wrote a letter to The Tribune stating that she was distressed to see my words characterized so inappropriately.
Farewell, thanks to CCCs Santangelo
Domenic Santangelo retires this month following an amazing, 35-year career with the California Conservation Corps. As director of the CCCs Los Padres Center in SLO, hes had a huge impact on the lives of hundreds of young adults, who signed on despite or perhaps because of the CCCs motto of hard work, low pay, miserable conditions... and more.
As Santangelo pointed out in a Viewpoint in Thursdays Tribune, corpsmembers have worked on many of the areas most popular attractions, such as the Bishop Peak and Bob Jones trails, the Oceano Depot and the Port San Luis Lighthouse. Theyve also helped us weather emergencies, including fires, floods and earthquakes.
Santangelo has been a force for good in our community, and in gratitude, we offer him a bouquet of wildflowers plucked from the many, many places where CCC crews have made a mark.