Last weekends rain dance in Templeton may not have had a lot to do with our recent spate of wet weather, but just in case, were going to toss an umbrella-shaped bouquet to the dancers and musicians. Keep up the good footwork!
On a less positive note, were stockpiling a supply of bone-dry brickbats for water wasters. Despite the rain, we still need to conserve, conserve, conserve. We dont want to get personal well leave it to you to decide when to flush or how long to shower but can we all agree to run the washing machines and dishwashers with full loads, to turn off faucets when were brushing our teeth and to keep the outdoor irrigating to a minimum?
Take action on languishing property
Businesses come and go, so its understandable that some long-term commercial vacancies are inevitable. But theres no excuse for the rundown, boarded-up, litter-infested eyesore of building like the gas station at Taft and Kentucky in SLO, which was pictured on the front page of Sundays Tribune.
The property owner a developer from L.A. whose plans for the property were shot down told The Tribune that hes tried to maintain the property, but trespassers break through the fence and vandalize the building. The only way to do something about it is to build something there, he said.
Heres an idea: Why not tear down the derelict building and be done with it? Or install afence that isnt so easily breached? This is a public nuisance, and the nothing-can-be-done excuse buys a bundle of broken brickbats for the property owner.
Good luck to Land Conservancy
A big bouquet of drought-tolerant wildflowers is on order for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo, which has been working on the acquisition of 900 acres of open space behind Pismo Beach. We also toss a bouquet to property owner PB Coast View LLC for its commitment to this worthy project.
The land, known as Pismo Preserve, offers gorgeous views of the coastline. Theres already a system of dirt roads and paths in place that can be used as trails. The Land Conservancy plans to open the property to the public for daytime use for passive recreation hiking, cycling, picnicking and horseback riding. The property is being offered for $10 million; the Land Conservancy has lined up various funds for the purchase, but needs to raise another $1.7 million for operating expenses and public access improvements, including a parking lot off Mattie Road.
This would be a great addition to the countys inventory of trails and open space. Were keeping our fingers crossed that it will come off without a hitch.
Congratulations to Andy Shen
We have a gold-medal bouquet to add to the first-place medallion that 7-year-old Andy Shen won at a regional Braille competition.
Andy, who has been blind since birth, began learning Braille when he was 5. This amazing second-grader also is multilingual he speaks English and Mandarin and is learning Spanish through Pacheco Schools dual immersion program and hes been playing piano since he was 2 1/2.
We offer Andy and his parents, Xiaowei Cai and Shuhua Shen, and his teachers our heartiest congratulations, along with a prediction: We have a feeling well be hearing a lot more about Andy Shen and his accomplishments in the years to come.