Well resist the temptation to speculate on the identity of the creep or creeps who smashed in the window of Mayor Jan Marxs Prius while it was parked in the Madonna Inn lot. We will point out, though, that this doesnt appear to have been some random act of violence, since the mayors car was the only one vandalized. Its bad enough to deliberately damage someones vehicle, but targeting a public official if thats what this was is a no-class act of intimidation deserving of a brickbat shattered into hundreds of tiny shards.
Welcome, future superintendent
We toss a congratulatory bouquet to Jim Brescia, who will succeed Julian Crocker as county superintendent of schools. As the only candidate on the June primary ballot, Brescia, 49, is guaranteed the seat when Crocker retires next year. Brescia currently serves as superintendent of the Cayucos Elementary School District and is a clinical education faculty member at Cal Polys School of Education. His 28-year career in education also includes teaching in the Paso Robles school district.
Sounds like hell be a good fit for the post; we wish him a smooth transition.
Keep it civil this election season
Before we leave the subject of elections, we offer our usual pleas for sanity and civility in the coming weeks. That means no personal attacks; no distorting candidates records; no dragging candidates family members through the mud; no claiming nonexistent endorsements. And if we can make it through to June without hearing any reports of vandalized or stolen yard signs, well personally deliver red, white and blue bouquets to the campaign office of every candidate.
By the way, if you plan to write a letter of endorsement for a candidate, remember to keep it at 200 words or less and avoid name-calling and other personal attacks. Theres no astroturf or cutting and pasting from the Internet, and to better ensure publication, submit as early as possible, preferably by emailing to email@example.com.
One of each for Paso Robles
Paso Robles turned 125 this week, and to celebrate, we toss the city a bright birthday bouquet and wish it many, many more (birthdays, that is). The city has an illustrious history, and its obviously proud of its heritage.
So we were puzzled by the City Councils recent decision to approve a request to tear down a little piece of the past a 120-year-old brick house that had been included on the citys Historic Buildings Inventory. The owner of the home, former City Councilman Walter Macklin, wants to sell the property and sought permission to demolish the home because of structural damage. According to a city staff report, the prospective buyer wants a new building on the lot and asked that the old house be torn down as a condition of purchase.
Macklin submitted an engineering report that concluded the house is in hazardous condition, but the city Planning Commission turned down the request to tear down the building. The council, however, approved the delisting of the house, to clear the way for demolition.
Members of the local historical society including board member Joe Brenner, who authored a Viewpoint published in Thursdays Tribune pointed out that the house had survived multiple earthquakes, including the 2003 San Simeon quake.
My concern is that this decision by the City Council potentially sets a precedent for other buildings on the Historic Registry, many of which create much of the charm of the city, Brenner wrote.
Exactly. Whats the point of having a historic buildings registry if the City Council can be so easily persuaded to remove a building? At the very least, the council should have gotten a second opinion by ordering another engineering report. Sorry, city, but were presenting you a birthday brickbat to go along with the bouquet.