“In the next few weeks... I’ll grab my water guy, and let’s have the Nipomo Community Services District get their best expert... and let’s have a public meeting and openly talk about the pros and cons concerning the use of chloramine as a disinfectant... heck bring the Santa Maria water guys and the gang from the Central Coast Water Authority. Heck, maybe the Division of Drinking Water might want to come out. I am all about transparency...”
Brockovich is among those who have been warning of the dangers of chloramines for years, though a slew of experts — including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the State Water Resources Control Board and the Center for Disease Control — all say chloramine is safe.
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We won’t go into the arguments here — if you’re interested, search online for “chloramine” for a wealth of data — but we do want to point out that chloramines are in wide use; according to an EPA report, at least 68 million Americans were using chloraminated water when a survey was conducted in 1998. About one-third of water purveyors in San Luis Obispo County use chloramine.
In other words, a lot of us are drinking chloraminated water, and it probably wouldn’t hurt to know more about chlorine, chloramine and any other “-ines” in our water.
So, heck, we know it’s a long shot, but we’ll offer a spray of bouquets if someone steps up and sponsors that forum.
Council vote doesn’t float our boat
The palm trees can come down, but the boat’s gotta go? So says the San Luis Obispo City Council, which ruled this week in favor of a man who wants to remove three palm trees that are ruining his driveway, don’t provide any shade and, in our opinion, are unattractive. The resident will replace them with other trees that are more suitable for the location. Good move, council. For that, you get a bouquet of palm fronds.
We’re not so impressed with your decision to force homeowner Joe Gambucci to remove the boat that’s been neatly stored on a paved pad adjacent to his driveway for more than 20 years.
But he’s now violating an ordinance adopted in 2012. It allows vehicles to be parked on driveways only when those driveways lead to approved off-street parking spaces, such as a garage. Gambucci’s driveway-to-nowhere isn’t illegal, but parking something there is.
We get what the council is trying to accomplish here. Nobody wants to stroll through a neighborhood where junker cars in various stages of decay are strewn across weedy front lawns.
But this is nothing like that. This is a single boat, underneath a cover, discreetly parked next to a driveway. If the council’s hands are tied by the rules, how about amending the rules?
At least two of the council members — Dan Carpenter and Dan Rivoire — wanted to make an exception for Gambucci. Good for them. The other three, we’re afraid, get a bow full of brickbats.
Just keep swimming: a good motto
For surviving a close encounter with a shark, handling the subsequent media attention with aplomb and — here’s the kicker — saying she’ll get back on a surfboard again, Elinor Dempsey earns a ride-on bouquet and a tip of our sun visor. It takes courage to get back out there — especially in this summer of shark sightings — and we admire Dempsey and other surfers who aren’t about to give up their sport. But for those of us who can’t get the theme from “Jaws” out of our heads, we’ll stick with watching your progress from the safety of our beach blankets. You all be careful out there.