We toss Cal Poly a bouquet of the finest flowers plucked from university greenhouses for allowing the Leaning Pine Arboretum to stay put. As part of its master planning process, the university had considered relocating the 50-year-old garden — to the horror of horticulturists who pointed out how long it would take to re-create such a treasure.
Not only will the arboretum remain, but the university’s revised master plan also calls for a new entrance to this gorgeous botanical garden that will make it easier to find.
In another change, the revised plan omits a hotel/convention center — a facility that was intended to provide learn-by-doing opportunities, should the university decide to add a hospitality major.
That, too, is a wise move. It will allow the university to concentrate on other components of the ambitious plan, such as additional housing for students, faculty and staff.
Guard should have known better
He may have escaped jail time, but we aren’t about to let Anthony James Behrens off without a stern brickbat or two.
Behrens is the former Kern Valley State Prison guard convicted of pointing a loaded handgun at a vehicle during a road rage incident on Highway 46 East.
Behrens claimed he was defending his family from the other driver, who was allegedly tailgating the vehicle in which Behrens was a passenger. The ex-prison guard also said he never intended to fire his weapon.
That doesn’t make his weird behavior OK. We can only imagine how traumatic the experience must have been for the driver, his wife and their two young children.
The Probation Department recommended a six-month jail sentence; the judge opted for three years of probation and one day in jail, which Behrens had already served.
We believe some additional jail time would have been appropriate, though we recognize that Behrens, 53, also lost his job over the incident; he resigned shortly after it occurred. All in all, he paid a big price — as he should. Pulling a loaded gun on a vehicle carrying kids is outrageous behavior on anyone’s part. It’s especially egregious for someone who is supposed to be protecting us from the bad guys.
Can’t disguise our sadness at closure
For three decades, the good citizens of San Luis Obispo have passed through the doors of Costume Capers as plain, ordinary folk and been transformed into leprechauns, hobbits, vampires, zombies, princesses, superheroes, super-villains, movie stars, rock stars, presidents and poltergeists.
Sadly, that’s coming to an end.
Co-owners Keith Wetzel and Debi Hernandez are closing up shop Nov. 1; they say it’s too tough to compete with the Internet and big “popup” costume shops. The loss of the downtown Mardi Gras celebration also dealt them a blow.
The store owners are suggesting the community pitch in and help local schools and theater groups purchase costumes they may need for upcoming productions. (Call Costume Capers, 544-2373, for details.)
We love the idea. To all who help with this worthy cause, we offer boutonnieres that Count Dracula would envy, and to Costume Capers, we present a class-act bouquet. Thanks for the memories.