The state Department of Fish and Game earns a honeysuckle bouquet for shelving its controversial proposal to allow bear hunting in San Luis Obispo County. It took a while, but it sounds like the agency finally realized that it really should gather more data on the local bear population before it asks the Fish and Game Commission to authorize a hunt. That means SLO’s bears — and their defenders — have a reprieve of at least a few years while Fish and Game attempts to get its ducks in a row.
Time will tell on honor-system parking
We’re reserving judgment on Paso Robles’ plan to put in some 30-minute parking spaces in the downtown core — but to enforce the time limit via the honor system. Some Paso merchants requested the change because they’re fed up with seeing downtown employees monopolize prime spaces for hours on end. They want those spaces to be available for customers.
We see their point, but since the city is being so upfront about its inability to enforce the limit — the Police Department just doesn’t have the personnel to devote to parking patrol right now — we wonder if anything’s going to change much. We’ll deliver a bouquet to the good people of Paso if we’re wrong — if we can find a parking spot.
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Meth makers’ dangerous discards
We didn’t really expect there to be much honor amongst meth makers, but leaving dangerous bottles of chemicals outside, where anyone — including kids — could pick them up? That’s apparently what happened at an Oceano mobile-home park last week, where a maintenance worker picked up what appeared to be a couple of innocently discarded soda bottles and put them in the back of his ATV. When he drove away, they exploded. The man didn’t appear to be injured, which was amazingly fortunate.
We should note that authorities responding to the scene didn’t confirm that the chemicals had been used in a meth operation — but strongly suspected as much.
It’s horrifying to think of what could have happened if kids had stumbled across the bottles.
A huge bouquet to law enforcement if they’re able to track down the scumbags responsible for this outrageous act.
Lucia Mar in a bad light for suspension
See that brickbat over there? The one marked “Lucia Mar”? No? Then let us fire up our laser pointer and shine a beam on it. We wouldn’t want you to miss the brickbat we’re delivering to Oceano Elementary School, for suspending a 10-year-old girl who flashed a laser pointer — not on a fellow student or a teacher — but on a classroom white board.
We understand that laser pointers are potentially harmful. We agree they should not be allowed on campus. But in this case, we believe that point could have been made with a trip to the principal’s office, a stern warning and confiscation of the “weapon.”