We toss a huge helping-hand bouquet to all donors — big, small and in between — who have contributed $1.7 million to keep Congregation Beth David in its “home” on Los Osos Valley Road. There is still a way to go, though.
The synagogue has until Tuesday to raise another $600,000 or its property will be auctioned to the highest bidder May 17.
That would be a shame. Congregation Beth David has been a force for good not only for its members, but also for the entire community — whether by serving as an “overflow” shelter for the homeless, sponsoring cultural and educational events or opening its facilities to other churches and nonprofit agencies.
We’re also impressed that the leadership isn’t focused solely on saving the synagogue but is also looking to restructure its debt to prevent a similar situation in the future.
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We know there are many worthy causes, and thousands of people in need in our community, especially now. But rarely do we see a situation when a one-time outpouring of support will have a lasting impact for generations to come.
The Tuesday deadline is just around the corner, so if you’ve thought about helping and haven’t quite gotten around to it yet, time is running out.
Contribute to the “Save Our Building Fund” online at www.cbdslo.org or mail or drop a donation at 10180 Los Osos Valley Road, SLO 93045.
Bring arsonists to justice
Bad enough that fire destroyed a Boy Scout headquarters in Arroyo Grande, but the fact that it was an arson fire is downright sickening. The Boy Scouts lost some irreplaceable treasures, including a flag covered with 50 years’ worth of troop ribbons and a historic truck they had on loan. Also gone are the hundreds of confetti eggs the Scouts planned to sell at the upcoming Strawberry Festival.
The facility itself — built nearly 80 years ago as a Japanese Cultural Center — was destroyed.
We offer our sympathies and here’s-to-better-days bouquets to the Scouts and the Five Cities Judo Club, which was also based at the Cherry Avenue center, as well as to the Japanese Cultural Society of the Five Cities, which owns the property. For the arsonist — or arsonists — we’ve got a big pile of smoldering brickbats. Let’s hope they’ll soon be brought to justice.
Cambria CSD wise to ax overpaid GM
The Cambria Community Services District board of directors earns a better-late-than-never bouquet for firing General Manager Tammy Rudock. We just wonder what possessed the board to hire her in the first place at such an out-of-whack wage. In 2009-10 Rudock earned $231,000 in wages and benefits — making her the highest paid CSD manager in the county.
Generosity is a virtue — but not at the expense of taxpayers — and that earns the Cambria CSD board an inflatable brickbat to go along with the bouquet.