We offer “I voted” boutonnieres to each and every one of the 8,300 or so SLO city voters who have sent in their Measure A and B ballots. That leaves roughly 15,700 ballots to go and time is running out.
So here’s a question for the rest of you: What are you waiting for?
These issues — employee pensions and binding arbitration — are critically important to the city’s long-term future. No matter where you stand, don’t sit this one out.
If you haven’t voted yet, DO NOT drop your ballot in the mail. Ballots are due no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday, so to be on the safe side, deliver it to the county clerk’s office, 1055 Monterey St. The office will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; on normal business hours Monday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Ballots also can be delivered to these four drop-off centers Tuesday:
San Luis Obispo Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St.
Congregational United Church of Christ, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road
Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 Foothill Blvd.
Creekside Mobile Home Park, community room, 3960 S. Higuera St.
Don’t be rude to those there to help
On a related subject, to those cretins who are running around flipping off police and firefighters — or any other public employees — we toss cease-and-desist brickbats.
It’s understandable to be angry, frustrated and fearful about the economy, but police and firefighters did not cause this mess.
Vent to your elected officials; not to the people who keep you safe.
Drinking on the job? No way
We begin this brickbat with a disclaimer: John Farmer — the Regional Transit Authority bus driver arrested for allegedly driving drunk while on the job — is innocent until proven guilty.
OK, with that out of the way we’ll toss Farmer a don’t-quit-your-day-job brickbat.
Do we really have to say this? The “Mad Men” era is over. Drinking on the job is never, ever a good idea, and that goes double if you drive for a living.
Galaxy good to introduce arty films
While we appreciate a good “Conan the Barbarian” remake as much as the next moviegoer — maybe more — a steady diet of that stuff gets old. Once in a while, we need to sit back and pretend to enjoy some highfalutin art house film, if for no other reason than to tsk-tsk at the clods who won’t stop texting after the lights go down.
We were excited, then, when the new Galaxy Theatres in Atascadero agreed to add some indie films to its mix. That welcome announcement followed some serious lobbying by Atascaderans, including Tribune columnist Lon Allan. Good for them.
After all, SLO residents have the Palm, and the Fair Oaks Theater in Arroyo Grande shows a nice variety of films, but by and large, the bill of fare at most county theaters is pretty predictable.
So good on you, Galaxy. The people spoke and you delivered — and that earns you a bouquet for outstanding achievement in community service.
One nit: There has been some grousing about the decision to limit art films to Galaxy’s VIP lounge, where liquor is served and ticket prices are higher.
Also, the lounge is off-limits to under-21s — even if the movie is rated PG-13.
While teenagers may not be the prime demographic for a “Midnight in Paris,” when you consider that today’s young indie movie fans might be tomorrow’s Scorseses, it seems a shame to shut them out.