Can someone please direct Ed Waage to the high road? Apparently he’s having trouble locating it, because he insists on treading the same old ground, putting out fliers accusing his opponent, Adam Hill, of juvenile behavior on the basis of asingle “prank phone call” that has become a centerpiece of Waage’s negative campaign for 3rd District supervisor.
For those who haven’t already heard the painfully long, convoluted, much-ado-about-nothing story behind the “prank phone call,” here goes: Last January, Sheila Blake, afriend of Hill, wrote aletter to the editor in opposition to the development of Price Canyon. She included her phone number in the letter so that others interested in the issue could contact her.
Hill read the letter, called Blake, and left a message on her answering machine, asking whether she’s a communist, socialist or Marxist. Hill also claimed to be Ed Waage. The message was intended as a joke — not a deliberate attempt at impersonation — but Blake didn’t recognize Hill’s voice, so she contacted Waage and played the tape for him.
To cut to the chase, Hill was “unmasked” as the prank caller, and the Waage camp has been making political hay out of that ever since.
Among other brickbattable tactics, the campaign has been putting out attack mailers that paint Hill as a nefarious, serial prank caller.
“Prank phone calls are usually the domain of teenage boys, not a sitting county supervisor,” chides one. “Yet, it appears that is exactly what Adam Hill does in his spare time.”
Another flier makes reference to “prank phone calls” — plural — because if there was one call, there must be more, right?
Blake — the “victim” of the prank call — is saying enough already.
“I am so sorry now that I allowed you (Waage) to record the message and pass it on to your campaign managers,” she wrote in a letter to the editor published in today’s Tribune.
Hill’s “impersonation” was a misguided attempt at humor — one he no doubt regrets and will never repeat. But it’s time for Waage to let go of this silly, fabricated scandal and focus on real issues unless he can’t find those, either.
Best of luck to the SLO Tigers
We toss a grand-slam bouquet to the SLO Tigers U-12 baseball team, which is bound for Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer. The club team will play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament. The team already has an impressive résumé; in the most recent rankings from the United States Specialty Association, it ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 3 in the nation.
Several of the Tigers have been together since they were 8-year-olds playing on a Cal Ripken All Stars team. That’s a huge commitment of time and energy for the players, their families and their coaches. Congratulations — and best of luck in Cooperstown.
Fashion show is a great benefit
A round of applause and a bouquet of roses to all those who organized and volunteered for the 25th annual Phyllis’ Musical Revue and Fashion Show in March. This year’s event raised $153,000 for the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County, which helps victims of intimate partner abuse through counseling, emergency housing and other services. Over the years, the show has raised about $3 million for the shelter.
The money is especially needed now because the shelter lost 22 percent of its total revenue in the last two years because of the economy, says Beth Raub, director of the program’s volunteer and outreach services.
Hotel owner and philanthropist Phyllis Madonna told The Tribune earlier this year that the shelter’s mission has always been close to her heart. “They’re a wonderful group of people, and they deserve all the help we can give them.”
If you haven’t yet made a donation, you can still send a check to Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 125, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406, or donate online at http://http://womensshelterslo.org.