We offer a warm toast and a bouquet of hops to the brewery formerly known as Cambria Beer Company and a barrel of brickbats to the winery that accused the brewery of infringing on its trademarked name.
As Tribune writer Kathe Tanner reported last week, Jackson Family Farms — parent company of Cambria Estate Winery in Santa Maria — says it has trademarked the name “Cambria” for alcohol sales. It contends that Cambria Beer Company is infringing on its branding.
That’s a huge stretch. To state the obvious, wine is wine and beer is beer, and it’s doubtful that any consumer of adult beverages would confuse the two. But rather than wage an expensive legal battle against Jackson Family Farms, Cambria Beer Company has decided to change its name. That’s understandable.
But if any entity should change its name, it should be Cambria Estate Winery, because why in the world would a winery in Santa Maria want to use a geographic place name like “Cambria” in the first place? That’s inviting confusion. It would be a bit like renaming the Cambria Beer Company the Santa Maria Beer Company — not that we’re suggesting that.
By the way, the company formerly known as Cambria Beer Company says on Facebook that it’s researching a new name that it can trademark. Cheers to that.
Cuesta swimmer a shining example
Bradlee Sanchez, the 18-year-old Cuesta College student diagnosed with a rare allergy to water, is an inspiration. She swims — she’s been training to compete on the Cuesta swim team — and surfs in spite of her condition. She uses a protective cream that helps with itching, though it doesn’t prevent a red rash from developing when she’s in contact with water.
Bradlee’s determination is a great reminder that obstacles shouldn’t get in the way of following a dream. For that, we offer her a bright bouquet of sunflowers.
School money spending needs a look
Former San Miguel CSD board member Richard Harrison is alleging that “a few” of his fellow directors have resisted spending district funds on necessary items so they can give themselves stipends. He also says they’ve been meeting privately before meetings to strategize votes and they’ve threatened district staff members.
Harrison, who has served on the board since the district formed in 2000, recently resigned, saying he wants no part of such scheming.
If what he says is correct, this conduct is outrageous, and Harrison deserves a whistleblower’s bouquet.
This could come down to a difference of opinion, but at the very least, aclose look at CSD budgeting and other operations is warranted.
Until we know more, we’ll keep a brickbat on the back burner and a bouquet on ice.