Former councilman to keep serving

Whether you belong to Kiwanis, Lions, Quota Club, South Bay Women’s Network, the Newcomers, chambers of commerce or a church guild, there’s a code of ethics common to each.

Simply stated: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That probably covers the variations on this same theme.

Rick Grantham just retired from the Morro Bay City Council after four years of service. He’s a Rotarian who has spent years serving the community and suggests the incoming council should follow the Golden Rule, Rotary-style.

Specifically, he said, “Wouldn’t it be great if all policymakers lived by the Rotary 4-Way Test in their decision-making? Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? And will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

After serving in Vietnam, Grantham stayed in nursing. He was promoted to nursing supervisor at Chino and transferred to California Men’s Colony, relocating to Morro Bay 20 years ago.

Retiring in 1995, Grantham became the ultimate volunteer for Rotary and the Morro Bay Police Department, taking the lead with wife Claire for the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

“Serving on the City Council has been enlightening,” Grantham said. “The joint sewer project for Cayucos and Morro Bay is very complex — working with environmental groups, California Coastal Commission and our communities.

“Mandated by the state, we must complete a project. Working on the sewer and the Harbor Walk has been most satisfying.”

Fiscally concerned, he suggests the council looks to other cities’ actions for new funding sources that are workable for Morro Bay.

He praises the professionalism of the city staff, now his friends. He enjoyed his county appointments and was elected to stay on the board for the Community Action Partnership.

“I’m going to miss it terribly,” Grantham said. “It was such an honor to serve. It was great having Claire so supportive. I attended many activities, and she was always there for me.”

Grantham always served with diligence. At his last meeting, he allowed his endearing, humorous persona out in public. His crazy hat demonstrated the Rick Grantham who rarely takes himself seriously except when dispensing city business.

“I wish the new council great success,” he said. “They must realize their responsibility — take time to talk and work with staff. I believe this council has a great opportunity to build consensus to move forward. Our council had diverse interests and concerns. I credit (former Mayor Janice Peters) for keeping business on point instead of personalities fighting each other.”

Grantham pledges to stay involved and isn’t ruling out another run for office in two years.

Reach Judy at 801-1422 or jsalamacha@yahoo.com.