The Local Agency Formation Commission deserves a power-to-the-people bouquet for agreeing that residents and landowners of the Paso Robles groundwater basin should decide whether they want to form a groundwater management district.
The near-unanimous, 6-1 vote by the commission — Atascadero City Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi was the lone dissenter — paves the way for an election to be held early next year.
We completely agree with LAFCO’s logic: It should be up to those with ties to the basin to decide their future.
Chemicals are nothing to kid about
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There’s still much we don’t know about the dangerous chemical and threatening letters left at San Gabriel Elementary School in Atascadero — an act that resulted in a multiday evacuation of the campus. We do know it’s an outrage to target any public place in such a manner, and it’s especially mind-boggling to think this would happen at an elementary school filled with young children.
Brickbats don’t go nearly far enough; we prefer Atascadero police Cmdr. Joe Allen’s idea: “ we’d like to give (the perpetrator) three meals and a place to sleep.”
On the flip side, we’ve been much impressed by the school district’s focus on safety and its ability to quickly assign students to other campuses. Still, this must be a hugely trying experience; we offer bouquets of support to San Gabriel students and their families, along with teachers, staff and administrators.
Opposing sides can agree on safety
We don’t often see players on both sides of the nuclear issue (we’re talking energy, not weapons) in agreement, yet this week, one of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s most tenacious watchdogs — the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility — and PG&E both supported state legislation on Diablo. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors also supports the bipartisan bill, which is sitting on the governor’s desk.
The legislation would do two things: authorize continued funding of San Luis Obispo County’s efforts to prepare for a possible emergency at Diablo Canyon (a no-brainer), and extend the life of the Independent Peer Review Panel — a group of scientists appointed to review studies evaluating seismic threats to the plant. Without that extension, the panel would have to disband on Nov. 30.
We support keeping the panel in place, we strongly urge the governor to sign the bill and we offer come-together-now bouquets to the divergent groups advocating for the legislation.
One caveat: Merely allowing the panel to exist isn’t enough; PG&E has to actually pay attention to what it has to say.
A moving gesture for victims
We’re delivering a truckload of bouquets to Meathead Movers for a great act of public service: It offers its moving services free of charge to victims of domestic violence.
The company has been quietly partnering with domestic violence shelters, including the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County, for years and has helped hundreds of families get fresh starts in safe housing.
Following a recent spate of publicity about the company’s awesome volunteer work — CNN, Huffington Post and the “Today” show were among those reporting on it — Meathead Movers is urging other businesses to join the effort to help victims of domestic violence.
If you’re a business person who’s up for the challenge, go to www.meatheadmovers.com/pledge for information.