Bouquets and Brickbats: Why is Cuesta president job shopping?

We like to think of the Central Coast as a little piece of paradise, but not everyone necessarily shares our point of view. Take Cuesta College President David Pelham. He’s been here just a little more than one year, and he’s already applied for another job.

Pelham recently interviewed in Alabama, for a position as chancellor overseeing the state’s entire community college system.

In an e-mail to his staff, he explained that he applied only because it is a “rare and possibly unique opportunity.” And if he doesn’t get the Alabama job, his plan is to stay at Cuesta unless another “truly unique and exceptional” opportunity should arise."

Still, we can’t help but wonder: Is it us? Is it him? Or is it the rotten economy that’s led to some painful cutbacks — along with major morale issues — at Cuesta?

We’ll hang on to an abandon-ship brickbat and a farewell bouquet until we see how this develops.

Let’s catch this unprovoked assailant

Turns out, not even paradise is immune from crazy acts of violence.

Case in point: The sicko who socked a 15-year-old girl in the jaw as she was walking in downtown SLO with her mom — in broad daylight, on a crowded street. We don’t mean to jump on the vigilante train, but a brickbat doesn’t even begin to express our disgust over this incident. Let’s hope police catch this culprit soon. And if you have information, please, now is the time to come forward. Contact the SLO Police Department at 781-7317.

Meeting’s relocation appreciated

For adding a local hearing to its schedule, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission deserves a welcome-wagon bouquet when it arrives in Pismo Beach on Oct. 20. The commission will be taking comments on license renewal requirements for nuclear power plants.

A meeting had originally been scheduled for Westlake Village — a halfway point between Diablo Canyon and the San Onofre nuclear station in Southern California.

It reconsidered after local activists and politicians, including county Supervisor Adam Hill and Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, objected that a location more than 100 miles away was too far for San Luis Obispo area residents. We agree. If a public agency truly wants public input, it should make it as convenient as possible for area residents to attend.

The local meeting will be at the Best Western Shore Cliff Lodge in Pismo Beach. A question-and-answer session begins at 5 p.m., followed by a formal hearing at 7 p.m.

Well done, mission restorers

We offer a breath-of-heaven bouquet to all who had a hand in restoring quake-damaged Mission San Miguel, which reopened last week. The historic mission was badly damaged in the 2003 San Simeon earthquake, and had to close as a result. That was a hardship not only for parishioners, but also for the thousands of visitors who trekked to the mission every year. Mission San Miguel is a gem, and we’re delighted to see the doors open once again.