Bouquets and Brickbats: Demerits aplenty for Sacramento

Predictably, our esteemed leaders in Sacramento turned Abel Maldonado’s confirmation into a circus.

On Thursday morning, the state Assembly rejected Maldo on a tight vote of 36 in favor to 34 opposed, leaving Republicans scrambling to try again for the required 41 votes for confirmation.

Arnie responded with his typical bluster, by claiming that 41 votes were required to reject a nominee — and by threatening to take his case to court.

A second vote was held, but Maldo didn’t fare much better, picking up only one additional vote.

At this point, it’s unclear what the next step may be, but we’re not waiting around to find out. We’ve got a brickbat express heading out of the station, bound for Sacramento.

Unfortunate sports cuts make sense

Freshman sports teams have been officially cut in Los Padres League — a decision that affects Morro Bay, Nipomo and Templeton highs. That makes sense from a cost-cutting perspective, especially since coaches say there’s been a low turnout for freshmen teams lately.

Still, we regret that schools have to take this step. Team sports are a great incentive for many students, encouraging them not only to stay in school, but also to get the grades they need to maintain their eligibility. Generations of students have gotten their start on freshman teams — and we’ll keep a bouquet in the trophy case in the hope that the frosh squads can make a comeback someday.

Textbook rental program a great idea

There’s not much you can’t rent these days. Movies, furniture, cars, video games so why not textbooks?

Anything that gives students — and their parents — a break on the cost of higher ed is worth a try in our book. Cal Poly will launch the book rental program in the fall — and that earns the university a penny-wise bouquet.

Farmers back in their rightful spot

We’re delivering a truckload of cabbage roses and squash blossoms to the Thursday night Farmers Market, to celebrate the end of a contentious beef between the Downtown Association and the Farmers’ Market Association.

Control over produce sales is back in the hands of the Farmers’ Market Association, while the Downtown Association continues to manage all other aspects of the popular event.

That’s as it should be. Aside from a few rough patches, the partnership between the two organizations appears to have worked well over the years, and as we’ve said before, we see no compelling reason to change it now. The Thursday night Farmers Market is a treasure, and we all have a stake in seeing it continue to thrive.