Now that it’s mid-September, the political season is well under way — with candidate circulars in your mailbox, political signs around town, and campaign ads in your newspaper.
Indeed, we’re ramping up news coverage, too.
In the next few weeks leading up to the Nov. 2 election, look for more coverage of specific races countywide, as well as The Tribune Editorial Board’s endorsements.
We’ve also added a new feature this year called SLOVOTES! — an election season blog created by Opinion Editor Stephanie Finucane to share news and views on elections in San Luis Obispo County and beyond.
She’ll write most of the items, but there will also be contributions from reporters covering the races.
Consider these topics you can find on the blog now at http://sloblogs.thetribunenews.com/slovotes/:
Laser punishment: “It will be interesting to hear what Lucia Mar school board candidates think of the ridiculously harsh punishment imposed on a 10-year-old girl who shone a laser pointer on a white board in her Oceano Elementary School classroom.”
Lois Capps watch: Will she — like Sam Blakeslee before her — be attacked for her position on Tranquillon Ridge? Both supported the proposal that would have allowed some limited new drilling, in exchange for PXP’s agreement to take four existing offshore rigs out of service ahead of schedule.
Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado: Is he exploiting the tragic San Bruno explosion for political gain?
I offer these snippets to whet your appetite. Check out SLOVOTES! for yourself — and tell us what you think by sharing your comments online.
From time to time we will also reverse publish some of the blog entries on The Tribune’s Opinion page.
Q: It’s the start of another fine year of high school sports. My challenge to The Tribune is to provide equal coverage (column space, photos, etc.) to all the county high schools.
You have already started what we have seen for years: that is, major coverage of Arroyo Grande High School teams with little space or comment given to other schools.
There are star athletes at each high school who deserve to see their names and photos in the paper. I implore you to back off of your bias toward reporting of Arroyo Grande.
— Margo Mosher, Templeton
A: I’m sure you’re not alone in thinking we’re biased for one team or another.
The truth is, we’d love to cover every high school football team every weekend — as well as every other high school sport. But given that we follow 12 high schools in our county, that would be a challenge no matter how many reporters and photographers we have.
So our sports team does its best to spotlight — with a story and photos — at least one major game from each local high school during the season. Ultimately, the county’s most outstanding players and the high school team with the best record will receive the most press.
As one high school varsity football player asked me recently, “So the better we do the more coverage we’ll get?’’ Yes!
One reminder: For those games that we don’t have a reporter cover in person, we need the team’s head coach or designated representative to call (781-7916) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) results to our sports staff as soon as the game ends. Game results and statistics can also be faxed to 781-7979.
Do you have a question about the newspaper, our Web site or our coverage? If so, please write me c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93406-0112, or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Sandra Duerr is the executive editor of The Tribune.