Can somebody help us? We have 220,000 nondescript brickbats in brown paper bags to be delivered to Jim and Tom Copeland, but we don’t want anybody to know they’re actually coming from us. So we’re thinking about forming a separate organization, maybe something like Transparency In Financing, or TIF. That way, we can say the brickbats are coming from TIF, rather than from The Tribune.
What we need now is a well-connected buddy, somebody like David Booker, to help us set the whole thing up. We just hope the Fair Brickbatting Practices Commission doesn’t catch on, because after four or five or six years, they just might get around to fining us.
On second thought — why try to hide it? Everybody knows The Trib is the only entity in town with that many brickbats to fling around, just as everybody pretty well had it figured out that the Copelands were behind the big anti-Dalidio donation, errr, loan.
So forget the secrecy. We’re unpacking all 220,000 of those brickbats in broad daylight and divvying them up amongst Jim, Tom and David.
Council wise to drop landmark fines
The SLO City Council earns an heirloom rose bouquet for ditching the Draconian fines included in the proposed historic preservation ordinance. We’re all for protecting the city’s landmark residences, but threatening homeowners with fines of up to $5,000 per day is a little like warning a 12-year-old that he’ll be grounded for life. It’s silly, it’s impractical, and it’s never going to happen. The city needs to find a more realistic — and even-handed — way to enforce the ordinance.
Paso takes the Amgen plunge
Some cities are rethinking whether it makes economic sense to invite the Amgen professional cycling tour to their communities. Not so Paso Robles. Its willingness to commit to raising the necessary funds paid off; the city has been chosen as one of 15 host cities for the eight-day race. Not only is that an honor, it also will bring the Central Coast much positive exposure that should help boost tourism.
Paso Robles officials estimate they’ll need to raise $120,000 and as of last week, they already had $65,000 in sponsorship commitments — an excellent head start. We wish Paso the best, and we promise to shower the city with yellow rose petals when the organizing committee meets its fundraising goal.
Mecham’s concern is impressive
At this late date, it doesn’t make sense to withhold an additional $750,000 in county loan funds from the Los Osos sewer project, if that’s what it takes to keep the project on track.
Yet even though we disagree with Supervisor Frank Mecham’s “no” vote on the additional loan, we can’t help but be impressed by his level of concern. The supervisor said county spending on the sewer — which now totals $6 million — has been keeping him awake at night. For looking out for taxpayers, Mecham earns a bouquet of soothing lavender.