Editorials

Bouquets and Brickbats: Good luck to Eagles at section finals

We kick off by delivering a busload of blue-and-gold bouquets to Gardena, just in time for tonight’s CIF-Southern Western Division football championship game between Arroyo Grande and Junipero Serra high schools.

This marks the first time since 2000 that Arroyo Grande High School has made it to the section finals, and we join the team’s many fans in wishing the Eagles the best of luck.

While there are huge football rivalries between local high schools, we suspect that residents throughout San Luis Obispo County will be rooting for the Eagles tonight. Rightfully so — making it to a CIF championship is a huge accomplishment that puts SLO County on the map. We congratulate Eagles football coach Tom Goossen, team members and their families and the many loyal supporters of Arroyo Grande High football.

Lawmaker should stop his whining

We’re prescribing a quit-yer-bellyachin’ brickbat and a bottle of antacids for Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, who is challenging an 18 percent pay cut imposed on all state legislators. An independent Citizens Compensation Commission voted for the pay cut in May 2009. At the time, commission members noted that state lawmakers should share the burden that so many Californians were experiencing.

“The state is in a fiscally challenging position and we all have to pull together. Some of our state employees are getting a cut of 100 percent. They are being laid off,” commission member Ruth Lopez Novodor said, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Exactly. Yet now Cedillo is claiming that the pay cut — which dropped the annual salary for a lawmaker to around $96,000 — was imposed illegally, because it took effect midway through the legislative session.

That’s splitting hairs. Cedillo should stop his whining and concentrate on solving California’s mammoth budget mess. If not, we hope L.A. voters give him an even bigger pay cut.

A local voice on Coastal Commission

We toss a beach grass bouquet of congratulations to Pismo Beach Councilwoman Mary Ann Reiss, who was appointed to the powerful state Coastal Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. She replaces former county Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, who had to step down when he was sworn in as our new state assemblyman.

Reiss was Achadjian’s alternate on the Coastal Commission, so she’s already familiar with the position. However, as Tribune reporter Bob Cuddy points out today, her tenure could be short. Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the governor, and Jerry Brown could opt to remove Reiss, a Republican, and replace her with a Democrat. Supervisor Bruce Gibson, who also applied for the commission, is a likely pick. Gibson is a Democrat, and he has excellent credentials.

Reiss, too, is highly qualified, so whatever transpires, we believe San Luis Obispo County will have a strong local voice on the Coastal Commission.

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