We toss big, bright meeting-of-the-minds bouquets to the county Planning Commission and SunPower. The two entities appear to have reached a sound compromise on the undergrounding of electrical collection lines at SunPower’s proposed solar plant in the Carrizo Plain.
To recap, Planning Commissioner Dan O’Grady wanted to require the firm to bury the lines underground, but that raised fresh concerns about the possibility of disturbing burrows of the giant kangaroo rat. SunPower then proposed burying some of the lines, which will result in a 25 percent reduction in the number of power poles that will be visible. O’Grady expressed some disappointment at Tuesday’s meeting — but called the SunPower offer a “meaningful reduction.”
Now, let’s hope the Planning Commission can put the project to rest when it meets Thursday.
It’s curtains for second theater
At last, common sense has prevailed in Atascadero. An application for a second 10-screen theater has been withdrawn — though not because the developer thinks it’s a bad idea. Rather, it’s because the property eyed for the development is no longer available.
Whatever the reason, we’re just glad there will be no more drama over whether or not Atascadero can support two 10-screen theaters.
No bouquets — but tubs of popcorn all around.
Oceano CSD listens on water rights
Directors of the Oceano Community Services District earn a trumpet-flower bouquet for listening to constituents and denying a request to sell water to private developers.
Residents upset about the prospect of the sale gathered nearly 600 signatures demanding that any permanent water sale be put to a vote of the people — something the board will consider when it meets next week.
In this era of water shortages, we agree there’s reason to be cautious before permanently relinquishing water. On the other hand, district officials point out that if they don’t sell water, they will have to come up with another way to pay for improvements to an aging water system.
Sounds like this could wind up in a trade-off: Residents keep the water, but may have to pay higher rates. If it comes down to that, we hope those who advocated against the sales won’t forget what they wished for.
Down with our computer overlord!
Who the heck — or rather, what the heck — is this Watson character, and what gives him (or it) the right to beat human beings at their own game? And not just any game, mind you, but the beloved game of “Jeopardy!.”
Even worse, these weren’t any old humans, but the two biggest “Jeopardy!” champs of all time — Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.
Jennings may have been gracious enough to bow to the machine and jokingly refer to it as one of our “new computer overlords.”
We’re not going down so easily.
If we let Watson get away with this today, will a Terminator be knocking on our door tomorrow?
We scoff at Watson’s $77,147 prize, and we issue a challenge.
The category: Elementary, my dear.
The answer: Watson received 77,147 of these dubious honors.
The question: What are brickbats, Alex?