The SLO City Council earns a night-blooming bouquet for listening to constituents and easing up on new curfew regulations. Under the revised rules, the late-night curfew will affect kids 15 and younger. Initially, the ordinance was going to apply to 16- and 17-year-olds as well.
The council also reduced fines for curfew violators. First-time offenders will now get a warning, instead of a $100 fine and/or 10 hours of community service.
We recognize that some parents and teenagers still aren’t going to like the restrictions. Nor do two dissenting council members, Dan Carpenter and Kathy Smith, who believe such decisions are better left to parents.
However, we see this as a decent compromise that will give police the authority to intervene when they see tweens and young teens roaming the streets at 2 a.m., while not infringing on the rights of 16- and 17-year-olds to stay out past 11 p.m. to grab a snack or catch a movie.
Fog doesn’t dampen solar panels
The city of Pismo Beach gets a sunbaked brickbat for pooh-poohing the civil grand jury’s suggestion that it consider placing solar panels on roofs of city-owned buildings. The city responded by saying that coastal fog “impacts the ability of those solar panels to generate energy.”
Not so, according to the new grand jury: “Fog and clouds, unlike shade, allow some sunlight to reach the roof. Even in an area with lots of foggy days, what matters is how much sunshine a roof receives over the course of a whole year, not on a given day.”
Cambria’s Gruber takes good steps
Here’s a green bouquet for Jerry Gruber, interim general manager of the Cambria Community Services District — green for the color of the money he’s saving the district. Gruber declined an increase in pay while he’s interim manager, despite his new duties in the wake of General Manager Tammy Rudock’s dismissal April 29. Better yet, Gruber doesn’t plan to fill the now-vacant utilities manager post for the coming fiscal year, saving the district at least the $114,000 salary. “I want to see if I can do both jobs,” Gruber said.
He’s also increased office hours at the district office, which Rudock had pared back to a bare-bones 20. The office is now open to customers — who are, after all, its bosses — 28 hours a week.
Gruber’s open attitude goes a long way toward alleviating an oppressive atmosphere of distrust that had soured the district’s relations with the community. Here’s hoping that improvement continues and allows the district to serve its constituents in a transparent manner that’s conducive to vigorous public dialogue.
A sleazy exit for ex-governor
Arnie, Arnie, Arnie. Not only did he leave the state in financial shambles, he rode out on a wave of sleaze.
Hasta la vista, baby, and don’t forget to grab your good-riddance brickbat on the way out. And to all those media-haters who say the press has no business poking into such tawdry stuff: Look, we agree that politicians are entitled to private lives, but is it too much to ask that they conduct them with a modicum of decency and decorum?