Bouquets and Brickbats: It’s too soon for goodbye, Chief Linden

Say it ain’t so, Deb. You’re leaving us now? Seriously?

It’s only been ... nine years? Wow, time really does fly when you’re having good, clean, responsible fun.

And that’s what San Luis Obispo police Chief Deborah Linden gave us. She cracked down on Mardi Gras and provided the city with enforcement tools to help control rowdy student parties and curb underage drinking.

Yet she was no autocrat. Her down-to-earth friendliness, her caring and compassion, and her common sense made it easy to see her point of view — even if you didn’t always agree with it.

We wish you the best, Deb, and we send you off with a badge-of-honor bouquet.

We also salute two other San Luis Obispo leaders who recently announced their retirements: Longtime San Luis Obispo High Principal Will Jones and San Luis Obispo Community Development Director John Mandeville.

Jones will retire at the end of the month after 22 years with the district, first as a teacher and later as a principal. Mandeville joined the city Community Development Department in 1993 and worked on several major projects, including the Downtown Centre and the Court Street project.

Both men made significant contributions to the city, though in different ways, and we send them off with our best wishes and big San Luis Obsipo-grown bouquets.

Brickbats set for SLO parking woes

Much as we’re going to miss free Sunday parking in downtown San Luis Obispo — sigh! — we suppose it was only a matter of time before the city decided it could no longer afford to leave that source of revenue untapped. After all, it does have to raise $20 million for yet another parking structure — this one at Palm and Nipomo streets.

Nor will we fault the City Council for deciding to charge a $10 fee for street parking permits in certain neighborhoods where permits are required, especially if the money is used to enforce parking restrictions in those areas.

We do, however, sympathize with residents who worry that the city will increase the fee over time, to the point where it becomes a financial burden. We’ll double-park dinged-up brickbats at City Hall when and if that happens.

Kudos for calming rowdy vacationers

Darn those vacationers, lollygagging the day away and partying into the wee hours! Actually, that might not be a problem if they’re staying in a campground, hotel or resort where they’re surrounded by like-minded individuals.

But when they rent a vacation house or condo in a residential neighborhood, it’s an issue.

That’s exactly why some local communities have enacted vacation rental ordinances to regulate this burgeoning cottage industry; Grover Beach is the latest city to tackle the problem.

Our take: Such crackdowns might not be necessary if all vacationers staying in residential neighborhoods had the common courtesy to recognize that their (temporary) neighbors may have to get up in the morning and go to work or to school.

But apparently, some forget their manners the minute they spray on the sunscreen.

We have souvenir brickbats for them — and a sun-kissed bouquet for Grover Beach officials who are stepping in to keep the peace.