Editorials

Bouquets and Brickbats: Waiting, waiting for district map

We understand why Templetonians didn’t want their community to be divided among two or three supervisory districts. There is power in numbers, after all, especially when it comes to politics.

Happily, the Board of Supervisors obliged Templeton residents by finding a way to keep their community entirely within one supervisory district.

That’s good, right?

Yet a small contingent of Templeton residents still wasn’t happy because their school district wasn’t contained within a single supervisory district.

Why that makes one iota of difference is beyond us. School district elections have absolutely nothing to do with county supervisor elections and, as county officials point out, other school districts — including Lucia Mar and San Luis Coastal — are divided among supervisory districts. Heck, some school districts even straddle county lines.

Still, everyone is entitled to an opinion — however wacky it may be — so we aren’t going to waste too much ink fretting over this one.

What really bothers us, though, is that two supervisors, Frank Mecham and Paul Teixeira, bowed to pressure from the Templeton malcontents and decided not to support the redrawn boundaries after all — even though they had endorsed them the previous week. Apparently, Mecham and Teixeira were more concerned with keeping Templeton happy than with drawing boundaries that make sense for the rest of the county.

So where’s that new map? We’ve got a couple of bisected brickbats to deliver — one to District 2 and the other to District 4.

Congrats to new Lucia Mar trustee

We toss new Lucia Mar school district Trustee Erica Reyes a big welcome-aboard bouquet. Reyes, 22, attended Nipomo Elementary and Mesa Middle schools and graduated from Nipomo High. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Santa Cruz. The Lucia Mar school board unanimously selected her to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Tiffany Alcantara. Great choice. Reyes, who may be the youngest school trustee in district history, will be able to provide the valuable perspective of a recent grad. We’re looking forward to it.

Moving forward on bag ban is wise

The IWMA — Integrated Waste Management Authority — earns a (reusable) brown bag bouquet for moving forward with a ban on plastic grocery bags. Paper bags still will be allowed, but merchants will be required to charge at least 10 cents for them.

That’s a reasonable compromise that will reduce litter on our streets and waste in our landfills, while still giving shoppers the option of buying low-cost bags if they don’t have, or have forgotten, reusable cloth totes.

We’re still hoping, though, that the IWMA sets the price of reusable paper bags at a quarter. We believe the higher price will help persuade shoppers to switch to reusable totes.

Unlike COLAB’s Mike Brown — who opposes the bag ban, apparently for philosophical reasons — we see nothing sinister about “trying to change human behavior with sanctions or incentives.”

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