Bouquets and Brickbats: SLO County isn't short on kind hearts

We’re firing up the good humor truck and delivering a freezer full of sunflowers to Jodi Fisher, the Cayucos woman with inoperable cancer who celebrated her 44th birthday by handing out free ice cream to neighborhood children.

Bouquets of sunshine also go out to Tribune readers who read about Jodi and went out of their way to see if they could make two more of her wishes come true: to see a live taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and — how’s this for a challenge? — to meet President Barack Obama.

San Luis Obispo residents Theresa and Pat Perry passed on Jodi’s story to their son Seamus, who works at the White House, and just like that, Jodi and her family met the president Thursday in San Francisco.

Several other readers contacted DeGeneres’ show to ask about tickets, and one of them, local marketing director Heather Hellman, was able to arrange for four tickets.

We’re amazed and humbled to live in a community of such kind and caring people. We’re also grateful to Jodi for reminding us of this simple truth: “Really, all we have is time. And it’s what we do with it that is important.”

Theft of hero’s medal a new low

Bad enough that someone would break into Cat Rowley’s Paso Robles home while she was away at a family reunion. But to steal not only jewelry and electronics, but also an irreplaceable medal she earned for jumping into the ocean and saving two lives? That sinks to a new low deserving of a bottom-feeder’s brickbat.

Rowley, remember, risked her life to rescue two strangers — a22-year-old man and a 10-year-old girl — in Cambria in 2008. For that, she was awarded a Carnegie Medal for heroism in 2010. That honor is so prestigious that, out of more than 80,000 nominations, only 9,000 medals have been bestowed since the program began in 1904.

So come on, if you know anything about Rowley’s medal, make this right by calling Paso Robles police at 237-6464 or San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers at 549-7867.

The building blocks of affordability

While it’s true that housing prices aren’t nearly as high as they used to be, affordability continues to be an issue in San Luis Obispo. Affordable rental housing is in particular demand as many families cope with layoffs and pay reductions.

The city of San Luis Obispo deserves a homegrown bouquet for continuing to work toward the goal of increasing the supply of affordable rentals, as evidenced by the recent opening of The Village at Broad Street — a42-unit apartment complex for lowincome families. The city provided a $1 million loan from its housing trust fund and waived certain fees to help the project advance.

Four paws up for top dog Tina Fey

Finally, we toss a dogwood bouquet to San Luis Obispo’s most fetching celebrity. We’re talking, of course, about Tina Fey, the pert little Brussels griffon who won best of breed at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show held in New York City this week.

Tina Fey, who is co-owned by Felicia Cashin of San Luis Obispo, is an old hand (paw?) at dog shows: She won best of breed at Westminster last year, and placed second in the toy group at the AKC Eukanuba Championship in Florida a few months ago.

At just 9 pounds, she may be tiny, but Tina Fey is a dog to be reckoned with.