With the 2012 Summer Games starting today in London, we raise an Olympic-size bouquet of olive branches to all of the athletes, along with SLO-grown laurels for three competitors who got their start locally. They are Stephanie Brown Trafton, discus; Sharon Day, heptathlon; and Jeff Powers, water polo.
Brown Trafton, a graduate of Arroyo Grande High and Cal Poly, won a gold medal in Beijing in 2008. This is her third Olympics, and she’s describing it as “the most exciting competition of my life.”
For former Cal Poly soccer and track and field star Day, London will be her second Olympics after competing in the high jump in Beijing. As her coach pointed out, her many athletic talents and versatility make her anatural contender for the challenging event she’ll be participating in this year: the heptathlon, which includes hurdles, 200-meter dash and 800-meter run, shot put, javelin, high jump and long jump.
Powers, a SLO High graduate who plays with the U.S. water polo national team, will be making his third Olympics appearance. Powers was part of the team that won silver in the 2008 Beijing games — its best showing in 20 years.
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We’ll be cheering them on through the next two weeks as they make the Central Coast — and America — proud.
Brown’s light tone a big misstep
Don’t politicians say the darnedest things?
Take Gov. Jerry Brown. He tried to downplay the latest State Parks scandal — the $54 million in stashed cash — by pointing out that it was the first time he ever saw government get in trouble for saving money.
“When somebody comes and says, ‘Hey, guess what, we have some money over here,’ that’s better than saying, ‘Whoops, we don’t have the money,’ ”he said at a news conference.
How sensitive! All those good people who volunteered time and money to keep parks open — a list that includes elementary school kids who held a bake sale — must have appreciated hearing the governor make light of such a serious situation.
Sure, if we awarded a brickbat every time a politician stuck his or her foot in his or her mouth Michele Bachmann alone would quickly deplete our supply. But sorry, Jerry, we can’t let this one pass; for not eating your words, a brickbat is on its way to Sacramento.
Dan Bukshi has proven his mettle
The county Board of Supervisors made an excellent choice when it appointed Dan Buckshi as the new county administrative officer. He’s proven himself to be smart, dependable, hard working and a good communicator — especially when it comes to translating government jargon into understandable English.
Some background: Buckshi, 40, worked in private industry before joining the county in 2002 as an administrative analyst. One of his main responsibilities has been overseeing development of the county budget — an unenviable task in this rotten economy.
SLO County, though, has fared better than many other government agencies. It managed to avoid layoffs and, by adopting a two-tier system of benefits, it put a plan in place to reduce future pension costs.
Buckshi will replace Jim Grant, who came out of retirement afew years ago following the firing of controversial CAO David Edge.
So, without further discussion, we close the public hearing and unanimously vote to present a congratulatory bouquet to Buckshi and another to Grant, for a job well done under trying circumstances.
Editorials are the opinion of The Tribune.