Keeping in mind that he’s innocent until proven guilty, we’ve decided to give Cal Poly football assistant coach Randy Hanson the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he was just in a rowdy place (Harry’s bar in Pismo) at the wrong time (1:23 a.m. Saturday) when he was arrested for allegedly attacking a man with a beer bottle. And, hey, at least he had the good sense to arrive at Harry’s in an SUV limo! No drinking and driving for this guy!
Still, involvement in an (alleged) bar brawl isn’t the type of professional, level-headed, role-model-like behavior we expect from coaches.
Or is it asking too much to expect adults to behave as adults? Apparently not, because Cal Poly wasted no time suspending Hanson indefinitely. For that, we toss the university a well-played bouquet; Hanson gets penalized with an out-of-bounds brickbat for unprofessional conduct.
Hoping for a Dana Adobe resolution
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Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) has decided to delay plans for a visitors’ center, amphitheater and Chumash Village at the Dana Adobe in Nipomo. The decision follows a public dispute between DANA — the nonprofit group that’s spent years restoring the Dana family adobe — and the Northern Chumash Tribal Council.
The tribal council says it was frozen out of the planning process after it helped DANA secure a $3 million state grant for the visitors’ center and other proposed additions.
DANA says the tribal council made several unreasonable demands. Among other items, it wanted DANA to provide liability coverage for all activities at the Chumash Village; wanted approval authority of “any and all” activities there; and asked for the addition of bathrooms, showers and an air-conditioned lounge for Chumash Elders.
The Board of Supervisors was scheduled to decide on the project Tuesday, but then DANA opted, in the words of one of its board members, to “hit the reset button.”
That means more study — an environmental impact report will be prepared that focuses on Native American cultural resources.
DANA board members say the delay shouldn’t jeopardize the $3 million grant. That’s a relief, though it still seems a shame that it’s going to require a costly study to resolve this struggle. We’ll put a couple of Nipomo-grown bouquets in the deep freeze in the hope that DANA and the tribal council will be able to come to an agreement, preferably without the necessity of an EIR.
Paso Robles mom’s sky-high win
We toss an astronomical, out-of-this-world bouquet to Mercedes Becerra, the 35-year-old Paso Robles mom who won a golden ticket to outer space at last month’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego. The ticket, valued at $95,000, is good for a trip aboard the LYNX, a piloted two-seat, rocket-powered space plane. The flight will be short — around 45 minutes in duration — but will require five days of training.
Here’s some down-to-earth advice: Pack light, and for heaven’s sake, take plenty of pictures.
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