It’s unclear why the State Lands Commission decided to continue Tuesday’s hearing on Diablo Canyon’s application to conduct an offshore seismic survey. Commissioners raised some concerns, but they didn’t follow up with any requests for additional information from their staff or from PG&E. Under the circumstances, we wonder whether Monday’s hearing is going to be all that fruitful, though at least it’s another opportunity for public testimony.
On that subject, we’re still disappointed that the commission didn’t see fit to hold a hearing in SLO County. We’d ding it with a Sacto-centric brickbat,but at least the commission had the courtesy to arrange for alive video feed at the Inn at Morro Bay, where the public can “observe and testify.” We’ll deliver a thank-heaven-for-small-favors bouquet for that — though we still believe alive hearing in SLO was warranted, given the local interest and importance of the subject.
Dismissing citations the right call
When the San Luis Obispo City Council agreed to dismiss citations issued to homeless people caught sleeping in their cars, we immediately went in search of an enlightened bouquet — preferably purple orchids displayed on a chunk of slate etched with yoga poses.
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Then we learned the city was motivated, at least in part, by an aversion to spending big bucks defending itself in court. At that point, we chucked the orchids and ordered a bouquet of enlightened self-interest — we’re talking cut-rate carnations in an empty beer bottle.
But whatever the reason for agreeing to settle the case, the outcome was for the best. The city will dismiss the tickets — and refund money to those who already paid the fines — and will take another look at how to regulate overnight parking on city streets.
We agree that something needs to be done to prohibit impromptu roadside “campgrounds” that are unsafe and unsanitary. But that should be part of alarger discussion of how to best provide homeless services and should include a provision to open additional “safe parking” sites for people living out of cars and campers.
A salute for candidates’ efforts
We’ve stuffed a ballot box with red, white and blue blossoms for all local candidates who have tossed their hats in the ring. That group is a little smaller this year; as reported this week, a larger-than-normal number of local elections won’t be contested at all because no one else filed against the applicants.
That makes us all the more appreciative of those who are willing to make the commitment to campaign and, if elected, to serve.
That’s what democracy is all about. Win or lose, we salute the efforts of all local candidates, and we look forward to hearing their ideas.