County steps up to plate for Pismo Preserve

The 900-acre Pismo Preserve offers breathtaking views.
The 900-acre Pismo Preserve offers breathtaking views. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The Board of Supervisors went above and beyond this week by unanimously voting to allocate an additional $100,000 in park fees to the Pismo Preserve project this week, bringing the grand total from the county to $1.1 million.

That action merits five big, beautiful bouquets of Pismo clarkia. But since Pismo clarkia is an endangered species — and we don’t want to alienate any native plant lovers — we’ll settle for carefully plucking a blossom or two for the board.

The addition of $100,000 — a suggestion that originated with the county parks commission — will go toward operation and maintenance of the 900-acre preserve, which the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County plans to purchase.

The county’s $1.1 million contribution is a big step forward for this excellent conservation effort, but this is no time to rest on our collective laurels. The Land Conservancy still has millions more to raise by the end of July.

So let’s all get busy and help; log on to www.lcslo.org to find out how.

Pulling the wool over no one’s eyes

How’s this for sheer brazenness? Four Cuesta College students allegedly steal a sheep from a Cal Poly livestock pen, then take it to an ... apartment complex? Because no one would spot it there, right?

The four suspects now face felony grand theft charges. As for the sheep, police said it was “traumatized but unhurt.”

Stay tuned for more developments in this case of woolful misconduct. In the meantime, we’ll stop ruminating and toss a flock of bleating brickbats at the alleged sheepnappers.

Chalk one up for colorful new name

We toss vibrant bouquets chock-full of color to the American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter and the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum for taking on the sponsorship of the annual I Madonnari art festival.

To mark the change, the name I Madonnari is being retired and the event will have a brand new name: Via dei Colori SLO. It means street of colors, which has a nice ring.

To be honest, though, in casual conversation we’ll probably continue to refer to the event by one of its many colloquial names: “that chalk painting thing” or “the sidewalk art thing” or just plain “chalk painting.” Sometimes, we add “downtown” in there somewhere.

Whatever you call it, it’s a wonderful, not-to-be-missed event that’s happening downtown on Sept. 13 and 14. Mark it on your calendar.

Pismo resident will get his goats

We kid you not: The Pismo Beach City Council is poised to allow goats in the city limits of this popular beach community. The request came from Dana McGregor, whose surfing goats already are YouTube celebrities. Sadly, though, goats aren’t allowed to legally reside in Pismo, which is odd given that cattle, horses and sheep are permitted on large lots.

In response to McGregor’s plight, this week the council instructed city staff to return with an ordinance that would allow goats to be raised within the city, and would permit them in city parks — for a one-year trial period. That sounds reasonable — and earns the city of Pismo a GOAT (Greatest of All Time) bouquet.