Letters to the Editor

Blacklist companies that don’t respect SLO County’s values

Oak trees were removed from Justin Wines’ property near Paso Robles.
Oak trees were removed from Justin Wines’ property near Paso Robles. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton said that in considering punishing violators of an oak protection ordinance, fines may prove ineffective with mega companies like The Wonderful Co. (“Protests prompt SLO County to consider emergency oak tree protections,” June 21).

Perhaps the approach should be more stringent: Companies that so blatantly disregard our county’s policies and laws should have their business licenses revoked.

A trend toward allowing mega corporations to think it’s easier to pay fines for flagrant violations that undermine our county’s core values and business practices, and that affect the lives of residents should not be tolerated.

The movement to boycott Justin Wines, POM Wonderful and The Wonderful Co. products is a good grass-roots expression of the public’s opinion on the company’s practices, but more should be done.

Karen Weaver, Nipomo

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