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Roses and Raspberries: Recycling Decision Yields Sour Fruits and Roses for the Public Service | Editorial

raspberries City of Santa Maria, which denied residents the ability to redeem their state-mandated recycling depots on bottles and cans.

This week, the city council rejected a permit for a redemption center to be placed in the Foods Co. parking lot. Such centers were operated in two other grocery store parking lots in the city until 2019. Since then, Santa Maria residents no longer have a redemption center within the city limits.

Up started a business with a business plan that would help put that deposit back in customers’ pockets, but the Planning Commission denied the permit three times. On this fourth attempt, this time directly with the council, the effort was denied due to concerns expressed by council members regarding location and traffic.

Buy-back programs reduce waste, provide revenue streams to underserved populations, and offer consumers the opportunity to recoup state-mandated deposits since the passage of the Bottle Bill in 1987. Since then, the state has expanded the program and increased redemption rates. , but would-be Santa Maria recyclers continue to be left behind.

Perhaps a recycling center should be thrown in the ring for Housing and Urban Development Block Grant funding when the council’s advisory committee holds its public workshop at 5:30 p.m. on August 8. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss unmet needs in the community. and provide feedback to the committee. Federal funds totaled more than $1.6 million last year, most of which will be used to pay for public safety improvements like repairing sidewalks and renovating the Good Samaritan Shelter’s commercial kitchen.

The results of the August 8 workshop will be presented to the municipal council on September 6 during its regular meeting. The Board and the Global Grants Advisory Committee will use the recommendations to help set priorities.

Raspberries, too, to the council for appointing a nonresident to represent Santa Maria on the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens. We congratulate the person named Nancy Crawford for her years of work helping area seniors through efforts such as Care Connections Senior Transport, of which she is the founder and CEO.

However, the appointment creates a precedent allowing non-residents to fill positions. Common practice is that only residents of the city are named. To her credit, Crawford stood up when apparently no one else would. The seat has been vacant since 2017. So raspberries too to the people of Santa Maria, who couldn’t produce a single adult soul ready to serve in that capacity.

The nomination period is officially open for City Council candidates from Districts 3 and 4. Incumbent Gloria Soto announced that she plans to campaign to continue representing District 3, and Steven Funkhouser said he plans to challenge her, but the city has not confirmed any filing of documents. . District 4 Representative Etta Waterfield announced her retirement and endorsed a Planning Commissioner to fill her seat.

Prospects have until August 12 to file nomination papers. They must be 18 years old, reside in the district in which they are running, and collect at least 20 signatures from registered voters in their district. There are no application fees. For more information or to apply, contact the City Clerk’s Division at 805-925-0951 ext. 2307.

Other councils are also seeking candidates for election season, including: Santa Maria-Bonita School District, Santa Maria Joint Union School District, and Orcutt Union School District and Santa Maria Airport District . To attend such an office, register before August 12 with the Santa Barbara County Clerk.

To an official, we offer a bouquet of white roses. Director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Van Do-Reynoso, like health department heads across the country, came under the brunt of criticism as she guided the county through the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to oversee the myriad other tasks of the department. She is leaving her job to take a leadership position at CenCal Health, the Medi-Cal Managed Care health plan for low-income residents of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

We offer recovery roses to longtime member of Buellton City Council Ed Andrisek, who this week cited health issues when announcing his unexpected resignation. Santa Ynez Valley elders may remember that he ran Mother Hubbard’s, which he founded with his wife and mother-in-law for more than 20 years. The crustiest of us may remember him as the owner of Buellton Sambo’s in the mid-1970s. Andrisek’s 16 years of elected municipal service included four years as a member of council – one as as mayor – and nearly 10 years as a member of the Community Services District Board of Directors.

Roses to Buellton Union School District which adds new career-interest courses for Jonata Middle School students. The district will partner with Santa Ynez Valley High School and Hancock College to offer courses such as “Flight and Space” and “Green Architecture,” which will integrate math and language arts while helping students practice teamwork, problem solving and presentation skills. The effort will be funded by a statewide Technical Career Education Grant in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Office of Education.

And a bouquet of little golden gloves for Orcutt National Little League 12U All-Stars, who won the Section 1 tournament on Tuesday to earn a trip to the Southern California State tournament. The host team beat Oxnard-based El Rio 10-0 at May Grisham Park. Play ball!