Bravos

To the city of Sonora’s homeless task force, which in its first few meetings seems to be forging a path for constructive ideas rather than falling into the same old discussion of homelessness.

To Supervisor Sherri Brennan and the Sonora Area Foundation for the $10,000 needed to perform a true count of the homeless population that we now know is more than 700 rather than less than 200.

To the Tuolumne Utilities District for beginning to address the very real weakness in water delivery — the wooden flume system that’s been described as the area’s Achilles heel.

To all the local churches and organizations and people who have rallied to the aid of the victims of the natural disasters that befell our fellow citizens from Puerto Rico to Florida to Houston and the Wine Country.

To the Sonora Area Foundation, another bravo for donating $60,000 to help Meals on Wheels avoid the drastic cuts it faced, including delivering fewer meals to the homebound, due to decreasing revenue.

To the City of Sonora and George Reed Construction for a speedy project to improve the intersection at Mono Way and Greenley Road. Now, how about Snell?

To Sonora High School agriculture teacher Stacey Ingalls who realized that it’s not just the ag community that needs to fight to hold onto the 138-acre underused Wildcat Ranch, but also other academic disciplines and the community at large. It’s time for creativity and to expand education for students rather than the slow drip of cut, cut, cut.

Barbs

To the Department of the Interior for its ridiculous — and you could even say callous — idea to raise the entrance fee at Yosemite and other national parks to $70. Reeks of rich and disconnected people who have no clue what the National Parks Service was intended to be from the start.

To the Sonora City Council once again for enacting a ban on public camping as a way to get rid of homeless people downtown. The people in the homeless camps have dutifully moved along. Across the street.

To the Calaveras Board of Supervisors, which spent three days talking and hearing about cannabis and then booted the problem to the Planning Commission for a strict ordinance that some say will likely drive most growers out of business.

To the Calaveras Unified School District for agreeing to what seems to be a win-win for teachers and the district and then warning that the new contract will cause teachers to lose their jobs and programs to be cut. Where is the leadership in that?

To the Sonora High Board for its response to the advisory committee’s recommendation that the Sonora Dome be sold to an organization that can preserve it. Rather than push forward to make that happen, the board wants to talk some more. Superintendent Pat Chabot told reporter Giuseppe Ricapito the board wants to have a workshop, not for decision-making, but to present information and inquiries “to have the board talk it over.” The dome is crying for a leader.

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