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The following article was posted on October 2nd, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 10 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 10

I need fashion advice

Bruce Eddy - Paso Robles

I confess that I am not especially familiar with the matter involving the firing of city personnel in Morro Bay. As such, I'm curious as to why the story on it by Jono Kinkade in the Sept. 26 edition (“Morro Bay will seek legal advice”) makes mention of "no lack of Acapulco shirts" worn by those in attendance.

Could you please explain the significance, or why that attire, and not, say, spaghetti-strap dresses or bib overalls?

 

Ed. note: Thanks for reading and inquiring about Jono Kinkade's choice of a descriptor. I was out on vacation last week and therefore did not edit that particular article, but knowing my reporter and from years of covering Morro Bay City Council meetings, I believe I understand why Jono chose to include the observation about Acapulco shirts.

I'm not sure how familiar you are with Morro Bay, the political dynamic of the city residents, or past members of the City Council, but Acapulco shirts hold something of a significance in that city, or at least in the context of this politically divisive meeting.

First, as you probably already know, our writers at New Times try to include their own observations in our stories, observations that may seem meaningless to some, but can add both color and depth to the article. Would the AP include that in a story? Probably not. But he saw plenty of Acapulco shirts, so he mentioned it. Knowing Jono, if he saw plenty of spaghetti-strap dresses, he would have certainly mentioned them too.

Second—and again this is something you would have to follow Morro Bay politics to get—is that former Mayor Bill Yates, who spoke at the meeting and throughout this controversy, always wears a Hawaiian or Acapulco shirt. It's kind of his signature. The fact that many residents have aligned themselves with Mr. Yates against the current mayor, and that many of them wore these shirts, is a neat little detail that I would like to think readers will only get from reading New Times if they couldn't be there themselves.

Third, as Morro Bay is a very politically divided city, and it would be kind of a stretch to picture Irons, Smukler, or Christine Johnson or any of their "progressive" or "tree-hugger" supporters (other people's words, not mine) sporting Acapulco shirts, Jono is creating a picture of the scene at the meeting that reflects it as best he can.

Lastly, it's kind of funny. After all, this is Morro Bay, a somewhat laid-back fishing community. Or at least it used to be. And mentioning a sea of colorful Acapulco shirts at a meeting that got downright nasty is rather amusing, in my opinion. You may have a difference of opinion on that one. Plus, with our "alternative newspaper," we are able to write and report a bit more freely, to have a bit of fun with a story, so long as the facts are presented objectively and accurately.

So, as I have now typed “Acapulco” more times in the last five minutes than I can ever remember in one sitting, I think I'll leave it at that. I'm curious, though; what is your take? I assume you didn't like the detail?

Thanks again for reading. I greatly enjoy receiving feedback on our coverage, and am always interested in hearing about how we can improve.

Very best,

Matt Fountain