New Times / Shredder
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 23, Issue 23
Missing but unmissed
Former County Supervisor Jerry Lenthall is the tall drink of water who just keeps on watering. Shredder thought Lenthall was all done supplying items for the column and yet, even in his absence, he provides.
See, they had this nice swearing-in ceremony the other day for the new supervisors. Frank Mecham took over Harry Ovitt’s seat. Thus, as is only fitting and proper, following the sweating-in ceremony, Ovitt rose from his seat at the supervisors’ desk, shook Mecham’s hand and offered him the seat. A class act, and a nice public demonstration of the principles of democracy. I think I heard a flag fluttering, and fireworks.
That’s right, just in time for the worst recession in American history, Congress and the Bush Administration are apparently banning thrift stores from selling used kid stuff.
Here’s the background: After last year’s scare about lead in everything from lunchboxes to T-shirts, Congress passed a law demanding that retailers verify that all children’s products are lead-free.
In practice, that means that all children’s products sold after Feb. 10 have to be tested for lead. It costs upwards of $1,000 to get the test done, per batch of product. That’s not a big cost for Mattel, one of the manufacturers actually found to have sold products with lead. But it is a big deal to people who hand-make toys, games, and clothes. In other words, it’s a big deal to the type of folks least likely to make products anybody has to worry about.
It’s an even bigger deal to consignment shops and thrift stores, because they can’t go around spending $1,000 to test a $1 hoodie. Their only apparent choice? Toss it out.
This is where the former patients could come in. At Lynch’s sentencing hearing, the judge will likely hear from Lynch’s former “victims.” That’s the word the feds are using for his patients. So, if you’re a “victim” of Charles Lynch and his county-authorized, state-decriminalized sale of medical marijuana to people with prescriptions from their doctors, don’t forget to volunteer to tell the judge at his sentencing the many ways Lynch changed your life. There will be a rally to follow. The Federal Court House is at 312 North Spring Street in L.A. Act fast. The last day to send a letter to Judge Wu is Feb. 5.
Turns out that, since Valley Fever is a real disease, a fungus infection caught from blowing dust, and since 35,000 people get infected from it every year in California alone, and since it actually kills people in the area the marketing materials would have targeted, and since we have it here, too, it was deemed insufficiently cutesy.
So I’m starting a new contest for an even better slogan. The rules: it must both insult and threaten prospective visitors to San Luis Obispo, and yet be super duper cutesy. Godspeed. ∆
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