Bouquet: A special Valentine’s gift for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal majority, who saw Proposition 8 for what it was: a blatant effort to “lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” It’s a major step to protecting full-fledged equality under the law. We expect the ruling will be appealed, but we hope to bestow a similar bouquet on the Supreme Court in the near future.
Barb: To our fellow Californians, who by more than a 3-to-1 margin have no idea what the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is, according to a recent statewide survey. For their information, it’s only the largest estuary on the North American West Coast, California’s most extensive river system and the source of water for more than 25 million people and countless acres of farmland. No wonder defending the lifeblood of San Joaquin County farmers seems like an uphill battle.
Bouquet: West High School senior Leilani Camarillo earns a kudos for starting a petition drive at Tracy Unified School District high schools in an effort to overturn a new district policy limiting graduation guests to six people per student. While we don’t necessarily agree with the merits of Camarillo’s petition (see below), we definitely agree with the spirit of her campaign. Instead of simply complaining about a perceived injustice, Camarillo decided to work within the system to do something about it. A lot of adults could stand to learn something from this teenager. Bonus bouquets to Kimball High’s Jennifer Hamilton and Tracy High’s Muhammad Khalid and Jose Murillo for being the captains of the petition drive at their respective high schools.
Bouquet: To the Tracy Unified trustees, for instituting the six-ticket graduation policy. Anyone who had visited recent graduations — especially West High’s 2011 event — could see that overcrowding was a potentially dangerous problem. The unanimous decision might prove unpopular for some students and their families, but it was the right call when it comes to public safety.
Bouquet: One more bushel of roses for anyone involved with a recent yard sale fundraiser for Sherely Villagomez, a young Tracyite battling a rare form of cancer. Volunteers brought in more than $9,000 to help the girl’s family, proving once again that Tracy is a community with a heart of gold.