Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 at 7:39 pm in Uncategorized.
It appears that New Yorkers – alright, one New Yorker – believes that it’s nothing but a life of leisure in San Carlos. It’s hard to blame her, after a fly made headlines in Today in San Carlos, the city’s e-newsletter.
Using the newsworthy fly as Exhibit A, blogger and Bene Magazine editor Joanna Goddard wrote, “my lovely sister Lucy and her new husband Paul recently moved to San Carlos, a little Californian town with no worries or cares.”
The July 16 edition of the e-newsletter had this to say:
Fruit Fly Spotted In San Carlos
The county says that there is no cause for alarm as sightings of the fruit fly during this time of year have occurred in the past. The county agriculture department will be setting traps to prevent an infestation.
It appears that, from the very un-agricultural landscape of New York City, Goddard failed to realize that the Oriental fruit fly is considered a major agricultural threat. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, “a great number of crops in California are threatened by the introduction of this pest, including pears, plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, figs, citrus, tomatoes, and avocados. It has been estimated that the cost of not eradicating Oriental fruit fly in California would range from $44 to $176 million in crop losses, additional pesticide use, and quarantine requirements.”
Granted, the millions of New York City’s rats would eat a fruit fly – and the fruit it is infesting, for that matter – for breakfast. Most San Carlans have never had to contend with an emboldened New York-sized rat scurrying uncomfortably close to oneself on a subway platform.
But debates about pests aside, Ms. Goddard, don’t be deceived into thinking that it’s all rainbows and lollipops in the “City of Good Living.” Don’t let its median household income of $88,460, two Starbucks or hordes of kids playing organized soccer fool you.
Better yet, don’t take the Insider’s word for it.
Try Mike King, the former San Carlos mayor who was found guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court of two felony counts of fraud a year ago and is facing 45 days in jail pending appeal.
He might beg to differ.