BIKING SAFETY… Squid’s still feeling a bit bloated from eating too many shrimp-flavored holiday cookies. So Squid dug out the bicycle from the back of the lair and set off to hit some challenging hills in Carmel. But now Squid hears that one Carmel City Council member thinks that’s a bad idea.

During a routine discussion about conditional use permit changes at a Jan. 3 council meeting, Jan Reimers said she was voting no because city planners included wording about bicycle rental shops. Was it another Carmelite fearful of the town turning into a chintzy tourist spot? Nope. Reimers said one of Carmel’s quirky laws bans bicycles. “But they can’t ride a bicycle in Carmel, really,” Reimers said. Fellow member Carrie Theis shot back, “Why not? I ride my bicycle in Carmel all the time.” Reimers remained doubtful, and Theis tried to sway her and offered up some basic bike-safety facts: “You can ride a bicycle on the roads, and that’s where I ride my bicycle. I don’t ride on a sidewalk, you’re not allowed to ride it on a sidewalk.”

But Reimers, fearful of a bike-ridden world, could not be swayed: “I cannot vote to acknowledge someone to come in, even with a conditional use permit, to ride bicycles en masse… Riding bikes in Carmel, it’s worrisome to me.”

Squid gets it. People riding their bikes all over town, next you’ll have revelers drinking or dancing around fires on the beach, and all of a sudden, Carmel might actually start to feel Bohemian.

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MATH CLASS… When Squid counts Squid’s blessings on Squid’s tentacles, Squid wishes Squid had even more extremities. But one things for sure, Squid is definitely counting the right to a free public education (up until high school, that is) as a great thing to have. But with 27 private schools within Monterey County, Squid could see how some families could opt out of public education… if they have the cash. In the case of the Barrus family, who sent their son to Spero School in Salinas, a Montessori school for fourth – through eighth-graders, they want their money back.

The Barrus family, who pulled out their son from Spero School in Oct. 26, 2016, allege in a small claims case filed in Monterey County Superior Court that founder and educator Jason Kozun created a “negative space” for their son. Squid’s not sure exactly what that means, but in math class terms, they’re seeking negative $8,000 – as in, they’re asking for their tuition back. (The full tuition as listed on the school’s website is $10,000.)

In their complaint, the Barruses also note they’d be taking their money elsewhere to another private school. But what Squid can’t wrap Squid’s big, inflexible cephalopod head around is: Why not save some moolah and try a (free) public school instead?

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