Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, November 07, 2005

Girl Scout Thievery

A major case of foot in mouth today in the News-Press for Supervisor Joni Gray -- saying that Girls Scout leaders skim off the top on cookie sales.

If you have a subscription, see the News-Press web site. If not, you'll have to wait for the paper tomorrow -- but can read her comment in today's article about the Sheriff's Council.

When will the News-Press come into the 21st Century and allow non-subscribers to see their stories -- even some of them, or even one's that are yesterday's news?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

good grief...!!
Just register with fake data and you can get to the content at their web site, too.

For anyone concerned about enough content, the county supervisors election next year, for both Second and Fourth (Gray) districts will have plenty of fodder for postings.


Local News
BREAKING NEWS | Updated 11:41 a.m.
Girl Scouts blast Supervisor Gray over cookie comment



Fourth District Supervisor Joni Gray.

Supervisor Joni Gray is about to find out the price you pay for crossing the Girl Scouts.

Cinder Sinclair, CEO of the 8,000-strong Girl Scouts of Tres Condados is demanding an apology from the 4th district supervisor for implying in a News-Press story today that members of the organization steal proceeds from the annual cookie sale.

"I could not believe what I saw in the paper," said Ms. Sinclair.

What she saw in Monday's News-Press was a quote in which the supervisor, responding to a report that Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller Bob Geis is questioning the embattled Sheriff's Council's contributions to law enforcement.

In the story Ms. Gray said: "Even when they sell Girl Scouts cookies, sometimes the little Scout leaders take some off the top."

Ms. Sinclair, who has overseen the Girl Scout council representing Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties for a decade, crumbled when she read that an elected official implied anyone involved in Girl Scouts would do something illegal.

"I was outraged. She's accusing us of what, stealing cookies?" Ms. Sinclair said. "It makes no sense how somebody could think something like that, much less say it."

Ms. Gray was on a tour of the North County today and not immediatley available for comment.

The annual cookie sale, which kicks off in January, accounts for about $1.2 million in annual revenue for Tres Condados. That's almost two-thirds of all the money the girls bring in through their various activities -- and aside from $1 per box that goes to the baker, all of the proceeds raised locally stay in the tricounties, said Ms. Sinclair.

In addition to the girls, who sell in front of stores, at school and through businesses, there are about 4,600 adults who put in countless hours every year.

"We have lots of girls and a lot of families in (Supervisor Gray's) area," said Ms. Sinclair. The 4th District encompasses Guadalupe, Orcutt and Lompoc.

Ms. Sinclair said she is contacting the supervisor today to ask for an explanation about her comments.

"I think she's going to have to do a lot of apologizing, because it affects so many hundreds of families in our area," said Ms. Sinclair.

Not only do the comments besmirch the women and girls, added Ms. Sinclair, but the men too, whose wives and mother may have been Girl Scouts, or whose daughters or granddaughters might be involved in the organization.

"That she would try to increase the shock value of her comments by really trying to undermine the credibility of this fine organization that's in the business of building strong values and high character of young girls is outrageous," said Ms. Sinclair. "The cookie sale is very, very important because the girls learn key life skills like financial literacy and goal setting."

She added that the supervisor could learn a lot from a Girl Scout.

"I'd say Joni could learn how to appreciate our community, how to value strong character and right living. That's what the girls learn, and she could really take a lesson from the girls."

11/07/2005 1:34 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Thanks Anon -- didn't realize that was possible. Must be a pretty recent change in policy...kudos to the News-Press for a change for changing their policy.

11/07/2005 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Gary said...

Sinclair, Sara de la guerra, join the big leagues, will you?
Men have long been accustomed to taking the big hits.
It's a tough world.

11/07/2005 1:51 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I'm not clear what gender and being in the big leagues has to do with anything here -- point is, Gray put her foot in her mouth. Maligning the Girl Scouts is like not liking apple pie...practically un-American!

11/07/2005 2:45 PM  

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