The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, salutes our state legislators Katcho Achadjian and Sam Blakeslee for honoring their no gifts pledge. It is a breath of fresh air when any candidate or elected public official keeps a valid promise to constituents.
Accepting gifts, even small ones, might seem harmless if they really are just work-related expenses or a gesture of thanks for speaking to a group. However, candidates and public officials must also consider how things might appear to other citizens and voters. In todays political climate, wracked by distrust of government and public servants, even the smallest gesture toward being 100 percent aboveboard when it comes to receiving gifts is welcomed.
So, on behalf of the League of Women Voters of SLO County, I want to use this forum to thank our two legislators for doing their part in bringing about more transparency in government,