Debbie Arnold names planning commissioner, legislative aide

bcuddy@thetribunenews.comJanuary 2, 2013 

Debbie Arnold

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Incoming San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold has named North Country real estate broker Don Campbell to the county Planning Commission, giving that 5-person board three members with ties to the real estate industry.

Tim Murphy and Jim Irving also have real estate backgrounds, although, as with Campbell, their résumés are broader and include work with the agricultural community.

Irving is a broker-associate with RE/MAX Parkside Real Estate in downtown Paso Robles and Tim Murphy is a Realtor with Murphy & Associates in Arroyo Grande, according to their respective websites.

The Planning Commission is key to reviewing new development, as well as creating the county's strategic outlook for where growth should occur and how.

Arnold also named Christine Robertson, an aide to former Sen. Sam Blakeslee, as her legislative assistant — a position she once held herself, working for former Supervisor Mike Ryan.

In making the appointments, Arnold, who will be sworn in on Jan. 7, said she considers them her “first major statement about how I plan to represent this community. These are two distinguished individuals with proven track records of bringing people together to help solve local problems.”

Campbell, a Cal Poly graduate, taught agriculture at San Luis Obispo High School and, with his wife, Gail, later owned and operated Western Properties, which became a Coldwell Banker franchise, specializing in farm and ranch sales and management.

For more than 30 years, Arnold said, the Campbells “have been active members of the local agricultural community, raising purebred Suffolk show lambs and growing wine grapes.”

She added that Campbell was a founding member of Heritage Oaks Bank and has been a board member for 30 years, currently serving as vice chairman.

“Don is a widely respected fixture of the North County,” said Arnold. “He represents the best of what our rural community stands for — he is hard working, fair and dependable. Don has spent the past 30 years investing in our community. He is committed to ensuring that the Central Coast remains a place where families can not only live, but prosper.”

Campbell will succeed Dan O’Grady, who was appointed by departing Supervisor Jim Patterson.

Robertson is a familiar face in local politics.

A graduate of Cal Poly and the London School of Economics, she has worked closely with former Assemblyman and state Sen. Sam Blakeslee.

As legislative aide, Robertson will be responsible for advising Arnold on policy and board actions, assisting residents in navigating county issues, and representing Arnold in the community.

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