Letter to the Editor

Supervisor Teixeira left big shoes to fill

July 23, 2013 

The untimely death of 4th District Supervisor Paul Teixeira is not only a loss to his family but also to all citizens of San Luis Obispo County.

Supervisor Teixeira represented the best in our local elected leaders: someone who would listen to all sides, seek consensus and try to build support amongst the communities.

It is vital that in selecting a successor for the late Supervisor Teixeira that the governor appoint someone who reflects the same attitudes and values.

Paul was uniquely suited for the position of county supervisor. Prior to his appointment, he served as a youth volunteer, raised money for many nonprofits and service groups and served as a Lucia Mar Unified School District board member.

He was a worthy successor to previous supervisors of the 4th District, including Howard Mankins, Ruth Brackett and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, all of whom exhibited a passion for their community.

With the issues currently facing our county — water sources, affordable housing, job growth and economic growth — we need someone with Paul’s passion and leadership on the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Teixeira had the ability to reach out to the various industries and individuals and build coalitions. He stood firm in his convictions to do what is right for the 4th District and for San Luis Obispo County.

Spanning an area from the historic city of Arroyo Grande to the strawberry and vegetable fields of Oceano to the wineries and orchards in Nipomo, the 4th District embodies all that is special about San Luis Obispo County.

Each of these industries, which bring us tourism and help feed our nation, lies within the 4th District. We need someone who understands the district.

We collectively urge Gov. Jerry Brown to consider the historic and diverse communities that make up this district.

We ask that he look at what is best for the longterm health of San Luis Obispo County.

We urge that he seek input from our assemblyman, who held that very seat for 12 years.

We ask that he then, only after careful review and consideration of the information gathered, make his decision on who will fill Supervisor Teixeira’s seat.

This Viewpoint was submitted by a coalition of local organizations: The Home Builders Association of the Central Coast; Nipomo Chamber of Commerce; Olde Towne Nipomo Association; Pismo Oceano Vegetable Exchange; San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau; San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association; Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.

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