Federal congressional approval ratings are hovering at 20 percent to 25 percent because national legislators have abandoned the responsibility of working together in favor of grandstanding and pandering to their political bases. So it makes me proud to see that our county supervisors made an honest and successful effort to work together in the interest of all county residents.
On Aug. 27, the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors approved a temporary urgency ordinance that limits new development, new commercial wells or the planting of irrigated crops that will further deplete the Paso Robles groundwater basin. The citizens who were in favor of this ordinance were not entirely pleased with the final version, and the citizens who opposed the measure were also not in agreement with parts of the ordinance.
This is a good example of the democratic process working effectively. I congratulate our elected officials for showing leadership, compromise and cooperation in choosing language that respected the needs of all parties and made a positive start in addressing our areas declining water reserves.