Of the five viable candidates running for two seats on the San Luis Obispo City Council, we believe that incumbent Carlyn Christianson and Dan Rivoire are the best choices to lead the city over the next four years.
We supported Christianson when she ran last year in a special election to replace Andrew Carter.
“On both the city and county planning commission, she’s shown herself to be thoughtful and thorough in reviewing the issues and making decisions,” we said then. “We especially like the fact that she’s been a strong voice for workforce housing, and has also supported commercial and industrial developments — including both solar projects on the Carrizo Plain.”
She continues to be a big proponent of workforce housing, and is not afraid to take on the Airport Land Use Commission in order to allow more housing in the south end of the city.
“I would describe the past actions of the (airport) commission as a combination of arrogance and ignorance, and it is very troubling,” Christianson said. “Their actions directly affect the ability of the city to make decisions about its land use.”
At a recent Tribune Editorial Board meeting, Christianson stressed the need for a variety of housing types in the city, including small units. We agree.
We also liked her passion for environmental issues, particularly in addressing climate change. The city, she said, has an ethical responsibility to be a leader, and can and should do a lot more in terms of energy use, trans portation systems and housing planning.
Christianson has local and regional planning experience; a keen knowledge of local government; and a strong commitment to address long-term issues such as housing and transportation. The Tribune urges voters to keep Carlyn Christianson on the City Council.
Rivoire is articulate, smart, and he does his homework. He is running a highly organized campaign, which is a good indicator that he would be a conscientious and committed council member.
He is a strong supporter of Measure G— the half-cent sales tax extension; he supports challenging the Airport Land Use Commission on housing restrictions; and like Christianson, he’s committed to taking a leadership role on climate change.
Rivoire’s background is impressive: As executive director of the SLO County Bicycle Coalition, he’s not only been a strong voice for the cycling community, he’s also worked on regional planning, environmental requirements, permitting, financing — including the complicated world of federal and state grant funding — and has dealt with neighborhood concerns. That’s an excellent training ground for council.
He also serves on several city and county committees, including the Land Use Circulation Elements update task force and the county Health Department’s Injury Prevention Coalition. He worked with Student Life and Leadership while at Cal Poly; he’s a former Ameri-Corps member; and has volunteered with programs helping the homeless.
We believe his energy and experience would make him an excellent fit for council. On top of that, Rivoire would be a strong representative for the under-35 demographic that is grossly underrepresented not only in the city of San Luis Obispo, but also throughout the county.
The Tribune strongly endorses Dan Rivoire for City Council.