Paul Brown endorsed
As a veteran who defended our country, I want everyone to vote. In particular, I encourage you to vote for Paul Brown to be mayor of San Luis Obispo.
I served with Brown as a military policeman in the Army, worked with him at the Grizzly Youth Academy and worked for him at Mother’s Tavern before he sold it. I guess you could say I know the guy. I enjoy working with him, believe in his leadership and have trusted him with my life.
Brown has a proactive style that is easy to work with. At the Grizzly Youth Academy, for example, he asked for our opinions on cadet training and rewrote the training policy on his own time. The new policies made working with the at-risk cadets more effective and consistent.
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As a businessman, I saw Brown handle difficult budgetary, employee and customer issues. In meetings, I appreciated how we got to the point quickly and I always felt included in decision-making.
As a lifelong resident of San Luis Obispo, I want a mayor I can trust and who understands the needs of my family. I’m voting for Paul Brown for mayor.
San Luis Obispo
Truth about Cortez
Lately, questions have arisen by some regarding the number of pensions that Chief Joe Cortez, candidate for San Luis Obispo County sheriff, may have. Let me set the record straight.
Cortez has one pension. That pension is a result of his retirement from Pismo Beach Police Department under the Public Employees Retirement System. Unlike his opponent, Cortez is also a 5-year veteran of our United States military. He was honorably discharged with no pension.
Cortez and his opponent are on the same level field when it comes to pensions — each has one. It will take two terms as sheriff for either candidate to get his second pension and you, the voters, have control of that.
Those stating Cortez has more than one pension are misinformed and hopefully, after reading the truth, the rumors will be put to an end.
Voters should be aware that when elected sheriff, Cortez will not take any pay raises nor will he accept any medical benefits. I don’t believe his opponent will do the same.
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Nancy Johnson favored
It’s time for the candidates to hit the campaign trail again. The citizens of Morro Bay will be electing two city council members and a mayor.
For some of the candidates, this will be their first attempt at serving the city, so we have not had an opportunity to see them in action. One City Council candidate has been very active for many years in making Morro Bay a better place to live.
Nancy Johnson has demonstrated her ability to lead, solve problems and promote our great city. I have had the pleasure of working with her on the Planning Commission for four years where I have seen her wisdom, understanding and leadership abilities when working with the city staff on complex problems.
She is the one candidate who has shown that she possesses the qualities we need to lead our city in the right direction. Let’s watch each of the candidates and see what they have done for the city up till now and what they will bring to the City Council in the future.
I would encourage you to vote for your choice in November and that that choice would be the leadership that Johnson can bring.
Vote for Kathy Smith
Voters in San Luis Obispo will shortly be voting for their City Council members.
I am supporting Kathy Smith, and not because I always agree with her. For instance, I will vote “yes” on Measure H (the Prado Road initiative that would stop the extension from occurring in that location). Smith will be voting “no” since she feels the extension is needed.
I have known Smith for approximately 15 years. I am on her election committee and will vote for her for three reasons. Firstly, she is highly ethical. She simply runs a positive campaign and does not cast aspersions on others.
Secondly, she is incredibly disciplined and hard-working. She is already out walking precincts and will cover most of the city between now and election day. Thirdly, she is a first-class listener.
You may not always agree with her, but she will give you a careful hearing before making up her mind. In short, she is a class act.
San Luis Obispo
I am endorsing my fellow planning commissioner, Brian Sturtevant, and incumbent Tom O’Malley, for Atascadero City Council. I support Joe Modica for city treasurer and Marcia Torgerson for city clerk. I also urge a “yes” vote on Measure I to upgrade the schools and permit relocation of the junior high school to make way for downtown development.
Let me focus on the open City Council seat: Major differences exist among the candidates that make it important for everyone to vote and do so wisely. Atascadero’s downtown is reviving, despite the dismal state of the economy, largely because of the recent abatement of conflict in Atascadero and the community consensus supporting downtown development.
Sturtevant’s votes on the City Council will only extend that progress. Sturtevant is not a threat to divide the community or disrupt the existing equilibrium. He is balanced, listens to all sides and exercises sound, unbiased judgment in making decisions based entirely on the city’s best interests.
On the City Council, Sturtevant would understand that he represents all of Atascadero, not just a partisan voting bloc expecting him to pursue their special agenda. He is a unifying candidate and is worthy of support from the whole community.
Why am I voting for Betty Winholtz? The answer is simple. Honesty and integrity, both of which are sorely missing in our political discourse. As a City Council member for the past eight years, Winholtz has repeatedly demonstrated her concern for all our citizenry and local businesses alike.
The nastiness that has marked Morro Bay politics in the past seems to be rearing its ugly head again. We’ve had three terms of Bill Yates as mayor and the lasting results of his tenure are well demonstrated by the empty, unsold mansions on undersized lots, the degradation of our city streets, our diminishing urban forest and control of our city government by a bureaucracy that answers to the city manager rather than the City Council.
Winholtz takes the time to investigate each issue that comes before the City Council. She never hesitates to question staff in search of alternatives that better suit our diverse population and economic environment. At this time in our history, we truly need a leader who looks upon Morro Bay as a community.
Winholtz is my choice for mayor, and if you care about the direction Morro Bay is going in, then I suggest you make her your choice as well.
Roger Ewing Morro Bay