This year, amidst the extremely misleading rhetoric by women in national elections, the city of San Luis Obispo is fortunate to have a well-balanced, reasonable female candidate for mayor.
Jan Marx considers the best interests of all of us, like citizens struggling in the current economic climate as well as the interests of small businesses that are the backbone of our local economy.
She has consistently supported public safety, open space, clean air and water and the importance of environmental responsibility, for everyone’s benefit. Marx cares about city residents and pays attention to the big picture and details of city business, which will make her an excellent mayor.
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San Luis Obispo
I want to share my excitement for Paul Brown and his candidacy for San Luis Obispo mayor. I have known Brown since my days playing rugby for Cal Poly from 1995 to 1999.
He was a strong leader on and off the field and supported the team in any capacity he could. Brown devoted countless hours as an assistant coach to the team, focused on developing the skills of the younger players and helped the senior players make critical decisions in the governing of the team.
Brown also organized several volunteer opportunities for the team to strengthen the relationship between the city’s residents and the college.
I am eager to have an individual with similar views and beliefs serve San Luis Obispo. Brown has a long history of city involvement and has a strong desire to improve the relationship between residents and students.
Brown’s experiences with owning a downtown business, serving on the City Council and working and volunteering in the community all make him a well-rounded candidate. It is because of all this that I am supporting Paul Brown for mayor of San Luis Obispo.
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Morro Bay favorites
I usually write these letters to the editor on behalf of the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization, but this time, I am writing as a voter and a concerned citizen of Morro Bay.
As everyone knows, Morro Bay, like many other cities and towns across the United States, is facing financial difficulties. The recession has certainly taken its toll on employment, and before the recession, Morro Bay had already lost one of its main sources of income, the power plant.
Then the commercial fishing industry faced a downturn because of oppressive regulation and factors beyond our control. The fishing industry bottomed out in 2007 and has had an increase in landings both in dollars and pounds in 2008 of 300 percent over that bottom and again in 2009, another 300 percent increase. We are currently on schedule to top those figures in 2010.
The reason I bring this up is the upcoming election. Every fisherman that I have spoken to has indicated they support Bill Yates for mayor and George Leage and Nancy Johnson for our City Council. I have worked with and known these people for many years and feel confident that they will do what is best for Morro Bay in these difficult times.
I am a candidate for the San Luis Coastal School Board. Like the two incumbents, I was interviewed by The Tribune, but my answers and background were not mentioned. The incumbents were endorsed for no layoffs, high test scores, a new superintendent, the installation of solar panels and their varied backgrounds.
First, the San Luis Coastal district has not experienced the drastic cuts in funding that have occurred in other districts. Second, almost 70 senior teachers and staff have retired in the past three years. Thus, no layoffs were needed. Those high test scores are due to the hard work of parents, staff and teachers. I was one of those parents and one of those teachers.
While in college, I worked with developmentally disabled and visually impaired children. For 22 years, I have taught English as a second language, English and history at Morro Bay High School and Los Osos Middle School.
I have coached football, wrestling and softball. Parents have trusted me to teach, coach, supervise and transport their children.
I have served on school management teams, principal selection panels and bilingual advisory boards. As a former president for local teachers’ associations, I have developed budgets, demonstrated fiscal responsibility and negotiated contracts.
When elected to the school board, I will use my experience, knowledge and heart to advocate for our students and for excellence in our schools.