I attended the APCD Board meeting referenced in Supervisor Gibson’s Viewpoint article on June 5. I was there as a stakeholder, one of the thousands of people living downwind of the Oceano Dunes who is significantly affected by the carcinogenic silica dust emanating from there.
I have never been to such a frustrating, dysfunctional public meeting. Several items not mentioned in Supervisor Gibson’s article include:
The discussion and voting concerning the Children’s Bill of Rights lasted for more than an hour, an outrageous amount of time that required other agenda items to be continued for two months.
Representatives of First 5 had a presentation for the board, which I’m sure took a great deal of time to prepare. We never got to hear it. I found that rude and disrespectful.
Members of COLAB continue to berate elected representatives at every chance. We already know how you feel. Enough!
Those board members who voted no on the resolution to support SLO County’s Children’s Bill of Rights — Frank Mecham, Debbie Arnold, Roberta Fonzi, John Hamon, Debbie Peterson and Ed Waage — essentially voted yes in support of COLAB’s and the Tea Party’s political viewpoint.
Their constituents should know how they are being represented.