Shame on The Tribune for missing the mark on the leadership changes on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
Anyone who attended that meeting would have been stunned at Chairman Frank Mecham’s selfless decision to step down as chair, allowing Supervisor Debbie Arnold to become chair and Lynn Compton vice chair. With a grumbling crowd poised to pounce on Mecham and Adam Hill, the audience’s reaction to Mecham’s motion quickly turned to praise. Consider what really happened:
1. Supervisor Arnold was given her first opportunity at chair, a position Hill had already occupied.
2. It removed the advantage of having the bully pulpit as chair from Arnold and Hill during 2016, the year of their potential reelection campaigns.
3. It reordered the rotation so that Hill would become chair in 2017 should he be re-elected in 2016.
Amazingly, supporters of Hill/Bruce Gibson were nowhere to be seen that day. Seeing the writing on the wall, the duo still chose to oppose Arnold as chair and left the meeting steaming and pouting. So much for “collegiality.”
Mecham proved himself a statesman deserving of a bouquet. As for The Tribune, it deserves a brickbat for “letting no good deed go unpunished.”