The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday held a moment of silence for those killed and wounded in Arizona over the weekend, and chairman Adam Hill asked those listening to reflect about civility in public discourse.
“We can be civil and decent to each other,” Hill said.
The somber remarks began a day that was scheduled to conclude with a candlelight vigil on the steps of the county courthouse in San Luis Obispo, honoring the dead and wounded in the Tucson shooting Saturday. The vigil was set for 5:30 p.m.
San Luis Obispo City Councilman John Ashbaugh, one of those who called for the vigil, said “violence and even the threat of violence have no place in our society.”
Ashbaugh told the Board of Supervisors that Americans “must set aside our political interpretations of the shootings.”
Speaker Al Barrow of Los Osos said it was a time for “compassion, not outrage.”