The Cambrian

SSCSD candidate statements

The Cambrian asked the two candidates on the ballot for one two-year term on the San Simeon Community Services District board for 300-word statements with a few words about why they are running, their experience and how it would make them a better director, as well as what they see as major challenges to the district and what their priorities will be. Questions for the candidates and their answers appear on Page 3.

Ralph McAdams

I was appointed to the San Simeon Community Service District Board of Directors when Director Terry Lambeth moved from the district. I am now running to fill the remaining two years of the four-year term of Mr. Lambeth and I have served as vice-chairperson since June 11, 2012.

I was also appointed to the board to fill the term of John Russell who retired in 2007 and served until Dec. 5, 2008.

Mary Giacoletti  

I have lived in three countries — Ireland, Canada, the United States — and consider San Simeon unique. Its natural beauty and location give it the potential to be an ideal residential and tourist community. As a potential services district board member and 15-year resident, I would like to work toward that ideal and see a town distinguished by possibility; a community of health and well-being.

I would like to see a harmonious cohesion between residents and business, and an aesthetic approach to infrastructure, while being mindful of the natural and geographical limitations.

I have taken an active role in environmental issues for over three decades.

As a bicyclist, I am aware of the fine line between nature and and a balanced, healthy community.

Each element of the environment must be integrated into the whole, as each member of a community must represent the whole. As a director, I will not separate one from the other. 

I am one of the original “public” members of CEC (Committee for Environmental Cooperation), a post-NAFTA organization which includes Canada, Mexico and the United States. I have contributed papers on environmental issues to CEC and participated in public meetings.

I have lived in San Luis Obispo County for over 15 years, most of that time in San Simeon, and have attended/participated in county meeting, forums, study groups. Currently, I am the environmental representative for the North Coast Advisory Council, a position I was asked to fill. Previously, I had been the San Simeon alternate to Carol Baileywood on the council.

I am a member of Clean Air Revival — a Northern California organization which has received acclaim by the BBC.