Intelligence & heart
I’m writing to support the candidacy of Patricia Andreen as an appointee to the San Luis Obispo City Council. Frequently, such endorsements come from the outside looking in on a candidate’s qualifications. I have had the pleasure of working directly for Andreen during the many years she served on the San Luis Coastal School District board.
During those years, Andreen faced some of the most difficult challenges encountered by our school district — the reduction of funding, the closing of schools and the reconstitution of the administrative team.
Andreen’s openness to community input, disciplined exploration of alternatives and skillful leadership in framing and guiding difficult decisions were remarkable. Nobody enjoyed what needed to be done, but there was consensus respect for the process by which the public’s business was handled. A circumstance full of the potential for fragmentation and division became a model for public decision making.
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Andreen will bring that same intelligence and heart to our city, which faces similar challenges in the months and years ahead. I have the greatest respect for our city leaders and would support without reservation the addition of Andreen to the San Luis Obispo City Council.
Former superintendent of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District
A dedicated citizen
Here’s a question for those who did not run in the November election but who have now applied for the current vacant City Council seat: Where were you during the election? If you are truly committed to becoming a council member, why didn’t you run for Allen Settle’s vacant seat? What do the citizens of San Luis Obispo know about your views on important issues facing our city?
On the other hand, during his campaign, Dan Carpenter sincerely listened to citizens’ concerns and then openly and candidly expressed his opinions and views so that voters could make an informed decision. As a result, he received more than 5,100 votes (only 1 percent less than Kathy Smith).
Further, Carpenter has been a dedicated citizen of San Luis Obispo with impressive, well-rounded qualifications, serves on many local boards, committees and commissions and has had extensive experience in business management. He will be a valuable addition to our council and has earned the opportunity to serve our city.
I encourage all San Luis Obispo city residents who agree to contact the mayor and council members or attend today’s council meeting and urge them to appoint Carpenter to the vacant council seat.
San Luis Obispo
As a new resident of our delightful Central Coast, I really enjoy reading John Lindsey’s “Weather Watch” columns in The Tribune.
His descriptions, explanations and specific meteorological information about the many microclimates in this area are very informative. I appreciate learning about the intricacies of the weather in our little corner of paradise.