A puppet government
In his May 25 letter “Fear for the city,” Mr. John Gajdos blames Betty Winholtz for many of Morro Bay’s problems.
Betty supports Noah Smukler, Christine Johnson and Jamie Irons because they care about the future of Morro Bay.
She is right to chastise the City Council for spending nearly $6 million to keep the wastewater treatment plant where it is — in a flood plain. This money is lost. Plus the council is spending $15,000 a month for a lobbyist to push this poor plan through the Coastal Commission.
The lawsuit against State Parks made the Morro Bay State Park a better park.
As for driving Duke Energy out of town, Duke made $1.5 billion — during the so-called energy crisis of 2000-01. As a result of its role in fixing the energy market, it had to pay hundreds of millions back to the state. Duke sold the plant to a bunch of bankers, took the money and left the state.
Morro Bay has had a puppet government for years, serving the interests of a few to rezone commercial property to residential, to the detriment of city coffers.
Many thanks to Betty Winholtz for all she has done for the city.
As a Morro Bay resident, I am supporting Noah Smukler and Christine Johnson for City Council and Jamie Irons for mayor. I believe they will put community first and make sound decisions for Morro Bay’s future.
Time after time, Noah has been the odd man out voting on the council. With Christine Johnson onboard and Jamie Irons at the helm, Morro Bay can navigate a new course to success. They will not only be community minded, but they will also support the best interests of our entire business community. I believe they will work diligently to resolve current and future issues with true fiscal responsibility.
Evan B. Barbis
“Smart growth” is a euphemism for “denying citizens the right to own a house with a yard outside city limits.” I also want to preserve the Central Coast’s natural beauty.
However, allowing the government and other “concerned” groups to co-opt surrounding land in the name of “conservation” and then forcing the population into apartments and condos in the cities is hardly the answer — and surely infringes upon our inalienable rights.
We are going in the wrong direction. Who wants congested cities surrounded by huge amounts of undeveloped land? This subject definitely needs a more balanced approach. If I lived in the 3rd and 5th Districts, I would vote for Ed Waage and Debbie Arnold.
Harder to live here
I love living in this community, and I am finding it harder and harder to do so, as do my children, because of the lack of jobs and businesses that can and will locate here. The most common theme I hear from businesses closing their doors or choosing not to operate in this county is the cost of doing business here.
Our current Board of Supervisors has chosen to implement more regulations that lead to more red tape and expenses to live and work in this county. And if they have their way, they are not done yet. Therefore, I encourage you to vote for Ed Waage for 3rd District supervisor.
Just a few places
I can personally attest that only five places remain where there are no “Ed Waage for Supervisor” signs. They are:
Little Round Top, at the Gettysburg National Memorial Park.
The sea otter exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The drive-up window at In-N-Out Burger in Arroyo Grande.
St. Francis of Assisi’s Porziuncola chapel.
My front yard.
Impressed by Hill
Before casting my vote for a candidate running for re-election, I always try to collect information about their performance while in office. Did the candidate perform as promised? Did he/she improve our lives?
I am pleased to say that the answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes!” for Adam Hill for 3rd District supervisor. I have been especially impressed by Adam’s efforts as co-chair of the first countywide public-private Economic Development Project. The EDP is helping to grow small businesses in our county and will create badly needed new jobs.
I have also been impressed by how closely Adam works with our tourism industry in ways that help small businesses by attracting visitors to our beautiful county. During these hard economic times, we need to keep business-friendly job creators like Adam Hill on the Board of Supervisors.
San Luis Obispo
Save the county
In my 26 years on the Central Coast, I have witnessed several incarnations of the Board of Supervisors, and one of the worst was the “pro-development at any cost to the community” Board of Supervisors dominated by Harry Ovitt and Mike Ryan and supported by the reliable “swing” vote of Katcho Achadjian.
Developers knew any project put forth would be rationalized and supported, regardless of the cost to taxpayers — who were asked to subsidize projects by giveaways of public parking or land — or harm to the environment, with finite dwindling resources, such as water supply and infrastructure (another “cost” to the taxpayer).
Then came the turnaround and the shift to supervisors like Jim Patterson and Adam Hill (neither of whom is my supervisor). With a new majority, more attention was paid to controlled growth and marshaling of resources instead of paying back campaign “supporters.”
We’re at a critical crossroad. Debbie Arnold (Mike Ryan’s former assistant) and Ed Waage, pro-development by deed, if not word, are running to replace these two supervisors. With Paul Teixeira as a reliable third vote, you can guess the rest.
The remedy is a vote for Hill and Patterson.
‘The right answers’
In her debate report (“Hill, Waage square off in debate,” May 25), reporter Cynthia Lambert quoted supervisor candidate Ed Waage as saying of studies of the Oceano Dunes air, “We need to make sure we get the right answers.”
I attended the debate, and Mr. Waage used that odd turn of phrase at least four times.
Mr. Waage once worked an emergency preparedness job at Diablo Canyon. In that industry (and our county), I hope planners “make sure their answers are right,” rather than “make sure they get the right answers.”
I’m voting for Adam Hill.
San Luis Obispo
Things aren’t fine
I am disappointed in Supervisor Jim Patterson for taking credit for job creation in this county. So many people are hurting because they’ve lost their jobs or seen drastic cuts in pay, but he thinks he should be complimented on his work improving our economy.
Real people have lost their retirement, their homes, their livelihood while Jim pretends things are just fine because of him. I don’t know the supervisor, so I don’t know if this is arrogance or incompetence, but either way, because of his political grandstanding, he’s lost my support.
Nasty and negative
Last time, Debbie Arnold’s campaign was so nasty and negative that it seemed like a mistake. Like she had been body-snatched.
This time, no mistake. She’s all in. Misleading attacks loaded with wrong information at full speed, plastic bags and tea bags waving.
If you get a mailer attacking Jim Patterson’s honorable, honest record, go to www.winwithjim.org to see what really happened.
Watch out for the really creepy stuff and robo-calls just before election day on June 5.
And finally, respond to it all with a very positive vote — re-elect Jim Patterson.
If history repeats itself, these last few days of campaigning for 5th District supervisor will be loaded with mudslinging, cowpoking and even some possible cowplopping.
I, for one, refuse to marinate in the negative mud/plop. I’m rounding up my positive thoughts and voting for Debbie Arnold on June 5. Thank you Debbie for running a positive, truthful campaign and the Arnold family for sharing you, your experience and time with our small-town community.
Call not misleading
Re: Greg McMillan, chair of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, May 29 letter “Arnold not endorsed”: I received the robo-call from Debbie Arnold’s campaign and did not find it misleading or confusing. If you paid attention, the call only said that the Sierra Club didn’t endorse Jim Patterson, common knowledge to anyone who reads the paper.
How can you say you do not believe she is an environmentalist in any sense of the word or that she understands or agrees with the principles of responsible land use planning? She is a cattle rancher, farmer and grape grower who does understand!
As to the donations she has received for her campaign, she is not beholden to them and is not their tool. She’s a former business owner who can make her own decisions and is not an automatic vote in favor of projects designed for maximum profit and minimum regard for their impacts on resources, neighborhoods or public health. She cares about this area and will work hard to ensure it continues on as it should.
As an educator and practitioner in the field of public policy, I recognize the importance of leadership in governance. Effective public policy is the result of reconciling conflicting interests and searching for innovative solutions. To do that, a representative has to be not only principled, but skilled in the arts of negotiation and problem solving. Based on his performance as our 5th District county supervisor, it is clear that Jim Patterson has these skills.
I support Jim’s re-election because under his leadership, county government has performed remarkably during fiscal crisis. While his opponent Debbie Arnold has been a public employee for just as long, she lacks Jim’s executive leadership and common-sense approach. As an activist in the local Tea Party and other fringe groups, Arnold exhibits a strong ideology, but ideology is a poor substitute for leadership.
True leadership requires vision, and Jim’s vision for our community is reflected in the major projects he has supported, from solar power farms that generate renewable energy and high-quality jobs, to the new library in Atascadero, which will serve as a life-long learning resource in the North County for generations. We are blessed to have such a dedicated public servant in Jim Patterson.
A name for change
Debbie Arnold is the right choice for supervisor next week. She’s a proven leader, business owner and strong proponent of families. She’s owned and operated a preschool for over 17 years, ensuring children had a safe place to learn, enabling parents to make ends meet. She’s dedicated herself to the agricultural segment of our county, even to the point of becoming an advocate for them against big government that threatened to take away our quality of life.
I’m impressed by her commitment and dedication to our community and am excited to see what she can accomplish for us as our elected supervisor. It’s time for a change because the status quo just isn’t working for most of us. That change is Debbie Arnold.
A measured approach
Ed Waage says he wants to cut county costs and increase revenue, and he would do this in large part by encouraging more growth. In this respect, he closely resembles former Supervisors Katcho Achadjian, Jerry Lenthall and Harry Ovitt, the ones who were always willing to rubber-stamp nearly any large development project regardless of impacts.
Waage seems to overlook the enormous costs of growth, and he apparently has no clear plan for financing such costs.
For example, when Waage voted to support the concept of the Los Robles del Mar annexation at Price Canyon, he knew that Pismo Beach would probably need to get water from other sources, such as Oceano, and from the State Water Project. He also says we need a costly expansion of the Lopez Lake dam. This is not sustainable or affordable growth. Such growth also requires major infrastructure improvements for wastewater treatment, roads, bridges, and Highway 101 within the county and within the cities. Who will pay for all this new infrastructure? Waage has no answers.
Adam Hill is not “anti-growth,” as Waage implies. Rather, he takes a more measured approach, supporting sustainable and smart growth. This is why I am supporting Adam Hill.
San Luis Obispo