Letters to the Editor

Follow the money

In her race for county Board of Supervisors, Caren Ray said “the Fourth District seat is not for sale.” But her acceptance of tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the biggest developers in this county says otherwise.

The latest campaign finance records reveal that developers of a number of large projects in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo and Pismo Beach contributed well over $52,000 to Ray’s campaign. Why are these developers sending so much money her way?

It’s simple. The developers of the Dalidio and Avila Ranch properties outside San Luis Obispo will require annexations that must be approved by the county Local Agency Formation Commission, which includes two members of the Board of Supervisors. Ray could become one of those members.

Ray also received a significant contribution from the developer of Cypress Ridge in Nipomo who wants to develop the Wild Cherry Canyon property in Avila Beach that was the focus of a recently failed open space acquisition. So why are they contributing so much to her campaign? Clearly it’s a significant investment in the success of their ventures. So “the 4th District seat is not for sale?” Give me a break.