The Tribune Editorial Board and others would be encouraged by Debbie Arnold’s promise “that safety will be a key consideration in deciding whether Phillips 66 should be allowed to install a rail spur to accommodate crude oil shipments.” There is one noteworthy problem: Arnold told the community of Santa Margarita the exact same thing before she voted in favor of a rock quarry that would have inundated the small rural town with 273 double-belly gravel trucks daily for the next 30 years. It was an empty promise, broken just as the rail spur will be if given a chance to vote.
The profits of Arnold’s large donors drive her decisions, not the health, safety and prosperity of all San Luis Obispo County residents. Her opponent in the District 5 Supervisor race is Eric Michielssen. Eric is an advocate for all citizens — one who genuinely cares about the future of SLO County and is guided by objective facts and the long-term health and safety of our communities. I urge you to vote for Mr. Michielssen on June 7.
David Ballantyne, Santa Margarita