Al Fonzi’s letter of May 14 carried an ironic headline — “What you see is what you get with Debbie Arnold.” While she might be “personable” and nice enough, look carefully and you’ll see she doesn’t understand local government — or that a county supervisor is elected to get stuff done.
Watch her during any significant item at a San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting (video on the county’s website). Her pointless questions are really rambling comments (read from notes that sound like COLAB wrote them). When challenged with inconvenient facts, she freezes and retreats to her talking points.
What you see is her effort to ram a daily 270-truck convoy through Santa Margarita. She used a rehearsed personal slide show (May 12, 2015) to justify her support of the quarry against public opposition to the project. In addition, her stubborn objection to water conservation offsets (Oct. 27) ignored efforts to ease the Paso Robles groundwater crisis. And again, her ideological refusal to let voters decide whether to fund road repairs (April 19) via a countywide sales tax.
What we get from Arnold is nothing — no solutions to pressing problems, nor any accomplishments, despite her glossy fliers’ claims. Look carefully at her record: You’ll see that if Arnold is re-elected, we’ll get poorer air quality, more traffic and a worsened water crisis.
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Ellen Beraud, former Atascadero mayor