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Supervisor Bruce Gibson

Bruce Gibson, 65, is a fifth-generation Californian who has lived in Cayucos and Cambria since 1989. Bruce has two grown sons, Brian and Scott. He has been active in San Luis Obispo County’s public issues for some two decades.

Bruce was first elected 2nd District Supervisor in 2006. Previously, he had compiled a long history of community service, starting on the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council and the Cayucos Land Conservancy Board of Directors. In addition, Bruce was a trustee and former President of the Board of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

He served as the 2nd District representative to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission in 2005-2006, prior to which he had served on a variety of committees for the county and local school districts (see complete list below).

After graduating from Pomona College, Gibson completed his master’s degree in geophysics at the University of Hawaii. In 1976, he took a job in Houston, Texas, doing research in exploration seismology. After eight years there, Bruce helped establish a seismic exploration program at Rice University, where he also earned his doctorate. With the move to Cambria, Bruce switched fields from geophysics to agriculture.

Public Service           
Before his election to the Board of Supervisors in 2006, Bruce was also part of some remarkable successes:

  • The preservation of 3.5 miles of coastal terrace north of Cayucos – now Estero Bluffs State Park
  • The dramatic growth of the County Land Conservancy’s programs in land protection and habitat restoration
  • The historic effort to permanently conserve 82,000 acres of the incomparable Hearst Ranch

On two occasions, Bruce was honored to accept the San Luis Obispo County Environmental Achievement Award on behalf of organizations he has worked with: In 2003, he was Board President when the Land Conservancy was recognized for its conservation and restoration efforts. In 2005, Hearst Ranch Conservation NOW was honored for its contributions to the Hearst Ranch conservation project.

The common thread in all these activities and his service as County Supervisor has been the drive to bring diverse groups of people together to solve sometimes contentious problems. Bruce’s ability to lead discussions and balance competing interests has produced an impressive record of accomplishment with public boards, community advisory councils, land trusts, school committees, and advocacy groups.

Accomplishments

With “vision, leadership and service” as my guiding principles, I’m proud to have focused on environmental protection, job creation and financial stability during my time on the Board of Supervisors. During my recent term, we’ve celebrated many successes:

  • The Los Osos community is 95 percent connected to the sewer plant.
  • The Cayucos Pier is restored and will stand strong for generations.
  • Cambria has a new bridge securing a main route into town from the south.
  • The county budget is stable.
  • The pension outlook is solid.
  • Our bond rating is the best ever.

In the future:

I look forward to tackling important issues of next-generation housing, water management and human services in coming years. Among many challenges are:

  • Promoting equitable and effective ground water management
  • Containing urban sprawl
  • Improving our mental health and criminal justice systems
  • Addressing public safety
  • Protecting the public purse

Today, more than ever, what’s at stake in this election are our shared values and convictions – how we choose to live.

My entire public life has been dedicated to preserving our unsurpassed coastal environment, protecting our quality of life in SLO County. The defenses are holding – but they’re under constant pressure.

Defending our homes and neighborhoods – our bonds of community – is up to all of us. But we can’t do it alone, individually.

It’s why we vote!

On Vision, Leadership & Service

I love this county. We all know we live in a beautiful environment. That’s a given.

Mostly, though, I love my community and the people who live here, the folks who make San Luis Obispo County the truly special place it is. You are the reason I enjoy so much serving as your county supervisor.

I believe we are all in this together – a sense of community is important to me. I believe everyone needs to contribute to build community.

I’ve found my way in public service – I’ve developed a deep commitment to this from my start serving on the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council, through the county Planning Commission, now on the Board of Supervisors.

Simply put, this is my vision:

  • San Luis Obispo County can be prosperous and preserve its environment.
  • If we try hard enough, together we can make our community better and stronger for future generations.
  • We deserve to live well, and we are responsible for making that possible for ourselves and others.
  • The effort to protect and improve our community is ongoing; it’s not always easy.
  • If, together, we remain strong and committed, we can achieve anything.

I’m proud and honored to have contributed some leadership to our efforts. I’m deeply committed to the service that makes it happen.

Experience & Work in the Community

  • County Supervisor, District 2, San Luis Obispo County (Chair 2009, 2013, 2014)
  • Chair, SLO County Children and Families Commission (First 5)
  • SLO County Air Pollution Control District, Chair 2011
  • San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, Chair 2011
  • Integrated Waste Management Authority, Chair 2009
  • SLO County Representative, Diablo Canyon Independent Peer Review Panel
  • 2007 – 2016:San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission, Chair 2012
  • California State Association of Counties – Chair, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
  • 2005 – 2006: Planning Commissioner, District 2, San Luis Obispo County
  • 2005 – 2006: Environmental Awards Selection Committee, San Luis Obispo Community Foundation
  • 2004: Cayucos Education Support Committee, promoting the successful passage of a bond measure for the Cayucos Elementary School District
  • 2004: Co-chair, Hearst Ranch Conservation NOW, an independent advocacy group in support of the Hearst Ranch conservation project
  • 2001 – 2006: Board of Directors, Cayucos Land Conservancy, a private non-profit land trust
  • 2000 – 2003: Ag Preserve Review Committee, San Luis Obispo County, advisory committee for Williamson Act contract applications
  • 1998 – 2006: Board of Trustees, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, a private, non-profit land trust. President, 1999-2001 and 2002-2004
  • 1998 – 1999: Facilities Advisory/Oversight Committee, Coast Union School District, Cambria, CA
  • 1995 – 2003: Board of Directors, Santa Paula Orange Association, a grower-owned cooperative packing house within the Sunkist Growers system
  • 1994 – 2003: Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council, a community organization advising the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. President 1994-1996 and 2001-2003
  • 1992 – 1993: School Site Council, Cambria Grammar School

On The Issues

My Priorities as 2nd District Supervisor

I’m seeking re-election because I want to:

  • Continue to protect our coastal lands, our agricultural resources, scenic open spaces and other natural resources.
  • Continue to fight for clean air, clean water, clean marine resources and unfettered public access to our county’s coastline and other precious public spaces.
  • Continue the Board’s sound financial management, while maintaining essential county services.
  • Continue the Board’s focus on building the economy and creating jobs, and preparing for any economic downturn we might face. It happens so we must be ready.
  • Continue to serve county residents in an open and responsive manner.
  • Continue to push the current Board to engage in thoughtful, careful, deliberate progress toward practical solutions to the county’s challenges.
  • Continue to push the current Board to conduct rational decision making, sound financial management and steady delivery of public safety and health care services.

Sound Fiscal Management

My focus on long-term financial planning and economic policy issues are a regular part of the Board’s policy agenda.

The county budget is stable. The pension outlook is good. Our bond rating is the best ever. This didn’t happen by accident.

Even before the economic crisis struck in 2009 (and lasted for several years), I led the Board in approving a financial management plan to navigate our county through the historic economic contractions.

We instituted a hiring freeze and negotiated with our employees, which allowed us to reduce the size of county government without requiring any direct layoffs. We also reduced the long-term cost of government through shared contributions to employee pensions and a 2nd-tier pension plan for new hires.

Our county employees are committed to the public services they provide and unselfishly stepped up to share the burden during these difficult economic times. I salute them for their willingness to share the pain and be part of the solution.


Public Safety

The most important part of government, especially local government, is the protection of our families, neighborhoods, and communities. Public safety – law enforcement, fire protection and public health – are my highest priorities. We absolutely must honor that obligation, even in the face of shrinking resources.

I will continue to fight for adequate, logical funding for the District Attorney’s Office, the Probation Department, sheriff’s and fire protection for our communities while implementing budgetary efficiencies wherever they can be found.

Importantly, we’re becoming increasingly aware of the connections between mental health and law enforcement. In this era in which our County Jail has become a de facto state prison, due to changes in the state’s criminal justice system, our jail has become increasingly inhabited with people who suffer from mental health problems. This places a strain on inmates, jail workers and the county’s budget.

Our county has focused more effort on mental health, addiction treatment and jobs skills training – and we look forward to seeing offenders leave jail and not return.

As a member of the Board of Supervisors, I take my role seriously in overseeing the effectiveness of jail operations and county mental health services. This will be a high priority for me moving forward.


Public Health

I will always strive to strengthen the partnerships and find the money necessary to support appropriate levels of service at our health clinics and for other health services that care for the most vulnerable members of our community.

These health services are fundamental to our community. We cannot and will not balance the books of county government on the backs of the weakest among us. We are better than that. We can find a way forward.


Water Resource Management

One of the county’s most critical concerns has been understanding – and finding ways to address – our many complex water resource issues. Water is what allows us to grow our food, work our farms and build our communities and local economy.

In the North County, an entire wine industry and rural way of life depends on finding rational solutions to seemingly intractable water problems. On the Nipomo Mesa, wells are running dry. As our lingering drought continues, water takes up more of our daily thoughts.

To better understand our water resource needs and supply, the Board has adopted an updated County Master Water Plan.  The plan will identify our water resources and project our needs into the future.

We are developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans for each of the six water basins identified as high or medium priority under the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Implementing these plans will require close coordination with our cities and special districts – with the important result of sustainable groundwater supplies for our communities and our economic future.

Much remains to be done.


Closure of Diablo Canyon

The pending closure of the Diablo Canyon poses significant challenges to our county, as more than 1,200 high-paying jobs will be lost as the plant is shuttered in 2024-2025. The loss to our local economy and the loss of tax revenue to our schools and county will be significant.

I’m working closely with state Sen. Bill Monning and Assembyman Jordan Cunningham as Sen. Monning advances a bill to provide $85 million in support to our county through this difficult transition. From this bi-partisan effort, we hope to receive $75 million to keep essential school and county services running as tax revenue diminishes and $10 million to invest in new economic development.

We approach this challenge in a strong position to keep our economy strong, as during my tenure the county has commissioned an Economic Strategy that will encourage growth in already-strong sectors such as tourism, health care, specialized manufacturing and information technology. I see other opportunities to grow jobs in a clean energy future through programs such as Community Choice Aggregation and energy efficiency retrofits.


The View Forward

Even with these many accomplishments, as I look ahead, there’s much still to be done:

  • We must keep the Board’s focus on rational, fact- and science-based decision making, especially as our county navigates potentially troubled economic waters in the next few years.
  • The Board of Supervisors must continue to:
    • Nurture a local economy where more jobs are created, our environment is protected and public services are maintained. We have a good start with our county’s Economic Strategy, developed by our private sector with our collaboration.
    • Move forward to implement smart growth strategies that support next-generation housing. At the same time, we can protect precious natural resources that support our treasured coastal areas, agricultural lands, scenic open spaces and our quality of life.
    • Move quickly to increase renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency through green building and public transit.
    • Ensure that San Luis Obispo County can and will lead the region, the state, and the country in the area of green energy and technology job creation. Unfortunately, the majority of our Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal for a county-run community choice energy program, which I believe was a good idea. I’ll work to bring that back to the board and do my best to persuade the board majority to do the right thing and approve this innovative project.
  • Adapt county government to new and difficult budget realities. We must carefully and efficiently apply scarce funds to critical infrastructure projects, as well as continue to provide crucial county services. I will continue to work with county supervisors from around the state to advocate the reform of state government and to bring resources and authority home to the local level.
  • In doing all this, I will continue the fight to protect our incomparable natural areas and critical coastal resources.

On Running for Office

I’m running for re-election because our coast, our communities, our values and our progress are worth defending.

I’ve been 2nd District Supervisor since 2007, previously serving as county planning commissioner, on the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council, and on the boards of the Land Conservancy of SLO County and Cayucos Land Conservancy.

I’ve been proud to work with community members to see remarkable projects accomplished: the Los Osos sewer completed, the Cayucos Pier restored, and new bridges and trails developed in Cambria, to name a few.

The future is bright: The county budget is stable, our pension outlook is solid, and our bond rating is the best ever. I look forward to tackling important issues of next-generation housing, water management, and human services in coming years.

Holding an undergraduate degree in physics and doctorate in geophysics, my public life has been dedicated to fact-based policy, protecting our unsurpassed coastal environment, and defending our quality of life in SLO County communities.

I’m proud to have led in efforts that have protected over 20 miles of our incomparable shoreline. Together, we can continue those efforts and build strong, resilient communities in this remarkably special place.

Our accomplishments are many. Let’s not let up now. Let’s keep progressing while defending our way of life.

My Record
In any election campaign, incumbents like me are required to explain and defend our decisions, to make the case for our view of governance, and to answer to voters. I look forward to doing just that.

On this web site you’ll find a list of my accomplishments over the last eleven years. I’m proud of this record. I’ve taken on many complex, and sometimes controversial projects, and worked hard to bring forward the best result possible. My leadership on these projects is always driven by my desire to do what’s best for our communities.

My Vision
I’m not content, however, to simply rest on this list. The job of an elected official is to look out over the horizon at the challenges and opportunities ahead.

My Leadership
There’s always work to be done – more effort on clean air, constant effort to guide development to the right places and nurture our economy, constant adaptation to  changes like health care and criminal justice reform. With your backing, I will continue to lead our county in the direction we want it to go.

Our Service
If you care about continuing the fight for good government, coastal protection, clean air, clean water and maintaining our treasured way of life, please vote for me. With your support, I would be honored to continue my public service. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

I ask for your vote and support. You – the voters of the 2nd District and all residents of San Luis Obispo County – are the only people I represent:

  • I will continue to work on my and the Board of Supervisors’ priorities as they were developed through the public process.
  • I will continue to listen respectfully and act accordingly.
  • I will practice holistic decision making where social, economic and environmental issues are considered and balanced.

I will make every attempt to balance the needs of today while maintaining options for future generations.

About

Supervisor Bruce Gibson

Bruce Gibson, 65, is a fifth-generation Californian who has lived in Cayucos and Cambria since 1989. Bruce has two grown sons, Brian and Scott. He has been active in San Luis Obispo County’s public issues for some two decades.

Bruce was first elected 2nd District Supervisor in 2006. Previously, he had compiled a long history of community service, starting on the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council and the Cayucos Land Conservancy Board of Directors. In addition, Bruce was a trustee and former President of the Board of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

He served as the 2nd District representative to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission in 2005-2006, prior to which he had served on a variety of committees for the county and local school districts (see complete list below).

After graduating from Pomona College, Gibson completed his master’s degree in geophysics at the University of Hawaii. In 1976, he took a job in Houston, Texas, doing research in exploration seismology. After eight years there, Bruce helped establish a seismic exploration program at Rice University, where he also earned his doctorate. With the move to Cambria, Bruce switched fields from geophysics to agriculture.

Public Service           
Before his election to the Board of Supervisors in 2006, Bruce was also part of some remarkable successes:

  • The preservation of 3.5 miles of coastal terrace north of Cayucos – now Estero Bluffs State Park
  • The dramatic growth of the County Land Conservancy’s programs in land protection and habitat restoration
  • The historic effort to permanently conserve 82,000 acres of the incomparable Hearst Ranch

On two occasions, Bruce was honored to accept the San Luis Obispo County Environmental Achievement Award on behalf of organizations he has worked with: In 2003, he was Board President when the Land Conservancy was recognized for its conservation and restoration efforts. In 2005, Hearst Ranch Conservation NOW was honored for its contributions to the Hearst Ranch conservation project.

The common thread in all these activities and his service as County Supervisor has been the drive to bring diverse groups of people together to solve sometimes contentious problems. Bruce’s ability to lead discussions and balance competing interests has produced an impressive record of accomplishment with public boards, community advisory councils, land trusts, school committees, and advocacy groups.

Accomplishments

Accomplishments

With “vision, leadership and service” as my guiding principles, I’m proud to have focused on environmental protection, job creation and financial stability during my time on the Board of Supervisors. During my recent term, we’ve celebrated many successes:

  • The Los Osos community is 95 percent connected to the sewer plant.
  • The Cayucos Pier is restored and will stand strong for generations.
  • Cambria has a new bridge securing a main route into town from the south.
  • The county budget is stable.
  • The pension outlook is solid.
  • Our bond rating is the best ever.

In the future:

I look forward to tackling important issues of next-generation housing, water management and human services in coming years. Among many challenges are:

  • Promoting equitable and effective ground water management
  • Containing urban sprawl
  • Improving our mental health and criminal justice systems
  • Addressing public safety
  • Protecting the public purse

Today, more than ever, what’s at stake in this election are our shared values and convictions – how we choose to live.

My entire public life has been dedicated to preserving our unsurpassed coastal environment, protecting our quality of life in SLO County. The defenses are holding – but they’re under constant pressure.

Defending our homes and neighborhoods – our bonds of community – is up to all of us. But we can’t do it alone, individually.

It’s why we vote!

Vision

On Vision, Leadership & Service

I love this county. We all know we live in a beautiful environment. That’s a given.

Mostly, though, I love my community and the people who live here, the folks who make San Luis Obispo County the truly special place it is. You are the reason I enjoy so much serving as your county supervisor.

I believe we are all in this together – a sense of community is important to me. I believe everyone needs to contribute to build community.

I’ve found my way in public service – I’ve developed a deep commitment to this from my start serving on the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council, through the county Planning Commission, now on the Board of Supervisors.

Simply put, this is my vision:

  • San Luis Obispo County can be prosperous and preserve its environment.
  • If we try hard enough, together we can make our community better and stronger for future generations.
  • We deserve to live well, and we are responsible for making that possible for ourselves and others.
  • The effort to protect and improve our community is ongoing; it’s not always easy.
  • If, together, we remain strong and committed, we can achieve anything.

I’m proud and honored to have contributed some leadership to our efforts. I’m deeply committed to the service that makes it happen.

Experience

Experience & Work in the Community

  • County Supervisor, District 2, San Luis Obispo County (Chair 2009, 2013, 2014)
  • Chair, SLO County Children and Families Commission (First 5)
  • SLO County Air Pollution Control District, Chair 2011
  • San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, Chair 2011
  • Integrated Waste Management Authority, Chair 2009
  • SLO County Representative, Diablo Canyon Independent Peer Review Panel
  • 2007 – 2016:San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission, Chair 2012
  • California State Association of Counties – Chair, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
  • 2005 – 2006: Planning Commissioner, District 2, San Luis Obispo County
  • 2005 – 2006: Environmental Awards Selection Committee, San Luis Obispo Community Foundation
  • 2004: Cayucos Education Support Committee, promoting the successful passage of a bond measure for the Cayucos Elementary School District
  • 2004: Co-chair, Hearst Ranch Conservation NOW, an independent advocacy group in support of the Hearst Ranch conservation project
  • 2001 – 2006: Board of Directors, Cayucos Land Conservancy, a private non-profit land trust
  • 2000 – 2003: Ag Preserve Review Committee, San Luis Obispo County, advisory committee for Williamson Act contract applications
  • 1998 – 2006: Board of Trustees, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, a private, non-profit land trust. President, 1999-2001 and 2002-2004
  • 1998 – 1999: Facilities Advisory/Oversight Committee, Coast Union School District, Cambria, CA
  • 1995 – 2003: Board of Directors, Santa Paula Orange Association, a grower-owned cooperative packing house within the Sunkist Growers system
  • 1994 – 2003: Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council, a community organization advising the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. President 1994-1996 and 2001-2003
  • 1992 – 1993: School Site Council, Cambria Grammar School
Issues

On The Issues

My Priorities as 2nd District Supervisor

I’m seeking re-election because I want to:

  • Continue to protect our coastal lands, our agricultural resources, scenic open spaces and other natural resources.
  • Continue to fight for clean air, clean water, clean marine resources and unfettered public access to our county’s coastline and other precious public spaces.
  • Continue the Board’s sound financial management, while maintaining essential county services.
  • Continue the Board’s focus on building the economy and creating jobs, and preparing for any economic downturn we might face. It happens so we must be ready.
  • Continue to serve county residents in an open and responsive manner.
  • Continue to push the current Board to engage in thoughtful, careful, deliberate progress toward practical solutions to the county’s challenges.
  • Continue to push the current Board to conduct rational decision making, sound financial management and steady delivery of public safety and health care services.

Sound Fiscal Management

My focus on long-term financial planning and economic policy issues are a regular part of the Board’s policy agenda.

The county budget is stable. The pension outlook is good. Our bond rating is the best ever. This didn’t happen by accident.

Even before the economic crisis struck in 2009 (and lasted for several years), I led the Board in approving a financial management plan to navigate our county through the historic economic contractions.

We instituted a hiring freeze and negotiated with our employees, which allowed us to reduce the size of county government without requiring any direct layoffs. We also reduced the long-term cost of government through shared contributions to employee pensions and a 2nd-tier pension plan for new hires.

Our county employees are committed to the public services they provide and unselfishly stepped up to share the burden during these difficult economic times. I salute them for their willingness to share the pain and be part of the solution.


Public Safety

The most important part of government, especially local government, is the protection of our families, neighborhoods, and communities. Public safety – law enforcement, fire protection and public health – are my highest priorities. We absolutely must honor that obligation, even in the face of shrinking resources.

I will continue to fight for adequate, logical funding for the District Attorney’s Office, the Probation Department, sheriff’s and fire protection for our communities while implementing budgetary efficiencies wherever they can be found.

Importantly, we’re becoming increasingly aware of the connections between mental health and law enforcement. In this era in which our County Jail has become a de facto state prison, due to changes in the state’s criminal justice system, our jail has become increasingly inhabited with people who suffer from mental health problems. This places a strain on inmates, jail workers and the county’s budget.

Our county has focused more effort on mental health, addiction treatment and jobs skills training – and we look forward to seeing offenders leave jail and not return.

As a member of the Board of Supervisors, I take my role seriously in overseeing the effectiveness of jail operations and county mental health services. This will be a high priority for me moving forward.


Public Health

I will always strive to strengthen the partnerships and find the money necessary to support appropriate levels of service at our health clinics and for other health services that care for the most vulnerable members of our community.

These health services are fundamental to our community. We cannot and will not balance the books of county government on the backs of the weakest among us. We are better than that. We can find a way forward.


Water Resource Management

One of the county’s most critical concerns has been understanding – and finding ways to address – our many complex water resource issues. Water is what allows us to grow our food, work our farms and build our communities and local economy.

In the North County, an entire wine industry and rural way of life depends on finding rational solutions to seemingly intractable water problems. On the Nipomo Mesa, wells are running dry. As our lingering drought continues, water takes up more of our daily thoughts.

To better understand our water resource needs and supply, the Board has adopted an updated County Master Water Plan.  The plan will identify our water resources and project our needs into the future.

We are developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans for each of the six water basins identified as high or medium priority under the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Implementing these plans will require close coordination with our cities and special districts – with the important result of sustainable groundwater supplies for our communities and our economic future.

Much remains to be done.


Closure of Diablo Canyon

The pending closure of the Diablo Canyon poses significant challenges to our county, as more than 1,200 high-paying jobs will be lost as the plant is shuttered in 2024-2025. The loss to our local economy and the loss of tax revenue to our schools and county will be significant.

I’m working closely with state Sen. Bill Monning and Assembyman Jordan Cunningham as Sen. Monning advances a bill to provide $85 million in support to our county through this difficult transition. From this bi-partisan effort, we hope to receive $75 million to keep essential school and county services running as tax revenue diminishes and $10 million to invest in new economic development.

We approach this challenge in a strong position to keep our economy strong, as during my tenure the county has commissioned an Economic Strategy that will encourage growth in already-strong sectors such as tourism, health care, specialized manufacturing and information technology. I see other opportunities to grow jobs in a clean energy future through programs such as Community Choice Aggregation and energy efficiency retrofits.


The View Forward

Even with these many accomplishments, as I look ahead, there’s much still to be done:

  • We must keep the Board’s focus on rational, fact- and science-based decision making, especially as our county navigates potentially troubled economic waters in the next few years.
  • The Board of Supervisors must continue to:
    • Nurture a local economy where more jobs are created, our environment is protected and public services are maintained. We have a good start with our county’s Economic Strategy, developed by our private sector with our collaboration.
    • Move forward to implement smart growth strategies that support next-generation housing. At the same time, we can protect precious natural resources that support our treasured coastal areas, agricultural lands, scenic open spaces and our quality of life.
    • Move quickly to increase renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency through green building and public transit.
    • Ensure that San Luis Obispo County can and will lead the region, the state, and the country in the area of green energy and technology job creation. Unfortunately, the majority of our Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal for a county-run community choice energy program, which I believe was a good idea. I’ll work to bring that back to the board and do my best to persuade the board majority to do the right thing and approve this innovative project.
  • Adapt county government to new and difficult budget realities. We must carefully and efficiently apply scarce funds to critical infrastructure projects, as well as continue to provide crucial county services. I will continue to work with county supervisors from around the state to advocate the reform of state government and to bring resources and authority home to the local level.
  • In doing all this, I will continue the fight to protect our incomparable natural areas and critical coastal resources.
Why He's Running

On Running for Office

I’m running for re-election because our coast, our communities, our values and our progress are worth defending.

I’ve been 2nd District Supervisor since 2007, previously serving as county planning commissioner, on the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council, and on the boards of the Land Conservancy of SLO County and Cayucos Land Conservancy.

I’ve been proud to work with community members to see remarkable projects accomplished: the Los Osos sewer completed, the Cayucos Pier restored, and new bridges and trails developed in Cambria, to name a few.

The future is bright: The county budget is stable, our pension outlook is solid, and our bond rating is the best ever. I look forward to tackling important issues of next-generation housing, water management, and human services in coming years.

Holding an undergraduate degree in physics and doctorate in geophysics, my public life has been dedicated to fact-based policy, protecting our unsurpassed coastal environment, and defending our quality of life in SLO County communities.

I’m proud to have led in efforts that have protected over 20 miles of our incomparable shoreline. Together, we can continue those efforts and build strong, resilient communities in this remarkably special place.

Our accomplishments are many. Let’s not let up now. Let’s keep progressing while defending our way of life.

My Record
In any election campaign, incumbents like me are required to explain and defend our decisions, to make the case for our view of governance, and to answer to voters. I look forward to doing just that.

On this web site you’ll find a list of my accomplishments over the last eleven years. I’m proud of this record. I’ve taken on many complex, and sometimes controversial projects, and worked hard to bring forward the best result possible. My leadership on these projects is always driven by my desire to do what’s best for our communities.

My Vision
I’m not content, however, to simply rest on this list. The job of an elected official is to look out over the horizon at the challenges and opportunities ahead.

My Leadership
There’s always work to be done – more effort on clean air, constant effort to guide development to the right places and nurture our economy, constant adaptation to  changes like health care and criminal justice reform. With your backing, I will continue to lead our county in the direction we want it to go.

Our Service
If you care about continuing the fight for good government, coastal protection, clean air, clean water and maintaining our treasured way of life, please vote for me. With your support, I would be honored to continue my public service. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

I ask for your vote and support. You – the voters of the 2nd District and all residents of San Luis Obispo County – are the only people I represent:

  • I will continue to work on my and the Board of Supervisors’ priorities as they were developed through the public process.
  • I will continue to listen respectfully and act accordingly.
  • I will practice holistic decision making where social, economic and environmental issues are considered and balanced.

I will make every attempt to balance the needs of today while maintaining options for future generations.

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