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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 am proud that our Board of Supervisors has focused on environmental protection, job creation and financial stability during my time on the Board of Supervisors. During my recent term, I have:

  • Los Osos – Finally pushed the Los Osos Sewer Project into completion after more than 30 years of false starts and community controversy. “It may look a bit messy now, but the long-term benefit to the community is incalculable.”
  • Cayucos – Led effort with residents to restore the Cayucos Pier; helping lead effort to repair and restore the Cayucos Vets Hall.
  • Cambria – Worked with the community, the County Administrative Office and numerous volunteers to secure a new public library in Cambria.
  • Approved two solar-power generation plants in the eastern part of the county, bringing nearly a thousand skilled worker jobs to area residents.
  • Finding solutions to some of our county’s key environmental challenges:
    • “We adopted a dust rule for the Nipomo Mesa, protecting the health of residents there and throughout the South County.”
    • “We adopted a plastic bag ban to protect the marine environment.
    • Assuring that concerns of our county’s residents are heard and honored, Gibson was appointed to be the county’s main watchdog on the Diablo Canyon Independent Peer Review Panel, which oversees the nuclear plant’s seismic safety issues.
  • Prevented “ill-conceived sprawl that could change the character of our coast forever.” As a county representative on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Gibson demanded an honest accounting of water resources in the Price Canyon area east of Pismo Beach.
  • Maintained the county’s AA+ credit rating (among the top three counties in California) by reducing the county’s overall spending levels and payroll numbers without tax increases or painful layoffs, by reforming the county’s pension program, assuring long-term economic stability, and negotiating with employee unions in harmony.
  • Consolidated the Auditor-Controller’s Office with the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office to improve efficiency and save more than $200,000 per year.

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

Present Responsibilities (2007 – present)

  • County Supervisor, District 2, San Luis Obispo County (Chair 2009, 2013, 2014)
  • 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

Previous Community Activities

  • San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission, Chair 2012
  • California State Association of Counties Board – 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

When asked why I am seeking re-election, my response is straightforward. I want to:

  • Complete the long-awaited Los Osos wastewater treatment project. Construction began under my watch and I aim to see it through to the end.
  • 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, in the face of difficult economic conditions here and everywhere.
  • Continue to serve county residents in an open and responsive manner.
  • Continue the Board’s thoughtful, careful, deliberate progress toward practical solutions to the county’s challenges.
  • Continue the Board of Supervisors’ rational decision making, financial management, and the delivery of public safety and health care services.

Sound Fiscal Management

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

The first critical issue has been the county government’s fiscal health. Even before the economic crisis struck, our Board had approved a financial management plan to lead our county through the forthcoming 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 have 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.

The last two years have seen a dramatic change in our state’s criminal justice system. Counties now have responsibility for many more low-level offenders. With this responsibility comes a great opportunity to shift focus to programs that will actually reduce repeat offenses.

Our county has embraced this new approach – which focuses more effort on mental health and addiction treatment and jobs skills training – and we look forward to seeing offenders leave jail and not return. The success of this public safety “realignment” depends on a team effort by several county departments – the Sheriff’s Department, Probation Department, the DA’s office, Behavioral Health Services and others.

We have made huge progress in putting an effective team together. My job is to watch their progress and be sure they have the resources to succeed.


Public Health

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

The coming national health care reform will provide the county new resources to deliver medical care and mental health services for our low-income residents. This means everyone benefits by reducing emergency room costs, lowering out health insurance premiums and improving the overall health 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.

During my recent term, we found a temporary solution to what seemed to be an impossible political problem for the North County: giving all water users a sense of hope that there is a way forward. As well, we celebrated the completion of the Nacimiento Water Pipeline Project, which will bring additional water supplies to the communities of Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and Cayucos.

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. Much remains to be done. …


Seismic Safety at Diablo Canyon

There are some aspects of “public safety” that are unique to San Luis Obispo County. As a result of the nuclear calamity in Japan in March 2011, my colleagues and I have urged a complete re-examination of every assumption about the safety of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. The Board thoroughly reviewed the plant’s emergency response and evacuation plan in the event of an accident or unforeseen natural disaster.

We demanded that PG&E slow down its effort to extend the operating license of Diablo beyond 2024-25 until a comprehensive analysis of Diablo’s seismic safety is completed. Our Board agreed, but not without some controversy. Now, that study is happening, thanks to our Board and a non-partisan effort by state and federal elected officials.

Finally, I was appointed as the county’s representative on the Diablo Canyon Independent Peer Review Panel, to help assure that the sentiments of this county’s residents are considered when decisions affecting us are made.

I hope you agree that – in terms of political leadership – nothing matters more to the residents of San Luis Obispo County than our health and safety.


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 troubled economic waters.
  • The Board of Supervisors must continue to:
    • Nurture an economic environment in which 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 to protect precious natural resources that support our treasured coastal areas, agricultural lands, scenic open spaces and our quality of life. I will continue the fight to protect our incomparable natural areas and critical coastal resources.
    • 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.
    • 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.

On Running for Office

It’s been my privilege to serve as your 2nd District Supervisor. I’ve met many new friends and I am profoundly impressed by so many caring, energetic and intelligent people who are deeply committed to their communities. This experience gives me great hope for our shared future.

In an 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.

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.

Leadership
There’s always work to be done – more work on the Los Osos sewer, 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.

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 am proud that our Board of Supervisors has focused on environmental protection, job creation and financial stability during my time on the Board of Supervisors. During my recent term, I have:

  • Los Osos – Finally pushed the Los Osos Sewer Project into completion after more than 30 years of false starts and community controversy. “It may look a bit messy now, but the long-term benefit to the community is incalculable.”
  • Cayucos – Led effort with residents to restore the Cayucos Pier; helping lead effort to repair and restore the Cayucos Vets Hall.
  • Cambria – Worked with the community, the County Administrative Office and numerous volunteers to secure a new public library in Cambria.
  • Approved two solar-power generation plants in the eastern part of the county, bringing nearly a thousand skilled worker jobs to area residents.
  • Finding solutions to some of our county’s key environmental challenges:
    • “We adopted a dust rule for the Nipomo Mesa, protecting the health of residents there and throughout the South County.”
    • “We adopted a plastic bag ban to protect the marine environment.
    • Assuring that concerns of our county’s residents are heard and honored, Gibson was appointed to be the county’s main watchdog on the Diablo Canyon Independent Peer Review Panel, which oversees the nuclear plant’s seismic safety issues.
  • Prevented “ill-conceived sprawl that could change the character of our coast forever.” As a county representative on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Gibson demanded an honest accounting of water resources in the Price Canyon area east of Pismo Beach.
  • Maintained the county’s AA+ credit rating (among the top three counties in California) by reducing the county’s overall spending levels and payroll numbers without tax increases or painful layoffs, by reforming the county’s pension program, assuring long-term economic stability, and negotiating with employee unions in harmony.
  • Consolidated the Auditor-Controller’s Office with the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office to improve efficiency and save more than $200,000 per year.
+ 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

Present Responsibilities (2007 – present)

  • County Supervisor, District 2, San Luis Obispo County (Chair 2009, 2013, 2014)
  • 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

Previous Community Activities

  • San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission, Chair 2012
  • California State Association of Counties Board – 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

When asked why I am seeking re-election, my response is straightforward. I want to:

  • Complete the long-awaited Los Osos wastewater treatment project. Construction began under my watch and I aim to see it through to the end.
  • 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, in the face of difficult economic conditions here and everywhere.
  • Continue to serve county residents in an open and responsive manner.
  • Continue the Board’s thoughtful, careful, deliberate progress toward practical solutions to the county’s challenges.
  • Continue the Board of Supervisors’ rational decision making, financial management, and the delivery of public safety and health care services.

Sound Fiscal Management

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

The first critical issue has been the county government’s fiscal health. Even before the economic crisis struck, our Board had approved a financial management plan to lead our county through the forthcoming 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 have 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.

The last two years have seen a dramatic change in our state’s criminal justice system. Counties now have responsibility for many more low-level offenders. With this responsibility comes a great opportunity to shift focus to programs that will actually reduce repeat offenses.

Our county has embraced this new approach – which focuses more effort on mental health and addiction treatment and jobs skills training – and we look forward to seeing offenders leave jail and not return. The success of this public safety “realignment” depends on a team effort by several county departments – the Sheriff’s Department, Probation Department, the DA’s office, Behavioral Health Services and others.

We have made huge progress in putting an effective team together. My job is to watch their progress and be sure they have the resources to succeed.


Public Health

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

The coming national health care reform will provide the county new resources to deliver medical care and mental health services for our low-income residents. This means everyone benefits by reducing emergency room costs, lowering out health insurance premiums and improving the overall health 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.

During my recent term, we found a temporary solution to what seemed to be an impossible political problem for the North County: giving all water users a sense of hope that there is a way forward. As well, we celebrated the completion of the Nacimiento Water Pipeline Project, which will bring additional water supplies to the communities of Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and Cayucos.

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. Much remains to be done. …


Seismic Safety at Diablo Canyon

There are some aspects of “public safety” that are unique to San Luis Obispo County. As a result of the nuclear calamity in Japan in March 2011, my colleagues and I have urged a complete re-examination of every assumption about the safety of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. The Board thoroughly reviewed the plant’s emergency response and evacuation plan in the event of an accident or unforeseen natural disaster.

We demanded that PG&E slow down its effort to extend the operating license of Diablo beyond 2024-25 until a comprehensive analysis of Diablo’s seismic safety is completed. Our Board agreed, but not without some controversy. Now, that study is happening, thanks to our Board and a non-partisan effort by state and federal elected officials.

Finally, I was appointed as the county’s representative on the Diablo Canyon Independent Peer Review Panel, to help assure that the sentiments of this county’s residents are considered when decisions affecting us are made.

I hope you agree that – in terms of political leadership – nothing matters more to the residents of San Luis Obispo County than our health and safety.


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 troubled economic waters.
  • The Board of Supervisors must continue to:
    • Nurture an economic environment in which 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 to protect precious natural resources that support our treasured coastal areas, agricultural lands, scenic open spaces and our quality of life. I will continue the fight to protect our incomparable natural areas and critical coastal resources.
    • 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.
    • 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.
+ Why He's Running

On Running for Office

It’s been my privilege to serve as your 2nd District Supervisor. I’ve met many new friends and I am profoundly impressed by so many caring, energetic and intelligent people who are deeply committed to their communities. This experience gives me great hope for our shared future.

In an 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.

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.

Leadership
There’s always work to be done – more work on the Los Osos sewer, 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.

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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