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Campaign Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sworn Deputy Sheriff’s Association endorses Lynn Compton for 4th District Supervisor

 

CONTACT: Damian Fussel
Damian@lynncompton.com

Nipomo, CA – Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election as 4th District Supervisor has received the endorsement of the Sworn Deputy Sheriff’s Association (SDSA) – San Luis Obispo County.

SDSA represents the boots-on-the-ground officers who patrol San Luis Obispo County’s unincorporated areas, responsible for protecting and serving the community of San Luis Obispo County.

“Lynn has proven herself dedicated to preserving the quality of life in our county,” said John McDaniel, President of SDSA. “The members of SDSA are committed to protecting and serving our public through interaction with our community, providing a high quality of service, and meeting the challenges ahead. Lynn shares both our values and dedication to the safety of our community.”

“I am humbled to receive the endorsement of SDSA. These are the uniformed men and women who serve on our streets, working to keep our communities safe,” said Lynn Compton. “I appreciate their recognition of my support for our sworn officers. I promise to remain steadfast in my commitment to supporting our law enforcement officers, so they can focus on keeping our streets and neighborhood safe.”

SDSA joins a growing list of public officials, small business owners, community leaders, law enforcement and public safety personnel and 4th District residents who support Lynn Compton’s re-election campaign.

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Lynn Compton is a small businesswoman, rancher, and mother of twins who serves the constituents of San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District on the Board of Supervisors. Since her election in 2014, Lynn has been a champion of common-sense policies that protect families, taxpayers and the natural resources that enhance San Luis Obispo County’s scenic beauty.

Beginning March 6 and running up to the June primary, candidates are required to file Fair Political Practices Commission reports notifying the public of large political donations of $1,000 or more given to a candidate. Such donations must be reported within 24 hours of receiving that donation. The purpose is to identify any large contribution, and its source, as the election enters the final months to ensure transparency.

Interestingly, Jimmy Paulding has “sidestepped” this disclosure requirement, first with a mysterious, unnamed donor who pledged $40,000 to his campaign in a contest featured on Jimmy’s Facebook page and campaign website, and then with another who anonymously pledged $10,000.

So, Jimmy claims to have received two anonymous donations totaling $50,000, and both were received only days before the start of the 24-hour reporting period. The precise timing of his contest’s end (right before March 6), which triggered the $50,000 anonymous match is not coincidental.

Something stinks. Campaign finance laws are intended to ensure transparency and honesty. Nothing should be hidden for months, especially $50,000 in contributions! Jimmy Paulding, you claim to have received $50,000 worth of anonymous donations … who is buying this race? So much for transparency.

GEORGE STRICKLIN, NIPOMO

Here’s a link to the original article online.

I am so tired of the political bullying and lack of civility in county government. For years, supervisors Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson were on the winning side of most votes. Even so, they regularly demeaned and bullied constituents who voiced opposing views.

But then they lost their majority and a new board chair was selected to run the meetings. This alone has done a lot to bring some civility back to the board.

I find it quite funny that Jimmy Paulding, who is Hill and Gibson’s choice for District 4 supervisor, is painting the board majority as lacking civility. Having watched many board meetings, Hill and Gibson have spawned anything but collegiality when addressing other supervisors and the public.

Paulding, if you support Hill and Gibson’s lack of civility, maybe it’s time to get out of the race.

JOANNE TOBIAS, MORRO BAY

Here’s a link to the original article online.

I read Jimmy Paulding’s arguments against Lynn Compton on his website, and it is clear he is either completely uninformed or attempting to manipulate voters.

Paulding discounts Compton’s success in bringing developer impact fees for parks back to Nipomo. Paulding labels Lynn’s success as a “shifting of taxpayer dollars from one pocket to another.” Developer impact fees for parks are not taxes paid by residents, they are a fee paid by developers for each home they build.

The developer fees are required to be spent on parks to help support the increased population from the development.

Supervisors Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson took fees paid for homes in Nipomo and used the monies for items such as a skate park in Los Osos and a bike trail in Avila Beach. Hill and Gibson contend the residents of Nipomo can use the parks and trails built miles from their homes. Compton disagreed and has been working to bring the fees back where they originated.

But Mr. Paulding, those fees were not from taxes paid to the county and cannot be used for other purposes. Do your homework.

TERRI STRICKLIN, NIPOMO

Here’s a link to the original article online.

On the same day an opinion in The Tribune asked where Supervisor Lynn Compton was on funding for Nipomo parks, Lynn Compton was at public workshop where an architect unveiled three design options for a Nipomo skate park. For more than a year, Lynn has battled supervisors Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson for monies to pay for the park’s design.

After discovering development fees from construction in Nipomo were used to build a skate park in Los Osos and a bike trail in Avila Beach, Lynn fought for South County children. This year, Lynn secured funding for the design. Next year, she plans to secure funding for construction.

To say that her opponent Jimmy Paulding gets things done because he has worked for a little more than a year as an analyst for an out-of-county building contractor is a stretch. His limited out-of-county project management experience does not mean he can get things done in San Luis County.

While Lynn was at the workshop discussing the three skate park options, Jimmy Paulding was notably absent. Thank you, Lynn. Keep fighting for our children.

Here’s a link to the original article online.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Arroyo Grande Retired Police Chief Steven N. Annibali Endorses Lynn Compton for 4th District Supervisor

 

CONTACT: Damian Fussel
Damian@lynncompton.com

Arroyo Grande, CA – Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election as 4th District Supervisor announced it has received the endorsement of retired Arroyo Grande Chief of Police, Steven N. Annibali.

“In my nearly forty years of public service I have found few elected officials that are both fully engaged and as approachable as you have been,” said former Arroyo Grande Chief of Police, Steven N. Annibali. “You have represented the 4th District well and I enthusiastically endorse your candidacy.”

Ret. Chief Annibali retired last year after serving since August 27, 2007. Annibali served his community and worked hard to protect Arroyo Grande.

“Chief Annibali’s leadership and service to the people and to the community of Arroyo Grande will be recognized for many years to come in so many ways,” said Lynn Compton. “I have profound respect for him, for all that he was able to accomplish for the people of Arroyo Grande, and I am grateful for his endorsement and for his confidence in me.”

Retired Chief Steven N. Annibali joins a growing list of public safety personnel, community leaders, business organizations and taxpayer advocates who have endorsed Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election.

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Lynn Compton is a small businesswoman, rancher, and mother of twins who serves the constituents of San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District on the Board of Supervisors. Since her election in 2014, Lynn has been a champion for common-sense policies that protect families, taxpayers and the natural resources that enhance San Luis Obispo County’s scenic beauty.

As the mother of twin girls born in Nipomo, Supervisor Lynn Compton is acutely aware of the shortage of parks in Nipomo. Working on behalf of our children, she was able to procure funds for a Nipomo skate park, Jack’s Helping Hand park, the Dana Adobe and the Nipomo Community Park. While supervisors Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson sought to have fees raised in Nipomo spent in their districts, Lynn was able to get a majority to agree to spend monies in South County.

What Lynn most excels at is responding to the concerns of South County residents. After residents voiced their concerns about crime, Lynn sought and received approval for a new sheriff’s substation to be built in Nipomo.

She also listened to the concerns of residents in the Huasna Valley area and Nipomo regarding water, crime, other issues caused by a handful of large marijuana grows. She worked to promote a balanced marijuana ordinance that protects our quality of life while permitting hundreds of marijuana grows.

Lynn has the experience and knowledge to serve South County residents. Vote for Compton for 4th District supervisor.

LINDA LEE, NIPOMO

Here’s a link to the original article online.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association again endorses Lynn Compton for 4th District Supervisor

 

CONTACT: Damian Fussel
Damian@lynncompton.com

NIPOMO, CA – Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election as 4th District Supervisor has announced it has received the endorsement of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Lynn Compton also received its endorsement during her campaign for election in 2014.

“Lynn ran her 2014 campaign on protecting both Proposition 13 and our working taxpayers,” said Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC. “Supervisor Compton has delivered on that promise, been a powerful champion of Proposition 13 and a tireless advocate for lower taxes. Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC is proud to endorse her again.”

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers’ rights, including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

“I was honored to receive their endorsement during my first campaign, and now again, with my re-election campaign. I have worked diligently during my time on the Board to keep taxes low and prevent Sacramento from reducing the 2/3 super-majority vote required to raise our taxes down to a simple ‘50% plus 1’ majority vote,” said Lynn Compton. “I will continue to advocate for Proposition 13 and for lower taxes for all of the hardworking taxpayers in District 4.”

Prior to Compton taking office, the County Board of Supervisors voted to support and sponsor legislation that would have authorized them to submit sales tax increases to the voters and authorized local agencies to raise taxes with only 55% voter approval. Currently, tax increases require a 2/3 super-majority approval. Once elected, Compton worked to make sure the County’s Legislative Platform included protecting Proposition 13 and requiring a 2/3 super-majority vote to raise taxes.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association joins a growing list of community leaders, business organizations, and public safety personnel who have endorsed Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election.

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Lynn Compton is a small businesswoman, rancher, and mother of twins who serves the constituents of San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District on the Board of Supervisors. Since her election in 2014, Lynn has been a champion for common-sense policies that protect families, taxpayers and the natural resources that enhance San Luis Obispo County’s scenic beauty.

A recent letter to the editor (“Where are those South County parks?” Jan. 31) attacked Lynn Compton’s efforts to restore funding in the county budget for parks in District 4.

The developers of Trilogy, Black Lake and Cypress Ridge paid nearly $11 million in public facilities fees over the past 12 years. These fees are intended for projects, including parks, fire and libraries, that have a nexus in the area where development occurs. Instead, these fees were taken from the residents of South County and given to fund projects far away, like improvements to the Bob Jones Trail, Cambria Library and a boardwalk.

Supervisor Compton is the only reason we found out about this “theft” from the people of the 4th District. Because of her hard work, we have been able to receive $150,000 for the design of a skate park. More money will come as the county budget allows. Sadly, the original $11 million has already been spent on projects in other districts.

Without Lynn Compton, the people of District 4 would be forgotten. She’s the person we need representing us on the Board of Supervisors.

A recent letter to the editor (“Where are those South County parks?” Jan. 31) attacked Lynn Compton’s efforts to restore funding in the county budget for parks in District 4.

The developers of Trilogy, Black Lake and Cypress Ridge paid nearly $11 million in public facilities fees over the past 12 years. These fees are intended for projects, including parks, fire and libraries, that have a nexus in the area where development occurs. Instead, these fees were taken from the residents of South County and given to fund projects far away, like improvements to the Bob Jones Trail, Cambria Library and a boardwalk.

Supervisor Compton is the only reason we found out about this “theft” from the people of the 4th District. Because of her hard work, we have been able to receive $150,000 for the design of a skate park. More money will come as the county budget allows. Sadly, the original $11 million has already been spent on projects in other districts.

Without Lynn Compton, the people of District 4 would be forgotten. She’s the person we need representing us on the Board of Supervisors.

JEANNETTE WATSON, ARROYO GRANDE

Here’s a link to the original article online.

2016 was an exciting year for the County of San Luis Obispo. Watch this brief message from the County’s 2016 Board of Supervisors Chair

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In his recent New Times letter “Partisan politics have infected this county” (Feb. 2), Laurance Shindeman’s citation of Judge Judy’s book Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining was a cute device. Alas, it was Laurance’s blatant partisanship that was on full display in confirming his own hypocritical bent. With his words, Shindeman peed on his own leg.

His tiresome rant against the SLO County Board of Supervisors majority is now the constant refrain of his highly partisan campaign to return Supervisor Adam Hill to majority control of the county by advocating the election of Hill’s hand-picked opponent to Supervisor Lynn Compton—Jimmy Paulding. Unfortunately, Jimmy’s made the mistake of accepting Hill’s support.

Electing Paulding to “take the partisan out of politics”? Please!

Then came Dan Cook’s response to Shindeman’s piece. Whining about the board denying Hill his coveted position as board’s chairman, thereby depriving his constituents of “fair representation before the board”? Give me a break!

Do you guys actually believe what you are writing? What are you smoking?

No one was more responsible for his and his constituents’ demise than Hill himself. His boorish behavior and his studied, deliberate alienation of the votes he needed from the board was a self-inflicted wound—the same wound that his voters did to themselves by electing Hill to the board.

Yes, it’s true. It’s Shindeman’s brand of partisan politics and hypocrisy that have infected this county via the unprincipled, single-minded campaign being waged against Compton.

TERRI STRICKLIN, NIPOMO

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I would like to express my thanks to 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton, her staff and the county of San Luis Obispo’s Public Works Department for a very aggressive response to a traffic safety concern in Nipomo.

I have been a resident of Nipomo for 18 years near the intersection of West Tefft Street and Mesa Road. As the area has grown for these years, the traffic changes at this location have led to many incidents.

When this was taken to Supervisor Compton with a plan for action, the response from supervisor to road crews has been supportive. When work is needed to restore or improve any neighborhood there are many events in between idea and performance. The county Public Works Department has gone far beyond the expected response since the time of our initial contact. An impressive amount of planning work is already completed.

I look forward to witnessing the restoration of existing safety installations and completion of future installations to keep our Nipomo community safe.

MARK A. MACHALA, NIPOMO

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Who’s doing the right thing?
Let’s see.

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton discovers that nearly $11 million in development impact fees generated in her district years before she was elected had been siphoned off to projects in other districts. She effectively fights for and gets her colleagues to allocate $1.5 million for much needed park projects in her district.

And who complains? Supervisors Gibson and Hill who were the clever beneficiaries of those deflected funds. Enter the recent court settlement on the Los Osos Wastewater Treatment Plant to pay nearly $10 million in damages for mismanaging a contract in Gibson’s District.

Clearly, it has been Gibson and his district that have been draining county coffers, not Compton.

Compton has been there for barely three years while the clever Gibson is trying for his fourth term and 16th year in office. So who is doing the better job?

No question. Lynn has had the courage to fight for her district while Gibson has played sleight-of-hand while squandering the financial resources of this county.

We need Lynn Compton to represent and protect the 4th District from those who would starve it.

LAURA MORDAUNT, NIPOMO

Here’s a link to the original article online.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Local 1800 Announces Endorsement of 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton

 

CONTACT: Damian Fussel
Damian@lynncompton.com

NIPOMO, CA – Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election as 4th District Supervisor announced it has received the endorsement of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Local 1800.

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters today announced their support for the re-election of Lynn Compton to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. In announcing their support, Mercy Urrea, Lead Representative of the Southwest Carpenter for San Luis Obispo County and the Gold Coast, stated:

“Lynn Compton will fight for working families in San Luis Obispo County. Four years ago we supported Lynn because she promised to fight to help create jobs and welcome responsible businesses to this area. Working with her colleagues and the private sector she has delivered on her promise.

During the next four years Lynn has committed to make sure that young people in San Luis Obispo County will have improved access to skilled apprenticeships and workforce training programs in partnership with our schools and community colleges. Lynn wants to make sure our young people can find good paying jobs in the construction and business fields so they can live and work right here at home. We know Lynn Compton will fight for us. We’re happy to support her.”

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters represents over 50,000 hardworking men and women in over six different states, including California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. They are committed to safety and raising area standards for all carpenters.

“Working class families are the backbone of our local economy,” said Lynn Compton. “We need to protect these families so that our economy can continue to grow. I’m honored to have received this endorsement, and I’ll continue to keep working for the people of the 4th District.” (read more…)

With two San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor seats up for grabs, the five candidates running are raking in cash, collecting endorsements and fervently campaigning.

Campaign finance reports for the second half of 2017 show San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton outpacing her opponent Jimmy Paulding in fundraising for the District 4 race. Compton collected $105,337 in cash donations while Paulding raised $60,213 in monetary and non-monetary donations.

In the District 2 race, Gibson raised $18,053 in cash and non-monetary donations during the second half of 2017. His two opponents, small business owner Jeff Eckles and real estate broker and attorney Patrick Sparks, entered into the race after the latest campaign finance disclosure period.

This years races are especially contentious with divides in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Locally, Republicans are divided on how to promote the party.

A few months ago, The SLO County Progressives ran a coup take over of the Democratic Central Committee creating a divide between moderate Democrats and the far-left leaning Progressives. While the SLO County progressives endorse candidates, its co-founder Nick Andre’s works as a paid consultant or web designer for the candidates alongside Tom Fulks, who serves as a paid campaign manager or media buyer.

District 2

The district runs along the coast from San Simeon to Los Osos and includes a portion of San Luis Obispo. It has 4,751 more Democrats than Republicans, giving Democratic candidate Gibson an edge over Sparks, a Republican. Eckles is registered as declined to state.

Gibson raised $17,937 in cash donations and $116 in non-monetary contributions between July 1 and July 31. Throughout 2017, Gibson raised $22,053 in total contributions.

Adam Hill for Supervisor donated $2,000 to Gibson, the largest of his campaign. Attorney Don Earnst, Daou Vineyards & Winery, and Allyn and Lee Arnold all donated $1,000 to Gibson’s reelection campaign.

Under expenses, Gibson lists $2,000 to Tribune columnist Tom Fulks for campaign consulting, $1,000 to Nick Andre’s Kumani for web design and $1,000 to District 4 supervisor candidate Jimmy Paulding.

District 4

District 4, which includes Nipomo, Arroyo Grande and Oceano, has 2,482 more Republicans than Democrats giving Compton, a registered Republican, an advantage over Paulding, a registered Democratic.

Compton raised $105,337 in cash donations contributions between July 1 and Jan. 31. Throughout 2017, Compton raised $164,566 in total contributions.

Compton’s largest donor was Nicholas Cook, a retired resident of San Luis Obispo. Cook donated $6,950 to Compton. Compton’s second largest donation, $5,000, came from April Papich Construction. Compton also received a pair of $4,000 donations from developer John Scardino and a California real estate PAC.

Compton’s largest expenses have been for campaign literature and her consultants, Kristen Handley and Russo and McGarty Consultants out of Sacramento.

From July 1 through Jan. 31, Paulding raised $60,213 in total contributions. Paulding was the last candidate to enter the District 4 supervisor race, and he did not begin raising money until late August.

An electricians union, the IBEW, donated $3,500 to Paulding, the largest of his campaign. John Paulding, Susan Paulding and a labor union all donated $2,500.

Paulding expenses include more than $10,000 to Andre’s consulting company, Kumani.

Supervisor candidates who receive more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 5 primary will win the election outright. Races in which no one wins in June will end with a November runoff.

Here’s a link to the original article online.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Nipomo Chamber of Commerce endorses Lynn Compton for 4th District Supervisor

 

CONTACT: Damian Fussel
Damian@lynncompton.com

NIPOMO, CA – Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election as 4th District Supervisor has announced it has received the endorsement of the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce.

“Lynn is a long time resident of Nipomo. Lynn knows the area, the people, the businesses, and most importantly, she knows how to get things done,” said the President of the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Raymond. “Lynn is a hard worker with a business background, and she understands the difficult business environment that we all operate within, and she herself is a local businesswoman. Lynn is exactly the type of person that we believe we need to keep on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. We at the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce, are proud to give her our endorsement.” (read more…)

When Jimmy Paulding announced his candidacy for SLO County Supervisor Lynn Compton’s seat, I was intrigued. Seemed like a nice young man with a gift of gab. After finding out that Supervisors Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson were pushing his candidacy, the blush went off the rose.

Paulding’s parroting of the Gibson/Hill agenda evaporated my interest. Consider these truths:

▪ Paulding supports state regulation of our local groundwater, while Compton successfully retained local control of our precious water resources.

▪ Compton’s cautious approach to regulating an emerging cannabis industry was resisted by the Hill/Gibson cabal that sided with carelessly expanding cannabis operations countywide, regardless of the consequences.

▪ Paulding supporters blame Compton for the Phillips 66 Rail Spur project, when she cast the deciding vote against it.

▪ Compton effectively secured $1.5 million for South County parks after discovering Gibson/Hill had hijacked nearly $10 million of development impact fees generated in the South County for projects in their own districts.

Hill and Gibson will do anything to defeat Compton to seize power for themselves. The perils of Paulding are there for all to see. Let’s keep an effective Lynn Compton as our supervisor.

PHYLLIS STOUT, ARROYO GRANDE

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San Luis Obispo County business owners will have the chance to voice their opinions on issues affecting their businesses in an upcoming nonpartisan event organized by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Businesses will be live-polled on four main topics impacting small businesses: health care, access to capital, taxes and federal procurement.

Local, state and federal representatives and their aides are expected to be in attendance to take note of the conversation to take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Monday Club at 1815 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. The association will moderate the event.

The following elected officials are expected to attend: County Supervisor Lynn Compton, San Luis Obispo Councilmember Aaron Gomez, Pismo Beach Mayor Ed Waage, Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill, Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley and Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons.

The aides expected to attend are: Caitlin Cox (Congressman Salud Carbajal’s office), Annie Aguiniga (Senator Bill Monning’s office) and Keilah Smith (Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham’s office).

“This is truly an opportunity for business owners to speak out on how they are feeling, what’s working and what needs attention, in order to strengthen communication between public policy and business,” said Amy Collins, public policy chair with the Central Coast Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, in a statement.

The target audience is business owners, but anyone is welcome to attend. Tickets cost $25.

Tickets can be purchased at www.nawboccc.org.

Nick Wilson: 805-781-7922, @NickWilsonTrib

NICK WILSON

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Arroyo Grande Police Officers Association unanimously endorses Lynn Compton for 4th District Supervisor

 

CONTACT: Damian Fussel
Damian@lynncompton.com

ARROYO GRANDE, CA – Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election as 4th District Supervisor announced it has received the unanimous endorsement of the Arroyo Grande Police Officers Association.

“Lynn has proven herself to be committed to public safety,” said AGPOA president, Jeremy Burns. “We endorsed Lynn in 2014 because she promised to keep public safety top of mind. We’re proud to support her once again, because she doesn’t just talk about keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe. She makes sure that funding public safety and law enforcement is a top budget priority for San Luis Obispo County.” (read more…)

Thank you Steve Lacki (Letters, Jan. 12) for saying “the Democratic plan for road repairs is simple: If you use it, pay for it.” You just left out a few words. It’s more like “if you use, pay for it. And pay for it again. And again. And still again.”

It’s not a shortage of money. Talk about classic bait and switch.

The governor’s budget shows over a $6 billion surplus. Appears we’re being taxed too much. But Dems think the price you pay for living in our beautiful area is never high enough.

You and the progressives want more taxes, but no reforms. Why do you always want those who can least afford it — seniors on fixed incomes, struggling college students, etc. — to pay higher taxes?

Your statement about Andrea Seastrand having corporate benefactors is just laughable. Guess you can just throw any nonsense out there and hope some of it sticks. Steve, as one of the regional directors of the SLO Progressives, I would expect a bit more truthfulness from you.

And just so we’re clear: Yes, I’m a conservative who supports my incumbent Supervisor Lynn Compton for re-election, and proud of it.

TERRI STRICKLIN, NIPOMO

Here’s a link to original article online.

Critter Corner: We have quail that have decided to stay with us for the winter and there are several of them. They must like the food Papa serves, as they consume it every day by the ton, and they are also eating down my geranium plants. I don’t know what it is with the geraniums that they love, but they sure do eat it all up. Soon I might not have any left and will have to plant a new batch. But if it makes them happy I will do so. I’m just wondering whether the batch of quail that usually comes during the spring will appear this year. If they do we’ll have not flocks, or gaggles, but herds of quail coming to our yard, and to the poor house we will go.

Memorial services for Carol Lindley will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Blacklake Club House beginning at 1 p.m. Carol was a wonderful contributor to the community, serving on many of boards and also working as a contributing member to the Dana Adobe, was one of the charter members of the Nipomo Lions Club, and many other groups in the Blacklake and Nipomo area. She will be missed by many.

Nipomo Library: Community conversations to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, have been canceled. A future date for this discussion will be determined, and we will let you know as soon as we are told. The library will be opened on Friday, Feb. 2, as a change has been made on that date. For additional information please call (805) 929-3994.

Nipomo Lions Club: The New Tech Leos will be receiving an award on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at New Tech High School. Supervisor Lynn Compton will be presenting the award. The Leos have a “snack shop” at the school selling snacks, and have made several dollars that were presented to treasurer Ed Henderson to be deposited into their account, that is part of the Nipomo Lions account. Nipomo Lions will also be sponsors for the Nipomo Leos for the leadership camp taking place this spring. Congratulations to the Leos of Nipomo and to Lion Denise for all the hard work she has put into assisting the Leos. Her guidance has paid off in helping the club come as far as it has.

Reminder: Save the date Saturday, June 2, for the Lions Poker Tournament taking place at Blacklake Golf Resort. I will remind you again from time to time because this is a very popular event, and a fundraiser for the club. Other reminders are as follows: Student speaker contest will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Community Room. And final reminder: The upcoming golf tournament will take place on Saturday, April 7, so get your group together for the foursome, or several if you have them, so you can be ready to participate. This is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers and attendance and participation is very necessary. All they do, and they do many things, comes back to this community so they need your participation. Mark your calendars, and participate. I will remind you again.

Town hall meeting at Trilogy: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson held a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Trilogy with approximately 100 residents in attendance. He was accompanied by approximately 15 other staff representatives from the crime prevention program, volunteer patrol, posse and sheriffs advisory foundation, as well as assistant District Attorney Eric Dobrov. It was a most interesting and informative meeting. I will touch on some of the things discussed like a proposed Nipomo Sheriff’s staff in Nipomo — they currently operate out of the Oceano substation. There was apparently a provision in the Trilogy development to provide a sheriff’s substation on-site.

TONI WEITZEL

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Citing a glaring need for more drug and alcohol detoxification services in San Luis Obispo County, on Jan. 23 the county Board of Supervisors signed off on conceptual plans to build and operate a new detox treatment center in SLO.

Proposed on the property that will house the Community Action Partnership of SLO’s (CAPSLO) new homeless center in the city of SLO, “40 Prado,” the 8- to 10-bed facility could eventually provide medical detox services and residential treatment for low-income residents suffering from substance abuse disorders.

Health officials told county supervisors in a board meeting presentation that detox services are “entirely lacking” in the county and service providers “haven’t had anywhere to send people.” A new contract with the state Department of Health Care Services inked last month also requires that the county provide more residential detox services within the next three years, either within the county or elsewhere.

“Without a residential treatment program available locally for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, the Health Agency will be required to contract with out of county providers for this level of care,” a county staff report stated.

Only five detox beds are currently available to serve low-income Medi-Cal patients—at Bryan’s House in Paso Robles, which is for perinatal women only—despite the fact that an estimated 22,300 to 27,100 local adults suffer from substance abuse disorders.

“This has been long overdue at this point,” said 5th District Supervisor Debbie Arnold, before the supervisors unanimously voted to direct staff to continue working with CAPSLO on the project.

According to county Behavioral Health Administrator Anne Robin, of the 2,269 adults who received substance abuse services from the county in 2015, only 2 percent needed detoxification, which is why a 8- to 10-bed facility was proposed. Once admitted to the detox center, patients would spend six to eight days in medical withdrawal, followed by up to 30 days in a residential treatment program.

While the 40 Prado homeless center plans to open this summer, the detox facility may take two years to complete, according to county estimates.

Capital costs for the 2,880 square-foot facility are estimated at $730,000, and CAPSLO staff said private philanthropists are interested in helping fund its construction. Before proceeding, though, donors wanted assurance that the county would commit to running the facility for the long haul, which was why the item came before the Board of Supervisors, according to CAPSLO. The county plans to contract detox operations to a third-party provider.

While all five supervisors supported the project, Supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill expressed concern about the ongoing operational cost to run the center, pegged at $1.2 million per year. Operational expenses will be partially offset by Medi-Cal and Affordable Care Act (ACA) reimbursements as well as grants, but their extent is unclear.

County staff added that federal changes to the ACA could significantly change the prospects for the facility, potentially “reducing program service levels or closing the facility.”

Gibson and Hill noted that county funds could be tied up with other spending needs on the horizon, like health care reforms at the county jail.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson spoke in favor of the project at the meeting, noting that residents with substance abuse issues come “in and out of jail all the time.”

PETER JOHNSON

Here’s a link to original article online.

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CAL FIRE Local 2881 San Luis Obispo Chapter endorses Lynn Compton for 4th District Supervisor

ARROYO GRANDE, CA – Lynn Compton’s campaign for re-election as 4th District Supervisor announced it has received the endorsement of the San Luis Obispo Chapter of CAL FIRE Local 2881.

CAL FIRE Local 2881 represents the men and women who serve on the frontline, fighting fires and responding to emergencies in communities throughout San Luis Obispo County.

“Lynn’s leadership has been pivotal in providing San Luis Obispo County with the finest public safety services in the state,” said Danny Richard, chapter director. “Lynn understands that public safety needs to be a top priority of county government.” (read more…)

Nipomo

Monarch Radio (KTGY-LP, 107.9 FM) began transmitting from its new antenna on Nov. 23 in the Trilogy-Monarch Dunes community in Nipomo. This means Monarch Radio’s listening audience now reaches 150,000 people and includes the Santa Maria Valley, along with the Nipomo Mesa, Five Cities, Guadalupe and Arroyo Grande areas.

This antenna was made possible by a $1,000 District Community Project Grant, issued through Fourth District Supervisor Lynn Compton’s office. Compton is a frequent guest on Monarch Radio.

Pismo Beach

Camp Fire Central Coast recently was a recipient of a $8,012.50 donation from Heart to Heart Real Estate, thanks to the designation of Greg and Rebecca Bishop.

Camp Fire Central Coast plans to use the funds to reach more local youths and families through outdoor, leadership, service learning and “Social Emotional Learning” activities and programs.

In 2017, 750 attended Camp Natoma’s weeklong summer camp, 250 families hiked locally twice a month, 200 children attended Camp Tacanneko’s weeklong day camp, 100 families attended Camp Cielo family weekend camp, 100 skied at Yosemite and 60 families camped and backpacked into the eastern Sierra Mountains.

Here’s a link to the original article online.

NIPOMO, CA – San Luis Obispo County 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton announced her plans to run for a second term today.

Since her election in 2014, Compton has been a tireless advocate for families and taxpayers in the 4th District and throughout the County.

“We need government to work for the people and implement policies that help create jobs and open opportunities for our families to thrive,” stated Compton. “While we’ve made progress over the past 3 years there is still more to be done, and I am excited about continuing to work with my fellow Supervisors to improve the quality of life for the people of San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District.” (read more…)

ENDORSEMENTS

CAL FIRE Local 2881,
San Luis Obispo Chapter


Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Nipomo Chamber of Commerce

Katcho Achadjian
Former 35th District Assemblyman
Former 4th District Supervisor, San Luis Obispo County

Debbie Arnold
5th District Supervisor, San Luis Obispo County

Andrea Seastrand
Former 22nd District Congresswoman
President, Central Coast Taxpayers Association

(Partial List. Titles used for identification purposes only.)

Andrea Seastrand, former Congresswoman and President, Central Coast Taxpayers Association



"Lynn Compton can be absolutely trusted to fight for taxpayers, and she’s exactly the type of courageous leader we need on the Board of Supervisors. I’ve worked with Lynn for years. You’d be hard pressed to find a more honest, hardworking and dedicated public servant who is committed to making government work for the people. Many in California are attempting to erode Proposition 13 and all the taxpayer protections it affords, only to go on wasteful spending sprees with our hard-earned money. We’re fortunate to have taxpayer advocates like Lynn in our corner. Please join me in supporting Lynn Compton for 4th District Supervisor in 2018."

Katcho Achadjian, former California State Assemblyman and SLO County Supervisor



"I am proud to support Lynn Compton to represent the 4th District, a seat I once held. She’s a very hard worker, very visible in the community, and very accessible to her constituents. She's a leader with great understanding of what it takes to make ends meet, a businesswoman herself and mother of two beautiful children who were born and raised in the 4th District. She knows first-hand the issues facing our county and is not afraid of taking difficult position to benefit the people she represents. She's been a tenacious voice for common sense and is deserving of our support for another term in the office of the Board of Supervisors."

Ruth Brackett, former 4th District Supervisor and Small Business Owner



"I'm proud to be on Supervisor Compton's team. She's working hard for Nipomo and South County."

Howard Hess



"Thank you, Supervisor Compton, for your time to meet with and genuine concern for all people in the County!"

Jeremy Burns, Arroyo Grande Police Officers Association



“Lynn has proven herself to be committed to public safety. We endorsed Lynn in 2014 because she promised to keep public safety top of mind. We’re proud to support her once again, because she doesn’t just talk about keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe. Lynn makes sure that funding public safety and law enforcement is a top budget priority for San Luis Obispo County.”

Danny Richard, San Luis Obispo Chapter Director, CAL FIRE Local 2881



“Lynn’s leadership has been pivotal in providing San Luis Obispo County with the finest public safety services in the state. Lynn understands that public safety needs to be a top priority of county government.”

Steven N. Annibali, Arroyo Grande Retired Police Chief



“In my nearly forty years of public service I have found few elected officials that are both fully engaged and as approachable as you have been," said former Arroyo Grande Chief of Police, Steven N. Annibali. "You have represented the 4th District well and I enthusiastically endorse your candidacy.”

John McDaniel, President of SDSA.



"Lynn has proven herself dedicated to preserving the quality of life in our county. The members of SDSA are committed to protecting and serving our public through interaction with our community, providing a high quality of service, and meeting the challenges ahead. Lynn shares both our values and dedication to the safety of our community."

Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association



“Lynn ran her 2014 campaign on protecting both Proposition 13 and our working taxpayers. Supervisor Compton has delivered on that promise, been a powerful champion of Proposition 13 and a tireless advocate for lower taxes. Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC is proud to endorse her again.”