Waage announces supervisor bid against Hill
November 10, 2011
By KAREN VELIE
Pismo Beach City Councilman Ed Waage said he will challenge incumbent District 3 San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill in 2012.
District 3 includes a large portion of San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, and Grover Beach. Hill, a former Cal Poly English instructor, defeated incumbent Jerry Lenthall in 2008 to claim the seat.
Waage and Hill are on separate sides of a controversy regarding a Phase II study by the county Air Pollution Control District (APCD). Both supervisor candidates set on the board of the APCD.
The APCD created the study that shows a link between off-road vehicle use on the dunes and unhealthy air pollution levels downwind from the dunes on the Nipomo Mesa. If the APCD Board approves the rule, the district would have the ability to fine the state up to $1,000 a day when air testing downwind from the vehicle recreation area does not meet the APCD’s air quality standards. The funds would then be primarily used to cover salaries for APCD staff.
Hill, a former English professor at Cal Poly, contends allegations that the study is inaccurate are based on misinformation. He supports the study and allowing the APCD to fine the state.
Waage, a graduate of the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in chemistry, contends the study is flawed and wants the inaccuracies corrected. In addition, Waage would like to see the adoption of best management practices at the dunes and a program of cooperation between state parks and the APCD.
Waage taught chemistry at Illinois State University and later headed up the State of Illinois Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness program and the Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Response program.
In 1981, he joined PG&E to support emergency preparedness efforts at Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Waage retired from PG&E in 2000.
For one year, he came out of retirement to work at the International Atomic Energy Agency (a United Nations agency based in Vienna, Austria) in 2005 which is the year the IAEA received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Waage served four years on the Pismo Beach Planning Commission before being elected to the Pismo Beach City Council in 2008.