Sierra Club walks from Patterson
April 25, 2012
County Supervisor Jim Patterson, erstwhile darling of local environmentalists, won’t be getting the support of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club in his upcoming battle for reelection to his Fifth District seat. [The Tribune]
Patterson told a reporter he did not expect an endorsement from the group because he backed the controversial solar project at Carizzo Plains. The chapter did not articulate any particular reason for the decision not to back Patterson other than to say he was not committed to the group’s principles.
Patterson, who plans to make his backing of the solar plant a key element of his campaign, faces a tough challenge from Debbie Arnold in June.