Arnold appoints planning commissioner and aide
January 3, 2013
San Luis Obispo County Supervisor-elect Debbie Arnold has appointed her representative on the Planning Commission and her legislative aide. [Tribune]
Arnold, who will be sworn in on January 7, named North County real estate broker Don Campbell to the Planning Commission and named former aid to State Senator Sam Blakeslee, Christine Robertson, her legislative assistant.
Campbell’s appointment to the Planning Commission creates a 3-member majority with ties to the real estate industry. Paso Robles broker Jim Irving represents County Supervisor Frank Mecham on the commission, and Arroyo Grande realtor Tim Murphy represents Supervisor Paul Teixiera.
Arnold is expected to join Mecham and Teixiera to form a board majority that is more approving of development than the previous majority of supervisors Jim Patterson, Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill.
Campbell, who replaces Patterson’s appointee Dan O’Grady, graduated Cal Poly and taught agriculture at San Luis Obispo High School. He also owned a ranch sales and property management firm and was a founding member of Heritage Oaks Bank.
Robertson, too, graduated Cal Poly, as well as the London School of Economics.
Prior to the election of Patterson, Arnold served as a legislative aide for former Supervisor Mike Ryan. Arnold also served as a field representative for Blakeslee.
The Board of Supervisors will meet for the first time in 2013 on January 8.