Open letter to the second district

June 2, 2014
Bruce Gibson

Bruce Gibson

OPINION By TOM DAWSON

My wife and I have been attending the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meetings weekly for the last year and a half (yes, we do need to get a life) because we have noticed a consistent increase in regulatory legislation and a decrease in business and prosperity in our county. Additionally, we have seen infrastructure degradation, especially roads, and a loss of our ability to use our property.

As we observed the board and commented on various issues, we noticed one outstanding supervisor, Bruce Gibson. I do not know him personally but his public record and public behavior give great insight into his agenda. One of our initial observations included Mr. Gibson’s seeming duplicity with regards to public comment, a period during the meetings when each speaker is allotted three minutes to give input about critical public policy issues. In many cases, this is scarcely enough time to establish one’s evidence for an opinion.

As chairman of the board, Mr. Gibson has the authority to reduce the allotted time if the agenda for the meeting is extensive. However, we have observed him limiting the presentations of those he views as contrary to his points of view while allowing others to loquaciously express their opinions. The feeling given is that diversity of thought is not allowed — one’s speech must be in lock-step to be accepted. He uses his position of power to silence the less powerful whose speech challenges the reigning perspective. Where is our freedom of speech, the foundation of all freedoms? If the people are not allowed to present opinions, discuss and ask questions about issues, this reigning perspective advances unchecked.

Nor does Supervisor Gibson limit his rude behavior to the public speakers. He also talks down to, belittles, and disregards the views of the supervisors whose opinions are not in agreement with his. For example, he pushed passed the real solutions offered by the supervisors of the 1st and 5th districts for the dry wells and drought problems. These solutions would have brought real and long-term relief to the people in need of water.

Using the current board majority to exaggerate a crisis, he has forced through a strangling moratorium which limits agriculture, building and land use, but has not provided one drop of water for those in need…all this while mismanaging water use throughout his own district. Los Osos and Cambria have ground water problems. I consider this to be a dismal failure of public policy.

Another apparently hypocritical venture is Mr. Gibson’s planting of five hundred new citrus trees on his land which will require approximately 30 acre feet of additional water per year. This action likely increases the value of his property, which he is selling, and has been accomplished before the new restrictive planting rules of the moratorium get imposed countywide.

Yes, he and his divisive board majority are working to put all of us under the North County basin moratorium regardless of our local conditions. He did not want to lose his land value so he planted early. Property owners in the North County, however, have lost significant value because they did not have this inside information.

And why must his land be sold? Is it a consequence of his adulterous affair kept hidden from his wife and the county for years? Other county employees have been required to resign for less than this. This looks like an attitude of being above the rules that others must live by. Yet, if a person will not keep their vows to their family, can they be trusted to uphold their commitments and oaths to the public?

Mr. Gibson has already broken the vows he took when sworn in to uphold and defend the Constitution. He and Supervisor Adam Hill joined an international organization which professes benign objectives of saving the world through socialistic principles and alterations of existing laws in local jurisdictions. The name of the group is the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). I have written several opinion essays, which are in the archives of CalCoastNews, if more information is desired.

This group is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) affiliated with the United Nations environmental program and promotes their ideas through local politicians and planners. The philosophy of these subversive underminers of Constitutional principles can be found in such statements as: “Isn’t it our duty to tear down industrial civilization?” (Maurice Strong); “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective” (Harvey Ruvin). Additional information may be found by visiting FreedomAdvocates.org. In principle, land use and water use are the keys to obtaining local control.

Because Mr. Gibson committed to these ideas publicly, we can know that these principles are his underlying motivations. When his election ads promise to protect the Central Coast, constituents assume he is referring to the people. Research into ICLEI will uncover that we, the people, must take a back seat to the protection of open spaces, animals and snails. If I lived in the 2nd district, like I used to, I would seriously consider how safe I feel under his protection. I would vote for the man whose voting record shows that he is truly interested in local solutions for our local issues, not international agendas…the one who is still faithfully married to his wife of 50 years, Muril Clift.


32 Comments

  1. Slowerfaster says:

    When it comes to murky NGO’s, I am more troubled by one that most Republicans are affiliated with: M.A.D. …
    Maladjusted, Anti-Social, and Darn Mean !

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  2. SLOBIRD says:

    Plus, as taxpayers, we should be tired of paying for his mistress and calling her his “administrative assistant” as we all know you cannot put lipstick on that pig and call it something different.

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  3. info says:

    CCN – I have concerns with some of the outside opinions here. Since I was in attendance at the board meeting and disagree with Mr. Dawson assertion, I recommend CCN remove this opinion letter in harmony with the previous precedence set by removing the article by Mr. Rice. (BTW JK….)

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    • kayaknut says:

      Is it just Mr. Dawson’s opinion you have concerns about? or is it anyone’s opinion that differs from yours?

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      • info says:

        Neither….My post had nothing to do with Mr. Dawson. Obviously a few didn’t understand my reference to last weeks CCN statement regarding Mr. Rice opinion piece. I rephrased the reason for its removal and applied it to Mr. Dawson in an effort to make the point that no opinion pieces should be removed once posted. Whether we agree or disagree lets keep opinion pieces posted!!!!

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  4. standup says:

    Gibson is a sick pig. Nothing more, nothing less. If the people in his district re-elect him, they can stew in the same pig slop with him. At one air district meeting, he belittled me after I was done speaking so I had no chance to counter him. If Brucy ever makes a pass at my wife……….. Here’s to his wife screwing him over. Be smart people and vote him out.

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  5. nurse1 says:

    Our family now live in the City of Morro Bay. We will be voting for Muril Clift for Supervisor, Carla Wixom for mayor, John Headding and Nancy Johnson for city council. Still on the fence as far as congress. But we have eliminated Lois Capps.

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    • nurse1 says:

      Why did we pick Carla Wixom for mayor as well as Ms. Nancy Johnson and John Headding for city council? It was EASY. The mayor of Morro Bay that is running for reelection as well as Matt Makowetski who is running for city council are avid supporters of Mr. Gibson. That clearly shows us about their lack of integrity.

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      • MajorityFan says:

        You may want to reserve a moving truck on Wednesday.

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        • givemeabreak says:

          Why? Are you moving? MF…sorry I did not care to spell out your selected name.

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          • MajorityFan says:

            I had to hit the “like” button on your comment, givemeabreak. It’s always a treat to see a nameless comrade.

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        • nurse1 says:

          Actually Mr or Ms. Majority….this will be the first time we voted against our party lines. This county and city we live in are the poster child of corruptness!

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          • MajorityFan says:

            Mr or Ms Nurse1 (gender non specific is politically correct), you are new here. The current council has nailed down a site for our wastewater treatment plant, has our streets being repaired and repaved, has made the leases in the Embarcadero public instead of the old good boy no charge for renting city property leases, are NOT business owners with their interests forefront over what the citizens needs, and won the majority vote of the citizens here because the changes we have seen here are incredible, despite the lame recall effort last year. Mayor Irons has brought hope to our fine city, encouraged growth for new businesses, and has crossed party lines and all age groups for growing a better future for Morro Bay. Carla, on the other hand, has nothing to offer for our future, just a very negative ad campaign with no substance. Read this again on Wednesday and you will see you may have made the wrong choice.

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            • Myself says:

              Fan,you seem to have a couple things backwards,there is no specific site yet for a sewer plant,they have talked with A land owner to see about his property,Gibson is pushing MB for a collective plant behind Cuesta Collage,by the way that plant still polutes Chorro Creek,when it screws up and does it again MB will then be on the hook for fines. The only street that got paved was in front of irons house, that was the only street dug up re based and paved the rest got a hot slurry coat,and I believe that the water front leases have always been on the up and up,there are a lot of bussiness on the water front and I don’t believe that they are all good old boys,and just what has your hero done to increase any economic growth here.
              As had been stated in another post if we get Irons and his lackey here in MB,gibson and ray on the BOS,and irons wife and that bunch of corrupt fools, we the people don’t stand a chance of decency in this county.

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  6. dogeatdog says:

    Gibson is certainly a piece of work that needs to be replaced, maybe then we can get rid of Adam Hill. I am certainly hoping that Caren Ray does not get elected as she seems to want to follow in their footsteps.

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    • OnTheOtherHand says:

      I doubt that Caren Ray is of the same (lack of) character as Gibson and Hill even if she does agree with them on most issues. (She did vote against them on the proposed PR Ground Water District because of concerns about allowing some board members to be elected based on amount of land owned by voters.) However, I will not be voting for her simply because I fear that she will enable them by not calling them out on their arrogance and abusive behavior. This is much the same reason I won’t be voting for Lois Capps.

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      • MaryMalone says:

        Caren Ray has enough problems on her own. Some of them just happen to be the same ones that Gibson and Hill have.

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      • Slowerfaster says:

        “However, I will not be voting for her simply because I fear that she will enable them by not calling them out on their arrogance and abusive behavior. This is much the same reason I won’t be voting for Lois Capps”.

        You won’t vote for Lois Capps because of some things Caren Ray won’t do ?

        That’s a very curious ‘reason’.

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        • OnTheOtherHand says:

          No, I won’t be voting for Lois Capps because she doesn’t fight the corruption and call out the deceptions of some of the leaders in her own party. (Pelosi, Feinstein, etc., ad nauseum). I realize that doing so may be hazardous to her own ability to get things done but, not only has she not done much worth mentioning that I know of, but there comes a time when a person of principal needs to stand up and say “enough” and damn the consequences. That time has come and gone for Ms. Capps in my opinion.

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          • Slowerfaster says:

            You throw out accusations but have none, zip, nada for specifics.
            Meantime, the Do-Nothing Republican House of Representatives has literally done nothing except have witch hunt hearings on Benghazi by that sleazeball Darrell Issa, who cut the mics rather than allow the ranking Democrat, Elijah Cummings to even ask questions. Over 50 worthless votes to repeal Obamacare. There was that Republican in Florida that finally resigned after a couple months after being caught using cocaine. Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana …caught soliticing prostitutes.
            Republicans make leaders of complete morons like Michele Bachmann, Louis Gohmert, Steve King, Marcia Blackburn, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Sarah Palin; and economic nihilists like Paul Ryan, Willard Romney, George W Bush ( OK, that’s a two-fer ).

            Mind you, there are some things that I think Lois Capps could do better on. But today I have affordable heath insurance, in no small part due to Ms. Capps efforts to pass Obamacare.
            For that, she gets my vote.

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            • nurse1 says:

              Slowerfaster….good luck with that “affordable” health insurance. Might want to do some research on all the physicians that are either dropping out of it or will just not accept it. The ‘affordable’ health insurance in San Luis Obispo County is called Medi-Cal. Similar to Medicaid in other states. Just for an example we were trying to help a patient in this county find a Neurologist under this “affordable” insurance. Guess what? Not one single Neurologist in this county accepts Medi-Cal. Doctors who once accepted Medi-Cal are dropping out by the hundreds.You might want to read the fine print on just what your “affordable” health insurance will cover. If anything at all!

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  7. MajorityFan says:

    A Cambrian? Surely you jest.

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  8. R.Hodin says:

    May the most outstanding candidate win.

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  9. Ted Slanders says:

    “…the one who is still faithfully married to his wife of 50 years, Muril Clift.”

    If this is a precondition to vote for a canidate, then it is opening a can of worms on both sides of the political agenda! What an incongruous comment.

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    • Black_Copter_Pilot says:

      Ted, even if you throw that comment out, you have to conclude that Gibson is toxic.

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    • obispan says:

      “If, however, they cannot maintain self-control, by all means let them marry; for marriage is better than the fever of passion.” 1 Corinthians 7:9

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        obispan,

        Thank you brother obispo for the rightious godly perspective upon this notion. As I have stated before, when you preach the word you get a lot of thumbs down from the pseudo-christians and non-believers.

        They will have their awakening upon Judgement Day, praise!

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        • obispan says:

          They may get their awakening earlier. “Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ “The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.” Exodus 32:2-29, be-yotch!

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